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12:05 PM ET, February 19, 2020


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Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg camp's “dire” warning: Bernie Sanders will soon be unstoppable  —  Mike Bloomberg's campaign is sounding the alarm that Bernie Sanders will soon amass an unsurmountable delegate lead if the Democratic field stays split — and took the extraordinary step of suggesting laggards should drop out.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Bernie Could Beat Trump.  Here's How.  —  The conventional wisdom says that Bernie Sanders can't possibly beat Trump.  The convention wisdom is wrong.  —  1. How Bernie Loses  —  I understand the Democratic panic about the possibility of Bernie Sanders winning their nomination.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will Democrats stand up to the bully on their own side?  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the CNN town hall Tuesday night confirmed what he told MNBC's Chuck Todd recently: He will not, on second thought, release his full medical records as he promised after the 78-year-old had a heart attack last fall.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Twitchy
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is not just a garden-variety social democrat
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   Harry Reid Tells Candidates Hoping to Stop Sanders to ‘Speak Up’
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:   Bernie Sanders: I Won't Be Releasing Any More Medical Records
The Hill:
The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine  —  On Nov. 18, 2019, The Hill announced it was reviewing John Solomon's opinion columns on Ukraine after State Department diplomats criticized several of those columns during House impeachment hearings.
Washington Post:
Sanders surges into national lead in new Post-ABC poll  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on the strength of his performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, has surged nationally and now holds a sizable lead over all of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Biden, Sanders tied for first place in South Carolina: poll
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders takes wide lead in California primary, new poll finds
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
New York Times:
Tonight's Democratic Debate in Nevada: When It Is and What to Watch For
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Sanders takes double-digit lead in new national poll, as Biden crumbles and Bloomberg rises
Discussion: Politico, National Review and CBS News
NBC News:
Sanders enters Wednesday's debate as the Democratic front-runner
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and TheBlaze
The Daily Beast:
Trump Got Tons of Campaign Cash Before Handing Out Pardon  —  “I watched his wife on television,” Trump said of his decision to pardon Blago after seeing his spouse on Fox.  The network seems to have influenced several of Tuesday's pardons.  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday granted clemency …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Trouble with Donald Trump's Clemencies and Pardons  —  Authoritarianism is usually associated with a punitive spirit—a leader who prosecutes and incarcerates his enemies.  But there is another side to this leadership style.  Authoritarians also dispense largesse, but they do it by their own whims …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps pardoning himself
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Trump is letting a corrupt Democrat out of prison
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg Bankrolls a Social-Media Army to Push Message  —  Campaign is hiring workers for $2,500 per month to promote Bloomberg to all their contacts  —  Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign is hiring hundreds of workers in California to post regularly on their personal social-media accounts …
Top Pentagon policy official resigns at Trump's request  —  Washington (CNN)The Pentagon's top policy official John Rood resigned on Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN.  —  John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense …
Pentagon Policy Chief in Ukraine-Aid Case Exits Under Pressure  — Under Secretary Rood said to have faced pressure to resign  — Rood is latest in a wave of Trump administration departures  —  John Rood has stepped down as the top policy official at the Defense Department, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Leo Shane III / Military Times:
Veterans coalition condemns Trump's continued attacks on Army officer who testified against him
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
China Expels Three Wall Street Journal Reporters  —  China's Foreign Ministry says move was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal  —  China revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters based in Beijing, the first time in the post-Mao era …
Associated Press:
AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he's considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn't heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump's pardon spree deepens crisis gripping American justice
Discussion: The Hill
Devan Cole / CNN:
Andrew Yang joins CNN as a political commentator  —  Washington (CNN)Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is joining CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.  —  “I'm excited to join @CNN to help shed light on the election and the candidates' experiences …
Julia Azari / Washington Post:
It's time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president  —  Julia Azari is an associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University.  This is the third op-ed in a series about how to improve the presidential nominating process.
Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna / Politico:
Could Higher Turnout Actually Help Trump?  —  A new study challenges the idea that suppressing the vote hurts Democrats.  —  Conventional wisdom is that those who stayed home in 2016 cost Hillary Clinton the election, and if Democrats can just increase turnout in 2020, they'll defeat President Donald Trump in November.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Sanders Rises, But Socialism Isn't Popular With Most Americans
Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
Trump has built just 1 mile of new border wall since taking office  —  The mile of ‘new wall’ is broken up over multiple locations along the U.S.-Mexico border.  —  Since taking office three years ago, Donald Trump has managed to build approximately 1 mile of new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Ahead of 2020 election, a ‘Blue Wave’ is rising in the cities, polling analysis shows  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republican President Donald Trump seeks a second term in November, Americans' interest in voting is growing faster in large cities dominated by Democrats …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kenneth S. Baer / The Atlantic:
The Debates Broke the Primary  —  With one caucus and one primary complete, Democratic insiders are worried.  The number of Democratic candidates is working to President Trump's advantage, Senator Dianne Feinstein told Politico.  A recent Wall Street Journal headline read: “Moderate Democrats Stress Over Crowded Center Lane.”
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign hires alum of controversial data company  —  President Donald Trump's campaign is bringing on an alum of the controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica, a move likely to raise alarms among Trump critics and data privacy advocates who worry the president will push the technological envelope to get reelected in 2020.
Charlene Carruthers / Teen Vogue:
Black Womxn For Supports Elizabeth Warren for Admitting Her Mistakes  —  In this oped, activist Charlene Carruthers praises the 2020 candidate's willingness to listen to Black women.  —  There are two things political leaders in this country rarely do well: the first is owning …
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Why Elizabeth Warren Got Dropped From A Poll Question About General Election Matchups  —  Elizabeth Warren was left out of a national poll question Tuesday that pitted Democratic candidates against Donald Trump, angering supporters who have protested that the media has erased her candidacy …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Emails: Burisma Consultant Linked To Hunter Biden Approached Top State Department Official To Arrange Ukraine Meeting  — Newly released State Department emails from 2016 shed light on an effort by a consultant for Burisma Holdings to set up a meeting with a top State Department official regarding Ukraine.
Discussion: National Review and Instapundit
Bethany Rodgers / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah senators pass bill to decriminalize polygamy  —  A bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy and dispel fears of prosecution for plural marriage among consenting adults sailed through the Utah Senate on Tuesday.  —  Sen. Deidre Henderson's bill would reclassify bigamy as an infraction …
Discussion: Deseret News
Washington Examiner:
Sorry, Pete Buttigieg, but South Bend hasn't prepared you to be president  —  We have nothing against South Bend, Indiana.  In fact, two members of our opinion staff were born and raised in that city.  But we all know that it's no proving ground for the presidency.
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T.LaDuke / Redstate:
Dems Are Screwed for 2020 and Should Focus on 2024 Says Greg Gutfeld
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Campaign Donations Show Letter Demanding Barr's Resignation Comes From Leftist Hacks Pretending To Be ‘Bipartisan’
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Klobuchar tries to explain forgetting Mexican president and mispronounces his name
Discussion: The Hill
Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis may be quiet, but his fingerprints are all over Florida's legislative session
 Earlier Items: 
Alexis Clark / New York Times:
After Fighting Nazis, Black G.I.s Faced Racism in U.S. Military
R.D. Hooker Jr / Washington Post:
I can think of no more honorable soldier than Alexander Vindman
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Sanders and Bloomberg rise, Biden falls, with sharp shifts in views of electability
Discussion: Law & Crime
Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Mike Bloomberg Once Again Called Transgender People “It” And “Some Guy Wearing A Dress”