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New York Times:
Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump  —  A classified briefing to House members is said to have 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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NSC aide who worked to discredit Russia probe moves to senior ODNI post  —  Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who also played a key role as a Hill staffer in helping Republicans discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for new acting Director …
The Daily Beast:
Russia Is Helping Elect Trump Again, Intel Official Says  —  “Republicans went nuts” when an intelligence official told Congress that Russia was siding with Trump in the election—again.  Then Trump tapped a political ally as his top spy.  —  Intelligence officials briefed House lawmakers …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump anger cost Joseph Maguire the job of director of national intelligence
Morning Consult:
The 2020 U.S. Election  —  On a daily basis, Morning Consult is surveying over 5,000 registered voters across the United States on the 2020 presidential election.  Every week, we'll update this page with the latest survey data, offering an in-depth guide to how the race for the White House is shaping up.
Discussion: Salon and Breitbart
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David Siders / Politico:
Bloomberg quietly plotting brokered convention strategy  —  LAS VEGAS — Mike Bloomberg is privately lobbying Democratic Party officials and donors allied with his moderate opponents to flip their allegiance to him — and block Bernie Sanders — in the event of a brokered national convention.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Harry Reid says Sanders needs more than plurality to win Democratic nomination  —  LAS VEGAS — Former Senate majority leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or any presidential candidate should not get the Democratic nomination if they end the primary process …
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
American Federation of Teachers urges members to support Biden, Sanders, Warren
Discussion: Redstate and The Hill
Washington Post:   The Democratic race is now Sanders against the field, and a contested convention possibly awaits the party
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The rest of the world is preparing for four more years of Trump  —  Many commentators have argued that the big winner in Wednesday's poisonous Democratic Party debate was President Trump.  But as the world assesses the United States in this 2020 election season, the long-term political beneficiaries …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Warren taunts Bloomberg with document to release his employees from NDAs
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren ‘Crushed’ the Debate. But Is It Too Late?
John Koblin / New York Times:
Democrats Set a TV Ratings Record at Their Las Vegas Debate
Discussion: Townhall
Scott Morefield / The Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson Calls For Roger Stone Judge's Impeachment: ‘Democratic Activist Wearing Robes’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for the impeachment of U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson during a Thursday night “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue in which he called her a “Democratic activist wearing robes.”
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson: Look Out, America, ABJ Is the New RBG
Bloomberg:   Trump Stews Over McCabe But Is Wary of Driving Barr to Resign
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump says Roger Stone has ‘very good chance of exoneration’ hours after sentencing
Washington Post:
At the Justice Dept., a cautious sigh of relief as Roger Stone's sentence hits Barr's preferred target
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Maggie Severns / Politico:
Dems race to avoid going broke before Super Tuesday  —  Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren each started the month scraping perilously close to the bottom of their campaign bank accounts, posing an existential threat to their candidacies as the Democratic primary goes national.
Discussion: CNN and Breitbart
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Debate Exposed Bloomberg's Downside — But It Was There All Along
Discussion: Tangle and Spectator USA
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The largest super PAC that supports Republican Senate candidates will say in a filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) late Thursday it spent millions of dollars to boost a liberal Democratic candidate running …
Bloomberg:
Trump Ads Will Take Over YouTube's Homepage on Election Day  —  In the immediate run up to the U.S. presidential election and on Election Day, the homepage of YouTube is set to advertise just one candidate: Donald Trump.  —  The president's re-election campaign purchased the coveted advertising space atop …
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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Tomas Kloosterman / Latino Victory:
Latino Victory Fund Announces Endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States
Tampa Bay Times:
Harriet Tubman Highway will replace Dixie Highway in Miami-Dade
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
DOD communications hub reports likely data breach
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
China could purchase much less U.S. farm product than thought, new USDA estimate suggests
Discussion: The Week
MEL Magazine:
The Hidden Pro-Union Politics of ‘Space Jam’
The Guardian:
Hawks say Sanders will be weak on Russia. But Putin should fear a President Bernie
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Sanders implies Russia, not his supporters, may be to blame for online vitriol.  Experts aren't so sure.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dominique Cuce / NBC News:
NBC NEWS AND MSNBC BREAK RATINGS RECORD AGAIN WITH THE MOST-WATCHED DEMOCRATIC DEBATE EVER
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Rohrabacher confirms he offered Trump pardon to Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email