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10 things you need to know today:
 
7:42 AM · Feb 17, 2020·Sprout Social
1. 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials call for Barr's resignation

More than 1,100 former Justice Department officials signed a letter released Sunday calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign. The open letter came days after Barr's Justice Department overruled prosecutors and reduced a sentencing recommendation for President Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. The DOJ officials who signed the letter said Barr was "doing the president's personal bidding." "It is unheard of for the department's top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case," wrote the DOJ officials, who served in Democratic and Republican administrations alike. Barr has said Trump did not influence the decision to push for a lighter sentence for Stone. [Time]

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2. 14 U.S. cruise ship evacuees test positive for coronavirus

Two planes left Japan early Monday carrying 328 Americans who spent two weeks quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship due to a coronavirus outbreak on board. Fourteen of the American passengers were confirmed to have been infected with the flu-like virus. There were about 400 Americans on the ship, and at least 40 are being treated in Japan after being diagnosed with coronavirus. The U.S. government chartered the aircraft to bring home the U.S. citizens who weren't believed to have been infected. They will remain under a 14-day quarantine at U.S. military bases. Japanese authorities announced Sunday that the number of confirmed infections on the ship had risen by 70 to 355. The ship has the largest cluster of cases outside China, where the coronavirus outbreak is concentrated. [BBC News, The Washington Post]

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3. Coronavirus spread continues but China sees 'good signs'

Chinese authorities reported early Monday that there were about 100 new deaths from coronavirus, the lowest daily count since Feb. 11. The flu-like virus now has killed more than 1,700 people. The number of confirmed infections in Hubei province, where the outbreak is centered, rose on Monday after falling for two straight days. Authorities in Hubei imposed tough new restrictions on movement as they continued to step up efforts to contain the spread of the outbreak. The number of new cases outside of Hubei province fell for the 13th consecutive day. "These are all extremely good signs that show our prevention work is very effective," National Health Commission official Guo Yanhong said. [Reuters, The Associated Press]

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4. Sanders accuses Bloomberg of trying to 'buy' Democratic nomination

Days ahead of the Nevada caucuses, several Democratic presidential candidates focused criticism on former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is running for the party's nomination but not contesting the state. "He thinks he can buy this election," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said of Bloomberg, a billionaire financial news publisher. "Well, I've got news for Mr. Bloomberg — the American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections!" Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg also went after Bloomberg for New York City's "stop-and-frisk" policy and his treatment of women, although Buttigieg said there was "no comparison" between Bloomberg's alleged behavior and President Trump's treatment of women and people of color. [The Associated Press, The Washington Post]

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5. Buttigieg says he 'won't take lectures on family values' from Limbaugh

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday responded to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who recently said on his show that Americans aren't ready for a gay president. Buttigieg, the first openly gay presidential candidate, said he would not take "lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh." Limbaugh, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump's State of the Union address, said voters would be turned off by seeing a "37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to 'Mr. Man' Donald Trump." Buttigieg said: "Well, I love my husband [Chasten]. I'm faithful to my husband. On stage we usually just go for a hug. But I love him very much, and I'm not going take lectures on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh." [USA Today]

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6. Ex-national intelligence director's daughter charged with murder

The daughter of former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte has been charged with first-degree murder. Sophia Negroponte, 27, was accused of stabbing an acquaintance, Yousuf Rasmussen, during an argument in a Maryland apartment. A third person who was in the apartment said that Negroponte and Rasmussen had been drinking, and started bickering, then fighting. The witness said Negroponte took a knife out of a kitchen drawer and lunged at Rasmussen, stabbing him. The charging documents said Negroponte removed the knife, yelled "I'm sorry," and pleaded with Rasmussen not to die. Sophia Negroponte is one of five children her father and mother, Diana, adopted in Honduras, where he served as a diplomat before being appointed by then-President George W. Bush to be the nation's first intelligence director in 2005. [The Washington Post]

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7. Mississippi capital 'precarious' as Pearl River floodwaters rise

Rising waters in the Pearl River in Mississippi were expected to crest Monday as the state faces what Gov. Tate Reeves (R) described Sunday as a "precarious situation that can turn at any moment." Severe flooding had already forced people to evacuate homes in many neighborhoods in and around the capital city of Jackson. People in one neighborhood paddled canoes, kayaks, and small fishing boats to check on their homes. The National Weather Service on Sunday said it expected the river to crest at 37.5 feet, slightly lower than the previous estimate of 38 feet. The Pearl's highest crest ever recorded was 43.2 feet in April 1979, and its second highest was 39.6 feet in May 1983. [The Associated Press]

