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8:50 AM ET, February 12, 2019


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Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally  —  A supporter of US President Donald Trump has attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas.  —  Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC's Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Beto takes on Trump in tale of 2 mega-rallies  —  EL PASO, Texas — The showdown between Donald Trump and Beto O'Rourke Monday night over the president's border wall unfolded at competing rallies with thousands of people in venues barely a block apart.  —  But the events practically took place …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Negotiators say they've agreed on border bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on government negotiations over border security (all times local):  —  Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown.
Discussion: Instapundit
Washington Post:
Lawmakers say they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to avoid government shutdown  —  BREAKING: Lawmakers say they have reached an “agreement in principle” to avoid government shutdown.  —  Top lawmakers say they have reached a deal to fund the government through the fall …
Key Hill negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown  —  (CNN)Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a government shutdown at the end of this week.  —  The four lead bipartisan negotiators, emerging from talks Monday night …
Associated Press:
Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues …
Discussion: National Review and POLITICUSUSA
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Lawmakers reach border deal ‘in principle,’ including $1.375B for physical barriers
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Tom Gara / BuzzFeed News:
Ilhan Omar Is Learning The Wrong Lesson From The Trump Era
Elizabeth Vaughn / RedState:
Sorry I'm Not Sorry: Ilhan Omar Has Already Learned The Fine Democratic Art Of Apologizing Without Really Apologizing
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Clarion Project
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed News:
Beto O'Rourke Calls The Green New Deal “The Best Proposal” He's Seen For Addressing Climate Change
A new crop of experts is helping to steer the Democratic Party to the left
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Superstar freshman Dems replace Pelosi as GOP targets
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and CNN
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 …
New York Times:
Fairfax Accuser Told Friends She Was Raped by Corey Maggette  —  The woman who has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor, Justin E. Fairfax, of raping her said that a former N.B.A. player, Corey Maggette, raped her at Duke University 20 years ago and that school officials did not pursue the claim …
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Staffers to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax resign following second sexual assault allegation
USA Today:
Robert Mueller has spent two years investigating Trump, and he hasn't said a word.  It's possible he never will.  —  WASHINGTON - Occasionally, his signature appears on court documents.  But on the most consequential days of the nearly two-year investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election …
Washington Post:   Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump
Marianne LeVine / Politico:   Rand Paul will vote against Trump's pick for attorney general
Washington Post:
Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump, but views of his probe are scattered  —  As the special counsel investigation seems to be nearing its final stage, Americans view Robert S. Mueller III as far more credible than President Trump, but the public has scattered and partisan perceptions …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:   On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Sexism Shield
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.
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who rocketed to the national spotlight when his congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he's running to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: KVOA-TV
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
‘It will create a firestorm’: Mulvaney's border wall cash grab sparks dissent in White House  —  The White House is firming up plans to redirect unspent federal dollars as a way of funding President Donald Trump's border wall without taking the dramatic step of invoking a national emergency.
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Michael Anton Is Back to Remind Us That There's Such a Thing as a ‘Trump Intellectual’  —  One of the more curious features of the current political landscape is the existence of a small class of people who can be called Trump intellectuals.  It's curious not because Trump himself …
Discussion: Power Line
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” …
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A Trump nominee's family company paid $290,000 fine for sexual harassment and discrimination  —  AccuWeather, a private weather company whose former chief executive is President Trump's nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, agreed to pay $290,000 as part …
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 …
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Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
We're not ‘purist’ about changing Brexit deal, says UK minister
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Racism, rape and judging the past
Sammy Roth / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles ditches plan to invest billions in fossil fuels, Mayor Eric Garcetti says
Discussion: Breitbart and KTLA
Jim Norman / Gallup:
Americans' Confidence in Their Finances Keeps Growing
Discussion: Breitbart
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Daniel Denvir / New York Times:
The Case Against ‘Border Security’
Discussion: Breitbart, CNBC and Tennessee Star
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris celebrates Oakland, but the feeling isn't necessarily mutual
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio heads to New Hampshire as he contemplates run for president
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Utah GOP shrinks Medicaid expansion, defying voters
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Accountability for Former Saudi Aide in Khashoggi Killing