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February 11, 2019

2-11-2019 Political Nuggets….

 

Washington Brief

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) issued an “unequivocal” apology for her insinuation that American support for Israel is driven by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, comments that were condemned as anti-Semitic. The mea culpa came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats joined Republicans in criticizing Omar for her tweets. (The New York Times)
  • A group of immigrants from Honduras and Nepal filed a lawsuit alleging that the Trump administration, motivated by racial animus, unfairly shuttered a temporary protected status program that allowed them to live and work in the United States. The lawsuit is the latest court filing challenging Trump’s decision to end the status for several countries whose citizens have lived and worked legally in the United States for years. (The Associated Press)
  • Four staffers working for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) quit their jobs as their boss faces calls for his resignation amid allegations that he sexually assaulted two women. As Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and state Attorney General Mark Herring (D) face scandals of their own over blackface, Democrats in the state Legislature pumped the brakes on an effort to impeach Fairfax, given that the alleged offenses did not take place during his tenure as lieutenant governor. (The Washington Post)
  • Congressional negotiators are set to meet today to revive talks over border security after bipartisan negotiations broke down over the weekend over Democratic demands to limit the number of migrants that Immigration and Customs Enforcement can detain. The two sides also remain divided over President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall ahead of Friday’s funding deadline, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said in Sunday television appearances “you absolutely cannot” rule out the possibility of another shutdown. ( The Associated Press)
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is set to announce plans to pull back members of the National Guard who have been deployed to the southern border and redeploy them to other duties. The action comes a week after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) made a similar move, citing Trump’s “border fear-mongering” as the only reason for their deployment. (NBC News)
  • Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a 13-term lawmaker who hadn’t voted in Congress since September due to illness, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. Jones, an advocate for the Marine Corps and against the national debt, became known for his efforts to atone for his vote for sending American troops into Iraq in the early 2000s. (The News & Observer)
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