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11:50 PM ET, February 20, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump puts an unqualified loyalist in charge 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.
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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
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:   The Democratic race is now Sanders against the field, and a contested convention possibly awaits the party
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Trump, energized after Dems' debate melee and frustrated with Oscars, takes rally blitz to Colorado  —  President Trump continued his four-state trip out west Thursday evening with a wild rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., as he openly celebrated Democrats' intra-party squabbling …
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New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren ‘Crushed’ the Debate.  But Is It Too Late?  —  She laced into Michael Bloomberg in a bid to invigorate her campaign, and then had her biggest 24 hours of fund-raising yet.  —  LAS VEGAS — Hours before Senator Elizabeth Warren would take the stage in front …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Debate Exposed Bloomberg's Downside — But It Was There All Along
Discussion: Tangle and Spectator USA
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Warren taunts Bloomberg with document to release his employees from NDAs
Discussion: The Hill
John Koblin / New York Times:
Democrats Set a TV Ratings Record at Their Las Vegas Debate
Discussion: Townhall
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Pigeon protest group P.U.T.I.N releases birds wearing MAGA hats, Trump wigs
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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Bloomberg:   Trump Stews Over McCabe But Is Wary of Driving Barr to Resign
Washington Post:
At the Justice Dept., a cautious sigh of relief as Roger Stone's sentence hits Barr's preferred target
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.
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 …
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
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Alex Ward / Vox:
Mike Bloomberg tweeted a doctored debate video.  Is it political spin or disinformation?  —  Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is shown on a screen during a Democratic debate watch party at the candidate's field office on February 19, 2020.  Jeenah Moon/Getty Images
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: Politico, The Hill and Washington Post
Associated Press:
Biden slams rival Sanders over past gun control stance  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on presidential campaign developments (all times local.):  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has picked up the endorsement of a prominent progressive Hispanic organization ahead of Saturday's caucus in Nevada.
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and The Guardian
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Tomas Kloosterman / Latino Victory:   Latino Victory Fund Announces Endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
American Federation of Teachers urges members to support Biden, Sanders, Warren
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Tampa Bay Times:
Harriet Tubman Highway will replace Dixie Highway in Miami-Dade
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Kevin Collier / NBC News:
DOD communications hub reports likely data breach
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Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
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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
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
Sachika Yadav / Mediaite:
Katie Hill Says Biphobia Caused Her Resignation From Congress: ‘I Made the Right Call’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
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Discussion: The Week