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9:40 PM ET, February 11, 2019

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Pelosi Press / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Democratic Leadership Statement on Anti-Semitic Comments of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark issued …
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Washington Post:
Jewish House Democrats urge Pelosi to denounce Ilhan Omar for ‘hateful tropes’ in tweets  —  Two Jewish House Democrats, alarmed by what they view as anti-Semitic comments from new Muslim colleagues, are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants to denounce the divisive rhetoric and take action to stop it.
Jeryl Bier / The Script:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib Wrote For Louis Farrakhan's Publication In 2006  —  Note: Updated w/ Rep. Tlaib's response at the bottom.  —  Rashida Tlaib was elected to Congress in 2018 and has quickly become a lightning rod for her criticism of Israel and her associations with Palestinian activists …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington
Discussion: CNN, Shareblue Media and New York Times
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Is “Trope” So Popular on the Internet?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Clare Byrne / Agence France-Presse:   Tree commemorating murdered French Jew is chopped down amid anti-Semitic spate
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Ilhan Omar apologizes after Pelosi denounces tweet as anti-Semitic
Elizabeth Vaughn / RedState:
Sorry I'm Not Sorry: Ilhan Omar Has Already Learned The Fine Democratic Art Of Apologizing Without Really Apologizing
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Ilhan Omar's Lazy and Anti-Semitic Tweets
Discussion: The Forward, Breitbart and Mediaite
J Street:   Weaponization and Oversimplification of Israel Debate Must End
New York Times:
Cliff Sims, White House Tell-All Author, Sues Trump for Going After Him Over Book  —  Cliff Sims, the former White House communications aide who wrote an insider account of life working for President Trump, is suing the president in his official capacity, alleging that he used his campaign organization as a …
Wall Street Journal:
National Enquirer Publisher Asked Justice Department for Advice on Saudi Connection  —  American Media inquired about having to register as foreign agent after publishing glossy magazine promoting Saudi Arabia and its new crown prince  —  The dust-up between Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos …
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Staffers to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax resign following second sexual assault allegation  —  Two of the three government staffers to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and two employees of his political action committee resigned following news Friday of a second sexual assault allegation against him.
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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.
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Amy Klobuchar is Trump's worst nightmare  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign kickoff Sunday was far from the dream-start to her presidential candidacy, given the blustery weather that coated her with snow over the course of her speech.  Still, the event makes the Minnesota Democrat President Trump's worst nightmare.
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Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host Amy Klobuchar at 2020 town hall
Discussion: Daily Wire
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
‘A Woman, Just Not That Woman’: How Sexism Plays Out on the Trail  —  In the words of her detractors during the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and shrill.  She was aloof.  She was unlikable.  —  It's not a coincidence that some of these adjectives are now bubbling …
Discussion: The Bulwark
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:   On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Sexism Shield
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP livid with Trump over ignored Khashoggi report  —  Senate Republicans are fuming at President Donald Trump for telling lawmakers he would disregard a law requiring a report to Congress determining who is responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce  —  WASHINGTON — Days after introducing her Green New Deal — a plan to combat climate change that has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found …
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BBC:
Fox host says he 'hasn't washed hands in 10 years'  —  Fox News host Pete Hegseth has confessed on air that he has not washed his hands for 10 years because “germs are not a real thing”.  —  Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye.
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Ralph Northam Will Launch A “Listening Tour” About Race Amid Blackface Scandal  —  As Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam continues to resist calls to step down over the racist photo on his medical school yearbook page, he and his advisers are close to finalizing plans for a statewide “listening tour” …
Carl Prine / Navy Times:
New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases  —  Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not only stabbed to death a teenage wounded Islamic State prisoner of war during a 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to an officer in his chain of command …
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Utah GOP shrinks Medicaid expansion, defying voters  —  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday signed legislation adopting a limited expansion of the state's Medicaid program, defying voters who in November approved the full Obamacare program through the ballot.  —  Under the new GOP-written plan …
Discussion: Political Wire
David Siders / Politico:
It's Trump vs. Beto in border wall showdown  —  EL PASO, Texas — The showdown between Donald Trump and Beto O'Rourke over the president's border wall is about to get real.  —  The president was en route to O'Rourke's hometown Monday for a campaign rally touting his long-sought wall.
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and The Hill
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.
Sam Westrop / Islamist Watch:
Ilhan Omar to Speak Alongside Charity Official who Praised Killing of Jews  —  Despite battling accusations of anti-Semitism, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) is due to speak this month at a fundraising event alongside a senior charity official who has published social media posts praising the killing of Jews.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Raging over a looming loss on his wall, Trump rolls out more lies  —  President Trump appears to be dimly aware that he isn't going to get the $5.7 billion he wants for his border wall.  Months of rage-tweets and lies just didn't get it done: Most reports suggest conference negotiators …
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 …
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio heads to New Hampshire as he contemplates run for president  —  NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making moves toward a possible run for president, soliciting City Hall staffers with national political experience and preparing to travel to the early primary state …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Neomi Rao, Trump's nominee for D.C. appeals court, apologizes for past writing on date rape  —  Neomi Rao, President Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, apologized Monday for her controversial writings from college about date-rape victims …
Discussion: Politico
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Rick Scott won't put his wealth in a blind trust anymore  —  TAMPA — U.S. Sen. Rick Scott will no longer keep his vast wealth in a blind trust, like he did during his eight years as Florida's governor.  —  Instead, Scott said he will report his assets to the public in annual financial …
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else  —  To a conservative mind, socialism is getting something for nothing.  Yet this is what the president promotes for the wealthy  —  “America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address.
 
 
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Sara Nelson / USA Today:
In new government shutdown, flight attendants won't let passengers' lives be put at risk
James Bamford / New Republic:
The Spy Who Wasn't  —  On a steamy Sunday last July …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Rand Paul will vote against Trump's pick for attorney general
Reuters:
Qatar revamps investment strategy after Kushner building bailout
Larry Hogan / CNN:
Maryland governor: A dose of reality for Trump, Pelosi and Schumer
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Iowa Democrats propose major 2020 change: ‘Virtual caucuses’
Discussion: Washington Post
Summer Concepcion / Associated Press:
Mark Harris Says Background Check On McCrae Dowless Missed His Felonies
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Accountability for Former Saudi Aide in Khashoggi Killing
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Michael Cohen's Senate testimony delayed
Discussion: Axios
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump's Trail of Fears
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris' A.G. Office Tried to Keep Inmates Locked Up for Cheap Labor
Discussion: RedState, The Root and The Guardian