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Good morning, here's what you need to know today: https://bit.ly/2uRcTWH
 
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10:37 AM · Feb 15, 2020·Sprout Social
 
 
1. France reports 1st coronavirus death outside of Asia

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus died Friday in France, French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn announced Saturday. The patient, who was not named, is believed to be the first person to die from the virus outside of Asia and the fourth outside mainland China. The man's daughter is also infected, but is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon. Meanwhile, the United States is planning to evacuate Americans from the cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than a week in Japan after at least 218 passengers tested positive for the virus. Overall, more than 66,000 people have been infected with — and more than 1,00 have died from — the virus across the globe, though the latest 24-hour period saw a dip in new cases. [The New York Times, The Associated Press]

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2. Barr assigns outside prosecutor to review Flynn's case

Attorney General William Barr is having an outside prosecutor review the criminal case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The New York Times called it a "highly unusual" move that could "trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors." Barr has reportedly been installing outside prosecutors to review numerous politically-sensitive cases including that of the former Trump adviser, who in 2017 pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Since then, Flynn has been trying to change his plea to not guilty. Jeff Jensen of the office of the United States attorney in St. Louis is reportedly examining the Flynn case. [The New York Times]

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3. DOJ: Andrew McCabe won't face criminal charges

The Justice Department said Friday that its investigation into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired in 2018 for allegedly lying to investigators about a disclosure to the media, has been dropped, and he will not face criminal charges. McCabe has alleged his firing was politically motivated, in a lawsuit last year claiming it was part of a "plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees" who weren't "politically loyal" to Trump. The Justice Department's inspector general concluded in a 2018 report McCabe "lacked candor" under oath when questioned by investigators about authorizing a media leak. McCabe denied intentionally lying to investigators. President Trump has repeatedly blasted McCabe on Twitter, writing in 2018 after the release of the inspector general's report, "He LIED! LIED! LIED!" [CNN, The New York Times]

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4. Border Patrol agents will be deployed to sanctuary cities

The Trump administration will deploy 100 tactical Border Patrol officers in 10 cities across the U.S. between February and May to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, The New York Times reported Friday. The decision is part of the White House's battle against so-called sanctuary cities where local authorities often don't cooperate with Washington when it comes to handing over immigrants targeted for deportation. Border Patrol usually operates at the border, airports, and ports of entry, while ICE conducts arrests throughout the rest of the country, but the latter agency has argued sanctuary cities and immigration advocacy groups have made their jobs too difficult. Naureen Shah, a senior policy and advocacy counsel on immigrants' rights at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the deployment "will put lives at risk by further militarizing our streets." [The New York Times, NBC News]

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5. Dozens killed in Mali attacks

At least 31 civilians and nine soldiers were killed in a series of attacks in central Mali, the government said Friday, though they did not say who carried out the violence. One attack took place in a village, where gunmen burned houses, crops, and livestock. Another took place at a military camp in the Gao region, where one soldier was killed. The other eight soldiers were reportedly killed in an ambush. Mali has been mired in turmoil for some time with much of the violence stemming from inter-ethnic conflict in the center of the country. Human Rights Watch said more than 450 civilians were killed in the region in 2019. [Al Jazeera, BBC]

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6. 9 Democratic senators formally call for Barr's resignation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday formalized her call for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr. Following up on her Wednesday insistence that Barr resign over his apparent interference in the criminal case against Roger Stone, Warren led eight other Democratic senators in a formal letter calling for Barr's departure. "We are writing to express our alarm about and opposition to the unethical political intervention" by Barr and the Justice Department in the case of President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, the senators, including fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) claim in their letter to Barr. Trump tweeted his opposition to the prison sentence federal prosecutors recommended for Stone. The DOJ stepped in to lighten the recommendation, though Barr insisted Trump's tweets had nothing to do with it. [Sen. Elizabeth Warren]

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7. U.S. increases tariffs on European aircraft imports

The U.S. said Friday it will increase tariffs from 10 percent to 15 percent on European Union-imported aircraft which will take effect March 18. The decision stems from a dispute over aircraft subsidies. The U.S.'s Trade Representative's Office said Washington would still like to negotiate a settlement with Brussels, but it may depend on whether the EU imposes its own tariffs. Brussels said it would also like to negotiate, but will not be pressured into bending to Washington's will, per Reuters. European planemaker Airbus said it was disappointed in the news and would try to "mitigate effects" of the tariffs "insofar as possible." The U.S., however, decided not to raise tariffs on a broader range of imports from the EU. [Reuters, The Financial Times]

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8. Bill de Blasio will reportedly endorse Bernie Sanders

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, once a 2020 Democratic contender himself, will reportedly endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the presidency, and will soon join him to campaign in Nevada. De Blasio campaigned on a progressive presidential platform of his own for a few months last year until dropping out. When exactly de Blasio plans to announce his endorsement is unclear, but he is reportedly expected to head to Nevada on Sunday to start campaigning around the country. This reported endorsement puts de Blasio at odds with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is running a more centrist 2020 campaign than Sanders. [Politico, The New York Times]

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9. R. Kelly faces new sexual abuse allegation

R. Kelly was hit with a new allegation of sexual abuse on Friday as a superseding indictment in Chicago alleged Kelly sexually abused one minor for four years beginning in 1997. Kelly was already facing charges in four jurisdictions for his alleged decades of sexual abuse and was charged in Chicago last year. This indictment appears to remove a person from the list of Kelly's victims as it adds a new one, and also seeks the forfeiture of assets from Kelly's production company and the company of his business manager and co-defendant. The disgraced R&B star's attorney tweeted Friday that "we continue to fight for him and look forward to the day he is free." Kelly's original trial scheduled for April will now likely be delayed. [The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times]

