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9:10 AM ET, February 21, 2020

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New York Times:
Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump  —  A classified briefing to House members is said to have angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure.  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia …
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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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NSC aide who worked to discredit Russia probe moves to senior ODNI post  —  Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who also played a key role as a Hill staffer in helping Republicans discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for new acting Director …
The Daily Beast:
Russia Is Helping Elect Trump Again, Intel Official Says  —  “Republicans went nuts” when an intelligence official told Congress that Russia was siding with Trump in the election—again.  Then Trump tapped a political ally as his top spy.  —  Intelligence officials briefed House lawmakers …
Reuters:   Kremlin says U.S. allegations Russia is working to re-elect Trump are false
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump anger cost Joseph Maguire the job of director of national intelligence
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Morning Consult:
The 2020 U.S. Election  —  On a daily basis, Morning Consult is surveying over 5,000 registered voters across the United States on the 2020 presidential election.  Every week, we'll update this page with the latest survey data, offering an in-depth guide to how the race for the White House is shaping up.
Discussion: Salon and Breitbart
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David Siders / Politico:
Bloomberg quietly plotting brokered convention strategy  —  LAS VEGAS — Mike Bloomberg is privately lobbying Democratic Party officials and donors allied with his moderate opponents to flip their allegiance to him — and block Bernie Sanders — in the event of a brokered national convention.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill, Political Wire and CNN
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Harry Reid says Sanders needs more than plurality to win Democratic nomination  —  LAS VEGAS — Former Senate majority leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or any presidential candidate should not get the Democratic nomination if they end the primary process …
Nicole Gaudiano / Politico:
American Federation of Teachers urges members to support Biden, Sanders, Warren
Discussion: The Hill and Redstate
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Down-ballot Republicans watch with glee as Sanders gains steam
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:   The Democratic race is now Sanders against the field, and a contested convention possibly awaits the party
Scott Morefield / The Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson Calls For Roger Stone Judge's Impeachment: ‘Democratic Activist Wearing Robes’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson called for the impeachment of U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson during a Thursday night “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue in which he called her a “Democratic activist wearing robes.”
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson: Look Out, America, ABJ Is the New RBG
Washington Post:
At the Justice Dept., a cautious sigh of relief as Roger Stone's sentence hits Barr's preferred target
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump says Roger Stone has ‘very good chance of exoneration’ hours after sentencing
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Warren, Biden and Buttigieg dangerously close to going broke  —  Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren each started the month scraping perilously close to the bottom of their campaign bank accounts, posing an existential threat to their candidacies as the Democratic primary goes national.
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and Breitbart
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC News/WSJ poll: Sanders gains ground on Biden with black voters nationally
Discussion: The Hill
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:   How Amy Klobuchar Suddenly Became a Rival Worth Attacking
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Warren taunts Bloomberg with document to release his employees from NDAs
Discussion: NBC News and HuffPost
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins won't accept Trump's intel post, vows to stay in Georgia Senate race  —  Trump floated Collins for the job, possibly sparing GOP of brutal Senate fight  —  U.S. Rep. Doug Collins rejected the idea of becoming the permanent director of national intelligence on Friday …
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Trump says he's considering Doug Collins for DNI post; GOP rep says not interested
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Trilby Beresford / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump Rips ‘Parasite’ Oscars Win and Brad Pitt in Colorado Rally Rant  —  “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” he asked at the podium to boos from the crowd.  —  During Thursday's campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, President Donald Trump criticized the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite …
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus-infected Americans flown home against CDC's advice  —  In the wee hours of a rainy Monday, more than a dozen buses sat on the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.  Inside, 328 weary Americans wearing surgical masks and gloves waited anxiously to fly home after weeks in quarantine aboard …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Mulvaney Says He Often Disagrees With Trump (Just Never Publicly)  —  The acting chief of staff, addressing a crowd of several hundred in England, spoke freely about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  —  Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff …
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Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Presidential Candidates Ended January Short on Cash  —  Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden haven't invested in any ads in the crucial Super Tuesday states, data show  —  Four of the top six Democratic presidential campaigns spent heavily ahead of the Iowa caucuses …
Greg B. Smith / The City:
Judge Who Ended Stop-and-Frisk Slams Bloomberg on Past Attempt to ‘Scare Me’  —  In 2013, shortly before Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin declared then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional, a taxpayer-funded dossier that portrayed her as anti-police surfaced.
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and NBC News
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The largest super PAC that supports Republican Senate candidates will say in a filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) late Thursday it spent millions of dollars to boost a liberal Democratic candidate running …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Authoritarian Stamp of Jim Crow  —  We don't have to look overseas to find models that help explain where Trumpism may be taking us.  —  When critics reach for analogies to describe Donald Trump — or look for examples of democratic deterioration — they tend to look abroad.
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.
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: The Week
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
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Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and The Hill