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4:00 PM ET, February 20, 2020

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Dominique Cuce / NBC News:
NBC NEWS AND MSNBC BREAK RATINGS RECORD AGAIN WITH THE MOST-WATCHED DEMOCRATIC DEBATE EVER  —  Averages Nearly 20 Million Television Viewers Across the Two Networks,  —  #1 Dem Debate in History in Both Total Viewers and the Key A25-54 Demo  —  NBC News and MSNBC Now Claim the Top Two Dem Debates Ever
Discussion: The Hill
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New York Times:
Will Warren's Dominant Debate Performance Boost Her Chances in Nevada and Beyond?  —  Her strong performance helped her raise $2.8 million by night's end.  But the question was whether it was too late to help Ms. Warren's campaign.  —  LAS VEGAS — Senator Elizabeth Warren was raring to go.
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: Washington Monthly
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.
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Ninth Democratic Debate Posts Strong Early Numbers
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
New York Times:
6 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in Nevada
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Michael Luo / New Yorker:   Warren Makes Her Electability Argument by Skewering Bloomberg at the Democratic Debate
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:
Bloomberg isn't beaten … The sub-tweeters and thumb-twitchers …
HuffPost:
Finally, The Real Elizabeth Warren Steps Up
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, Tangle and The Hill
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren won that debate — for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
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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CNBC:
Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison as judge slams him for ‘covering up for’ Trump  — President Donald Trump's friend Roger Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison for crimes related to lying to Congress and tampering with a witness.
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
courthousenews.com:
Judge Hands Stone Light Sentence but Scorches Meddling at Justice
George J. Terwilliger III / Washington Post:   I was Barr's deputy attorney general. He did his job in the Roger Stone case.
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Close Ally Roger Stone Was Sentenced To 40 Months In Prison
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 …
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 …
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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, Political Wire and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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.
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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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As of today, how many jobs does Richard Grenell have?  —  As of this morning, Ric Grenell appears to have at least three different jobs, which is a lot for one unqualified individual.  —  After Donald Trump announced late yesterday that Ambassador Richard Grenell would take over as the acting director …
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt backs Richard Grenell for acting intelligence chief
Discussion: New York Times and Vanity Fair
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
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 …
Sachika Yadav / Mediaite:
Katie Hill Says Biphobia Caused Her Resignation From Congress: ‘I Made the Right Call’  —  Former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill spoke out in an interview on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos Thursday morning about her resignation from Congress.  —  When asked if she thought she …
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ABC News:
Former Rep. Katie Hill breaks silence months after resigning from Congress: ‘I made the right call’
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Beast
Martin Gould / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar DID marry her brother and said she would ‘do what she had to do to get him “papers” to keep him in U.S.’, reveals Somali community leader  — Ilhan Omar told friends years ago that the man who went on to become her second husband was in fact her brother, DailyMail.com can confirm
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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: Axios, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Apple and Google are reportedly mulling big changes amid antitrust scrutiny.  Is Amazon next?  —  Apple might finally allow users to set their own default email and web browser apps.  Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images  —  Apple is considering letting iPhone users change the default browser and email apps on their phones.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple Weighs Letting Users Switch Default iPhone Apps to Rivals
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
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
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