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10:45 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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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Nevada Democratic debate was the greatest debate in human history  —  Forget Lincoln and Douglas.  Forget Nixon and Kennedy.  Hell, forget the Athenians and the Melians back during the Peloponnesian War.  Last night's Democratic primary slagfest in Nevada was the greatest debate in all of human history.
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
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Face facts, Bernie Sanders is electable  —  It's well past time to bury the ‘Bernie is unelectable’ trope.  He has a better shot than moderate Bloomberg.  —  There has been a mass freak-out among the Democratic establishment as Bernie Sanders' continues to surge in the polls.
Bonchie / Redstate:
The Nevada Debate Was a Total Disaster for Democrats  —  To this point in the cycle, it's been pretty cliche to pronounce Donald Trump the winner of each Democrat debate, and to a point, that's been true.  Most of them have been unappealing slap fests for who can be the most radical and promise the most free stuff.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:   Woman with a plan: Elizabeth Warren mounts a comeback — at Mike Bloomberg's expense
Josh Greenman / New York Daily News:
With the exception of that one exchange, Bloomberg's debate performance was good enough
Discussion: Vox, NBC News and TheBlaze
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   The Republicans' 2020 plan to turn every Democrat into a ‘Bernie Bro’
ABC News:   Here are the five takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas debate
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:   Michael Bloomberg's campaign implodes onstage in Nevada Democratic debate
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Knives Out: A Glorious Wrestlemania of a Democratic Debate
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Warren mocks Klobuchar over ‘Post-it Note’ health care plan
Nicole Narea / Vox:
Why Klobuchar and Buttigieg fought over the Mexican president's name
Discussion: Reason, Fox News, The Week and Breitbart
George J. Terwilliger III / Washington Post:
I was Barr's deputy attorney general.  He did his job in the Roger Stone case.  —  George J. Terwilliger III, a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods, served in the Justice Department, including as deputy attorney general and acting attorney general.  —  Attorney General William P. Barr …
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Cass R. Sunstein / New York Times:
Imagine That Donald Trump Has Almost No Control Over Justice  —  Congress should transform the department into an independent agency untouched by the president's whims.  —  Mr. Sunstein teaches at Harvard Law School.  —  In view of the intensifying controversy over the politicization …
Politico:
Trump allies target Mueller team, one by one  —  For months, a loose network of pro-Trump commentators and outside agitators has been urging the president to purge his administration of anyone and everyone involved in the Russia probe.  —  They've celebrated as many of the FBI …
Mike Allen / Axios:
The new not-normal: Trump expands the boundaries of presidential power  —  Donald Trump changed how to run for president.  Next, he changed the Republican Party.  Now, he's changing the presidency and the boundaries of executive power.  —  In the past week, Trump has purged internal dissenters …
Associated Press:   Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils DOJ
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The Roger Stone pardon saga
Discussion: emptywheel
BBC:
Germany shooting: ‘Far-right extremist’ carried out shisha bars attacks  —  A suspected far-right extremist has killed at least nine people in attacks on two shisha bars in a city in western Germany, officials say.  —  Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were many signs the attacker in Hanau had acted out of racism.
Discussion: Slate
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New York Times:
Germany Shooting Is Deadliest Yet in Upsurge of Far-Right Attacks  —  Nine people died in two bars favored by immigrants in an attack that Chancellor Angela Merkel said had “right-wing extremist, racist motives.”  The suspect and his mother were also found shot dead.
Discussion: NPR
Bill Bostock / INSIDER:
The mass shooter who killed 9 in Germany published a racist manifesto where he identified …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and Politico
Justin Huggler / Telegraph:   Ten dead after far-Right terror attack in Germany
The Guardian:
Germany shooting: far-right gunman kills 10 in Hanau
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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Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
Why Richard Grenell As Director Of National Intelligence Is A Loss For The Deep State
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 …
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Bolton Rips House Impeachment as ‘Grossly Partisan,’ Claims Testimony ‘Would Have Made No Difference’ in Acquittal
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:   Bolton says his impeachment testimony would not have changed outcome
New York Times:
The 11 Criminals Granted Clemency by Trump Had One Thing in Common: Connections  —  The process bypassed the formal procedures used by past presidents and was driven instead by friendship, fame, personal empathy and a shared sense of persecution.  —  WASHINGTON — Early Tuesday morning, Bernard B. Kerik's telephone rang.
Discussion: The B|E note
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Washington Post:
White House assembles team of advisers to guide clemency process as Trump considers more pardons
Discussion: NBC News
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: Talking Points Memo, CNN and TheBlaze
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: CNBC and Townhall
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Political ads are flooding Hulu, Roku and other streaming services, revealing loopholes in federal election laws  —  With more Americans cutting the cord, watchdogs worry that voters lack a full understanding of who's trying to influence them  —  The ad that interrupted some Hulu subscribers …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Group glues MAGA hats on pigeons as protest ahead of Nevada debate  —  A group has released a number of pigeons with MAGA hats glued to their heads in downtown Las Vegas ahead of the Democratic debate and President Trump's visit to the city Wednesday.  —  An apparently satirical press release …
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Florida feds knew of New York victim in Epstein indictment 11 years earlier  —  Before her testimony could be secured, Epstein cemented a controversial deal.  —  A woman whose allegations of childhood sex abuse in New York were central to last year's indictment of Jeffrey Epstein …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Austin Jenkins / NW News Network:
In middle of debate, felon voting rights bill dies on floor of Washington Senate
USA Today:
Barr, Wray and top security officials: Help us protect the 2020 elections and your vote
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Politico and The Hill
Richard Miller / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Beautiful Proposal for Federal Architecture
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Bloomberg nabs three new congressional endorsements
Discussion: Rolling Stone and The Hill
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr Is Not Quitting—He's Doing Some Weapons-Grade Gaslighting of America
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Man arrested for threatening to kill Schiff, Schumer over impeachment
Discussion: Mediaite
Sirajuddin Haqqani / New York Times:
What We, the Taliban, Want  —  I am convinced that the killing …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's pardons are impulsive expressions of his spite
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo and lawmakers spar over ‘deep state’ attacks in private Munich meeting
Discussion: Business Insider
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Twitter Is Real Life
Discussion: The Morning Missive
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Donald Trump ‘offered Julian Assange a pardon if he denied Russia link to hack’