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1:15 PM ET, February 11, 2019

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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.
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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.
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
Ilhan Omar Tweeted Something Anti-Semitic. Again.
Discussion: Breitbart, Roll Call and Spectator USA
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Top House Dems condemn Omar tweet as anti-Semitic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Harris takes on questions about her ‘blackness’  —  (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris directly confronted critics Monday who have questioned her black heritage, her record incarcerating minorities as a prosecutor and her decision to marry a white man.  —  In an interview with The Breakfast Club hosts DJ Envy …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris' A.G. Office Tried to Keep Inmates Locked Up for Cheap Labor  —  Lawyers for California also argued that allowing certain inmates to be paroled early would deplete a program that allowed prisons to fight wildfires.  —  Jackie Kucinich  —  Ordered to reduce the population …
Discussion: The Guardian
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Kamala Harris calls for marijuana legalization: ‘I think it gives a lot of people joy’
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
‘Progressive Prosecutor’: Can Kamala Harris Square the Circle?
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and emptywheel
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Amy Klobuchar launches her 2020 bid with a Wisconsin dig at Hillary Clinton  —  After navigating the blizzard in which she launched her 2020 presidential campaign on Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) concluded her big day with a subtle dig at Hillary Clinton.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Trump's Nightmare Opponents
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   Don't sleep on “Spartacus”  —  In every presidential election cycle …
Ben Geman / Axios:
The climate lines worth noting from Amy Klobuchar's 2020 launch
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Breitbart
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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Beds and barriers at issue, as Washington barrels toward another shutdown
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.
Nic Rowan / Washington Free Beacon:
Tlaib Wrote Op-Ed for Farrakhan in 2006  —  Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) wrote in 2006 an op-ed for the Final Call, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's publication known for espousing anti-Semitism.  —  Tlaib's piece focused on how legal immigrants should not be deported for minor criminal offenses …
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Jeryl Bier / The Script:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib Wrote For Louis Farrakhan's Publication In 2006
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Daily Wire
David Mark / Washington Examiner:
Justin Fairfax placed on leave by his law firm after rape allegation  —  Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been placed on leave by his law firm as it investigates the sexual assault allegations against him.  —  Washington, D.C.-based Morrison Foerster “has retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation.
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
‘Everyone deserves to be heard,’ Fairfax says in interview as Democrats explored impeachment
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.
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Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California governor to draw down guard troops at border
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Mueller Team Believes Potential Trump Pardon Tainted Manafort's Cooperation
Discussion: Political Wire
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test  —  Russia's internet contingency plan gets closer to reality.  —  Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.
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BBC:
Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from internet
Discussion: VICE News and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Erica Orden / CNN:
Trump Foundation says NY AG's comments show lawsuit is political  —  New NY attorney general vows to target Trump  —  New York (CNN)Attorneys for the Donald J. Trump Foundation accused the New York attorney general's office of political motivation in its civil lawsuit against the nonprofit …
Washington Post:
A note to Barr and Whitaker: The Mueller report must be made public  —  IN FRIDAY testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker insisted that he has not tried to stymie the Justice Department's Russia probe and has not discussed it with the White House.
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Julie Kelly / American Greatness:   The Indecent Inquisitors
Anna Brown / Pew Research Center:
About a third of Americans say blackface in a Halloween costume is acceptable at least sometimes  —  A slight majority of Americans (53%) think it is generally unacceptable for a white person to use makeup to darken their skin to appear to be a different race as part of a Halloween costume …
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox & Friends host says he hasn't washed hands in 10 years: 'Germs are not a real thing — I can't see them'  —  Don't miss stories.  Follow Raw Story!  —  Fox News host Pete Hegseth explained on Sunday that he doesn't wash his hands because “germs are not a real thing.”
Discussion: Contemptor and Splinter
J.D. Simkins / Military Times:
Meal, Ready-to-Trump: MRE package bears striking resemblance to president — and Kanye?  —  In case it has yet to be brought to the attention of Meal, Ready-to-Eat aficionados, one of the MRE's newer bag designs of figures flanking a rifle stack features one individual who bears an uncanny resemblance …
 
 
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CNBC:
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YouTube announces it will no longer recommend conspiracy videos
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