2/14/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: BORDER SECURITY DEAL FACES VOTE IN CONGRESS AS MIDNIGHT FRIDAY DEADLINE LOOMS” MICHAEL COLLINS, ELIZA COLLINS AND DAVID JACKSON, USA TODAY

From the article: “A measure that would provide some funding for a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border appears likely to clear Congress as lawmakers rush to beat a midnight Friday deadline to avoid another government shutdown.

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday to approve the measure,which offers $1.375 billion for a 55-mile border barrier – much less than the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump has demanded for a wall along the southern border. And slightly less than the  $1.6 billion and 65 miles of the Senate Homeland Security Committee voted out of committee last summer.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “FROM PARKLAND TO SUNRISE: A YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY YOUTH ACTIVISM” EMILY WITT, THE NEW YORKER

From the article: “This Valentine’s Day marks a year since seventeen people were killed in a shootingat Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. On February 14th, the Web site and social-media feeds of the March for Our Lives, the youth-led gun-control movement that began in the aftermath of the shooting, will go dark. The founders of the movement will not give interviews or make any public comments.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “WOE TO THE 2020 DEMOCRAT WHO ISN’T DOGMATIC ENOUGH” RAMESH PONNURU, BLOOMBERG

From the article: “Many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and would-be contenders have taken thoughtful and admirable positions on various issues over the years, eschewing blind partisanship and ideological dogmatism. Now they’re paying for it.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “TRUMP’S FANTASY VISION OF POLICE DAVID GRAHAM, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “President Donald Trump’s appearance this week at a conference of police chiefs and sheriffs demonstrated the peculiar relationship that the president continues to have with law enforcement. On the one hand, Trump styles himself as the foremost advocate and defender of police. On the other, there are serious differences of opinion between the president and prominent cops on some key issues.”

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