America's Russia nightmare is back

It's happening again. America is blundering into a new Russia election-meddling hall of mirrors that's already doing Moscow's work: tearing fresh political divides and threatening to again tarnish democracy's most sacred moment, a national election. CNN

Opinion: Democrats don't realize they've set themselves up to fail against Trump in November

Debates and caucuses are proving that the party took the wrong lesson from the midterms. They're now applying that lesson to 2020 with potentially disastrous results The Independent

Opinion | How hitting Bloomberg on Stop and Frisk could backfire with Black voters

Bloomberg’s detractors make the blanket assumption that criminal justice issues are a high priority for the black electorate. That’s misleading. The Forward

Why the US ambassador to Germany is now also the new acting head of US intelligence

Oh, and he’s the special envoy in Kosovo-Serbia talks, too. Vox

Lindsey Graham’s new bill would end the internet as we know it

If Sen. Lindsey Graham gets his way, the federal government will launch another attack on online privacy. The South Carolina Republican will ask lawmakers to give Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice unchecked access to all of your messaging, file-sharing, and video-sharing… Washington Examiner

How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession

Donald Trump’s senior adviser has been the true driving force behind this Administration’s racist agenda. How far will he go? The New Yorker

Op-Ed: How to protect democracy from lawless presidents like Trump

We need a firewall between the White House and the Department of Justice Los Angeles Times

Bernie Sanders Is No Donald Trump

Why Sanders’s haters keep finding similarities between two politicians who could not be more different The New Republic

CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against Rudy Giuliani - CREW

Federal prosecutors should investigate Rudy Giuliani for criminally violating the Hatch Act as a result of his conduct on Ukraine. CREW

"We're Staring Into the Abyss": Unhinged Trump Rally in Colorado Highlights Stakes of 2020 Election, Observers Say

The president used the event to gin up xenophobia against immigrants, attack journalists, and joke about staying in office for decades. Common Dreams

‘Tamales for Tío Bernie’: Sanders’ outreach to Latino voters pays off

Violeta Alvarez is so passionate about Bernie Sanders that she becomes emotional... U.S.

Two Old Jews Argue Over Whose Arteries Are Worse

A spokeswoman for Sanders, who had a heart attack, falsely claimed that Bloomberg had had multiple heart attacks. The Forward

Homeland Security Algorithm Revokes U.S. Visa of War Crimes Investigator Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman was barred from traveling to the U.S. after being identified as a security risk by an algorithm used by the Department of Homeland Security. The Intercept

Pressured by younger voters and an election, Republicans reluctantly embrace climate change

The tide appears to be turning with Republicans warming up to the idea of tackling climate change ahead of the November elections and amid broad support from millennial GOP voters. Newsweek

Trump's intelligence shakeup is reportedly tied to his loathing for Adam Schiff, bond with Devin Nunes

President Trump berated outgoing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Valentine's Day because he was upset over an election security intelligence briefing for the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 13, several major newspapers reported late Thursday. Trump was reportedly angry that Shelby Pierson, the election threat czar at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, had briefed lawmakers without his knowledge, and also that she had told them Russia is currently interfering in the 2020 election with the goal of helping Trump win re-election. Specifically, Trump was furious that Pierson had briefed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), The Washington Post reports. 'Trump erroneously believed that Pierson had given the assessment exclusively' to Schiff, and he 'also believed that the information would be helpful to Democrats if it were released publicly.' It isn't clear where Trump got the impression Schiff was the only person at the bipartisan briefing, but 'Trump learned about Pierson's remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee's ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally,' the Post reports. Nunes was at the briefing. Trump has 'fixated on' Schiff, 'pummeling him publicly with insults and unfounded accusations of corruption,' since Schiff started leading Trump's impeachment, The New York Times reports. In October, Trump even 'refused to invite lawmakers from the congressional intelligence committees to a White House briefing on Syria because he did not want Mr. Schiff there.' Accounts differ on how much the election interference briefing weighed on Trump's decision to replace Maguire with Richard Grenell, a loyalist who is currently U.S. ambassador to Germany — the Post says the incident 'ruined Maguire's chances of becoming the permanent intelligence chief,' while two administration officials tell the Times the timing was coincidental and Maguire was never a contender — but 'Trump's suspicions of the intelligence community have often been fueled by Nunes, who was with the president in California on Wednesday when he announced on Twitter that Grenell would become the acting director,' the Post reports. Some of Maguire's top aides are leaving, too, including acting deputy DNI Andrew Hallman, the Times reports, paving the way for 'Grenell to put in place his own management team.' Kash Patel, the Nunes aide 'who helmed efforts to push back against the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, has just started working in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,' The Daily Beast reports. Peter Weber

Ocasio-Cortez Builds Progressive Campaign Arm to Challenge Democrats

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez plans to endorse a slate of progressive challengers to Democratic candidates and incumbents, working to create a liberal counterweight to the party’s official campaign arm.

Rivals worry Sanders building 'insurmountable' Super Tuesday lead

LAS VEGAS - Sen. Bernie Sanders’s rivals are sounding the alarm over his growing strength and warning that the Vermont senator could effectively secure the nomination on Super Tuesday if Democrats don’t quickly align behind an alternative. TheHill

Yes, Trump’s Job-Approval Ratings Are Finally Rising

It’s unclear whether it’s real and will last, but it’s happening at the perfect time for Trump. Intelligencer

Trump’s Choice for Spy Chief Collins Says He’s Out of Running

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s potential nominee for director of national intelligence, Representative Doug Collins, said he would turn down the position to focus on the Georgia senate race.“It is humbling,” Collins said in an interview on Fox Business Friday, saying it was “amazing” that Trump

WaPost Editorial Board Shreds Trump's 'Manifestly Unqualified' Pick For Intel Chief

The newspaper's editorial board ripped new acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell for his “sycophantic pandering” to the president. HuffPost