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Ilhan Omar, Grammys, Westminster Dog Show: Your Monday Evening Briefing


Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. President Trump is taking his case for a wall to El Paso, where there is one, above.
His rally tonight, set for 7 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Eastern), is his first event along the border since a debate over funding a wall shut down the government. We’ll be there. Negotiations to head off another shutdown as of Friday midnight are in danger of collapse.
In a twist of political theater, Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from El Paso and possible presidential candidate, will speak at a rally less than a mile from Mr. Trump’s. We’ll be there, too.
Ahead of the events, people cross the political spectrum in El Paso had a message for the president: Don’t speak for us .
2. “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”
That was Representative Ilhan Omar, a freshman congresswoman from Michigan, who came under fire from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire House Democratic leadership for insinuating on Twitter that American support for Israel was fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.
She did not back away from her contention that the lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has too much power in Washington. “At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry,” her statement said.
3. A Virginia Democrat’s push to begin impeachment proceedings against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax stalled after furious opposition from the party’s black caucus.
They insist there not be a rush to oust Mr. Fairfax, who is black, over accusations of sexual assault while the state’s white governor and attorney general are refusing to resign after they admitted wearing blackface in their youth.
Mr. Fairfax entered the legislative building around 11:30 a.m. this morning, above, made his way to the Senate chambers through a scrum of TV cameras, repeated that he had “called for an independent investigation,” adding: “I am still very confident in the truth.” And went to work.
4. Shrill, abrasive, aloof, unlikable.
Some of the adjectives used to describe Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign are now bubbling up in uncharted territory: a presidential race featuring six women running for the Democratic nomination.

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