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10. Bryant headlines finalists in epic NBA Hall of Fame class

The late Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash last month, joined fellow NBA stars Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, as well WNBA legend Tamika Catchings as finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. The four players are all but certain to be enshrined in Springfield officially after the Hall's Honors Committee votes. Bryant, Duncan, and Garnett, contemporaries who enjoyed many on-court battles against each other, comprise one of the strongest classes ever, Hall of Fame chair Jerry Colangelo said. Between the three of them, they have 11 championships and four MVP awards. Catchings was a 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist. [ESPN, NBA]

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After years of setbacks, President Trump is on track to build more than 450 miles of a wall along the southern border within the year, the White House says, making good on a campaign pledge as he seeks reelection
 
“The project will substantially be done by the end of the year or early next year,” Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said in an interview Friday with POLITICO
 
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday in an encounter the American side apparently wanted to keep under wraps. 
 
A Russian journalist traveling with Lavrov said the U.S. side had requested that there be no press conference or joint statements and that photographers not even be invited to take a picture of the two top diplomats shaking hands.
 
 
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Lavrov has been in the Oval Office and met with our SoS twice. Zelensky has still not been invited to the WH, and Pompeo canceled on him twice before finally showing up!
 
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"In the most literal sense, he's not strictly wrong," @chrislhayes says of Pres.Trump's assertion he has the legal right to ask the attorney general to intervene in cases. "But that does not mean that there is no check... The only thing to stop him is us."
 
3:03 AM · Feb 15, 2020·SocialFlow
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President Trump made 31 false claims last week and 55 the week before, including 22 at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, in late January and 13 in an official speech at a community college in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early February.
 
11:31 PM · Feb 14, 2020·SocialFlow

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What's Hillary Clinton got to do with Trump whoppers?  Or anything for that matter.  Is this what you call trolling?

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30 minutes ago, HIGHWAY said:

Your right Bogie56, Jakeem has a daily habit of doing that and I'm sorry if i have provided another outlet for his expression of bad behavior. 

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10 minutes ago, jakeem said:

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At least some justice has come for Fort Lauderdale’s most prominent Penguin cosplayer and sleaze-ball boulevardier already. Trump left his former confidant hanging for two years, reducing Stone to penury in a one-bedroom apartment. Even if Trump pardons him, Stone will never work in politics again at any serious level — not that he did anyway.

He’ll never get out from under his legal bills. His speaking circuit appearances at local Republican clubs in Florida often bring in tens of dollars, and it’s gonna take longer than Stone has on this Earth to catch up. His days as a provocateur are over. He may get a hit or two on Infowars or OANN, but he’ll never be in the big green rooms again. His days without having the mark of “felon” — pardoned or not — branding him are over.

For Stone, one of the tragedies is that the world of campaigning has moved on from dumb, dirty tricksters like him; Trump will likely never allow him back into even his outer circle because Stone brings nothing of value to a modern campaign. He will never sit at the high table of the Orange King with his old status. Even a man of Stone’s unlimited chutzpah will never be able to wink and nod his way to convincing any but the most slack-jawed Trump fans he still has the confidence of the president.

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Bobby Rush, former Black Panther, alive only because he slept in a different apartment than Fred Hampton one awful night, endorses Michael Bloomberg, the king of stop and frisk, and everything is weird.
 
11:11 AM · Feb 15, 2020·Twitter Web App

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How much did Bloomberg give him? These prices should be known. I, for one, cannot be bought. (For less than $2M.)
 
11:16 AM · Feb 15, 2020·TweetDeck
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New: Bloomberg is spending millions on an ad featuring Obama. Some voters I talked to are considering him in part because of the ad. But Bloomberg frequently criticized Obama. He didn’t endorse him in 2008, was critical in his 2012 last-min endorsement.
 
Bloomberg called Dodd-Frank “stupid laws” critiqued the process by which it + Obamacare went through. He also talked about Obama‘s oratory skills, saying “that’s not a reason to give him a job, and yet that is the basis on which the public picked him."
 
It’s not just some voters who are perceiving the ad as an endorsement or “tacit support,” David Ax­el­rod said he had even fielded many calls from po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives and some elected of­fi­cials ask­ing if Obama had endorsed Bloomberg.
 
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“...Bloomberg berated a female employee who had trouble finding a nanny. “It’s a **** baby! . . . All you need is some black who doesn’t have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building.”
 
I would like to hear from Bloomberg’s ex and daughters about these insanely insulting comments about working moms/babies/nannys
 
At the time Bloomberg made these comments his daughters were 10 and 12 years old.
 
His hostility to working women and their children was built-in despite having kids of his own.
 
10:14 AM · Feb 15, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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His ex has nothing but nice things to say about him. As the late Susie Buffet learned, and I, as well, come to think of it, you can't have a marriage with a man whose only interest is business.
 
His adult daughters are devoted to him, and he to them.
 
11:37 AM · Feb 15, 2020·Twitter Web App

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This WaPo investigation is great, but there’s so much more. A few weeks ago @timothypmurphy collected the most outrageous/sexist/racist/baffling comments made by Bloomberg. It is quite a read
 
11:36 AM · Feb 15, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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