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10:50 AM ET, February 18, 2020

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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Sanders Leads The Field, Bloomberg Qualifies For His 1st Debate  —  Toggle more options  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.  —  Sanders has 31% support nationally …
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Only 1 In 4 Voters Firm About Choice  —  Bloomberg, Sanders, and Biden lead field  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden top the field in Virginia, one of the states that holds their Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Surges in Poll and Qualifies for Democratic Debate in Las Vegas  —  The billionaire will share the stage with his Democratic rivals for the first time on Wednesday night.  He is certain to be a target of onstage criticism.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg …
Discussion: PBS NewsHour, Slate and Contemptor
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Trumpian Liberalism of Michael Bloomberg  —  He may be running as the anti-Trump, but when it comes to the politics of racial control, there is a resemblance.  —  Donald Trump is who he is as a politician because of his unapologetically racial vision of the American nation.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both right.  The other guy's got issues.  —  Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have for weeks been denouncing billionaire and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg for trying to “buy the election.”  Over the weekend, Sanders cranked up his attacks against Bloomberg.
Discussion: Vox, Reason and VICE
Jason Sattler / USA Today:
Bloomberg bets his fortune on crushing Trump, whatever the cost in money or democracy  —  While Trump used his star power and shamelessness to execute a hostile takeover of the Republican Party, Bloomberg is purchasing Democrats' affection.  —  How far would you go to get rid of President Donald Trump?
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
NBC News:
Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate
NBC News:
Here's what Michael Bloomberg joining the debate stage means for Wednesday night
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Is Mike Bloomberg Ready For His Close-Up?
Discussion: The Independent and New York Times
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Bloomberg to join debate, Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy protection: The Morning Rundown
Discussion: Breitbart
Jason Lange / Reuters:   Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Twitchy
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Democratic candidates are doing Trump's job for him
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Federal judges' association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone  —  WASHINGTON - A national association of federal judges has called an emergency meeting Tuesday to address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials …
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Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Imagine If a Democrat Behaved Like Bill Barr
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Who's complaining about investigations now?
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations …
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Sanders was ridiculously naive about the Soviet Union.  The Trump ads write themselves.  —  Sanders was amazed at the open ‘self-criticism’ of his Soviet hosts, but they were playing him.  I hope I'm not forced to vote for him to oust Trump.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders and I don't have a lot in common.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Does Sanders Have A Ceiling?  Maybe.  Can He Win Anyway?  Yes.  —  The Bernie Sanders rally that I attended on the evening before the New Hampshire primary drew a reported 7,500 people — about twice as many as his actual 3,867-vote margin of victory in the primary the next day.
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
FBI Raids James Biden-Tied Business  —  FBI agents last month raided the home of the CEO of a bankrupt hospital chain and one of its hospitals in Pennsylvania in new signs of trouble for a company central to accusations of influence-peddling by James Biden, brother of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Allies Claim ‘Erasure’ as They Seek to Reignite Campaign  —  Ms. Warren's backers, convinced her message is being ignored, see a path forward — and they say writing her off would be a mistake.  —  RENO, Nev. — A bad month for Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts keeps getting worse.
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Hill
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Bolton: I ‘Really Hope’ My Book Isn't ‘Suppressed’ By Trump  —  Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday night that he was concerned that President Donald Trump and the White House would try to muzzle his tell-all book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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NBC News:
Graham tells Defense Secretary Esper he could ‘make your life hell’ in battle over Trump Africa policy  —  During a meeting in Munich, Graham warned Defense Secretary Mike Esper there would be consequences if the Trump administration pulled U.S. troops from Africa.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
George Soros / Financial Times:
Letter: Remove Zuckerberg and Sandberg from their posts  —  Mark Zuckerberg should stop obfuscating the facts by piously arguing for government regulation ("We need more regulation of Big Tech", February 17).  —  Mr Zuckerberg appears to be engaged in some kind of mutual assistance arrangement …
Discussion: VICE, more at Techmeme »
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Obama pushes Trump's button on economy.  Trump responds: ‘Did you hear the latest con job?’  —  On Monday, former president Barack Obama commemorated the 11th anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $800 billion stimulus, with a tweet, boasting that it paved …
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
The Immoderate Susan Collins After a long career voting across the aisle, why did the Maine senator gamble her legacy on Trump?  —  Photo: Rod Lamkey Jr./SIPA USA/AP Images  —  Last fall, Erik Mercer, a Maine social worker and psychotherapist, saw one of his senators, the Republican Susan Collins …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Woman brings mini-service horse onto plane, into first class  —  This flyer wasn't horsing around.  —  A Michigan woman startled other passengers on a recent series of flights when she brought aboard a mini-service horse and traveled with him in first class to California.
Ken Blackwell / USA Today:
Don't forget Justice Clarence Thomas in Black History Month celebrations  —  In remembering the legacy of extraordinary black Americans, why does Clarence Thomas always go ignored?  —  Black History Month should be a celebration of African Americans who have helped transform our nation.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich's Family, Three People in the Room Say  —  Involved in the talks about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich: a Fox reporter, a former intelligence contractor, and a pair of provocateurs looking to sow “targeted chaos” online.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured “Saturday Night Live” cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.  —  And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix's “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Daily Beast
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's expansive view of executive power gets a post-impeachment surge  —  Pat Cipollone took only a short post-impeachment break.  —  The White House's top attorney and other members of President Donald Trump's legal team attended a private party at the Trump International Hotel to celebrate …
Discussion: The Week
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too  —  You would think the symbolism of a tycoon being chauffeured in an armored limousine would hardly be the most effective way to signal “I'm one of you.”  But that's precisely what President Trump did at the Daytona 500 on Sunday …
 
 
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
The war in Afghanistan shattered Joe Biden's faith in American military power
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Southern Strategy  —  Jaime Harrison is running to unseat Lindsey Graham.
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Bloomberg:
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bloomberg drops $124 million on ads in Super Tuesday states. Rivals go on the attack
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Left Is Awash In Money
Washington Post:
Europe is watching the U.S. presidential campaign — and holding its breath about Trump and Sanders
Marcy Oster / The Times of Israel:
Bernie Sanders releases new ‘proud to be Jewish’ campaign video
New York Times:
Exclusive Details on Michael Bloomberg's Plan to Rein in Wall Street
Discussion: The Week and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Shapiro / ECFR:
Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference
Rick Barrett / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Edited video of Mike Bloomberg appears to insult farmers, factory workers, but there's more to the story
Discussion: TheBlaze
Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Discussion: CNN, Law & Crime and The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Hunter Biden Was On Board Of Trade Coalition Lobbying Obama Admin On Ukraine Aid
Discussion: Instapundit
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
The Republican Party asked Florida tax collectors for millions of email addresses. Why?
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Dershowitz: I Have Proof Obama Ordered FBI Investigation At Request Of George Soros
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Redstate
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Obama Is Saying in Private About the Democratic Primary
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans owe Vindman a public apology
Discussion: Raw Story