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Adrian Carrasquillo / Mediaite:
Elizabeth Warren Buys Ad In Sheldon Adelson's Paper Telling Sheldon Adelson How Much He'll Pay Under Her Wealth Tax  —  The morning after Sen. Elizabeth Warren savaged billionaire Mike Bloomberg on stage, possibly giving her flagging campaign new life, she went up with a new ad …
Discussion: Axios
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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Progress Pond
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: Washington Post and The Week
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Loathing in Las Vegas: Amy and Pete's resentment boils over  —  Buttigieg and Klobuchar go round for round in Democratic debate  —  LAS VEGAS — Amy Klobuchar made sure there would be no post-debate handshake with Pete Buttigieg.  —  After a series of cutting exchanges during Wednesday's …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Michael Bloomberg's campaign implodes onstage in Nevada Democratic debate
Discussion: Twitchy
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren won that debate — for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
NBC News:
Full transcript: Ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas
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 CNN
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Knives Out: A Glorious Wrestlemania of a Democratic Debate
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:   Woman with a plan: Elizabeth Warren mounts a comeback — at Mike Bloomberg's expense
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
Discussion: The Hill
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Roger Stone Is Sentenced  —  Trump's longtime friend and political adviser, Roger Stone, is currently at his sentencing hearing in front of Judge Amy Berman Jackson.  Federal prosecutors initially suggested that he should serve 7-9 years in prison for false statements to Congress and the other ways …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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 …
Washington Post:
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress, witness tampering amid turmoil between …
Discussion: The Week
Politico:
Trump allies target Mueller team, one by one
ABC News:
Trump ally Roger Stone faces sentencing on Mueller probe-related crimes: Live updates
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
The new not-normal: Trump expands the boundaries of presidential power
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The Roger Stone pardon saga
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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Rohrabacher tells Yahoo he discussed pardon with Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email
Discussion: IJR, Washington Post and The Guardian
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
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BBC:
Germany shooting: ‘Far-right extremist’ carried out shisha bars attacks
Discussion: Slate
Bill Bostock / INSIDER:
The mass shooter who killed 9 in Germany published a racist manifesto where he identified …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and Politico
Washington Post:
After Germany shooting tied to far-right, Merkel says ‘racism is a poison’ the country must overcome
Discussion: UPI
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt backs Richard Grenell for acting intelligence chief  —  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and GOP leadership, offered his support Thursday for Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence.  —  Blunt's comments …
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New York Times:
Trump Names Richard Grenell as Acting Head of Intelligence
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and IJR
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.
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren  —  Will Wilkinson (10/10) — The gloves came off and she slayed.  Warren sliced Bloomberg's Achilles before he could get off the line, silenced him with his own non-disclosure agreements, and then rained hell on the rest of the field with a combination of vision, policy acumen and biting wit.
Discussion: The Week
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, Townhall and The Daily Caller
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Ninth Democratic Debate Posts Strong Early Numbers  —  Preliminary figures for the ninth face-off, and the first featuring Mike Bloomberg, are ahead of NBC's last debate broadcast in June 2019.  —  The ninth debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary …
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
SDF avoids fight with Trump over budget cut  —  The Trump administration's proposed 2021 budget would diminish the SDF's ability to effectively fight IS, but the coalition is unlikely to protest the steep cuts out of fear of angering Trump.  —  DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images
ABC News:
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Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
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Michael Linden / CNN:
Trump's budget will wreak havoc on the American economy
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders's Rise Sparks Comparisons to 2016 GOP Race
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Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
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Discussion: National Review and New York Post
Richard Miller / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
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Cass R. Sunstein / New York Times:
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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr Is Not Quitting—He's Doing Some Weapons-Grade Gaslighting of America
Discussion: Raw Story
George Conway / Washington Post:
Trump's pardons are impulsive expressions of his spite