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1:50 PM ET, February 20, 2020

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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 and Daily Kos
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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.
Discussion: Progress Pond
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  —  Mike Bloomberg was booed during his debut debate as a Democratic presidential candidate — indicative of a rusty outing where the former New York mayor looked unprepared to respond to obvious lines of attack.  —  Why it matters ... The debate underscored …
New York Times:
6 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in Nevada
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Ninth Democratic Debate Posts Strong Early Numbers
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:   Will Warren's Dominant Debate Performance Boost Her Chances in Nevada and Beyond?
NBC News:
Full transcript: Ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren won that debate — for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Michael Bloomberg's campaign implodes onstage in Nevada Democratic debate
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Twitchy
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
Washington Post:
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress, witness tampering amid turmoil between Justice Dept. and Trump on penalty  —  A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime friend, to serve three years and four months in prison for impeding …
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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
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 …
CNBC:
Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison as judge slams him for ‘covering up for’ Trump
NBC News:
Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 3 years, 4 months in prison for lying to Congress
Discussion: Townhall
George J. Terwilliger III / Washington Post:   I was Barr's deputy attorney general. He did his job in the Roger Stone case.
Mike Allen / Axios:
The new not-normal: Trump expands the boundaries of presidential power
ABC News:
Trump ally Roger Stone faces sentencing on Mueller probe-related crimes: Live updates
Discussion: Deseret News, IJR, The Wrap and Raw Story
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump world now awaits Roger Stone pardon
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 …
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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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Bill Bostock / INSIDER:
The mass shooter who killed 9 in Germany published a racist manifesto where he identified …
Discussion: VICE, Raw Story and Politico
BBC:
Germany shooting: ‘Far-right extremist’ carried out shisha bars attacks
Discussion: Slate
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
‘All traitors must die’: Feds charge man for threatening whistleblower attorney  —  Federal prosecutors in Michigan have charged a man with making a death threat against one of the attorneys for a whistleblower who initiated the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, according to newly unsealed court records.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt backs Richard Grenell for acting intelligence chief
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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: Political Wire and The Hill
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.
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
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
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Secession fever spikes in five states as conservatives seek to escape blue rule  —  You've got Oregonians seeking to cascade into Idaho, Virginians who identify as West Virginians, Illinoians fighting to escape Chicago, Californians dreaming of starting a 51st state, and New Yorkers who think three states are better than one.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Austin Jenkins / NW News Network:
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Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
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