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12:55 AM ET, February 12, 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 …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Ilhan Omar's Lazy and Anti-Semitic Tweets  —  Representative Ilhan Omar is getting a lot of well-deserved grief for her (latest) dimwitted tweets: … The usual Twitter mobs were unleashed in her defense.  If you search Twitter for AIPAC, you'll find all sorts of crazy talk about …
Discussion: The Forward, Mediaite and Breitbart
Jeryl Bier / The Script:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib Wrote For Louis Farrakhan's Publication In 2006
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington
Discussion: Shareblue Media, CNN and New York Times
Elizabeth Vaughn / RedState:
Sorry I'm Not Sorry: Ilhan Omar Has Already Learned The Fine Democratic Art Of Apologizing Without Really Apologizing
Washington Post:
Jewish House Democrats urge Pelosi to denounce Ilhan Omar for ‘hateful tropes’ in tweets
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Is “Trope” So Popular on the Internet?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Beto takes on Trump in tale of 2 mega-rallies  —  EL PASO, Texas — The showdown between Donald Trump and Beto O'Rourke Monday night over the president's border wall unfolded at competing rallies with thousands of people in venues barely a block apart.  —  But the events practically took place …
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed News:
Beto O'Rourke Calls The Green New Deal “The Best Proposal” He's Seen For Addressing Climate Change  —  EL PASO, Texas — Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is mulling a presidential bid, said Monday evening in El Paso that he is “excited” by the Green New Deal.
Discussion: National Review, CityLab and
Associated Press:
The Latest: Negotiators say they've agreed on border bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on government negotiations over border security (all times local):  —  Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown.
New York Times:
Fairfax Accuser Told Friends She Was Raped by Corey Maggette  —  The woman who has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor, Justin E. Fairfax, of raping her said that a former N.B.A. player, Corey Maggette, raped her at Duke University 20 years ago and that school officials did not pursue the claim …
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.
Washington Post:
Lawmakers say they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to avoid government shutdown  —  BREAKING: Lawmakers say they have reached an “agreement in principle” to avoid government shutdown.  —  Top lawmakers say they have reached a deal to fund the government through the fall …
Key Hill negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown
Discussion: WTKR-TV, and The Root
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Negotiators reach deal ‘in principle’ to avert shutdown
Discussion: RedState, The Resurgent and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Daniel Denvir / New York Times:
The Case Against ‘Border Security’
Discussion: Breitbart, CNBC and Tennessee Star
Larry Hogan / CNN:
Maryland governor: A dose of reality for Trump, Pelosi and Schumer
Discussion: Mediaite
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 Inc. founder Jeff Bezos …
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.
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host Amy Klobuchar at 2020 town hall
Discussion: Daily Wire
USA Today:
Robert Mueller has spent two years investigating Trump, and he hasn't said a word.  It's possible he never will.  —  WASHINGTON - Occasionally, his signature appears on court documents.  But on the most consequential days of the nearly two-year investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:   Rand Paul will vote against Trump's pick for attorney general
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” …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris celebrates Oakland, but the feeling isn't necessarily mutual … When Kamala Harris considered places to launch her White House bid, she had options: Washington, where she serves in the U.S. Senate; Sacramento, where she served as state attorney general; San Francisco …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP livid with Trump over ignored Khashoggi report  —  Senate Republicans are fuming at President Donald Trump for telling lawmakers he would disregard a law requiring a report to Congress determining who is responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
‘A Woman, Just Not That Woman’: How Sexism Plays Out on the Trail  —  In the words of her detractors during the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and shrill.  She was aloof.  She was unlikable.  —  It's not a coincidence that some of these adjectives are now bubbling …
Discussion: The Bulwark
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:   On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Sexism Shield
Carl Prine / Navy Times:
New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases  —  Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not only stabbed to death a teenage wounded Islamic State prisoner of war during a 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to an officer in his chain of command …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals  —  The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said in an interview that aired Monday on “Rising” that Republican lawmakers will continue to look through transcripts …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Gabriel Hays / NB Blog:
Video Venom: 33 TV Shows in Jan. Slam ‘Terrorist’ Trump, Praise Abortion  —  Entertainment TV is far worse than news when it comes to progressive bias and hatred for conservative people and views.  A cross section of nightly programming on major networks, cable TV or popular streaming services …
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.
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.”
Matt Viser / Washington Post:   Tired of caucusing on a cold winter night?  Iowa Democrats move closer to an optional tele-caucus format
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Sean Parker's govtech Brigade breaks up, Pinterest acqhires engineers
Sara Nelson / USA Today:
In new government shutdown, flight attendants won't let passengers' lives be put at risk
James Bamford / New Republic:
The Spy Who Wasn't  —  On a steamy Sunday last July …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
De Blasio heads to New Hampshire as he contemplates run for president
Discussion: CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Splinter
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Utah GOP shrinks Medicaid expansion, defying voters
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Neomi Rao, Trump's nominee for D.C. appeals court, apologizes for past writing on date rape
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Nieman Lab:
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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
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Rick Scott won't put his wealth in a blind trust anymore