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12:50 PM 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 …
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 …
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:   Report: Ex-Nunes Aide Who Helped Smear Russia Probe Now Adviser To New Acting DNI
Washington Post:
After a congressional briefing on election threats, Trump soured on acting spy chief
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
Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
Stephen Miller: Stopping immigrants from entering US is ‘all I care about’  —  'I don't have anything else.  This is my life,' Miller said about his quest to keep immigrants out of the country.  —  Stephen Miller, Donald Trump's senior policy adviser and the architect of many of his harshest …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:   AP-NORC Poll: Democrats feel mixed about nomination process
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren's Big Strengths
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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Law & Crime
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.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
AOC announces new PAC, endorses slate of progressive candidates for Congress
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Top 2020 Dems nearly tapping out campaign coffers, scramble to replenish
Discussion: The Hill
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The rest of the world is preparing for four more years of Trump
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
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: Politico and Bloomberg
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
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Roger Stone Judge Amy Berman Jackson: Look Out, America, ABJ Is the New RBG  —  “The truth still matters.”  With those words, a brave judge sent away a man who's deserved it for years—and reminded us of what this country can be again.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  “The truth still exists …
Scott Morefield / The Daily Caller:   Tucker Carlson Calls For Roger Stone Judge's Impeachment: ‘Democratic Activist Wearing Robes’
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.
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 …
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Sanders Running Even With Biden Among Black Voters, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Alex Ward / Vox:
Mike Bloomberg tweeted a doctored debate video.  Is it political spin or disinformation?  —  Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is shown on a screen during a Democratic debate watch party at the candidate's field office on February 19, 2020.  Jeenah Moon/Getty Images
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
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, TheBlaze and Vanity Fair
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.
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:   GOP is accused of sending misleading ‘census’ forms ahead of the actual count
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Down-ballot Republicans watch with glee as Sanders gains steam  —  Bernie Sanders hasn't won the Democratic primary — but down-ballot Republicans are having a field day acting like he has.  —  Republicans up and down the ballot are already casting their Democratic rivals as socialist puppets …
Discussion: The Hill
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump administration's green card Catch-22
Discussion: The Week and National Review
Washington Post:
Pompeo, Taliban announce plan to sign peace deal at the end of the month
Discussion: IJR and UPI
Nick Coltrain / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg request recounts of 63 caucus precincts
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Condé Nast Agrees to End the Use of NDAs Across the Entire Company
Jacob Kornbluh / Jewish Insider:
DMFI taking a step back from presidential race
Discussion: Washington Times
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?
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots
Discussion: Rolling Stone
JoAnn Wypijewski / The Nation:
Why Harvey Weinstein Might Walk
Discussion: Breitbart
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat
Discussion: CNN and The American Independent
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Harry Reid says Sanders needs more than plurality to win Democratic nomination