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8:55 AM ET, February 22, 2020


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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.
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.
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker: Russia ‘trying to interfere in 2020’
Discussion: The Hill
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Bernie Sanders Was Warned Russia Is Trying to Boost His Presidential Campaign
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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  —  President Trump has instructed his White House to identify and force out officials across his administration who are not seen as sufficiently loyal, a post-impeachment escalation that administration officials …
Discussion: Mother Jones, COURIER and Mediaite
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Latest ‘Russia Scandal’ Is Less Than It Appears
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump's new intel chief was a Trump critic in 2016
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
With little left to lose, Elizabeth Warren rolls the dice  —  LAS VEGAS — Everybody loses some of their inhibitions in Las Vegas.  Even Elizabeth Warren.  —  This is where the Democratic senator from Massachusetts shrugged off her reluctance to criticize rivals and eviscerated them during a debate …
Discussion: Associated Press
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Bloomberg Loses Ground Following Debate Debut in Las Vegas  —  Former New York City mayor loses first-choice support, and popularity wanes  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stands behind the lectern at Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Sanders aims for Nevada caucus win to keep momentum going — but other Dems not giving up
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Trump continues to haunt 2020 Democrats with Vegas rally ahead of Nevada caucuses
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump's New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the U.S. Accused of Corruption  —  Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption.  His own office's policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail.
White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes  —  The Trump administration is bracing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the United States that could sicken thousands — straining the government's public health response and threatening an economic slowdown in the heat …
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: CNN, The Hill and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Trump wants to block Bolton's book, claiming most conversations are classified  —  President Trump has directly weighed in on the White House review of a forthcoming book by his former national security adviser, telling his staff that he views John Bolton as “a traitor,” …
Discussion: The Week, The Hill, CNN and Mediaite
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Law & Crime
Mike Bloomberg for President:
Statement from Mike Bloomberg on Non-Disclosure Agreements  —  I've had the company go back over its record and they've identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made.  If any of them want to be released …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Bloomberg says his company will release 3 women from nondisclosure agreements
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court dumps Nunes' suit against Trump dossier firm  —  A federal judge has tossed out a racketeering lawsuit House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes filed last year against the private investigation firm at the heart of the Trump-Russia saga.  —  Alexandria, Virginia-based U.S …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
FBI Arrests Hacker Linked to Former Rep. Katie Hill's Campaign  —  Federal agents have arrested Arthur Dam in connection with a hacking spree that disrupted the 2018 Democratic California primary that ultimately nominated Katie Hill, according to a new criminal complaint.
New York Times:
Biden Adds a Claim to His Biography: An Arrest in South Africa  —  Joe Biden has recounted a story — three times in two weeks — about being arrested on his way to see Nelson Mandela.  He did not mention it in his memoir or speak prominently of it before.  —  LAS VEGAS — In at least three …
Matt Mueller / WNYW-TV:
Why the IRS may be knocking on your door during tax season this year  —  NEW YORK - Taxpayers who make six-figure salaries and have a history of filing late returns could get a visitor this filing season.  —  The IRS is stepping up unannounced house calls to those people to remind them to file their taxes on time.
Associated Press:
UConn students' arrest over racial slur prompts review of state's ridicule ban  —  Two University of Connecticut students uttered a racial slur several times while walking through the parking lot of a campus apartment complex and were recorded by a black student.
Discussion: The Root
The Seattle Times:
Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president  —  For Washington state, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the best choice to advance to the general election in the crucial effort to unseat President Donald Trump.  —  She is an effective third-term senator with a strong track record of leading initiatives whether …
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Greyhound, the nation's largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks.  —  The company's announcement came …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Tunku Varadarajan / Wall Street Journal:
A Hollywood Legend Talks Politics  —  Actor-director Clint Eastwood, 89, weighs in on Bloomberg, Trump, #MeToo and the dispute over a reporter's depiction in his latest film.  —  Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.  —  'Many years ago," Clint Eastwood says—drawing close to me as if to share a secret—"I was in Las Vegas.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Andrew C. McCarthy / Washington Examiner:
The case for repealing FISA and reforming the FBI and CIA
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Paul Ryan says a Bernie Sanders nomination would help GOP win back the U.S. House
Discussion: The Hill
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
AOC announces new PAC, endorses slate of progressive candidates for Congress
Discussion: Redstate, Rolling Stone, NPR and Breitbart
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Virginia May Make All Children Eligible for Parole, a Major Shift for This Punitive State
The Intercept:
Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases
Trump Costing Taxpayers And Putting Money In His Pocket With Stay At His Own Hotel
Discussion: The National Memo
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
I was expelled from China for my reporting, too. It's part of a larger strategy.
 Earlier Items: 
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
A black lawmaker's anti-lynching bill failed 120 years ago. Now, the House may finally act.
Discussion: The Root
Tom Shea / NBC New York:
New Jersey Raises Terror Threat Level for White Supremacist Extremists to High
Discussion: Raw Story
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Arizona governor pulls immigration plan amid business revolt
NBC News:
Will Bernie Sanders' long-ago praise of Socialist regimes hurt Democrats in November?
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Trump's Presidency Isn't a Dark Comedy — It's an Absurd Tragedy
Adam Schiff / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How to protect democracy from lawless presidents like Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
She wanted a ‘freebirth’ with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK.
Discussion: Eat Me, Matt's Newsletter and Gothamist