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2:45 PM ET, February 10, 2019

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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 …
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: Splinter, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Shutdown talks stalled  —  Negotiations to avert another government shutdown abruptly fell apart over the weekend, raising the risk of another shuttering of services, a stopgap funding bill or a declaration by President Donald Trump of a national emergency at the southern border.
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: RedState and Balloon Juice
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Klobuchar expected to announce 2020 presidential bid
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 …
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, Booman Tribune and Raw Story
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
The mysterious case of AOC's scrubbed ‘Green New Deal’ details  —  On Feb. 5, the congressional office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a new blog entry under “energy issues” detailing her “Green New Deal” proposal and answering “frequently asked questions.”
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Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's staff says a document that supported paying Americans 'unwilling …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
“I'm not going anywhere”: Northam vows to remain in office despite calls to resign  —  Watch the full interview with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.  —  Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam says he considered resigning …
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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: Politico and Bloomberg
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Our Brains Aren't Designed to Handle the Trump Era  —  Or mine isn't, anyway.  —  I am trying to think about when, exactly, I realized that my brain was wretchedly ill suited to the modern world.  Was it when Twitter began?  With the internet itself?  —  Certainly by this current presidency.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Colorado Sen. Bennet hints about joining crowded Democratic race for president  —  Sen. Michael F. Bennet had a message for fellow Democrats this weekend as two more White House contenders formally jumped into the 2020 presidential race: Don't forget about me.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Protesters Raise Funds To Transport Trump Baby Blimp In Time For President's El Paso Rally  —  A major protest is planned as Trump kicks off his first campaign rally of the year in the Texas border city.  —  In less than a day, activists from El Paso raised enough money to transport …
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
 
 
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Mesfin Fekadu / Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank - document, sources
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Nikki Haley to be honored at high-flying GOP donor dinner
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Liz Cheney says Elizabeth Warren is a ‘laughingstock’ for having claimed Native American ancestry
Mike Allen / Axios:
Democratic dirt defines start of 2020
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
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BBC:
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Committee on Foreign Affairs:
McCaul Statement on Administration's Response to Magnitsky Act
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
Day Care for All  —  The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea.
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
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