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6:35 PM ET, February 20, 2020

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New York Times:
Russia Backs Trump's Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support  —  A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure.  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia …
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Washington Post:
After a congressional briefing on election threats, Trump soured on acting spy chief  —  President Trump erupted at his acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, in the Oval Office last week over what he perceived as disloyalty by Maguire's staff, ruining his chances of becoming …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump anger cost Joseph Maguire the job of director of national intelligence  —  Trump was mad about an intel official's briefing to Congress about election security, said an ex-official, costing Maguire a shot at the permanent DNI job.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pushed aside …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
Why Richard Grenell As Director Of National Intelligence Is A Loss For The Deep State
New York Times:
Will Warren's Dominant Debate Performance Boost Her Chances in Nevada and Beyond?  —  Her strong performance helped her raise $2.8 million by night's end.  But the question was whether it was too late to help Ms. Warren's campaign.  —  LAS VEGAS — Senator Elizabeth Warren was raring to go.
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Dominique Cuce / NBC News:
NBC NEWS AND MSNBC BREAK RATINGS RECORD AGAIN WITH THE MOST-WATCHED DEMOCRATIC DEBATE EVER  —  Averages Nearly 20 Million Television Viewers Across the Two Networks,  —  #1 Dem Debate in History in Both Total Viewers and the Key A25-54 Demo  —  NBC News and MSNBC Now Claim the Top Two Dem Debates Ever
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Despite His Billions, Bloomberg Busts
David Siders / Politico:   Bloomberg pursues brokered convention gambit
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Nevada Democratic debate was the greatest debate in human history
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Debate Exposed Bloomberg's Downside — But It Was There All Along
Discussion: Tangle and Spectator USA
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Ninth Democratic Debate Posts Strong Early Numbers
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Bloomberg seeks to regain footing after uneven debate debut
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:
Bloomberg isn't beaten
NBC News:
Full transcript: Ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Michael Luo / New Yorker:   Warren Makes Her Electability Argument by Skewering Bloomberg at the Democratic Debate
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump says Roger Stone has ‘very good chance of exoneration’ hours after sentencing  —  The president also attacked the jury forewoman in Stone's criminal case, calling her “totally tainted.”  —  President Donald Trump said his former adviser Roger Stone has “a very good chance of exoneration …
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Washington Post:
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress, witness tampering amid turmoil between Justice Dept. and Trump on penalty  —  A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime friend, to serve three years and four months in prison for impeding …
courthousenews.com:
Judge Hands Stone Light Sentence but Scorches Meddling at Justice  —  WASHINGTON (CN) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was sentenced Thursday to three years and four months in prison, but speculation that the president may hand the self-proclaimed …
Matthew Cole / The Intercept:
The FBI Is Investigating Erik Prince for Trying to Weaponize Crop Dusters
Discussion: Raw Story
CNBC:
Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison as judge slams him for ‘covering up for’ Trump
CNN:
Trump says he won't pardon Roger Stone — for now
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email  —  WASHINGTON — Former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher confirmed in a new interview that during a three-hour meeting at the Ecuadorian Embassy in August 2017 …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Sanders Leads with One-Quarter of Vote  —  Projected high Latino turnout boosts poll front-runner  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Bernie Sanders leads the field in California's Super Tuesday primary, despite the fact that only 1 in 4 likely voters currently support him.
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and The Hill
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA:
Current Findings  —  Results of Winthrop Poll released on February 21, 2020 of Likely Voters in the Feb. 29 SC Democratic Presidential Primary.  —  ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA - Joe Biden remains the top choice for South Carolina voters for the Democratic Party presidential nominee …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Mulvaney says U.S. is ‘desperate’ for more legal immigrants  —  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told a crowd at a private gathering in England on Wednesday night that the Trump administration “needs more immigrants” for the U.S. economy to continue growing …
Washington Post:
Coronavirus-infected Americans flown home against CDC's advice  —  In the wee hours of a rainy Monday, more than a dozen buses sat on the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.  Inside, 328 weary Americans wearing surgical masks and gloves waited anxiously to fly home after weeks in quarantine aboard …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook  —  Facebook created “Project P” — for propaganda — in the hectic weeks after the 2016 presidential election and quickly found dozens of pages that had peddled false news reports ahead of Donald Trump's surprise victory.
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Bloomberg Says Women ‘Get Paid Exactly The Same As Men’ At His Company.  They Don't.  —  The company that made Michael Bloomberg his billions has told government watchdogs it hires fewer women and pays them less than men.  —  At Wednesday night's Democratic primary debate …
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Martin Gould / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar DID marry her brother and said she would ‘do what she had to do to get him “papers” to keep him in U.S.’, reveals Somali community leader  — Ilhan Omar told friends years ago that the man who went on to become her second husband was in fact her brother, DailyMail.com can confirm
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation — including a community-based points system  —  A leaked demo features bright red and orange badges for tweets that have been deemed “harmfully misleading.”  —  Facebook releases trove of data to social science academics to combat hate speech, misinformation
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
‘All traitors must die’: Feds charge man for threatening whistleblower attorney  —  Federal prosecutors in Michigan have charged a man with making a death threat against one of the attorneys for a whistleblower who initiated the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to newly unsealed court records.
ABC News:
Former Rep. Katie Hill breaks silence months after resigning from Congress: ‘I made the right call’  —  The former Representative from California sat down with George Stephanopoulos.  —  via  —  Former Rep. Katie Hill said she doesn't regret stepping down from her seat in Congress last year …
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Sachika Yadav / Mediaite:   Katie Hill Says Biphobia Caused Her Resignation From Congress: ‘I Made the Right Call’
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Steady at 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's job approval remains elevated at 49% in the latest Gallup poll, the same as in the previous poll and up five points from an early January poll conducted before Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Daily Caller and Townhall
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Riley de Leon / CNBC:
President Trump's approval rating among small business owners hits all-time high of 64%, survey reveals
Discussion: Breitbart
Adrian Carrasquillo / Mediaite:
Elizabeth Warren Buys Ad In Sheldon Adelson's Paper Telling Sheldon Adelson How Much He'll Pay Under Her Wealth Tax  —  The morning after Sen. Elizabeth Warren savaged billionaire Mike Bloomberg on stage, possibly giving her flagging campaign new life, she went up with a new ad …
 
 
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The Guardian:
Hawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
John Gage / Washington Examiner:
‘Sexist against sexist’: Joy Behar predicts Bloomberg would be ‘better in a debate’ with Trump
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Pigeon protest group P.U.T.I.N releases birds wearing MAGA hats, Trump wigs
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Sanders implies Russia, not his supporters, may be to blame for online vitriol.  Experts aren't so sure.
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Bloomberg's Own Campaign Manager Concedes Ex-Mayor Tanked Last Night
Discussion: Twitchy
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump to tap Florida official as homeland security adviser
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Top NSC official Victoria Coates reassigned to Energy Department amid “Anonymous” fallout
Discussion: New York Times, Breitbart and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Mathilde Frot / Jewish News:
Fury as textbook asks how Israel could be seen as ‘long term cause of 9/11’
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren  —  Will Wilkinson (10/10) — The gloves came off and she slayed.
Discussion: The Week
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Face facts, Bernie Sanders is electable
Sirajuddin Haqqani / New York Times:
What We, the Taliban, Want  —  I am convinced that the killing …