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9:15 AM ET, February 11, 2019

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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Mistress' Brother Leaked Bezos' Racy Texts to Enquirer, Sources Say  —  Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos' lover, gave the couple's texts to The National Enquirer.  —  The brother of Jeff Bezos' mistress, Lauren Sanchez …
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Steve Schmidt Storms Off Own Podcast When Asked About Advising Howard Schultz  —  “This is bullsh*t,” Schmidt exclaims.  “I'm not doing this.”  —  Anti-Trump strategist and pundit Steve Schmidt is feeling the heat from all sides since his client, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Beds and barriers at issue, as Washington barrels toward another shutdown  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  OK, WELL WE'RE NOW IN A SHUTDOWN WEEK.  Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats have broken down, and they are on the brink of being beyond repair.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Roger Stone's and Jerome Corsi's Time in the Barrel  —  Why the mismatched operatives matter to Trump—and to the Mueller investigation.  —  Roger Stone's house, in Fort Lauderdale, is situated between a quiet street and one of the city's canals, which are the only feature Fort Lauderdale shares with its Italian sister city, Venice.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Trump's Nightmare Opponents  —  Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown and how to be a middle-class fighter.  —  A few weeks ago, the pollsters at Monmouth University asked Democrats across the country to choose between two different kinds of nominees.  One was a candidate whom the voter agreed …
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Don't sleep on “Spartacus”  —  In every presidential election cycle, there's a sleeper — a candidate not expected to get far who catches fire.  Sometimes that candidate goes all the way.  Barack Obama and Donald Trump did.  Other times the candidate falls short, but only after exceeding expectations and …
New Yorker:
Private Mossad for Hire  —  Inside a plot to influence American elections, starting with one small-town race.  —  One evening in 2016, a twenty-five-year-old community-college student named Alex Gutiérrez was waiting tables at La Piazza Ristorante Italiano, an upscale restaurant in Tulare, in California's San Joaquin Valley.
New York Times:
In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller's Russia Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost …
Discussion: The Week
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John Solomon / The Hill:   The case for Russia collusion ... against the Democrats
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.
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Walter Jones, ‘freedom fries’ congressman who became Iraq War critic, dies at 76
Discussion: Politico
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Omar ignites new anti-Semitism controversy with comments on AIPAC  —  Freshman Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar ignited a new controversy on Sunday night when she suggested GOP support for Israel is driven by campaign donations from a prominent pro-Israel group.
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Ron Kampeas / Haaretz:
Kevin McCarthy Promises ‘Action’ Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
I'll Be Voting for President Trump and Vice President Pence in 2020  —  This week in 2016, I declared I would be “Never Trump.”  A friend suggested I use a hashtag that had started circulating on Twitter, i.e #NeverTrump.  The piece exploded and pushed me into a whirlwind of coverage.
Washington Post:
Devastated by one shutdown, dreading the next  —  FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government had finally called her back to work after 35 days, but now Vicki Ibarra wondered how she could afford to get there.  Her used sedan had been repossessed by the bank a few days earlier.
Trey Yingst / Fox News:
Trump administration's Middle East peace plan finished, officials say  —  JERUSALEM - The Trump administration's Middle East peace plan is finished and President Trump has been briefed on its contents, two senior administration officials told Fox News on Sunday.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
‘Weaker candidate than Hillary’: Democrats cast deep doubt on Biden's 2020 value  —  Joe Biden is everything a Democratic political consultant should love: He's experienced, well-liked, and his poll numbers look great against Donald Trump.  —  And yet many party strategists have a bleak assessment …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: More Trump schedules leaked as enraged officials launch internal hunt  —  Our lead item in Axios Sneak Peek last week — a leak of three months of Trump's private schedules — enraged White House officials.  —  The president's secretary Madeleine Westerhout tweeted that the leak was “a disgraceful breach of trust.”
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
‘Progressive Prosecutor’: Can Kamala Harris Square the Circle?  —  Ms. Harris seemed to try to be all things to all people as a district attorney and state attorney general.  Now, as she runs for president, her record faces a chorus of critics, especially on the left.
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Heads to Border for First Rally of Year  —  President Trump will return in earnest to campaign posture, holding his first rally of the year in the shadow of the Mexican border and in the hometown of a potential rival, former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke.
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 …
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many  —  LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone …
Kark-Tv / WATE-TV:
Heaven has a wall: Grocery store ad mailer stirs controversy  —  CAMDEN, Ark. (KARK) - A family-owned Christian grocery store with several locations in Southeast Arkansas is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ted Hesson / Politico:
The Border Patrol's recruiting crisis  —  'You're down in really harsh conditions and you got some migrants throwing rocks at you,' Rep. Michael McCaul said.  —  When President Donald Trump visits the Texas border town of El Paso on Monday, he'll celebrate the work done …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
California Is Expected to Pull National Guard Troops Out of Border Duty  —  LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected on Monday to withdraw nearly 400 of his state's National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties, according to aides to the governor.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Disorganized Virginia Republicans scramble to capitalize on Democratic scandals  —  Top Virginia Republicans are scrambling to capitalize on Democratic disarray in Richmond, eyeing fresh opportunities for President Trump in 2020 but hamstrung by a rudderless state party plagued by turmoil.
 
 
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Warren: Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ by 2020
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
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