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7:25 PM ET, February 21, 2020

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Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign  —  U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Sanders told Russia is trying to help his campaign
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker: Russia ‘trying to interfere in 2020’
Discussion: The Hill
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump: Democrats ‘trying to start a rumor’ about 2020 Russian interference
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Bloomberg Loses Ground Following Debate Debut in Las Vegas  —  Former New York City mayor loses first-choice support, and popularity wanes  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stands behind the lectern at Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
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Mike Bloomberg for President:
Statement from Mike Bloomberg on Non-Disclosure Agreements  —  I've had the company go back over its record and they've identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made.  If any of them want to be released …
CBS News:
Bernie Sanders on Bloomberg debate performance: “I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out.”  —  Bernie Sanders tells 60 Minutes he was surprised by how unprepared Michael Bloomberg seemed at Wednesday's debate and sounded off on a hypothetical debate matchup between Bloomberg and President Trump.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Bloomberg says he will release women from three nondisclosure agreements  —  In a reversal, former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg said Friday he will permit his company to release women who have accused him of sexual harassment from three non-disclosure agreements, after increasing pressure from his fellow presidential candidates.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Bloomberg says his company will release 3 women from nondisclosure agreements
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump continues to haunt 2020 Democrats with Vegas rally ahead of Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump's New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the U.S. Accused of Corruption  —  Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption.  His own office's policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail.
Discussion: New York Times
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
FBI Arrests Hacker Linked to Former Rep. Katie Hill's Campaign  —  Federal agents have arrested Arthur Dam in connection with a hacking spree that disrupted the 2018 Democratic California primary that ultimately nominated Katie Hill, according to a new criminal complaint.
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Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:   The FBI Arrested A Man For Allegedly Hacking Former Rep. Katie Hill's Opponent To Help Her Win
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Don't mince words.  Trump is abetting an attack on our country.  —  When the Senate acquitted President Trump of the high crimes he committed against our country, Republicans and Democrats alike fell back on a convenient fiction: No, Trump has not really placed himself beyond the law …
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession  —  Donald Trump's senior adviser has been the true driving force behind this Administration's racist agenda.  How far will he go?  —  One afternoon in November, a half-dozen government officials sat …
New York Times:
Biden Adds a Claim to His Biography: An Arrest in South Africa  —  Joe Biden has recounted a story — three times in two weeks — about being arrested on his way to see Nelson Mandela.  He did not mention it in his memoir or speak prominently of it before.  —  LAS VEGAS — In at least three …
Axios:
Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers - Axios  —  McEntee has told people there will be no more promotions for “Never Trumpers.”
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
She wanted a ‘freebirth’ with no doctors.  Online groups convinced her it would be OK.  —  As Judith's pregnancy stretched past 44 weeks, she grew worried.  But rather than seeking medical assistance, she turned to extreme online communities.
Discussion: Eat Me, Matt's Newsletter and Gothamist
Associated Press:
Weinstein jury indicates it is split on most serious counts  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors deliberating in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial indicated Friday that they are deadlocked on the most serious charges, but the judge told them to keep trying.  —  In a note sent to the judge during their lunch break …
Discussion: National Review
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Washington Post:
Trump was not told coronavirus-infected Americans would be flown home from cruise ship  —  President Trump grew furious with senior advisers this week over a decision to allow 14 Americans who tested positive for coronavirus to return to the United States from Japan after being assured …
Discussion: TheBlaze, Breitbart, Raw Story and The Week
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Politico:
White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle:
Chronicle recommends Amy Klobuchar in the Democratic primary  —  This nation desperately needs a change in course.  For all the metrics that suggest the United States is on the right track — economy booming, crime falling — all is not well.  Our international stature is declining …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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The Seattle Times:   Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Lloyd Blankfein: ‘I might find it harder to vote for Bernie than for Trump’  —  The former Goldman chief executive on the crash, the criticism — and sparring with Bernie Sanders  —  Lloyd Blankfein has not had far to travel.  As we take our table, Goldman Sachs' former chief executive points …
Associated Press:
Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Candidates have hustled past smoky bars and slot machines to ask for votes in the back of the house of flashy casinos.  They've made their pitches over plates of tamales, tacos and soul food.