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8. Rouhani: U.S. sanctions against Iran have failed

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" policy against his country was not working. "Of course, sanctions naturally create some problems, but they will not yield any results for the enemies," Rouhani told state media. "Maximum pressure has failed. We are in a better situation in the region now." Rouhani said he would be willing to enter negotiations with the U.S. if it rejoins Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers and drops the sanctions President Trump imposed after withdrawing from the deal. Rouhani also said he didn't believe Trump wanted a war with Iran, saying it would "ruin" his chances to win re-election in November. [USA Today]

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9. U.K. hit with second hurricane-force February storm

Storm Dennis battered the United Kingdom with hurricane-force winds on Sunday. Dennis, the second-strongest nontropical storm on record in the North Atlantic Ocean, whipped up waves as high as 80 feet west of the U.K. It drenched South Wales with more than five inches of rain, an inch more than the area normally gets in February. Flooding from the storm forced evacuations and cut off access to some communities. The storm came just a week after another severe bomb cyclone, Storm Ciara, hit Britain, leaving the ground saturated and worsening the flooding from Dennis. [The Washington Post]

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10. Trump takes a lap at Daytona 500

President Trump took a lap around the Daytona 500 racetrack in his presidential limousine after Air Force One did a flyby, drawing cheers from fans gathered for the prestigious NASCAR race. Trump kicked off the race with the traditional announcement to drivers of "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Trump's re-election campaign had planned to fly an aerial banner near the speedway and air a TV ad during the Fox broadcast, but the race was postponed until Monday due to rain after the drivers ran just 20 of its 200 laps. Trump spent the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, now his official primary residence, before going to Daytona. He plans a series of fundraising events and political rallies in Western states this week. [Reuters]

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99 more people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for novel coronavirus, Japanese officials say. It’s the largest single-day increase of cases stemming from the ship to date.
 
5:55 AM · Feb 17, 2020·SocialFlow

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Donations to many NPR affiliates spiked in the days after President Trump questioned the existence of the public broadcaster and after a clash with the State Department, an NPR spokeswoman said
 
2:22 AM · Feb 17, 2020·SocialFlow
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Last week the Fake News said that a section of our powerful, under construction, Southern Border Wall “fell over”, trying to make it sound terrible, except the reason was that the concrete foundation was just poured & soaking wet when big winds kicked in. Quickly fixed “forever”.
 
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Senior White House Adviser Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived in the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. president's daughter is in the UAE ahead of the Global Women's Forum, where she will give a keynote address. (AP)
 
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Senior White House Grifter, Mafia Princess Ivanka Trump, the daughter of “Mr. Grab Them by the ****,” pornstar briber, impeached president of the U.S., is in the UAE to deliver a keynote address on advancing women. Mothers of children in cages will not be included in her remarks
 
10:09 PM · Feb 15, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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“It was illogical; it could not be explained; it was crazy,” says Ambassador Bill Taylor about the Trump administration withholding military aid from Ukraine while pressing for investigations of Democrats. https://cbsn.ws/2SvwaWG
 
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I will not point out the inaccurate apostrophe in the tweet
I will not point out the inaccurate apostrophe in the tweet
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On this President’s Day, I’d like to note the name Trump will long be remembered as an insult—of a man who disgraced the American presidency and put our democracy in serious danger for his own corrupt and vainglorious benefit.
 
9:37 AM · Feb 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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White House statement: The President is at Trump International Hotel for the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Miller.
 
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To paraphrase Bogie from post just above this one, as well as another post immediately after this:  “Eeewwwww, Who would marry Stephen Miller”.  “Yes she must be a fascist also!”

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Federal prosecutors are weighing new charges against associates of Rudy Giuliani in connection with a company that paid him $500,000, according to people familiar with the investigation.
 
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Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg once again apologized for his long-time stop and frisk policy over the weekend, addressing supporters at a Virginia campaign stop. https://abcn.ws/2u5qbyt
 
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Trump told this to governors at the White House last week: "Believe it or not, a long time ago, I was told I have a great ear for music by somebody. I took a test. They said, 'He has a wonderful aptitude for music.' I said, 'I do?'"
 
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When a rider told California cab driver Rajbir Singh she was about to withdraw $25,000 to settle a debt with the IRS, he pleaded with the woman to reconsider, saying he thought this could be a scam.
 
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Donald Stratton, a sailor severely burned while aboard the doomed USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack Dec. 7, 1941, died Saturday. He was 97.
 
His passing leaves only two living survivors of the battleship, Lou Conter and Ken Potts.
 
3:41 PM · Feb 16, 2020·TweetDeck

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