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8:30 AM ET, February 23, 2020


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Bloomberg needs to take down Sanders — immediately  —  Joe Lockhart was White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration.  He co-hosts the podcast “Words Matter.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  View more opinion at CNN.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada — Putting Him In The Driver's Seat To Win The Nomination  —  Bernie Sanders has won the Nevada caucuses, and it looks like he's going to win them by a big, perhaps even landslide margin.  —  We don't know exactly how big.  As I'm writing this just before 7 p.m. Las Vegas time …
Washington Post:
As Bernie Sanders's momentum builds, down-ballot Democrats move to distance themselves  —  Former astronaut Mark Kelly, the Democratic Party's hope for flipping a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, tried to do no harm this month when he was asked about Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Discussion: Power Line and Althouse
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Bernie Sanders just won the Nevada caucuses  —  Sanders is on a winning streak; he has now won two early states in a row.  —  Bernie Sanders is on a roll.  —  The independent senator from Vermont cruised to victory in Saturday's caucuses in Nevada, where his campaign has been building Latino support for months.
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses, Strengthening His Primary Lead  —  His triumph will provide a burst of momentum that may make it difficult for the still-fractured moderate wing of the Democratic Party to slow his march to the nomination.  —  LAS VEGAS — Senator Bernie Sanders claimed …
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.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
MSNBC panel disparages Nevada voters for picking Bernie Sanders: ‘Sounds a lot like political suicide’  —  Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were blasted on MSNBC on Saturday by committing “political suicide” in the 2020 general election.  —  As early results from the Nevada Caucuses showed Sanders …
Discussion: NB Blog
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
It's not just bros: Sanders wins with a diverse coalition  —  Analysis: The Vermont senator's victory in Nevada should strike fear in the hearts of his rivals and critics, with his electorate reflecting a cross-section of the party.  —  LAS VEGAS — Put “Bernie Bros” on the back-burner.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders Won Nevada.  In 10 Days, He Could Make It Very Hard For Anyone To Catch Up.  —  EL PASO — On one side of the room, at the back of Bally's casino, Michael Bloomberg's top strategist speculated with reporters about not if, but perhaps when, they would spend millions on negative ads against the Democratic frontrunner.
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
New York Times:   How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders decisively wins Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Fox News
Ryan Lizza / Politico:   Sanders eviscerates the conventional wisdom about why he can't win
ABC News:
With help from Latino voters, Bernie Sanders hits the Nevada jackpot
Discussion: Fox News and Mother Jones
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:   Memo to Mike: Bloomberg needs to go medieval on Bernie if he wants any chance of beating Trump
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
26 Scenarios For What Things Could Look Like After Nevada
Discussion: NBC News
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
National Security Adviser O'Brien says “no intelligence behind” claims of Russian interference in 2020 elections  —  Last week, intelligence officials warned lawmakers in a briefing before the House Intelligence Committee that the Russians are continuing their efforts to interfere in the 2020 election …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   Security adviser: I've seen no intel of Moscow helping Trump
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Philip Haney, DHS whistleblower, found dead, police say  —  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower Philip Haney was found dead in Amador County, Calif., on Friday, according to local authorities.  —  Haney, 66, “appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound …
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Phil Murphy has tumor on kidney, likely cancer  —  Gov. Phil Murphy disclosed Saturday he has a tumor on his kidney that is 90 percent likely to be cancerous and will soon undergo surgery.  —  Murphy, 62, told NJ Advance Media that doctors caught it at an early stage and have …
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:   New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has kidney tumor that's likely cancerous
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
We have entered the Trump Unbound era — and journalists need to step it up.  —  When Donald Trump was elected, the media spent months figuring out how to cover a far-from-ordinary presidency.  —  Some will argue that many journalists never rose to that challenge — that they normalized Trump …
Yahoo News:
Latinos, Sanders's secret weapon in Nevada, could make him unstoppable on Super Tuesday  —  LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders's Nevada caucus campaign ended with a convincing win Saturday afternoon, thanks in large measure to a  —  37-percentage-point victory among Latino caucus-goers.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Pompeo Reveals Trump Admin's Wide-Ranging Plan to Combat Iran, Deal Death Blow to Nuclear Deal  —  In discussion with Free Beacon, secretary of state explains how he is galvanizing the globe against the Islamic Republic  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—The Trump administration is waging …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing special favors for the Trump administration  —  The ordinary rules no longer apply when the Trump administration shows up in court.  —  The Supreme Court voted along ideological lines Friday evening to allow a Trump administration rule …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Slate
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
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
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Discussion: INSIDER and The Hill
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
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