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4:50 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).
NBC News:
Some Nevada caucus sites facing volunteer shortages  —  A spokeswoman for state Democrats said the staffing issues were not causing voting problems.  —  LAS VEGAS — Voters were turning out for the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, but there was a lack of volunteers to meet them at some polling locations.
Discussion: MSNBC
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Bernie Sanders just declared war on the Democratic establishment  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders took his long-running fight with the Democratic Party establishment very public Friday night, hours after news broke that Russia is working to help his 2020 primary bid and hours before the critical Nevada caucuses.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, NB Blog and Twitchy
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How Beating Up Bloomberg Has Reinvigorated the Democratic Field  —  Entering the final week before Saturday's Nevada caucuses, it was hard to walk down the Las Vegas Strip without running into Democratic officials, strategists, and campaign staffers.  Often, when I'd begin talking with them …
Discussion: NBC News
Fox News:
Nevada caucuses underway as Sanders takes early lead
Discussion: NBC News and ABC News
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump, Schiff spar ahead of Nevada caucuses over claim Russians trying to help Bernie Sanders
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Nevada Dems hope to avoid caucus chaos: Here's how the process is supposed to work
Discussion: The Hill
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
NBC News:
Pigeons with ‘Make America Great Again’ hats glued to their heads released in Las Vegas
Discussion: Instapundit
HuffPost:   Trump Costing Taxpayers And Putting Money In His Pocket With Stay At His Own Hotel
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
With little left to lose, Elizabeth Warren rolls the dice
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Trump's new intel chief makes immediate changes, ousts top official  —  President Trump's new acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, has already made major changes at the agency, including ousting the No. 2 official.  —  Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump's Efforts to Remove the Disloyal Heightens Unease Across His Administration  —  As senior officials are shown the door, a new personnel chief orders a search for political appointees as well as career officials deemed insufficiently supportive of the president.
New York Times:
Under O'Brien, N.S.C. Carries Out Trump's Policy, but Doesn't Develop It
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Digital Edits, a Paid Army: Bloomberg Is ‘Destroying Norms’ on Social Media  —  His campaign is testing the boundaries of what platforms like Twitter and Facebook allow in politics.  They're having trouble coming up with an answer.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the first few months of his presidential campaign …
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election  —  Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election.  In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice.
Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada GOP meets in Pahrump to bind delegates to Trump  —  Conservative guru encourages Republicans to vote in Democratic caucuses (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto  —  Nevada Republican Central Committee members, guests and candidates listen to Nevada GOP Chairman Michael …
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
AOC wears rented luxe designer dress on ‘The View’  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is clothes-minded!  —  The lefty darling set tongues wagging when she donned a luxe designer dress for her Wednesday appearance on “The View.”  —  “Don't you love it when an avowed SOCIALIST wears $580 dresses from Rickie Freeman?
Discussion: INSIDER and The Hill
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.
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: Breitbart
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The National Interest
Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups are working together in West Africa to grab large swaths of territory  —  NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — Groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, at war with each other in the Middle East, are working together to take control of territory across a vast stretch …
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Trump's New Spy Chief Worked For A Foreign Politician The U.S. Accused of Corruption
Rana Ayyub / Washington Post:
Journalism is under attack in India. So is the truth.
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders, the Teflon Candidate, Faces Sudden New Tests
Discussion: Daily Kos
NBC News:
Harry Reid: Iowa and New Hampshire ‘have done so much damage’
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Roger Stone moves to disqualify judge in last-ditch bid to avoid prison
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Sanders drives toward Super Tuesday delegate haul as establishment frets
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Discussion: Raw Story
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