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1:40 PM ET, February 22, 2020


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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Nevada Democratic caucuses: Live results  —  You can follow the results here as they come in.  —  The Nevada caucuses — the third contest in the Democratic nomination process — are happening Saturday, with caucus locations opening at 10 am Pacific and the actual caucuses scheduled to begin at 12 pm Pacific (or 3 pm Eastern).
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie unleashes volunteer army on Nevada  —  LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Nevada is a notoriously tough place for presidential candidates to attract volunteers.  But Bernie Sanders has somehow amassed an army.  —  Thousands of the Vermont senator's volunteers and aides in the state have knocked …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How Beating Up Bloomberg Has Reinvigorated the Democratic Field
Discussion: NBC News
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   Sanders drives toward Super Tuesday delegate haul as establishment frets
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Sanders aims for Nevada caucus win to keep momentum going — but other Dems not giving up
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and ABC News
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
With little left to lose, Elizabeth Warren rolls the dice
Discussion: Associated Press
HuffPost:   Trump Costing Taxpayers And Putting Money In His Pocket With Stay At His Own Hotel
NBC News:
Pigeons with ‘Make America Great Again’ hats glued to their heads released in Las Vegas
Associated Press:   Democrats face an important test in Nevada caucuses
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Sonia Sotomayor Just Accused the Supreme Court's Conservatives of Bias Toward the Trump Administration  —  On Friday evening, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration's wealth test for immigrants to take effect in Illinois.  All four liberal justices dissented from the order …
William H. McRaven / Washington Post:
If good men like Joe Maguire can't speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid  —  William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.  He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.
Los Angeles Times:
Twitter is suspending 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts, citing ‘platform manipulation’  —  Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been experimenting with novel tactics to cultivate an online following, or at least the appearance of one.  —  But one of these strategies …
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:
Memo to Mike: Bloomberg needs to go medieval on Bernie if he wants any chance of beating Trump  —  Dear Mr. Bloomberg, or may I call you Mike?  —  So, Wednesday didn't quite go according to plan, did it?  —  You've invested $400 million dollars in the biggest, fastest, shiniest campaign toy that money can buy.
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave’  —  When President Trump ticks off his accomplishments since taking office, he frequently mentions his aggressive makeover of a key sector of the federal judiciary — the circuit courts of appeal …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Judge rules against Devin Nunes in $9.9 million lawsuit over the salacious Steele Dossier  —  Internet heaps praise on CNN's Anderson Cooper for his ‘must watch’ destruction of Rod Blagojevich … Bill Barr's relationship with Trump ‘on the rocks’ as unleashed president ‘openly defies him’: ex-prosecutor
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court dumps Nunes' suit against Trump dossier firm
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
NBC News:
Harry Reid: Iowa and New Hampshire ‘have done so much damage’  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Iowa and New Hampshire should not be the first to vote in the Democratic primary nominating contest.  He also told NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell that he doesn't support Medicare for All …
New York Times:
Richard Grenell Begins Overhauling Intelligence Office, Prompting Fears of Partisanship  —  The new acting director of national intelligence also asked to see the facts underlying the finding that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and favors President Trump's re-election.
Washington Post:
Trump embarks on expansive search for disloyalty as administration-wide purge escalates
Discussion: Mother Jones, COURIER and Mediaite
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:   Trump's new intel chief was a Trump critic in 2016
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign  —  U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Bernie Sanders calls out MSNBC over campaign coverage  —  Bernie Sanders went ballistic at NBC and MSNBC execs ahead of the Democratic debate this week — jabbing one top TV exec repeatedly in the face with his finger and accusing the networks of offensive negative coverage.
Discussion: Mediaite
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump visits a big foreign market — for the U.S. and for Trump Org  —  President Donald Trump arrives Monday in a country featuring the most Trump properties outside the U.S.  —  The White House hopes the visit will advance trade talks and bolster the president's standing with Indian-Americans ahead of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Roger Stone moves to disqualify judge in last-ditch bid to avoid prison  —  President Donald Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone, sentenced to 40 months in prison this week for impeding the congressional investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, moved Friday to disqualify …
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism's Fatal Flaw  —  China is in the grip of a momentous crisis.  The novel coronavirus that emerged late last year has already claimed three times more lives than the SARS outbreak in 2003, and it is still spreading.
NBC News:
Live Blog / Nevada caucuses live updates: Results and analysis from the third 2020 Democratic contest  —  The candidates — not including Mike Bloomberg, who is not on the ballot — are vying for the state's 36 pledged delegates.  —  The Nevada caucuses kick off on Saturday following …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
New York Times:
Under O'Brien, N.S.C. Carries Out Trump's Policy, but Doesn't Develop It  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump's national security adviser, Robert C. O'Brien, convenes meetings with top National Security Council officials at the White House, he sometimes opens by distributing printouts …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Trump was not told coronavirus-infected Americans would be flown home from cruise ship  —  President Trump grew furious with senior advisers this week over a decision to allow 14 Americans who tested positive for coronavirus to return to the United States from Japan after being assured …
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and The Hill
White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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James Delingpole / Spectator USA:
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Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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John Pomfret / Washington Post:
I was expelled from China for my reporting, too. It's part of a larger strategy.
Discussion: The National Interest
Associated Press:
UConn students' arrest over racial slur prompts review of state's ridicule ban
Discussion: The Root
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