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8:35 AM ET, February 20, 2020

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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Despite His Billions, Bloomberg Busts  —  His rivals were ready.  He was not.  —  You can buy ads and saturate the airwaves with them.  You can buy allies, especially with the right budget.  —  But you can't buy a debate performance, and that's why Mike Bloomberg's on Wednesday night mattered so much.
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NBC News:
Live Blog / Las Vegas Democratic debate live updates: Six candidates face off in Nevada  —  Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will take the stage for the first time.  —  The ninth Democratic presidential debate kicks off Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with five veteran debaters and one newcomer facing off on the stage.
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Woman with a plan: Elizabeth Warren mounts a comeback — at Mike Bloomberg's expense  —  “I have a plan” was Elizabeth Warren's rallying cry for the better part of 2019 when she rose to the top of the Democratic primary.  For a variety of reasons, her campaign faltered as the year drew …
New York Times:
6 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in Nevada  —  Bloomberg was on the defensive, Warren carved up her opponents and Klobuchar and Buttigieg tried to take each other down.  The fiery debate signals a harsher campaign as Super Tuesday looms.  —  LAS VEGAS — Phew.  That was a debate.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Week
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Warren mocks Klobuchar over ‘Post-it Note’ health care plan
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Nevada Democratic debate was the greatest debate in human history
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Josh Greenman / New York Daily News:
With the exception of that one exchange, Bloomberg's debate performance was good enough
Discussion: NBC News, CNN and Vox
ABC News:   Here are the five takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas debate
Nicole Narea / Vox:
Why Klobuchar and Buttigieg fought over the Mexican president's name
Discussion: The Week and Breitbart
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Klobuchar asks Buttigieg at debate: 'Are you trying to say that I'm dumb?'
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Warren unloads on Bloomberg: ‘A billionaire who calls women fat broads’
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Trump Names Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence  —  The move places a loyalist atop the intelligence agencies that the president has long battled.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday named Richard Grenell, a vocal loyalist who quickly antagonized the German establishment …
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Washington Post:
Trump to name Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting head of intelligence  —  President Trump plans to name Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as the next acting director of national intelligence, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Fox News, UPI, TheBlaze and Associated Press
Axios:
Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief  —  President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Trump names unqualified far-right political hack to nation's top intelligence job
Discussion: The Week
Politico:
Trump taps fierce ally Grenell as top intelligence official
Discussion: Redstate
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder's Lawyer Claims  —  Lawyers acting for the WikiLeaks founder said Dana Rohrabacher, a former Republican congressman, had brought the message to London from Trump.  —  LONDON—President Trump offered to pardon Julian Assange …
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Washington Post:
Assange lawyer claims congressman offered pardon on behalf of Trump in exchange for absolving Russia in WikiLeaks DNC case  —  LONDON — A lawyer for Julian Assange said in a British court Wednesday that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher, an ally of President Trump …
Washington Post:
White House assembles team of advisers to guide clemency process as Trump considers more pardons  —  The White House is moving to take more direct control over pardons and commutations, with President Trump aiming to limit the role of the Justice Department in the clemency process as he weighs …
Discussion: Just Security
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Politico:
Republicans plead with Trump to leave Barr alone  —  Senate Republicans are mounting an urgent campaign to save Attorney General William Barr's job — fearful that his dismissal or resignation would deprive President Donald Trump of an effective enforcer of his agenda and hand the Senate a vacancy that's nearly impossible to fill.
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The Roger Stone pardon saga
Discussion: emptywheel
Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
Bolton: Testimony wouldn't have changed impeachment outcome  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as “grossly partisan” and said his testimony would not have changed Trump's acquittal …
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Bolton Rips House Impeachment as ‘Grossly Partisan,’ Claims Testimony ‘Would Have Made No Difference’ in Acquittal
Louis Casiano / Fox News:   John Bolton pressed by Susan Rice on impeachment testimony at Vanderbilt event
Associated Press:
Democrats won't commit to same-day release of Nevada results  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats won't commit to releasing the unofficial results of Saturday's Nevada caucuses on the day of the vote, as they emphasize accuracy over speed in the aftermath of the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses.
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Associated Press:   Harry Reid: Brokered convention ‘not the end of the world’
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid says ‘not a chance in hell’ Medicare for All would pass
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo and lawmakers spar over ‘deep state’ attacks in private Munich meeting  —  Congressional frustration with the perceived failure by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to defend State Department personnel from political attacks spilled over during a “heated” private meeting last weekend in Munich.
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
In speech, Mulvaney says Republicans are hypocritical on deficits  —  Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday night that the Republican Party is hypocritical when it comes to deficits, according to audio of an overseas speech obtained by The Washington Post.
Discussion: CNN
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Twitter Is Real Life  —  Elites just pretend it's not.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  For the better part of a year I've been hearing the same refrain.  Friends, colleagues, peers, respected pollsters have cautioned: Twitter is not real life.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The Republicans' 2020 plan to turn every Democrat into a ‘Bernie Bro’  —  The Republican Party is putting Bernie Sanders at the center of every 2020 campaign, with senior GOP strategists confident the socialist front-runner for the Democratic nomination is the ticket to a November sweep, whether he is the nominee or not.
Nicolas Vega / New York Post:
Mark Zuckerberg reportedly gets his armpits blow dried before speeches  —  It's not one of Facebook's better perks.  —  Communications employees at the social network routinely blow-dry CEO Mark Zuckerberg's armpits before big speeches, a new book claims.  —  Zuckerberg — who became famous …
Discussion: The Independent and Fox News
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Judges postpone emergency meeting to discuss Trump/Barr concerns  —  Source: Barr thought about resigning over Trump's interference  —  Washington (CNN)A group of federal judges hastily postponed an emergency meeting that was scheduled to take place Wednesday to discuss concerns …
 
 
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Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
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The Guardian:
Germany attack: far-right gunman kills 10 in Hanau
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Bloomberg nabs three new congressional endorsements
Discussion: The Hill and Bangor Daily News
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr Is Not Quitting—He's Doing Some Weapons-Grade Gaslighting of America
Sirajuddin Haqqani / New York Times:
What the Taliban Want  —  I am convinced that the killing …
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Bloomberg Is Wealthier Than The Bottom 125 Million Americans
Discussion: Raw Story
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's pardons are impulsive expressions of his spite
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Discussion: CNBC
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump slams Bloomberg at Arizona rally, pushing MAGA message during Dem debate
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Rewards Vulnerable Senators for Loyalty in Impeachment
Debra Heine / American Greatness:
K.T. McFarland Says Mueller Interrogators Put Her Through ‘Hell’ and Left Her ‘Traumatized’
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump seeks deal on foreign workers that could anger base
Discussion: Townhall
Ian Lee / CBS News:
How Jewish American pedophiles hide from justice in Israel