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The Latest: AP source: Bernie Sanders' campaign raises $3.3M (Associated Press)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:50

Associated Press:
The Latest: AP source: Bernie Sanders' campaign raises $3.3M  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Bernie Sanders' announcement that he is running for president in 2020 (all times local):  —  Bernie Sanders is setting a new fundraising bar for 2020 Democrats.

CNN Staffers 'Demoralized' by Hiring of GOP Operative Sarah Isgur to Edit 2020 Coverage (Maxwell Tani/The Daily Beast)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:45

Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN Staffers ‘Demoralized’ by Hiring of GOP Operative Sarah Isgur to Edit 2020 Coverage  —  The former Jeff Sessions flack has zero journalistic experience and yet she is tasked with guiding CNN's 2020 reporting.  CNN staffers and media critics alike are not pleased.

I'm not proud of role I've played in toxic public debate. I plan to change. (Kirsten Powers/USA Today)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:35

Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
I'm not proud of role I've played in toxic public debate.  I plan to change.  —  Whether it is the Covington controversy or the abortion debate, it's critical to remember that people are not the sum of their worst moments in life.  —  CONNECT11  —  TWEET11  —  COMMENT11  —  EMAIL11  —  MORE11

Hill Democrats say Education Dept. tried to interfere in probe, remove investigator (Heidi Przybyla/NBC News)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:30

Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Hill Democrats say Education Dept. tried to interfere in probe, remove investigator  —  Democrats say they've seen evidence of “troubling efforts” to influence investigation of Education Secretary DeVos.  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats say they have obtained evidence …

Democrats accuse Education Department of interfering in probe of DeVos (Gigi Sukin/Axios)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:20

Gigi Sukin / Axios:
Democrats accuse Education Department of interfering in probe of DeVos  —  House and Senate Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Tuesday alleging they have proof of the agency urging an independent watchdog to drop an active internal investigation into DeVos' reinstatement …

Ambitions for an 'Arab NATO' Fade Amid Discord (Dion Nissenbaum/Wall Street Journal)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:15

Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Ambitions for an ‘Arab NATO’ Fade Amid Discord  —  Washington to host a meeting of Mideast allies that will focus on modest security goals amid divisions over the proposed group's mission  —  WASHINGTON—American efforts to create a new alliance of Middle East nations to counter Iran …

Police: Tip that Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator (Don Babwin/Associated Press)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:15

Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Police: Tip that Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested …

Michael S. Schmidt Describes His Reporting on Trump's Obstructions (Isaac Chotiner/New Yorker)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:00

Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Michael S. Schmidt Describes His Reporting on Trump's Obstructions  —  On Tuesday, the Times published a major story describing the various ways that Donald Trump has tried to undermine or end the investigations surrounding his Presidency.  Late last year, the Times reported …

Larry Hogan says Trump looks "pretty weak" for 2020 general election (CBS News)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:55

CBS News:
Larry Hogan says Trump looks “pretty weak” for 2020 general election  —  Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says that while President Trump is likely to fend off a GOP primary challenger, he may be vulnerable in the general election against the eventual Democratic nominee.

Right-Wing News Outlet Calls for McCabe, Rosenstein to Be Waterboarded (Timothy Burke/The Daily Beast)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:45

Timothy Burke / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing News Outlet Calls for McCabe, Rosenstein to Be Waterboarded  —  Far-right network TruNews wants Justice Department officials, reporters, and even Jeff Sessions to face punishment under treason and sedition laws.  —  Because we watch Trumpland TV so you don't have to …

Did Trump try to handpick the prosecutor for his hush-money case? (Steve Benen/MSNBC)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:45

Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Did Trump try to handpick the prosecutor for his hush-money case?  —  The New York Times has a lengthy report today on Donald Trump's extensive efforts to interfere with the investigations into his assorted scandals, and the piece is well worth your time.  I won't try to unpack all of it …

Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times (New York Times)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:30

New York Times:
Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times  —  President Trump has publicly criticized federal investigations, opening him up to possible obstruction of justice charges.

Beto O'Rourke weighing presidential and Senate runs, plans to decide by end of February (Eric Bradner/CNN)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:30

Eric Bradner / CNN:
Beto O'Rourke weighing presidential and Senate runs, plans to decide by end of February  —  Beto O'Rourke: Walls don't save lives, they end lives  —  El Paso, Texas (CNN)Beto O'Rourke acknowledged Tuesday he is considering runs for president and the Senate in 2020 and said he plans to decide on …

CNN hires GOP operative with no journalism experience to run its 2020 coverage (Aaron Rupar/Vox)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:25

Aaron Rupar / Vox:
CNN hires GOP operative with no journalism experience to run its 2020 coverage  —  Sarah Isgur once referred to her new employer as the “Clinton News Network.”  —  CNN announced on Tuesday it has hired longtime Republican operative Sarah Isgur as political editor, charged with shaping its 2020 campaign coverage.

Al Sharpton Demands Smollett 'Face Accountability' ... (Ashe Schow/Daily Wire)

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:25

Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Al Sharpton Demands Smollett ‘Face Accountability’ For Hoax.  Here's How Sharpton Faced Accountability For His Tawana Brawley Hoax.  —  Spoiler Alert: He Didn't  —  MSNBC host Al Sharpton has never met a claim of racism he didn't believe.  When Jussie Smollett first claimed to have been attacked …

Is Nancy Pelosi a Climate Skeptic? (Bret Stephens/New York Times)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 20:35

Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Is Nancy Pelosi a Climate Skeptic?  —  It's time to reckon with the internal contradictions of climate policy.  —  Is Nancy Pelosi a climate skeptic?  Of course not — and I would know.  But you might be excused for thinking so, given the curt wave-off the House speaker delivered …

In declaring a national emergency, Trump reminds Republicans: It's all about him (Dan Balz/Washington Post)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 20:30

Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In declaring a national emergency, Trump reminds Republicans: It's all about him  —  Though he expects loyalty from Republicans, President Trump has never demonstrated much fidelity to the party that he leads, and on Friday he proved it again.  In declaring a national emergency to fund his border wall …

The War That Wasn't: Trump Claims Obama Was Ready to Strike North Korea (Peter Baker/New York Times)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 20:05

Peter Baker / New York Times:
The War That Wasn't: Trump Claims Obama Was Ready to Strike North Korea  —  WASHINGTON — America was on the brink of war.  As President Barack Obama prepared to leave office, he was contemplating yet another conflict in Asia, where the United States had already fought twice since the 1950s without winning.

A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency (John Cassidy/New Yorker)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 20:05

John Cassidy / New Yorker:
A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency  —  On Friday morning, Donald Trump walked up to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden to make an announcement of monumental importance that clearly couldn't wait a moment longer.  “Before we begin,” he said …

Pence urges E.U. to denounce Maduro and recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's leader (Anne Gearan/Washington Post)

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 19:50

Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Pence urges E.U. to denounce Maduro and recognize Guaidó as Venezuela's leader  —  MUNICH — Vice President Pence urged the European Union to denounce Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Saturday and recognize National Assembly head Juan Guaidó as the country's leader …

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