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1:25 PM 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: Outside the Beltway and IJR
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:   The Wall Is in Their Hearts  —  “The wall is being built.  It'll continue.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
A BBC cameraman was assaulted during Trump's rally in El Paso.  Trump kept attacking the media anyway.
Discussion: Deadline and Raw Story
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  —  Yes, Democrats want to start a new investigation into already-under-investigation Trump-Russia allegations.  And yes, they want to investigate Trump associates like Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and others.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Bill Gates says tax policies like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's are ‘missing the picture’  —  Taxes can be higher, but modern monetary theory is ‘crazy talk’  —  Bill Gates thinks taxes can be higher.  —  Speaking on The Vergecast this week, Gates said that while marginal tax rates …
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.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Democrats in 2020 are at risk of turning into Republicans in 2016
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:   There Is No Green New Deal  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can name …
Myron Ebell / Competitive Enterprise Institute:
Green New Deal Launched with Support from Democratic Presidential Candidates
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Startup think tanks are powering the Democratic Party's shift to the left
Trump Says He's Unhappy With Border Deal But May Still Back It  — Plan includes $1.375 billion for border barrier, aides say  — President says he still may declare emergency to get funds  —  President Donald Trump said he isn't happy with the bipartisan agreement on border security intended …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Lawmakers say they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to avoid government shutdown
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
Washington Post:
Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump
Discussion: Politico
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 »
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.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Democrats tap Norm Eisen to consult on House Judiciary Committee  —  House Democrats leading a sweeping set of investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration announced Tuesday they've added two heavyweight legal consultants to the Judiciary Committee.
NBC News:
House Judiciary Committee hires two new outside counsels  —  The new attorneys will be tasked with reviewing issues that could be at the heart of an impeachment case against President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee is building out its legal team with an eye toward …
Trump: “I can't say I'm thrilled” on border security compromise  —  President Trump said in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that he's “not happy” about the deal reached in a bipartisan conference Monday night to keep the government open past Feb. 15.  He did not say whether or not he would support the bill.
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan S. Tobin / New York Post:
Why Ilhan Omar won't pay for peddling bigotry  —  Ilhan Omar can't seem to help herself when it comes to anti-Semitism.  The question is: What are leading Democrats and Never Trumpers, who've repeatedly accused the White House of empowering anti-Semitism, prepared to do about the congresswoman from Minnesota?
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Rashida Tlaib wrote column for Louis Farrakhan publication in 2006
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Convicted in Trial That Revealed Drug Cartel's Brutality and Corruption  —  The Mexican crime lord known as El Chapo was convicted on Tuesday after a three-month drug trial in New York that exposed the inner workings of his sprawling cartel, which over decades shipped tons of drugs …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A Call to Putin, and Russian TV Changed Its Story  —  ROME — When he was prime minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, fighting desperately to win a referendum on which he had staked his job, thought that one particular rally had gone well.  —  He was surprised, then, to discover that RT …
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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 Johnson / USA Today:
Yes, the Mueller investigation is costly.  But the millions seized from Manafort have it on track to break even
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Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Writer Sues Twitter Over Ban for Criticizing Transgender People
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Michael Anton Is Back to Remind Us That There's Such a Thing as a ‘Trump Intellectual’
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A Trump nominee's family company paid $290,000 fine for sexual harassment and discrimination
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP livid with Trump over ignored Khashoggi report