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10:00 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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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
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.
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:   Woman with a plan: Elizabeth Warren mounts a comeback — at Mike Bloomberg's expense
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Josh Greenman / New York Daily News:
With the exception of that one exchange, Bloomberg's debate performance was good enough
Discussion: NBC News, TheBlaze and CNN
ABC News:   Here are the five takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas 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: Fox News, Reason, The Week and Breitbart
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 …
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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 …
Associated Press:
Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils DOJ  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, faces sentencing Thursday on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress.  —  The action in federal court comes amid Trump's unrelenting defense …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The Roger Stone pardon saga
Discussion: emptywheel
Politico:
Trump allies target Mueller team, one by one
Discussion: New York Times
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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Washington Post:
Trump to name Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting head of intelligence  —  President Trump plans to name Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as the next acting director of national intelligence, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
Why Richard Grenell As Director Of National Intelligence Is A Loss For The Deep State
Politico:
Trump taps fierce ally Grenell as top intelligence official
Discussion: Redstate
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Trump Taps Richard Grenell as Acting Intelligence Head
Discussion: Washington Blade, KTLA and Bloomberg
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
Justin Huggler / Telegraph:   Ten dead after far-Right terror attack in Germany
The Guardian:
Germany shooting: far-right gunman kills 10 in Hanau
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
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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Carol E. Lee / NBC News:   Bolton says his impeachment testimony would not have changed outcome
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Bolton Rips House Impeachment as ‘Grossly Partisan,’ Claims Testimony ‘Would Have Made No Difference’ in Acquittal
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
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: CNN
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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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 …
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
Damian Collins / WIRED UK:
Facebook must not be allowed to dictate how it gets regulated  —  Mark Zuckerberg has outlined his proposal for social media regulation.  The bottom line?  Passing the buck  —  What happens on Facebook matters.  The social network connects billions of users around the world …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Mike Pompeo and lawmakers spar over ‘deep state’ attacks in private Munich meeting  —  Congressional frustration with the perceived failure by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to defend State Department personnel from political attacks spilled over during a “heated” private meeting last weekend in Munich.
Discussion: Business Insider
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Beautiful Proposal for Federal Architecture  —  I hope members of the National Civic Art Society are just perverse enough to be rather pleased with themselves right about now.  The CAS is the group of activists behind the draft executive order informally called “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.”
 
 
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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:
White House Admits That Trump Trade Stance Did Depress Economy
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Bloomberg nabs three new congressional endorsements
Discussion: The Hill and Bangor Daily News
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr Is Not Quitting—He's Doing Some Weapons-Grade Gaslighting of America
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Man arrested for threatening to kill Schiff, Schumer over impeachment
Discussion: Mediaite
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
The Republicans' 2020 plan to turn every Democrat into a ‘Bernie Bro’
Sirajuddin Haqqani / New York Times:
What We, the Taliban, Want  —  I am convinced that the killing …
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Bloomberg Is Wealthier Than The Bottom 125 Million Americans
Discussion: Raw Story
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's pardons are impulsive expressions of his spite
New York Times:
Wexner Is Expected to Step Down as Victoria's Secret Goes Private
Discussion: CNBC
Debra Heine / American Greatness:
K.T. McFarland Says Mueller Interrogators Put Her Through ‘Hell’ and Left Her ‘Traumatized’
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Twitter Is Real Life
Discussion: The Morning Missive