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9:50 AM ET, February 12, 2019


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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.
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:
Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Top Dem negotiator says ‘no one got everything they wanted’ in deal to avoid government shutdown
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Lawmakers reach border deal ‘in principle,’ including $1.375B for physical barriers
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Negotiators say they've agreed on border bill
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:   The Wall Is in Their Hearts  —  “The wall is being built.  It'll continue.
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
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Superstar freshman Dems replace Pelosi as GOP targets  —  The Republican Party has a new trio of Democratic villains: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  —  The House GOP midterm strategy largely centered on trying to tie every Democrat to now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and it failed spectacularly.
A new crop of experts is helping to steer the Democratic Party to the left
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 …
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 …
Tom Gara / BuzzFeed News:
Ilhan Omar Is Learning The Wrong Lesson From The Trump Era
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Elizabeth Vaughn / RedState:
Sorry I'm Not Sorry: Ilhan Omar Has Already Learned The Fine Democratic Art Of Apologizing Without Really Apologizing
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Dem Rep. Omar apologizes for Israel comments, calls out ‘problematic’ role of AIPAC, ‘other lobbyists’
Discussion: National Review and Vox
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: Political Wire
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
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 …
Washington Post:   Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week and Front Page Magazine
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who rocketed to the national spotlight when his congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he's running to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Bloomberg, KVOA-TV and Mother Jones
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
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:   Judicial Watch: FBI General Counsel Talked to Hillary Clinton's Lawyer about Comey's Letter …
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 …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
12 months, nearly 1,200 deaths: the year in youth gun violence since Parkland  —  A year after the Parkland shooting on Valentine's Day, February 14, US gun related deaths of children and teens continue.  When they weren't killed by active shooters, kids died in accidents and murder suicides.
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Michael Anton Is Back to Remind Us That There's Such a Thing as a ‘Trump Intellectual’  —  One of the more curious features of the current political landscape is the existence of a small class of people who can be called Trump intellectuals.  It's curious not because Trump himself …
Discussion: Power Line
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” …
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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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
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A Trump nominee's family company paid $290,000 fine for sexual harassment and discrimination
Sammy Roth / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles ditches plan to invest billions in fossil fuels, Mayor Eric Garcetti says
Discussion: Breitbart and KTLA
Jim Norman / Gallup:
Americans' Confidence in Their Finances Keeps Growing
Discussion: Breitbart
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris celebrates Oakland, but the feeling isn't necessarily mutual
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker's govtech Brigade breaks up, Pinterest acqhires engineers
 Earlier Items: 
James Bamford / New Republic:
The Spy Who Wasn't  —  On a steamy Sunday last July …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Carl Prine / Navy Times:
New legal bombshells explode on two Navy SEAL war crimes cases
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Accountability for Former Saudi Aide in Khashoggi Killing