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8:20 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.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington  —  A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded sharply to reports that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was targeting both Omar and fellow Muslim …
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Washington Post
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 …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Ilhan Omar apologizes after Pelosi denounces tweet as anti-Semitic  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for anti-Semitic comments Monday after coming under pressure from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats.  —  The Minnesota Democrat sparked a firestorm on Sunday night …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Is “Trope” So Popular on the Internet?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
J Street:   Weaponization and Oversimplification of Israel Debate Must End
Clare Byrne / Agence France-Presse:   Tree commemorating murdered French Jew is chopped down amid anti-Semitic spate
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 …
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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David Mark / Washington Examiner:
Justin Fairfax placed on leave by his law firm after rape allegation
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 …
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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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
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Harris takes on questions about her ‘blackness’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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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
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.
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: Breitbart and Daily Wire
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Associated Press:   As Democratic field expands, Biden waits on the sidelines
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.
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Sexism Shield  —  Hi.  Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics.  I'm Lisa Lerer, your host.  —  On Saturday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a campaign stop at Kiki's Chicken and Waffles in Columbia, S.C., and asked whether to use …
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
‘A Woman, Just Not That Woman’: How Sexism Plays Out on the Trail
Discussion: The Bulwark
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” …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Iowa Democrats propose major 2020 change: ‘Virtual caucuses’  —  The Iowa Democratic Party laid out a proposal Monday that would add a major change to its presidential caucuses, allowing for absentee voting by phone on six different days through “virtual caucuses.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:   Tired of caucusing on a cold winter night?  Iowa Democrats move closer to an optional tele-caucus format
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Rand Paul will vote against Trump's pick for attorney general  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Monday that will vote against confirming President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, citing his record on privacy issues.  —  “I'm a no,” Paul said in brief interview.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
GOP livid with Trump over ignored Khashoggi report  —  It's the latest rift between Republicans and the president over foreign policy.  —  Senate Republicans are fuming at President Donald Trump for telling lawmakers he would disregard a law requiring a report to Congress determining …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Utah GOP shrinks Medicaid expansion, defying voters
Discussion: Political Wire
David Siders / Politico:
It's Trump vs. Beto in border wall showdown
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Neomi Rao, Trump's nominee for D.C. appeals court, apologizes for past writing on date rape
Discussion: Politico
Carl Prine / Navy Times:
New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases
Reuters:
Qatar revamps investment strategy after Kushner building bailout
Larry Hogan / CNN:
Maryland governor: A dose of reality for Trump, Pelosi and Schumer
 Earlier Items: 
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
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Mueller Team Believes Potential Trump Pardon Tainted Manafort's Cooperation
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Devastated by one shutdown, dreading the next
Discussion: The Democrats