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11:50 AM ET, February 12, 2019


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Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally  —  A supporter of US President Donald Trump has attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas.  —  Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC's Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
‘MAGA’ hat-wearing Trump backer accused of shoving journalists at El Paso rally  —  As the man was escorted out of the arena on Monday night, Trump asked: “You all right?  Everything OK?”  —  A man attending President Donald Trump's rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas …
Iliana Magra / New York Times:
BBC Camera Operator Is Attacked at Trump Rally  —  A supporter of President Trump attacked a BBC camera operator during a presidential rally in El Paso on Monday night, the broadcaster said.  —  “BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd while covering …
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:   The Wall Is in Their Hearts  —  “The wall is being built.  It'll continue.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia  —  “We were never going find a contract signed in blood saying, 'Hey Vlad, we're going to collude,” one Democratic aide said.  —  WASHINGTON — After two years and 200 interviews, the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump tax returns: House Democrats ready for ultimate fishing expedition
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with  —  The fact that Republicans signed off shows how little leverage they have.  —  It has been about 12 hours since House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative deal to avert another government shutdown …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Negotiators say they've agreed on border bill
Discussion: Daily Wire and Instapundit
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Lawmakers reach border deal ‘in principle,’ including $1.375B for physical barriers
Discussion: NB Blog and Townhall
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Democrats in 2020 are at risk of turning into Republicans in 2016  —  Democrats in 2020 are at risk of turning into Republicans in 2016, minus the racism.  —  By which I mean: emphasizing empty slogans instead of evidence-based policy, rejecting experts in favor of cranks …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Bill Gates says tax policies like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's are ‘missing the picture’
Discussion: Axios, Washington Times and CNBC
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce
Discussion: National Review
Startup think tanks are powering the Democratic Party's shift to the left
Washington Post:
Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump, but views of his probe are scattered  —  As the special counsel investigation seems to be nearing its final stage, Americans view Robert S. Mueller III as far more credible than President Trump, but the public has scattered and partisan perceptions …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and The Guardian
USA Today:
Robert Mueller has spent two years investigating Trump, and he hasn't said a word.  It's possible he never will.
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Washington Post:
Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump
Discussion: Politico
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
‘It will create a firestorm’: Mulvaney's border wall cash grab sparks dissent in White House  —  The White House is firming up plans to redirect unspent federal dollars as a way of funding President Donald Trump's border wall without taking the dramatic step of invoking a national emergency.
The Daily Beast:
Swiss Mystery Company Is at the Heart of a Mueller Puzzle  —  You've never heard of Zurich-based Salix Services AG.  But Robert Mueller's team has.  —  A little-known company located in Switzerland has come under scrutiny by the Special Counsel's Office for its connection to Psy Group …
Discussion: Raw Story and naked capitalism
Washington Post:
A hedge fund's ‘mercenary’ strategy: Buy newspapers, slash jobs, sell the buildings  —  When the building housing the downtown Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper sold last April, the name of the buyer — Twenty Lake Holdings LLC — seemed of little consequence.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
William Webster, ex-FBI and CIA director, helps feds nab Jamaican phone scammer  —  Instead of sending $50,000 to the random caller, he performed reverse phone sting for FBI  —  The caller with the Jamaican accent told the 90-year-old District man he had won $72 million and a new Mercedes Benz …
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly running for U.S. Senate as Democrat to take on McSally  —  Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced in a video Tuesday he is launching a campaign to run for the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by the late John McCain.
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Amy Klobuchar, latest presidential candidate, faces questions about temperament, treatment of staff  —  announced her intention to run for the presidency of the United States at a rally in Minneapolis, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., faced intense headwinds in the form of reports …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Amy Klobuchar is Trump's worst nightmare
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Yes, the Mueller investigation is costly.  But the millions seized from Manafort have it on track to break even  —  WASHINGTON - Some time soon, federal authorities will begin selling off what's left of Paul Manafort's life, a small fortune amassed through a decade of illicit lobbying work.
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Cory Booker: 'This Planet Simply Can't Sustain' People Eating Meat  —  Democrat 2020 hopeful is vegan because eating eggs 'didn't align with my spirit'  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said the planet “can't sustain” people eating meat, as the 2020 hopeful aims to become the first vegan president.
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Writer Sues Twitter Over Ban for Criticizing Transgender People  —  Canadian blogger tweeted 'Men aren't women,' violating harassment rules on the platform  —  A Canadian writer filed a lawsuit against Twitter Inc. TWTR .79% on Monday, saying the social-media platform unfairly banned …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Bloomingdale's Apologizes Over ‘Fake News’ T-Shirt, Pulls It From Stores  —  “We take this feedback very seriously and are working quickly to remove this t-shirt,” the company says in a statement  —  Department store giant Bloomingdale's apologized on Monday after a customer flagged a “fake news” t-shirt in one of its stores.
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 …
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 …
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:   Judicial Watch: FBI General Counsel Talked to Hillary Clinton's Lawyer about Comey's Letter …
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Top Leader at Interior Dept. Pushes a Policy Favoring His Former Client
Dara Lind / Vox:
Congress's deal on immigration detention, explained
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
12 months, nearly 1,200 deaths: the year in youth gun violence since Parkland
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Sheriffs storm Capitol Hill to demand border wall, ICE funding
Discussion: IJR and TheBlaze
Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
We're not ‘purist’ about changing Brexit deal, says UK minister
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Michael Anton Is Back to Remind Us That There's Such a Thing as a ‘Trump Intellectual’
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A Trump nominee's family company paid $290,000 fine for sexual harassment and discrimination
Tom Gara / BuzzFeed News:
Ilhan Omar Is Learning The Wrong Lesson From The Trump Era
Discussion: CNN and Townhall
Robert Reich / The Guardian:
Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP livid with Trump over ignored Khashoggi report