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4:45 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 …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
El Paso Fire Department denies Trump's crowd claim at rally  —  The El Paso Fire Department late Monday denied President Donald Trump's claim that officials gave him special permission to pack more people in to his rally than the facility allowed.  —  During his rally at the El Paso County Coliseum …
Discussion: ABC News, Newsweek, The Week, Vox and NBC News
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
Jon Sopel / BBC:   Why the attack on our cameraman was no surprise
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
The Wall Is in Their Hearts  —  “The wall is being built.  It'll continue.
Discussion: Hot Air
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
A BBC cameraman was assaulted during Trump's rally in El Paso.  Trump kept attacking the media anyway.
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Peter Beinart / The Forward:
The Sick Double Standard In The Ilhan Omar Controversy  —  The following two things are true.  First, Representative Ilhan Omar was wrong to tweet that the American government's support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins.”  Secondly, she's being judged by a grotesque double standard.
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 …
Senate will vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution, McConnell says  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that the Senate would hold an upcoming vote on the Green New Deal resolution introduced last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Democrats in 2020 are at risk of turning into Republicans in 2016
Discussion: Vox, CNN and Louder With Crowder
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The Twitter Takeover of Politics Is Just Getting Started
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:   There Is No Green New Deal  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can name …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:   Warner splits with Burr on collusion question
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 …
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:   A Veep Joke About Leg-Shaving Was Inspired by a Rumor About Amy Klobuchar
Trump Downplays Shutdown Threat as GOP Opens Path to Border Deal  — Republicans float idea of using other funds on border security  — President says he still may declare emergency to get funding  —  President Donald Trump is playing down the threat of a second partial government shutdown …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with
Susan Collins defends her Brett Kavanaugh vote after he dissents in abortion access case  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a supporter of abortion rights who cast a critical vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said in an interview with CNN that despite his vote …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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: Daily Kos and Axios
Washington Post:
Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump
Discussion: Politico
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Myths of Voter ID  —  A new study confirms that the polarized debate over voter identification isn't that important.  —  Usually when some sententious centrist talks about ending partisan polarization and just coming up with “solutions” based on “data” or “studies” or “expert consensus …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Kamala Harris Got So High Smoking Weed in College She Thought She Was Listening To Snoop Dogg and Tupac  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a latter-day convert to legalizing pot.  As a prosecutor and California attorney general, she was opposed to legalization.
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Multiple White Supremacist Gang Members among 54 Defendants Charged in RICO Indictment  —  Charges Include Solicitation of Murder, Kidnapping, Maiming, and Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine  —  Dozens of members of a white supremacist gang allegedly responsible for multiple acts …
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.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Found Guilty on All Counts; Faces Life in Prison  —  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 into the United States …
Discussion: Gothamist and
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.
Ben Sasse / USA Today:
Sen. Ben Sasse: Don't let infanticide be a partisan issue.  We can all protect born babies.  —  Democrats blocked care for babies after failed abortions.  Either they agree with infanticide, or don't have the courage to stand up to those who do.  —  CONNECT  —  Infanticide shouldn't be a partisan issue.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 …
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.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
A record 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments, a red flag for the economy  —  A record 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their auto loan payments, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday, even more than during the wake of the financial crisis.
Foreign Policy:
Jared Kushner and the Art of Humiliation  —  Trump's son-in-law has become known as a deal-maker.  But with the Palestinians, his approach appears to be take it or leave it.  —  If nothing else, Jared Kushner is no longer seen as a lightweight by many in Washington.
Attorney Investigating Northam's Blackface Photo Belonged To A Country Club With No Black Members  —  The Washington Post reported in 1992 that Richard Cullen was a member of the Country Club of Virginia, which did not have a black member until that year.  —  Former Virginia Attorney General …
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Colin Wilhelm / Washington Examiner:
Democrats vilify the Trump tax cuts for generating smaller refunds
Discussion: IJR
Foreign Policy:
The Next U.S. President Should Rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Flight attendants union warns of possible airport chaos if there's another shutdown
Siena College Research Institute:
Voters Give Cuomo & Schumer Their Lowest Ratings Ever
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
2020 Democrats face the most diverse electorate in history
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Percy / Esquire:
The Life of an American Boy at 17
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A Call to Putin, and Russian TV Changed Its Story
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Trump: “I can't say I'm thrilled” on the border security compromise
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Yes, the Mueller investigation is costly.  But the millions seized from Manafort have it on track to break even