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11:40 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
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.
Jason Sattler / USA Today:
Bloomberg bets his fortune on crushing Trump, whatever the cost in money or democracy
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Discussion: Daily Kos and Twitchy
Jason Lange / Reuters:   Bloomberg has barbs at the ready for his first 2020 debate
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg are both right. The other guy's got issues.
Discussion: Vox, Reason and VICE
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Is Mike Bloomberg Ready For His Close-Up?
Discussion: The Independent
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
Politico:
Mike Bloomberg just made the debate. Can he keep his cool?
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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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump suggests he may sue over Mueller investigation
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Who's complaining about investigations now?
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: Mediaite
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Pompeo Slams Democrats for Secret Meeting With Top Iranian Official
Discussion: Twitchy and The Federalist
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.
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
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
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
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.
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump administration targets Russian oil company for helping Venezuela skirt sanctions  —  The Trump administration on Tuesday announced new sanctions on Russian oil company Rosneft for helping Venezuela skirt sanctions on oil exports meant to pressure the Maduro regime.
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.
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 »
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.
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Southern Strategy  —  With a cheery drawl and an expression somewhere between exhausted and dead-eyed, Lindsey Graham spent a Sunday morning in November rattling off the greatest hits of GOP impeachment conspiracy theories before most Americans had finished their second cups of coffee.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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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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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
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Bloomberg:
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New York Times:
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
We must not stand for Trump's attack on Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't seem to grasp that blue staters are real Americans too
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Lee Brown / New York Post:
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
What Obama Is Saying in Private About the Democratic Primary
Discussion: Daily Kos