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11:10 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.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders.  It Wants Chaos  —  The point of Kremlin interference has always been to find democracy's loose seams, and pull.  —  If there's one line intelligence officials have stuck to about Russian interference in US elections, it's that it never stopped.
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:   Bernie Sanders Was Warned Russia Is Trying to Boost His Presidential Campaign
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
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
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
NBC News:
Pigeons with ‘Make America Great Again’ hats glued to their heads released in Las Vegas
HuffPost:   Trump Costing Taxpayers And Putting Money In His Pocket With Stay At His Own Hotel
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 …
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 …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump's new intel chief was a Trump critic in 2016
Discussion: 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 …
Discussion: ArkansasTimes
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.
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
Justice Department unease with Barr goes beyond Stone case
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker: Russia ‘trying to interfere in 2020’
Discussion: The Hill
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,” …
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
White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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
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 …
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: Associated Press
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
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.
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