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3:00 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
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: Vox, The Week, Newsweek and CNN
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  —  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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Jacobin and Townhall
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The Twitter Takeover of Politics Is Just Getting Started
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Why Ilhan Omar's Latest Apology Fell Flat
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 …
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 …
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
U.S. Department of Justice:   Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel Leader, Convicted of Running a Continuing Criminal Enterprise …
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
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 …
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Trump: “I can't say I'm thrilled” on the 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
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.
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
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
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.
Nick Reisman / NY State of Politics:
Siena Poll: New Yorkers Back Amazon Deal  —  A majority of voters in New York back using $3 billion in tax incentives to bring up to 25,000 Amazon jobs to Long Island City, a poll released Tuesday by Siena College found.  —  The poll is a boon to supporters of the project, like Gov. Andrew Cuomo …
Siena College Research Institute:
Voters Give Cuomo & Schumer Their Lowest Ratings Ever
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
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 …
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.
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 …
2020 Democrats face the most diverse electorate in history  —  (CNN)One of the defining characteristics of the 2020 Democratic presidential contest is the unprecedented diversity of the field, which already features more women and minority candidates than ever.
Jennifer Percy / Esquire:
The Life of an American Boy at 17  —  Ryan Morgan is a high school senior from West Bend, Wisconsin.  Like all seventeen-year-olds, he thinks a lot about what he wants to do with his life, because everyone keeps telling him he's supposed to have it figured out.
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.
ABC News:
Former Trump lawyer slams Mueller probe, maintains president will be cleared  —  Dowd spoke with ABC for the premiere of a new podcast called The Investigation.  —  12m ago
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Adam Behsudi / Politico:
Trump: U.S. could extend tariff deadline on China if deal is close
Discussion: Breitbart
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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Susan Collins defends her Brett Kavanaugh vote after he dissents in abortion access case
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Sasse / USA Today:
Sen. Ben Sasse: Don't let infanticide be a partisan issue. We can all protect born babies.
Trump to Meet With Nuclear Developers Looking Globally, Sources Say
Discussion: Axios
David Brooks / New York Times:
How the Left Embraced Elitism
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
A Call to Putin, and Russian TV Changed Its Story
 Earlier Items: 
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: Bloomberg
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly running for U.S. Senate as Democrat to take on McSally
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
Michael Anton Is Back to Remind Us That There's Such a Thing as a ‘Trump Intellectual’