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5:55 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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Is “Trope” So Popular on the Internet? … BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith tweeted this a few minutes ago: … Let's talk words for a bit.  The reason this popped up today is because of Ilhan Omar's tweets about AIPAC.  Rep. Eliot Engel, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
J Street:   Weaponization and Oversimplification of Israel Debate Must End
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib wrote a column for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's blog in 2006
Discussion: Breitbart
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
Ilhan Omar Tweeted Something Anti-Semitic. Again.
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Maeve Reston / CNN:
Harris takes on questions about her ‘blackness’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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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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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David Mark / Washington Examiner:
Justin Fairfax placed on leave by his law firm after rape allegation
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans gush over Klobuchar  —  Amy Klobuchar has an unusual constituency behind her as she launches her run for president: Senate Republicans.  —  In a Democratic caucus filled with presidential hopefuls taking a hard line against Donald Trump's presidency, the Minnesota senator's brand of pragmatic politics stands out.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Trump's Nightmare Opponents
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host Amy Klobuchar at 2020 town hall
Discussion: Daily Wire
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.
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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'
Discussion: Contemptor and Splinter
Cabot Phillips / Campus Reform:
VIDEO: Students all about Ocasio-Cortez's ‘Green New Deal’...then find out what's in it  — Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips traveled to the University of Miami to find out what students thought of it.  —  Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her long-awaited “Green New Deal …
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Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez retracts erroneous information about ‘Green New Deal’ backed by 2020 Democratic candidates
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Daily Wire
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fact-checker: Ocasio-Cortez's ‘doctored documents’ claim ‘misleading,’ but gets no Pinocchios
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Accountability for Former Saudi Aide in Khashoggi Killing  —  Riyadh has resisted U.S. pressure to take decisive action against Saud al-Qahtani, who Washington has sanctioned in the case  —  A top Saudi official who was fired after being accused of playing a role in the killing …
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
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
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Michael Cohen's Senate testimony delayed  —  Congress is now 0 for 3 in trying to bring in Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, for testimony before he is scheduled to report to federal prison in early March.  —  The latest panel to come up short in landing Trump's longtime fixer …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
BBC:
Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from internet  —  Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences.  —  The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally.
 
 
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Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California governor to draw down guard troops at border
Discussion: Townhall
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Discussion: The Democrats