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3:45 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
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.
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 …
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Ninth Democratic Debate Posts Strong Early Numbers
Discussion: PJ Media Home and New York Post
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg's rough debut
Finally, The Real Elizabeth Warren Steps Up
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, Tangle and The Hill
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 …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Elizabeth Warren won that debate — for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:   Bloomberg on NDAs: 'Maybe They Didn't Like a Joke I Told'
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 …
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
Judge Hands Stone Light Sentence but Scorches Meddling at Justice
Associated Press:
Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils DOJ
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Cass R. Sunstein / New York Times:
Imagine That Donald Trump Has Almost No Control Over Justice
Discussion: Law & Crime
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
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
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As of today, how many jobs does Richard Grenell have?
Discussion: New York Times, Washington Post and NPR
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt backs Richard Grenell for acting intelligence chief
Discussion: New York Times and Vanity Fair
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and POLITICUSUSA
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, Politico 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
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 …
ABC News:
Former Rep. Katie Hill breaks silence months after resigning from Congress: ‘I made the right call’  —  The former Representative from California sat down with George Stephanopoulos.  —  via  —  Former Rep. Katie Hill said she doesn't regret stepping down from her seat in Congress last year …
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Beast
Sachika Yadav / Mediaite:   Katie Hill Says Biphobia Caused Her Resignation From Congress: ‘I Made the Right Call’
Riley de Leon / CNBC:
President Trump's approval rating among small business owners hits all-time high of 64%, survey reveals  —  Sixty-four percent of small business owners approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president, the highest approval rating for Trump among entrepreneurs since CNBC …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Steady at 49%
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
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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Martin Gould / Daily Mail:
Ilhan Omar DID marry her brother and said she would 'do what she had to do to get him “papers” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mathilde Frot / Jewish News:
Fury as textbook asks how Israel could be seen as ‘long term cause of 9/11’
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
SDF avoids fight with Trump over budget cut
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Secession fever spikes in five states as conservatives seek to escape blue rule
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Linden / CNN:
Trump's budget will wreak havoc on the American economy
Discussion: Raw Story
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
EXCLUSIVE: Florida feds knew of New York victim in Epstein indictment 11 years earlier
Discussion: New York Post and National Review
Andrew Ferguson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Beautiful Proposal for Federal Architecture
Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
Bolton: Testimony wouldn't have changed impeachment outcome