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6:25 PM ET, February 12, 2019


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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 …
Warner splits with Burr on collusion question  —  Sen. Burr: Our involvement in Comey firing done  —  (CNN)Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, rejected Republican Chairman Richard Burr's recent statements that the committee has not found evidence of collusion …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Daily Wire and Raw Story
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.
Jon Sopel / BBC:
Why the attack on our cameraman was no surprise  —  I would really love to be able to say when I heard about the attack on our cameraman Ron Skeans that I was surprised.  Or shocked even.  I wasn't.  —  Once I found out that he was OK, and that the rest of the team were OK, I thought this was a pretty unsurprising event.
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway 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.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Ilhan Omar's tweet revealed core truths about anti-Semitism in America
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Breitbart
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:   Apology Unaccepted  —  On Monday, Democrats called on Rep. Ilhan Omar …
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
The Twitter Takeover of Politics Is Just Getting Started
NBC News:
Trump ‘extremely unhappy’ with shutdown deal, keeping options open to build wall  —  The president gave no indication of whether he intends to sign the agreement to prevent another government shutdown on Friday.  —  President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is “extremely unhappy” …
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
A Veep Joke About Leg-Shaving Was Inspired by a Rumor About Amy Klobuchar  —  Last week, in the lead-up to Amy Klobuchar announcing her presidential run, HuffPost and BuzzFeed published stories in which several anonymous former staffers confirmed long-circulating rumors that the Minnesota senator …
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Newsom abandons California high-speed rail plan  —  California Gov. Gavin Newson announced Tuesday that the state will no longer pursue plans to build an estimated $77 billion high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco because the project “would cost too much and respectfully take too long,” per the AP.
Alexei Koseff / San Francisco Chronicle:   Newsom says California high-speed rail must focus on Central Valley
Los Angeles Times:
Newsom pledges to scale back high-speed rail and twin tunnels projects in State of the State speech
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Signal
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McCarthy blames Republican loss of House majority on GOP health care bill  —  Speaking privately to his donors, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy squarely blamed Republican losses in last year's midterm elections on the GOP push to roll back health insurance protections for people …
Elijah C. Watson / Okayplayer:
Kamala Harris Claims She Listened To Snoop Dogg & Tupac While Smoking Weed — Years Before They Released Albums  —  Kamala may have her years mixed up.  —  During a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, Kamala Harris discussed her time as a prosecutor, critiques of her blackness …
Discussion: Townhall, and The FADER
Washington Post:
How Manafort's 2016 meeting with a Russian employee at New York cigar club goes to ‘the heart’ of Mueller's probe  —  The 2016 nominating conventions had recently concluded and the presidential race was hitting a new level of intensity when Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Yes, the Mueller investigation is costly.  But the millions seized from Manafort have it on track to break even
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
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
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
National debt hits new milestone, topping $22 trillion  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time.  —  The Treasury Department's daily statement shows that total outstanding public debt stands at $22.01 trillion.
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
Shahien Nasiripour / Bloomberg:
Before Bezos Fight, Enquirer Publisher AMI Faced Steep Losses  — AMI had negative net worth as of Sept. 30, documents show  — Losses spurred borrowing, leading to more than $1 billion debt  —  The publisher of the National Enquirer, currently under attack by Inc. founder Jeff Bezos …
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.
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.
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Washington Post:
The Senate just passed the decade's biggest public lands package. Here's what's in it.
Discussion: Axios
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Former Attorney General Eric Holder Close To 2020 Decision As He Heads To Iowa
Heather Long / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Spectator USA
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Ben Sasse / USA Today:
Sen. Ben Sasse: Don't let infanticide be a partisan issue. We can all protect born babies.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
William Webster, ex-FBI and CIA director, helps feds nab Jamaican phone scammer
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
‘It will create a firestorm’: Mulvaney's border wall cash grab sparks dissent in White House