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10:55 AM 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: POLITICUSUSA and The Guardian
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 common-sense Midwestern answer to President Donald Trump — while former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.
Discussion: Axios and TheBlaze
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Klobuchar expected to announce 2020 presidential bid  —  Minneapolis (CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar is expected to announce a presidential bid on Sunday, people close to her tell CNN, vaulting the three-term senator from Minnesota into the crowded field of Democrats angling to take on Trump in 2020.
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 …
Discussion: Partnership …
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Politico:
Shutdown talks stalled  —  A stopgap Homeland Security bill is being discussed now.  —  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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Beast
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: Breitbart and Louder With Crowder
Washington Post:
Virginians are split on governor's fate amid blackface scandal, poll shows  —  Virginians are deadlocked over whether Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should step down after the emergence of a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan garb …
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Washington Post:
Virginians are split on governor's fate amid blackface scandal
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's staff says a document that supported paying Americans ‘unwilling to work’ was accidentally released, here's what that means  — On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and dozens of allies unveiled a roadmap for an ambitious new policy proposal: the Green New Deal.
Discussion: twitchy.com and Townhall
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Committee on Foreign Affairs:
McCaul Statement on Administration's Response to Magnitsky Act  —  Media Contact: caroline.campbell@mail.house.gov  —  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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Luke Kenton / Associated Press:
Google is accused of doing a deal with Russia to censor Government-banned websites from its searches  — The deal was struck after Google repeatedly breached Russian laws introduced in 2017, according to a local newspaper  — California-based Google were fined $7,500 by the Russia government for refusing to comply with the law
BBC:
Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death  —  Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority.  —  Abdurehim Heyit is thought to have been serving an eight-year sentence …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
West Virginia GOP lawmaker compares gays to the Ku Klux Klan after using ‘f*ggot’ on the House floor  —  A West Virginia Republican delegate compared gay people to the KKK — and drew ire for making homophobic remarks for the second time last week.  —  The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported …
Discussion: The Root
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Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Local journalism makes a difference
Discussion: Washington Times
 
 
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
What happens when billionaires battle gossipmongers? Prepare for explosions.
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:
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Martha C. White / NBC News:
Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’
Discussion: fox8.com 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 twitchy.com
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
New York Times:
'It's Cold as Hell': Inside a Brooklyn Jail's Weeklong Collapse