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11:45 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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Don't mince words. Trump is abetting an attack on our country.
Discussion: American Greatness, CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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
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 …
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg request recounts of 63 caucus precincts  —  The campaigns for Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg each requested full recounts of 63 Iowa caucus precincts, according to the Iowa Democratic Party.  —  Sanders, a U.S. Senator for Vermont, requested a recount for 10 precincts …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Down-ballot Republicans watch with glee as Sanders gains steam
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Harry Reid says Sanders needs more than plurality to win Democratic nomination
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
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Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Sanders Running Even With Biden Among Black Voters, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Morning Consult:
The 2020 U.S. Election  —  On a daily basis, Morning Consult …
Discussion: Terminally Chill and Breitbart
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.
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.
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
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: NewsOne, Breitbart 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
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:
Pompeo, Taliban announce plan to sign peace deal at the end of the month  —  KABUL — The United States plans to sign a peace deal with the Taliban on Feb. 29 as long as a week-long reduction in violence across the country holds, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Discussion: UPI and IJR
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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
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
GOP is accused of sending misleading ‘census’ forms ahead of the actual count  —  The Republican National Committee is sending documents labeled “2020 Congressional District Census” to people in California and across the country just weeks before the start of the official nationwide count of the country's population.
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ProPublica:   Republican National Committee Obscured How Much It Pays Its Chief of Staff
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.
Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
Esquire Bullies John Krasinski: Are You a Closet Conservative?  —  Men's magazines obsess over more than just style, personal grooming and the latest ab workout.  —  Too often GQ, Esquire and Men's Health double as progressive magazines meant to push liberal talking points.
Discussion: Fox News, Vanity Fair and Full Feed
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
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
DMFI taking a step back from presidential race  —  Democratic Majority for Israel does not intend to run any more televised ads against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) beyond the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, DMFI CEO Mark Mellman confirmed to Jewish Insider.  “We don't have plans to be further involved …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump administration's green card Catch-22
Discussion: The Week and National Review
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
$45m in 90 days: How Bloomberg bought your Facebook feed
Discussion: One America News Network and Axios
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Democrats feel mixed about nomination process
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Condé Nast Agrees to End the Use of NDAs Across the Entire Company
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
Is Bethenny Frankel The ‘Next Trump’?
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
Female prisoner claims she was raped by transgender inmate, sues prison
Discussion: National Review and WTTW News
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
The Billionaire Election  —  Does the world belong to them or to us?
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JoAnn Wypijewski / The Nation:
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat
Discussion: CNN