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12:30 PM ET, February 11, 2019

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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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
‘Presidential wood chips’: Kellyanne Conway doesn't have much nice to say about the 2020 Democratic field
Discussion: Politico
Ben Geman / Axios:
The climate lines worth noting from Amy Klobuchar's 2020 launch
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Breitbart
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.
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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Katie Galioto / Politico:
Kamala Harris calls for marijuana legalization: ‘I think it gives a lot of people joy’  —  Sen. Kamala Harris called for the legalization of marijuana at a federal level in a Monday morning interview, making her the latest 2020 contender to weigh in on an issue that has become front-and-center as the presidential campaign season begins.
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Kamala Harris' A.G. Office Tried to Keep Inmates Locked Up for Cheap Labor
Discussion: The Root and The Guardian
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
‘Progressive Prosecutor’: Can Kamala Harris Square the Circle?
Discussion: Althouse and America Rising PAC
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: emptywheel
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.
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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: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
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
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
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 and 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Italian PM: We want to shake things up in Europe
CNBC:
Average tax refunds are down 8.4% in the wake of Trump tax cuts
Kalhan Rosenblatt / NBC News:
YouTube announces it will no longer recommend conspiracy videos
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test
Discussion: BBC and VICE News
Lisa De Pasquale / The Federalist:
Why The Anti-Men 'Galentine's Day' Is Nothing To Celebrate
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Progressives Bearing Gifts
Discussion: American Digest
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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