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12:10 PM ET, February 10, 2019


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Washington Post:
Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms Friday, officials say  —  Bipartisan talks aimed at resolving the border wall dispute and averting a government shutdown Friday have broken down and are at an impasse, two people familiar with the situation said Sunday.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Guardian and The Week
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Shutdown talks stalled  —  Negotiations to avert another government shutdown have stalled, leaving lawmakers in the same place they've been for months.  —  Although lawmakers were optimistic going into the weekend about reaching a border security deal and funding the government past Feb. 15 …
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Breitbart
Houston Chronicle:
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms  —  Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.  —  She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar's opening pitch sidetracked by staff horror stories  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pitching herself for the White House as the commonsense Midwestern answer to President Donald Trump — while former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TheBlaze
Dan Merica / CNN:
Klobuchar expected to announce 2020 presidential bid
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Daily Mail:
Mother, 38, is arrested in front of her children and locked in a cell for seven HOURS after calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter  — More than two months after her arrest and she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned  —  A mother was arrested in front of her children …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Breitbart
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
This petty poster war says everything you need to know about the immigration debate in Congress  —  There may be no better way to understand the immigration debate on Capitol Hill than to take a walk through the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen's secret agenda … NEW YORK — At first, Michael Cohen appeared indifferent as he listened to the group of Republican leaders urge his boss to run for governor.  —  It was the fall of 2013, and Donald Trump was already fixated on “the big thing,” as he referred to running for president.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Jim Clifton / Gallup:
What If There Were 42 Million at the Border?  —  Here's a good question about caravans: How many more are coming?  —  Gallup asked the whole population of Latin America.  There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Roughly 450 million adults live in the region.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans can't wait to debate Medicare for All  —  The only people more eager than progressive Democrats for hearings on Medicare for All are conservative Republicans.  —  GOP lawmakers, fresh off an electoral shellacking fueled in large part by health care concerns …
Mark Fainaru-Wada / ESPN:
Bob Costas, unplugged: From NBC and broadcast icon to dropped from the Super Bowl  —  IN DECEMBER 2015, the movie “Concussion” was set for a Christmas Day release in nearly 3,000 theaters across America.  The film told the story of the NFL's attempts to discredit research tying brain damage to football …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Bob Woodward writes email to Jeff Bezos: “It's Watergate redux”  —  Bob Woodward — author of “FEAR: Trump in the White House,” and an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971 — wrote an email of support on Friday to Post owner Jeff Bezos, following his Medium post defying the National Enquirer:
Discussion: Bloomberg and Talking Points Memo
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
What happens when billionaires battle gossipmongers? Prepare for explosions.
Washington Post:
Virginians are split on governor's fate amid blackface scandal  —  Poll Questions  —  Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ralph Northam is handling his job as governor of Virginia?  Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?  —  Hide Results  —  Q: Northam has been governor for about one year.
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
A surprise virtual visit from the president  —  WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.VA. — No president has ever visited here before.  So, it was a pretty big deal when 14 local high-school students had President Trump in their classroom, talking to them Wednesday, all thanks to a Skype video call that Sen. Joe Manchin was having with a civics class.
The Daily Caller:
Ocasio-Cortez's Adviser Went Viral For What He Told Tucker Carlson — But He Got It Wrong  — A policy adviser for New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that her Green New Deal proposal did not include economic protections for those “unwilling to work” and claimed that the phrase came from a “doctored document.”
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's staff says a document that supported paying Americans 'unwilling …
Discussion: and Townhall
Committee on Foreign Affairs:
McCaul Statement on Administration's Response to Magnitsky Act  —  Media Contact:  —  Washington D.C. - House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the Administration's failure to meet …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Democratic dirt defines start of 2020  —  Democratic campaigns are secretly shopping dirt on their primary rivals much earlier than usual, reflecting the high stakes of surging or sinking quickly with so many people running so early.  —  The meltdown in Virginia politics is also infecting the race …
Discussion: Vox and The Daily Beast
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
Day Care for All  —  The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea.  —  Ms. Pollitt is a columnist at The Nation.  —  When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage.
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Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
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Discussion: CBS News and New York Times
Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death
Luke Kenton / Associated Press:
Google is accused of doing a deal with Russia to censor Government-banned websites from its searches
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
‘Pit of Infection’: A Border Town's Crisis Has Nothing to Do With Migrants
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Cory Booker Has a School Choice Problem
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Pedophile On the Reservation  —  The Wall Street Journal reports …
Associated Press:
Trump's Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’
Discussion: and HuffPost
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Behind the Scenes, It's Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollett's Story
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Inaugural Grift Reportedly Lined His Own Pockets
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Matt Whitaker Headed To Trump Hotel After Hearing And People Are Talking