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12:25 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  —  Amy Klobuchar is scrambling to hire for basic jobs that other campaigns filled months ago, including “Nevada operations director.”  She had no campaign bus in Nevada, so staffers had to drive the one in New Hampshire 2,700 miles to get there.
NBC News:
Bloomberg qualifies for next Democratic debate
Discussion: Politico, Townhall and ABC News
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
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
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Is Mike Bloomberg Ready For His Close-Up?
Discussion: The Independent
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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CNBC:
Judge will sentence Roger Stone on Thursday, but could postpone punishment pending bid for new trial  — The federal judge in Roger Stone's criminal trial said she will still sentence the Republican operative on Thursday, but may postpone imposing the terms of that punishment pending resolution of his request for a new trial.
Discussion: CNN, The Week and USA Today
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Judge Unwilling to Delay Stone Sentencing Amid His Retrial Bid
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
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.
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.
Discussion: The Federalist, Mediaite and Twitchy
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, 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
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. …
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Pompeo Slams Democrats for Secret Meeting With Top Iranian Official  —  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed on Tuesday a group of Democratic senators who reportedly met in secret with Iran's foreign minister during a foreign policy conference held over the weekend in Germany.
Discussion: Twitchy and The Federalist
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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
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.
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 …
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Comedy Returns to the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Will Trump?
Discussion: ABC News, Vanity Fair, The Week and Twitchy
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Tia Goldenberg / Associated Press:
Netanyahu corruption trial to begin weeks after March 2 vote  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — The corruption trial for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, just two weeks after national elections are held, a court said Tuesday.  —  The surprise announcement immediately shook …
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 …
 
 
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Jennifer Cafarella / Foreign Affairs:
Time to Recommit to Syria  —  A Currency Crisis Has Created …
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan For Foreign Policy. You Just Probably Haven't Heard About It.
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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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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Rural California's delegate gold mine suddenly matters in Democratic primary
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Bloomberg In Resurfaced Video: ‘Black And Latino Males’ Don't ‘Know How To Behave In The Workplace’
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump administration targets Russian oil company for helping Venezuela skirt sanctions
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Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Southern Strategy  —  With a cheery drawl and an expression …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's expansive view of executive power gets a post-impeachment surge
Discussion: The Week
Jeremy Shapiro / ECFR:
Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich's Family, Three People in the Room Say
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Woman brings mini-service horse onto plane, into first class