Monday, February 11 2019

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Tick Tock

Written by Elaine Godfrey
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What We’re Following Today

It’s Monday, February 11.

Lawmakers have until Friday to reach a funding deal, or else the government will shut down, just After deliberations among the congressional conferees stalled this weekend, lawmakers met again today to try to come closer to a deal on funding the border wall.

The latest dustup among the negotiators today wasn’t over the wall—it was over a proposed cap on the number of immigrants that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is allowed to detain within the United States.

Rival Rallies: Tonight, President Donald Trump will to El Paso, Texas, to hold a rally arguing in favor of a border wall. Shortly beforehand, the El Paso native and former Representative Beto O’Rourke will speak at a counterrally. O’Rourke is still waffling over a potential run for the presidency, though he seems to

Nuance Lost: Representative Ilhan Omar apologized today for a tweet on Sunday night implying that AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, pays politicians to support Israel. The tweet played into anti-Semitic tropes, : “Omar has added credence to a common caricature of the anti-Israel left: that opposition to Israel is partly fueled by conspiratorial anti-Semitism.”

, writes David A. Graham: Jones was Congress’s “real maverick,” a representative who was not afraid to vote against his own party and who once said that Dick Cheney will probably be “rotting in hell” for his role in starting the Iraq War.  

Gun Control: As the anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, shooting approaches, a coalition of Floridians—including survivors of both the Parkland and Pulse nightclub shootings—has launched a campaign to get an assault-weapons ban on Florida’s 2020 ballot. Notably, the group, Do Something Florida!, includes powerful Republican donors,

 

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