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10:55 AM ET, February 19, 2020


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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.
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
I Covered Blago's Trial From Start To Finish.  Trump's Commutation Isn't Crazy.  —  CHICAGO - The day of Rod Blagojevich's sentencing in late 2011, I was a federal courts reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.  I was also extremely pregnant, days from my due date.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Why Trump is letting a corrupt Democrat out of prison
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Week
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps pardoning himself
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is not just a garden-variety social democrat  —  The world of comic books, in which characters are constantly dying and being revived or reinvented for a new legion of fans, eventually had to invent a concept known as the “retcon” — short for “retroactive continuity.”
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
Savannah Behrmann / USA Today:
Bernie Sanders says he won't release full medical records
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Week and CNN
Julia Arciga / The Daily Beast:   Bernie Sanders: I Won't Be Releasing Any More Medical Records
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.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Sanders takes double-digit lead in new national poll, as Biden crumbles and Bloomberg rises
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and The Nation
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   Harry Reid Tells Candidates Hoping to Stop Sanders to ‘Speak Up’
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:   Sanders and Bloomberg rise, Biden falls, with sharp shifts in views of electability
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 …
Top Pentagon policy official expected to depart administration  —  (CNN)The Pentagon's top policy official is expected to depart his post soon, according to two sources familiar with the matter.  John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, lost support among senior …
Discussion: Politico and Foreign Policy
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Leo Shane III / Military Times:
Veterans coalition condemns Trump's continued attacks on Army officer who testified against him
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Andrew Yang joins CNN as political commentator
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.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders takes wide lead in California primary, new poll finds  —  Bernie Sanders has opened a wide lead in California's Democratic presidential primary, and four rivals are virtually tied for a distant second place, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
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.
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Klobuchar tries to explain forgetting Mexican president and mispronounces his name  —  Amy Klobuchar offered an excuse on why she couldn't name the Mexican president in an interview with Telemundo, clapping back at Pete Buttigieg, who has turned her blunder into a punchline on the campaign trail.
Discussion: The Hill
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Klobuchar gets second chance to name Mexico's president
Discussion: NBC News
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
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Mike Bloomberg Once Again Called Transgender People “It” And “Some Guy Wearing A Dress”  —  Bloomberg suggested transgender rights would sink Democratic campaigns in comments recorded last year in New York.  He's tried to distance himself from similar comments he made in 2016.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Has to Debate Without a Net
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
Bloomberg would sell business interests if elected president  —  Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign rally at the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stands at right.
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.
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
T.LaDuke / Redstate:
Dems Are Screwed for 2020 and Should Focus on 2024 Says Greg Gutfeld  —  That might be a lil' premature — to say 2020 is over but you have to admit they are getting super duper nasty with each other.  —  The one and only Greg Gutfeld, on his show “The Five” yesterday …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The First Days of the Trump Regime  —  There are two kinds of Republican senators who voted to acquit Donald Trump in his impeachment trial two weeks ago: Those who acknowledged he was guilty and voted to acquit anyway, and those who pretended the president did nothing wrong.
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
Comedian Or Historian, The White House Correspondents' Dinner Is Still A Silly Orgy Of Elitism  —  To the extent the White House Correspondents' Dinner matters, it's as an opportunity for the rest of the country to watch Washington put its worst foot forward—usually outfitted in expensive heels …
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Sanders to call for Iowa recount after razor-thin margin on recanvass
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart, The Hill and UPI
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Sanders Rises, But Socialism Isn't Popular With Most Americans
Kenneth S. Baer / The Atlantic:
The Debates Broke the Primary
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Campaign Donations Show Letter Demanding Barr's Resignation Comes From Leftist Hacks Pretending To Be ‘Bipartisan’
Jennifer Dobner / Reuters:
Utah Senate votes to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults
Discussion: Associated Press, The Week and The Hill
Chris White / The Daily Caller:
Billionaire Allegedly Behind A False Flag Operation In Alabama Helped Finance The Group Behind Iowa Caucus Chaos
Emily L. Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis may be quiet, but his fingerprints are all over Florida's legislative session
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
How to End the Democrats' Health Care Demolition Derby
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna / Politico:
Could Higher Turnout Actually Help Trump?
Discussion: Progress Pond
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
This Obscure Foundation Helped Fund The Alt-Right
Michael Rezendes / Associated Press:
After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Trump Rape Accuser Slams Effort to Stall Her Defamation Case
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Raw Story
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Susan Collins Faces Tough Re-Election Race in Maine, Poll Suggests