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10:35 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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New York Times:
Richard Grenell Begins Overhauling Intelligence Office, Prompting Fears of Partisanship  —  The new acting director of national intelligence also asked to see the facts underlying the finding that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and favors President Trump's re-election.
Washington Post:
Trump embarks on expansive search for disloyalty as administration-wide purge escalates  —  President Trump has instructed his White House to identify and force out officials across his administration who are not seen as sufficiently loyal, a post-impeachment escalation that administration officials …
Discussion: The Week and Outside the Beltway
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Don't mince words. Trump is abetting an attack on our country.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Latest ‘Russia Scandal’ Is Less Than It Appears
Discussion: Fox News, New York Times and The Hill
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker: Russia ‘trying to interfere in 2020’
Discussion: The Hill
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Bernie Sanders Was Warned Russia Is Trying to Boost His Presidential Campaign
William H. McRaven / Washington Post:
If good men like Joe Maguire can't speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid  —  William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.  He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: Mediaite
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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Annie Linskey / Washington Post:   With little left to lose, Elizabeth Warren rolls the dice
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The 5 Lessons from 2016 Democrats Need to Understand If They Want to Stop Bernie
Discussion: National Review
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump continues to haunt 2020 Democrats with Vegas rally ahead of Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Trump kicks off third rally in West Coast campaign blitz ahead of Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Bloomberg says his company will release 3 women from nondisclosure agreements
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
Washington Post:
Trump wants to block Bolton's book, claiming most conversations are classified  —  President Trump has directly weighed in on the White House review of a forthcoming book by his former national security adviser, telling his staff that he views John Bolton as “a traitor,” …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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Adam Schiff / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How to protect democracy from lawless presidents like Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal
Discussion: NBC News, Law & Crime and The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’  —  Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been experimenting with novel tactics to cultivate an online following, or at least the appearance of one.  —  But one of these strategies …
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: The Hill, TheBlaze, Raw Story and Breitbart
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Politico:
White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes  —  The Trump administration is bracing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the United States that could sicken thousands — straining the government's public health response and threatening an economic slowdown in the heat …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court dumps Nunes' suit against Trump dossier firm  —  A federal judge has tossed out a racketeering lawsuit House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes filed last year against the private investigation firm at the heart of the Trump-Russia saga.  —  Alexandria, Virginia-based U.S …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.”
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 …
Matt Mueller / WNYW-TV:
Why the IRS may be knocking on your door during tax season this year  —  NEW YORK - Taxpayers who make six-figure salaries and have a history of filing late returns could get a visitor this filing season.  —  The IRS is stepping up unannounced house calls to those people to remind them to file their taxes on time.
The Seattle Times:
Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president  —  For Washington state, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the best choice to advance to the general election in the crucial effort to unseat President Donald Trump.  —  She is an effective third-term senator with a strong track record of leading initiatives whether …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Chronicle recommends Amy Klobuchar in the Democratic primary
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Associated Press:
UConn students' arrest over racial slur prompts review of state's ridicule ban  —  Two University of Connecticut students uttered a racial slur several times while walking through the parking lot of a campus apartment complex and were recorded by a black student.
Discussion: The Root
Tunku Varadarajan / Wall Street Journal:
A Hollywood Legend Talks Politics  —  Actor-director Clint Eastwood, 89, weighs in on Bloomberg, Trump, #MeToo and the dispute over a reporter's depiction in his latest film.  —  Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.  —  'Many years ago," Clint Eastwood says—drawing close to me as if to share a secret—"I was in Las Vegas.
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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