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9:45 AM ET, February 20, 2020

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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
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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.
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  —  “I have a plan” was Elizabeth Warren's rallying cry for the better part of 2019 when she rose to the top of the Democratic primary.  For a variety of reasons, her campaign faltered as the year drew …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Warren mocks Klobuchar over ‘Post-it Note’ health care plan
ABC News:   Here are the five takeaways from the fiery Las Vegas debate
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
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Warren unloads on Bloomberg: ‘A billionaire who calls women fat broads’
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Nicole Narea / Vox:
Why Klobuchar and Buttigieg fought over the Mexican president's name
Discussion: Fox News, 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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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 …
Washington Post:
White House assembles team of advisers to guide clemency process as Trump considers more pardons  —  The White House is moving to take more direct control over pardons and commutations, with President Trump aiming to limit the role of the Justice Department in the clemency process as he weighs …
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 …
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
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Trump names unqualified far-right political hack to nation's top intelligence job
Discussion: The Week
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
Louis Casiano / Fox News:   John Bolton pressed by Susan Rice on impeachment testimony at Vanderbilt event
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Dem ad campaign aimed at taking down Bernie  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  G'MORNING, and happy debate day.  —  A NEW CHAPTER in the Democrat-on-Democrat war inside the party will be on full display tonight in Las Vegas when the entire field goes to battle with MIKE BLOOMBERG.
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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
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
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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