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1:20 PM 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: Mother Jones, Slate and Contemptor
Washington Post:   Klobuchar scrambles to turn her magic moment into something more
NBC News:   Mike Bloomberg bets on zigging while other presidential candidates are zagging
Jason Sattler / USA Today:
Bloomberg bets his fortune on crushing Trump, whatever the cost in money or democracy
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and Fox News
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Aunt Gloria is still with Biden. But Mom is leaning to Bloomberg.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both right. The other guy's got issues.
Jason Lange / Reuters:   Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate
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
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Senator Chris Murphy:
Behind the Scenes of My Trip to Ukraine and Munich  —  I just got back from a return trip to visit President Zelensky in Ukraine and a stop at the important Munich Security Conference in Germany.  As is my habit, on the long plane ride home I wrote a candid, behind-the-scenes summary of my trip.
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Nihar Kabinittal / Associated Press:
Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr.  —  President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr. …
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Top intel office lawyer who handled Ukraine whistleblower complaint resigning  —  The top lawyer for the intelligence community, whose decision to block a whistleblower's complaint about President Donald Trump and Ukraine from reaching Congress helped jumpstart the impeachment inquiry, is resigning from his post, officials confirmed.
Discussion: The Hill
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, Daily Kos, IJR and The Hill
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
David Crary / Associated Press:
Boy Scouts' future uncertain after bankruptcy filing  —  Barraged with sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.
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
Ajit Solanki / Associated Press:
India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit  —  AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A half-kilometer (1,640-foot) brick wall has been hastily erected in India's Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
It's Suddenly Obvious: Amy Klobuchar Is the Democrats' Best Bet  —  ONCE IN LOVE WITH...  The Minnesota senator is the obvious consensus choice.  She'll have some trouble with the Bernie brats, but who wouldn't?  She's a winner.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Dear Democrats: Your winning candidate is staring right at you.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Comedy Returns to the White House Correspondents' Dinner.  Will Trump?  —  Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of “Patriot Act” are set to perform at the April 25 event.  —  Live from Washington, it's Saturday night!  —  Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured …
Discussion: ABC News, Vanity Fair, The Week and Twitchy
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How Elizabeth Warren's Camp Is Seeking to Regain the Spotlight  —  Ms. Warren's campaign and her allies, 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.
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.
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 …
Jake Novak / CNBC:
OpEd: Think Trump is tough on Twitter?  Meet Ambassador Richard Grenell  — Trump has found his ultimate tweeting wingman in U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.  — As followers of Grenell's Twitter feed already know, it's a strong source of condensed and contentious pro-Trump arguments.
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.
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Keeps Rudy Giuliani On-Air Despite Internal ‘Disinformation’ Docs  —  Fox's own research team accused Giuliani and John Solomon of trafficking in “disinformation,” The Daily Beast revealed.  And yet the news channel keeps booking them.  —  Even though internal Fox News documents caution …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and The Daily Spin
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Panelist to NeverTrumper: If You Can't Vote Sanders, Trump Isn't ‘Emergency’ You Say He Is  —  An MSNBC panelist called out NeverTrumper Steve Schmidt Tuesday for declaring President Donald Trump an “emergency” but expressing strong criticism for 2020 Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).
Discussion: LewRockwell
 
 
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Clare Sibthorpe / Sky News:
NHS staff can refuse to treat racist or sexist patients under new rules
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Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
DARPA Wants Millions To Design An Unmanned ‘Flying Gun’ Under Its New Gunslinger Program
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
With Sanders at the top of the ticket, will Democrats keep the House seats they won in moderate districts?
Jennifer Cafarella / Foreign Affairs:
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Conservative intellectuals launch a new group to challenge free-market ‘fundamentalism’ on the right
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Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Southern Strategy  —  With a cheery drawl and an expression …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Breitbart, New York Post and TheBlaze
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too