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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 …
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: Eschaton
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Democrats feel mixed about nomination process  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic voters feel generally positive about all of their top candidates running for president, but they have only moderate confidence that their party's nomination process is fair, according to a new poll …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Harry Reid says Sanders needs more than plurality to win Democratic nomination
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Down-ballot Republicans watch with glee as Sanders gains steam
Discussion: The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Elizabeth Warren Wanted to Be the Unity Candidate.  Now, She's Playing for Keeps  —  “If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in.  I'll lead the charge,” Sen. Warren said in Las Vegas on Thursday.  —  After rising to prominence as an unapologetic crusader against money in politics …
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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
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 …
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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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:   Roger Stone's sentence proves that AG Barr was right and trial prosecutors were wrong
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
‘Parasite’ studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read'  —  The movie studio behind the South Korean film “Parasite” clapped back on Thursday after President Trump criticized the foreign language film after it won Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards.
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and Vanity Fair
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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).
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ObamaCare favorability hits highest level: poll
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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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.
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 …
New York Times:
How Bloomberg Bungled a Debate That He Had Been Prepped For  —  Michael Bloomberg's campaign advisers had anticipated tough debate questions on stop-and-frisk and nondisclosure agreements.  The former mayor's performance left his team rattled.  —  Michael R. Bloomberg had put in the hours …
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Washington Post:
One Mike Bloomberg spent $340 million on carefully polished ads. …
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, IJR and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
ProPublica:
Republican National Committee Obscured How Much It Pays Its Chief of Staff  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Richard Walters began his career at the lowest rungs of the Republican National Committee when he was 23.
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Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:   GOP is accused of sending misleading ‘census’ forms ahead of the actual count
Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
Esquire Bullies John Krasinski: Are You a Closet Conservative?  —  The liberal magazine questions the actor's pro-family, pro-military projects.  —  Pin  —  Men's magazines obsess over more than just style, personal grooming and the latest ab workout.  —  Too often GQ, Esquire …
Discussion: Fox News, Vanity Fair and Full Feed
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.
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.”
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.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Condé Nast Agrees to End the Use of NDAs Across the Entire Company  —  The move came amid pressure from New Yorker staffers to eliminate the controversial practice, which the magazine had famously exposed in its reporting on Harvey Weinstein.  —  Condé Nast will eliminate …
 
 
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Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg request recounts of 63 caucus precincts
Discussion: The Guardian
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
DMFI taking a step back from presidential race
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
How fake faces are being weaponized online
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
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Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat
Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
Trump Ads Will Take Over YouTube's Homepage on Election Day