Budz: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe got chatty on NPR about the "remarkable" number of Russian-Trump ties he found while investigating the White House.
About That Emergency: Oregon joins several states in filing a lawsuit against Trump's border wall emergency declaration because, according to California AG: "there are at least 8 billion ways that we can prove harm"
Uhh: Some members of law enforcement believe that Empire star Jussie Smollett may have staged a hate crime against his self. Because that's a really fun thing to do.
Iced Out: A conversation with 21 Savage, the Atlanta rapper arrested by ICE earlier this month, about his experience growing up undocumented and chasing the American dream.
Calling it What it Is: The New York City Commission on Human Rights will make NYC the first city to consider the targeting of people based on their hair or hairstyle racial discrimination.
Oh, it's Presidents' Day:
I sometimes have to go back and look at this photo to remind myself that a President can also be a good person.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) February 18, 2019
They don’t have to be perfect, but at least striving to do what’s right.
Happy Presidents Day, @BarackObama. We miss you. #PresidentsDay pic.twitter.com/o0Gpzqm0Jw
We Fancy: A lot of national outlets (New York Times, the Hill, the AP) picked up the story the Mercury and Willamette Week broke on the friendly text messages sent between the leader of Patriot Prayer and a Portland cop.
Cop Check: In response to our coverage, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the city will create new training for the Portland Police Bureau around how to identify white supremacy and that PPB will undergo an independent investigation to review the existence of bias in officers regarding alt-right protesters.
Fact Check: And the Oregonian's Maxine Bernstein talked to policing experts about what crosses legal boundaries in the PPB text messages.
Mic Check: Tune into OPB's Politics Podcast to hear Amelia Templeton and I break down the rollercoaster of Portland city drama we've witnessed in just the past week.
Cashing In: Click through this cool promo for an Oregonian investigation into how limitless campaign funding has polluted our fine state.
Don't Worry: There's a new Lizzo music video.