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11:05 PM ET, February 22, 2020


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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.
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: NBC News
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Vox, The Atlantic and Washington Post
Fox News:
Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the Nevada caucuses, Fox News can project, furthering the democratic socialist's lead over his Democratic rivals and raising the question as to whether he can be stopped on his path to the Democratic nomination.
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.
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.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
It's not just bros: Sanders wins with a diverse coalition
Discussion: The Guardian
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
MSNBC panel disparages Nevada voters for picking Bernie Sanders: ‘Sounds a lot like political suicide’
Discussion: NB Blog
New York Times:   How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada
Andrew Prokop / Vox:   Nevada Democratic caucuses: Live results
NBC News:
Live Blog / Nevada caucuses live updates: Results and analysis from the third 2020 Democratic contest
Discussion: Power Line, Breitbart, The Week and ABC News
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
26 Scenarios For What Things Could Look Like After Nevada
Discussion: NBC News
Rick Wilson / New York Daily News:   Memo to Mike: Bloomberg needs to go medieval on Bernie if he wants any chance of beating Trump
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Nevada Dems hope to avoid caucus chaos: Here's how the process is supposed to work
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and NBC News
ABC News:
With help from Latino voters, Bernie Sanders hits the Nevada jackpot
Discussion: Mother Jones
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
How Beating Up Bloomberg Has Reinvigorated the Democratic Field
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 …
ABC News:
National security adviser Robert O'Brien disputes Russian meddling to favor Trump's reelection  —  Robert O'Brien directly contradicted intelligence official findings.  —  White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien is denying new U.S. intelligence reports that Russian actors …
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 2-23-20: Amb. Robert O'Brien, Rep. Jim Clyburn
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Daily Beast
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 …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing special favors for the Trump administration
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill, Bloomberg and CNN
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:   New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has kidney tumor that's likely cancerous
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
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
The Nevada Independent:
Live Blog: Nevadans turn out to caucus
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Washington Post
Steven W. Mosher / New York Post:
Don't buy China's story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab  —  At an emergency meeting in Beijing held last Friday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke about the need to contain the coronavirus and set up a system to prevent similar epidemics in the future.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zeynep Tufekci / The Atlantic:
How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism's Fatal Flaw
Discussion: The National Interest
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
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 …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: NPR
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
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