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Happy Valentines Day! I adore you.
Happy Valentine's Day! I adore you.

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Is this just a silly game that forces you to act this way? Forces you to scream my name, then pretend that you can't stay. LET'S GO TO PRESS. (Oh. And Happy Valentine's Day, too! SMOOCH!)

Looks like trouble in paradise for these lovebirds! Corrupt Attorney General William Barr says he's getting his widdle feewings hurt by Trump's tweets, which he says is "making it impossible to do his job." (Since his "job" is protecting all of Trump's friends from prosecution without being caught... then, yeah! Trump's confessional tweets aren't helping much!)

For his part, Trump is claiming this morning that it's his "legal right" to interfere in federal criminal cases, which is a very autocratic thing for him to say, don'tcha think?

Trump has been accused of yet ANOTHER "quid pro quo," this time threatening to punish New York unless they drop the investigations and lawsuits against him. But state attorney general Letitia James was having none of that:

“When you stop violating the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, we will stand down,” James said Thursday, responding to Trump’s tweet. “Until then, we have a duty and responsibility to defend the Constitution and the rule of law. BTW, I file the lawsuits, not the Governor.”

China is reporting that 1,700 medical workers have been infected with the coronavirus, and six of these people have died.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Trump's allies (in particular, recent Presidential Medal of Freedom winner/walking bag of shit Rush Limbaugh) are blatantly expressing their homophobia, taking aim at Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg's sexuality.

In an effort to regain a smidge of the remaining respect they lost after refusing to kick the impeached Trump out of office, the Senate has passed a resolution to limit the president's ability to declare war on Iran without permission from the congress.

At a lecture, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told the audience of many misgivings he had with Trump, including the president's utterly corrupt move of firing the witness who testified against him, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Apparently there's no love lost between Trump and badgers—according to a new book, Trump would repeatedly ask former chief of staff Reince Priebus questions about the animal, such as "Are they mean?" (That's a hard question to answer, since everyone, including the entire animal kingdom, hates Trump.)

IN LOCAL NEWS:Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressman Earl Bluemenaur are demanding an investigation into the appalling, racist conduct of members of the West Linn Police Department toward a Black Portlander (and, to the surprise of no one, members of the Portland Police make a guest appearance). Our Alex Zielinski has more.

An audit of state agencies have called out the salaries of managers at Travel Oregon, which are obscenely large in comparison to the size of its staff and budget.

Prosecutors in the Jeremy Christian trial will be allowed to show jurors cellphone footage that show the defendant was talking about stabbing people on the MAX the night before the murders.

HEY! IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY! Did you get a Mercury Readers' Valentine from someone who ADORES you (secretly or otherwise)? Why don't you check and see?

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Now let's peer suspiciously skyward at the WEATHER: A few midday showers and a high of 48, with a rainy weekend ahead.

And finally, on this Valentine's Day, find someone who loves you as much as this dog loves this astronaut who returns home after a year in space.