Discussion: Politico
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Melina Mara / Washington Post:
Along picket lines, coveted Nevada union lures candidates after denying critical endorsement
Discussion: The Hill
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
The Republican Party is sending ‘deceptive’ census forms nationwide, including in Florida: Report  —  We obtained one.  Take a look.  —  Just as the 2020 U.S. Census count is about to begin, the Republican National Committee is sending people across the country a letter it confusingly labeled as a …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
GOP is accused of sending misleading ‘census’ forms ahead of the actual count
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Trump's Presidency Isn't a Dark Comedy — It's an Absurd Tragedy  —  The idea that Donald J. Trump is a president best defined by his weakness has always carried a kind of knowing, world-weary authority.  It's basically the Washington Republican response when you're freaking out about Trump's incessant power grabs.
Tom Espiner / BBC:
JP Morgan economists warn of ‘catastrophic’ climate change  —  Human life “as we know it” could be threatened by climate change, economists at JP Morgan have warned.  —  In a hard-hitting report to clients, the economists said that without action being taken there could be “catastrophic outcomes”.
Discussion: Earther
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Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:   In liberal Takoma Park, a bold new climate proposal: Banning fossil fuels
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Builds Progressive Campaign Arm to Challenge Democrats  —  Ms. Ocasio-Cortez plans to endorse a slate of progressive challengers to Democratic candidates and incumbents, working to create a liberal counterweight to the party's official campaign arm.
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Arizona governor pulls immigration plan amid business revolt  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spent much of his first term working to repair the damage to the state's reputation caused by a 2010 tough-on-immigrants law known as SB 1070 that his predecessor signed.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The 5 Lessons from 2016 Democrats Need to Understand If They Want to Stop Bernie  —  History is repeating itself.  Democrats can learn how to save their party from seeing how the Republicans lost theirs.  —  Barring a drastic change in the race, Bernie Sanders is going to be the presumptive Democratic nominee 11 days from now.
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
The most interesting takeaways from how 2020 candidates spent their money in January  —  The January spending figures are officially in.  Candidates spent a lot.  —  January was a crucial period for the Democratic presidential candidates, who spent heavily preparing for the first two primary contests …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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Maggie Severns / Politico:
Warren, Biden and Buttigieg dangerously close to going broke
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Ilhan Omar's Challenger Is Literally on the Run From the Law  —  It's not every day that someone can't campaign in their district because it might result in arrest.  —  It's not unheard-of for members of Congress to resign their seats because of serious legal trouble.
 
 
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
A black lawmaker's anti-lynching bill failed 120 years ago. Now, the House may finally act.
Discussion: The Root
Max Rivlin-Nadler / KPBS Public Media:
Pregnant Asylum-Seekers In Tijuana Being Denied Access To Court Hearings
Tom Shea / NBC New York:
New Jersey Raises Terror Threat Level for White Supremacist Extremists to High
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
Coronavirus-Themed College Party Being Investigated For Racism
Discussion: New York Post
NBC News:
Will Bernie Sanders' long-ago praise of Socialist regimes hurt Democrats in November?
New York Times:
What Happened Between E. Jean Carroll and Elle Magazine?
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Brookshire / Aiken Standard:
Letter: Republicans, vote in the Democratic primary
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Law & Crime
Adam Schiff / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How to protect democracy from lawless presidents like Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Nevada could surprise us
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
Harry Reid Misses George W. Bush and Always Kind of Liked Bernie Sanders
Mac Stipanovich / Tampa Bay Times:
I'll be voting in the Democratic primary for the first time in 40 years | Column
Discussion: Raw Story