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6:10 PM ET, February 10, 2019

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Amy Klobuchar Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination  —  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for president at a rally in Minneapolis on Sunday, becoming the fifth Democratic senator1 to launch a campaign.  In contrast to some of the big names — Kamala Harris …
Discussion: Political Wire and CNN
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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.
Washington Post:
Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ in 2020, Elizabeth Warren says
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Mike Allen / Axios:
Democratic dirt defines start of 2020
Discussion: Vox
Robert Costa / Washington Post:   Colorado Sen. Bennet hints about joining crowded Democratic race for president
Dan Merica / CNN:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar enters presidential race
ABC News:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar launches 2020 presidential campaign
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Virginia in crisis.  The top three officials, all Democrats, refuse to resign, one calling for due process and denying two allegations of sexual assault.
Discussion: Althouse, Daily Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Warren: Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ by 2020  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump “may not even be a free person” by 2020, suggesting the president might become ensnared by the special counsel's investigation before she has a chance to face him in a general election.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Liz Cheney says Elizabeth Warren is a ‘laughingstock’ for having claimed Native American ancestry
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.
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Vivian Yee / New York Times:
A Princess Vanishes.  A Video Offers Alarming Clues.  —  BEIRUT — The princess known as Sheikha Latifa had not left Dubai, the glittering emirate ruled by her father, in 18 years.  Her requests to travel and study elsewhere had been denied.  Her passport had been taken away.
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 …
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Walter Jones, who worked to atone for his Iraq war vote, is dead at 76  —  Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., an Eastern North Carolina congressman who made it his mission to atone for his vote sending U.S. troops into Iraq in the early 2000s, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.
John Solomon / The Hill:
The case for Russia collusion ... against the Democrats  —  Now that both the House and Senate investigative committees have cleared Donald Trump of Democrat-inspired allegations of Russian collusion, it is worth revisiting one anecdote that escaped significant attention during the hysteria …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Millions of Americans could be stunned as their tax refunds shrink  —  Most Americans received a tax cut in 2018, but their refunds aren't necessarily staying the same.  —  Millions of Americans filling out their 2018 taxes will probably be surprised to learn that their refund is less …
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: Booman Tribune, Politico and Raw Story
Jennifer C. Braceras / The Hill:
Who's afraid of Neomi Rao?  —  At a time when Democratic politicians are facing serious allegations of sexual assault and wearing racially intimidating costumes, the left is focused on taking down would-be federal judge Neomi Rao.  —  Rao is President Trump's nominee to fill the seat …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
House Intelligence chairman voices concern that Mueller's scrutiny of Trump's finances isn't adequate  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee expressed concern Sunday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has not adequately scrutinized President Trump's finances …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The Democrats' disastrous week highlights Trump's sanity  —  If you are of the mind that President Trump is to blame for everything wrong and wacky in our politics, then last week was a very bad week for you.  —  The evidence begins with Trump's very good State of the Union speech …
Li Zhou / Vox:
Amy Klobuchar enters 2020 ready to take on Big Tech  —  The issue sets her apart in a field focused on progressive ideals.  —  On Sunday, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined the 2020 Democratic race, separating herself from the pack by talking up her efforts to take on big tech.
 
 
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Mesfin Fekadu / Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
“I'm not going anywhere”: Northam vows to remain in office despite calls to resign
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
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
A surprise virtual visit from the president
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Protesters Raise Funds To Transport Trump Baby Blimp In Time For President's El Paso Rally
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Bob Woodward writes email to Jeff Bezos: “It's Watergate redux”
Discussion: Bloomberg and WTVR-TV
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
This petty poster war says everything you need to know about the immigration debate in Congress
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death
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.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans can't wait to debate ‘Medicare for all’
Luke Kenton / Associated Press:
Google is accused of doing a deal with Russia to censor Government-banned websites from its searches
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Cory Booker Has a School Choice Problem