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8:50 AM ET, February 18, 2020

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NPR:
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Sanders Leads, Bloomberg Qualifies For Debate  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  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.
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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.
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and The Hill
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 and Contemptor
NBC News:
Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate  —  The late entrant to the presidential race got the final poll he needed to make the debate stage in Las Vegas.  —  Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Tuesday qualified for his first appearance in a Democratic presidential primary debate.
Discussion: ABC News
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?
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Discussion: WAVY-TV and Twitchy
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Bloomberg says many ‘black and Latino males’ don't ‘know how to behave in the workplace,’ in newly uncovered 2011 video
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Who's complaining about investigations now?  —  Attorney General William Barr is looking into the murky origins of the politically-charged Justice Department investigations that roiled American public life for the last three years.  —  Just how did the FBI's “Crossfire Hurricane” …
Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
John Bolton Hints at How Much More He Still Has to Tell  —  DURHAM, N.C.—John Bolton has been called many things over his long career, plenty of them unflattering, but he has seldom been accused of being bashful about stating his opinions.  —  Yet in an interview at Duke University on Monday …
Discussion: HuffPost
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   John Bolton Won't Discuss Trump and Ukraine in Public Appearance
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Bolton book remains stuck in White House classification review
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Mediaite
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Obama Is Saying in Private About the Democratic Primary  —  Democratic leaders, whose two primary concerns these days are trying to keep Donald Trump in check and maintaining their own party's unity, have had ample reason for concern in the first seven weeks of 2020.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus  —  Mijente is making its first-ever presidential endorsement.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns on Sunday in Richmond, California.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  A prominent national Latino group is endorsing Bernie Sanders four days ahead …
Discussion: The Hill
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Sean McElwee / Memos:
Memo: Sanders has Strong Lead in Nevada
Discussion: The Hill
Jeremy Shapiro / ECFR:
Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference  —  With such a smorgasbord of offerings, most people eat the familiar food and leave the conference pleasantly full of the same ideas that they entered with.  —  I went to the Munich Security Conference (MSC) this past weekend, but I am not sure that I found it.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: New Republic, CNN, Washington Post and VICE
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.
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans owe Vindman a public apology  —  In the large category of things that justice demands but will never come to pass: The elected Republicans who voted against the impeachment and removal of President Trump owe Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman a public apology.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
The Republican Party asked Florida tax collectors for millions of email addresses.  Why?  —  The request was ultimately denied but it demonstrated the massive data effort behind President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.  —  A curious request arrived in the inboxes of Florida tax collectors …
Rick Barrett / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Edited video of Mike Bloomberg appears to insult farmers, factory workers, but there's more to the story  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 's campaign says his video about farmers and manufacturing was taken out of context (Photo: Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
Discussion: TheBlaze
 
 
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Mike Allen / Axios:
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Politico:
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Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Redstate
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Ron Wyden / Washington Post:
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