Trump, Beto square off in dueling rallies; lawmakers reach border ‘agreement in principle’

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Developing now, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

TRUMP HOLDS RALLY IN EL PASO, TEXAS AMID BORDER WALL DEBATE: President Trump held his first campaign rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas; meanwhile, Beto O’Rourke led a border wall protest about a half-mile away to counter Trump’s rally … Trump’s event was held at the El Paso County Coliseum in the town that sits along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump did not mention the nearby rally. but brought up O’Rourke. The “young man” with a “great name” who “challenged us,” the president said in reference to the three-term Congressman whose hometown is El Paso. O’Rourke said El Paso is “one of the safest cities in America – safe not because of wall but in spite of walls.”

The president announced his rally last week during his second State of the Union address, in which he alleged El Paso is now one of the nation’s safest cities because of a “powerful barrier” that was put in place — a claim that others disputed.

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LAWMAKERS REACH ‘AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE’ IN BORDERS SECURITY TALKS: Congressional negotiators revealed Monday evening that they’ve reached an “agreement in principle” on border security funding that includes more than $1.3 billion for physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border … Sources tell Fox News the $1.3 billion can be used only for new construction that would cover approximately 55 miles of border territory in the Rio Grande Valley.

Lawmakers have until 11:59 p.m. Friday to get the agreement through both houses of Congress and signed by Trump before several Cabinet-level departments shut down and hundreds of thousands of federal workers are furloughed in what would be the second partial government shutdown this year.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ BLASTS TRUMP’S COMPARISON OF GREEN NEW DEAL TO ‘HS TERM PAPER’: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashed out at President Donald Trump on Monday after he ridiculed the freshman lawmaker’s controversial “Green New Deal,” comparing it to a high school term paper during a rally in El Paso, Texas … Ocasio-Cortez scoffed at the president’s evocation of literary aptitude, retorting: “Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution.” She then quoted a Washington Post article which claimed that “Reading the intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred ‘style of learning,’ according to a person with knowledge of the situation.”

Trump had derided the Green New Deal – an economic stimulus concept designed to fight income inequality and climate change – as a “massive government takeover over that would destroy the incredible economic gains” the U.S. has made under his administration.

TRUMP CALLS NORTHAM CONTROVERSY ‘PRETTY SAD,’ STOPS SHORT OF DEMANDING GOVERNOR’S RESIGNATION: In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” President Trump sounded a note of pity for the “pretty sad” controversy surrounding embattled Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, but stopped short of calling for his resignation … Trump’s comments came as the clamor for the resignation of Virginia’s top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Northam over the blackface photograph in his medical school yearbook page, and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him. Meanwhile, Northam has suggested that the state’s Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, should consider stepping aside because he admitted to dressing in blackface in college.

At a press conference earlier this month, Northam acknowledged that he had darkened his face when he dressed as singer Michael Jackson as part of a talent contest that same year. And hen asked if he still able to perform the Moonwalk — Jackson’s signature dance move — Northam paused to look at the space next to him as if he was about to attempt the move, before his wife Pamela said it was “inappropriate circumstances.”

“I felt sorry for his wife — his wife saved him,” Trump told host Laura Ingraham. “He was gonna try to imitate Michael Jackson with the Moonwalk. Nobody can imitate Michael Jackson with the Moonwalk. It was a pretty bad situation.”

THE SOUNDBITE 

HOW WILL 2020 DEMOCRATIC CONTENDERS ELIZABETH WARREN AND AMY KLOBUCHAR DEAL WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE CONTROVERSIES? – “I think Elizabeth Warren is lucky that this is so early in the campaign and that it’s Donald Trump who’s going to bring it up and the Democratic primaries, none of her opponents are going to bring up this controversy at all. So the only time that she’d face it is if she became the nominee and face it in the general election. By that time, some of the Americans will be sick and tired of hearing about it that I think it will have worn out whatever value it had — whatever negative value it had.” – Former DNC Chair Ed Rendell, on “Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner,” giving insight on Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar jumping into the 2020 White House race, despite facing controversies. WATCH

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Christopher Wilson, former pollster for Sen. Ted Cruz campaign, who will discuss Beto O’Rourket; Gary Sinise, Oscar-nominated actor, to talk about journey to becoming advocate for America’s active duty defenders; Ricky Rebel, singer, who had pro-Trump message at Grammys; Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-NY, about Congresswoman Ilham Omar’s apology Sherrif Leon Wilmot of Yuma County, Ariz., to discuss one of the biggest concerns – illegal immigration.

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: The possibility of another shutdown and a national emergency declaration loom as both parties try to find a bipartisan solution to their differences at the border. Fox News correspondent, Casey Stegall, and contributor, Doug Schoen, weigh in on the debate.

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#ONTHISDAY
1999: The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

1924: George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered in New York.

1809: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Kentucky.

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