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6:45 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.
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? … 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 and Politico
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.
Jeryl Bier / The Script:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib Wrote For Louis Farrakhan's Publication In 2006
Clare Byrne / Agence France-Presse:   Tree commemorating murdered French Jew is chopped down amid anti-Semitic spate
J Street:   Weaponization and Oversimplification of Israel Debate Must End
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Omar apologizes after Dem leaders blast tweets as ‘anti-Semitic’
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
Ilhan Omar Tweeted Something Anti-Semitic. Again.
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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
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
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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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
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
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, Breitbart 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
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.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Tired of caucusing on a cold winter night?  Iowa Democrats move closer to an optional tele-caucus format  —  Iowa Democrats on Monday proposed an expansion of the presidential caucuses, allowing for a tele-caucus that is meant to allay Democratic concerns that too few people can take part …
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Iowa Democrats propose major 2020 change: ‘Virtual caucuses’
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Trump Foundation says NY AG's comments show lawsuit is political
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Washington Post:
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