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3:30 PM ET, February 21, 2020


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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 …
Discussion: Slate and Eschaton
Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:   Stephen Miller: Stopping immigrants from entering US is ‘all I care about’
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.
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.
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Despite strong start, Buttigieg seeks $13 million for Mar. 3
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   John Legend to campaign for Elizabeth Warren in South Carolina
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
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.
Tim Perry / CBS News:
Mike Bloomberg trolls Trump with billboards as Trump campaigns in West  —  Mike Bloomberg is looking beyond the war being waged against him by the Democratic primary field toward general election opponent President Trump, trolling him with billboards where the president himself is campaigning in the West this week.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Bloomberg
Marina Fang / HuffPost:   Ex-Goldman Sachs CEO: ‘I Might Find It Harder To Vote For Bernie Than For Trump’
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Former Goldman Sachs CEO: ‘I might find it harder to vote for Bernie than for Trump’
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NSC aide who worked to discredit Russia probe moves to senior ODNI post
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:   Report: Ex-Nunes Aide Who Helped Smear Russia Probe Now Adviser To New Acting DNI
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.”
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.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Nevada could surprise us  —  (CNN)Finding a public poll of the Nevada caucuses has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack.  —  There have been just eight polls released publicly over the last three months.  Two of those were internal polls.  Only five of those have been taken since …
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC News/WSJ poll: Sanders gains ground on Biden with black voters nationally  —  Trump's approval rating with black voters stands at just 14 percent  —  LAS VEGAS — As the Democratic primary battle turns to states with more racial diversity than the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire …
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.
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
Stone prison term: Will courts hold Trump accountable after Congress, Mueller failures?  —  Accountability still matters in court.  Perhaps the judiciary will protect us from Trump where the executive and legislative branches have let us down.  —  Truth still matters in some places.
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson: Look Out, America, ABJ Is the New RBG
NBC News:
‘Taking no chances’: Nevada Dems hire massive call center to avoid caucus meltdown  —  The state party, and the DNC, are taking steps to avoid an Iowa-style voting fiasco on Saturday.  —  LAS VEGAS — Nervous about another fiasco like Iowa's, Democrats here and nationally are going to extra lengths …
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and MSNBC
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
After error-riddled Iowa results, Nevada Democrats telegraph process for correcting miscalculations
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
FBI Arrests Hacker Linked to Katie Hill 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.  —  Dam, in the criminal complaint, is linked directly to the Hill campaign.
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
Rebecca Tan / Washington Post:   In liberal Takoma Park, a bold new climate proposal: Banning fossil fuels
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - February 2020: Health Care in the 2020 Election  —  Key Findings:  — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide today whether to take up Texas v. United States, which challenges the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ObamaCare favorability hits highest level: poll
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal.
Dana Schwartz / Washington Post:
I criticized ‘South Park’ for spawning a generation of trolls.  And so the trolls came for me.  —  Dana Schwartz is an author based in Los Angeles and the creator of the podcast “Noble Blood.”  —  About a week ago, I tweeted about a TV show.  I was fed up with the way that conversations …
Bob Brookshire / Aiken Standard:
Letter: Republicans, vote in the Democratic primary  —  Being retired gives me the freedom to read and view the political landscape 24/7.  Ever since President Trump's election, I have learned way more than I ever wanted to know about our political system both locally and nationally …
Adam Schiff / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How to protect democracy from lawless presidents like Trump  —  The impeachment trial of President Trump has ended, but the threat to our democracy continues.  In the short time since the trial concluded, the president has proven that the House managers' warning to senators that he will never change was prescient.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Mac Stipanovich / Tampa Bay Times:
I'll be voting in the Democratic primary for the first time in 40 years |  Column  —  Long-time Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich explains why he has registered as a Democrat ahead of Florida's presidential primary.  —  Registration for the March 17 Democratic presidential primary in Florida has closed.
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
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Gary D. Robertson / Associated Press:
McConnell-linked group funds ads helping N Carolina Democrat
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
Jeff Bezos's $10 Billion Climate Pledge Is Actually Tiny
Discussion: Wired, Earther and The Atlantic
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
Harry Reid Misses George W. Bush and Always Kind of Liked Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
In all-caps tweet, President Trump vows new farm bailouts as China purchases appear weaker than promised
Discussion: Politico and The Week
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Big Strengths
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
GOP is accused of sending misleading ‘census’ forms ahead of the actual count
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
Is Bethenny Frankel The ‘Next Trump’?
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
‘Parasite’ studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read'
Discussion: NBC News, Vox and Talking Points Memo
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Authoritarian Stamp of Jim Crow
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Down-ballot Republicans watch with glee as Sanders gains steam
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Alex Ward / Vox:
Mike Bloomberg tweeted a doctored debate video. Is it political spin or disinformation?