'Start Here': Funding deal reached, congresswoman accused of anti-Semitic tweets, introducing 'The Investigation'

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It's Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Let's start here.

1. Funding deal reached 'in principle'

Congressional negotiators announced last night they'd agreed to a deal "in principle" that would fund the federal government and avoid a second shutdown.

It came as President Donald Trump held a rally in El Paso, Texas, where he made his case for funding a border wall, while across the street former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke held an event aimed as pushing back on the president's policies.

ABC News' Trish Turner and Mariam Khan talk to us about how both sides came to an agreement.

2. Fight to reclaim ISIS territory continues

Trump on Sunday tweeted "The U.S. will soon control 100% of ISIS territory in Syria."

The proclamation came as Kurdish news agencies reported ISIS militants are fighting back as U.S. and coalition forces advance on the group's last stronghold in the village of Baghouz.

ABC News Foreign Correspondent James Longman is making his way to the region and says ISIS still could pose a great danger to the U.S. even if the group loses its territory.

3. Congresswoman apologizes for tweets

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized yesterday for tweets that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called "anti-Semitic."

In a note posted to Twitter, Omar said, "My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think about criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. That is why I unequivocally apologize."

ABC News' Jordana Miller in Jerusalem explains the situation.

4. Former Trump attorney doubts Mueller

In a few months, special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe will turn two years old, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recently said it's close to wrapping up.

ABC News' Kyra Phillips recently spoke to former Trump attorney John Dowd, who believes the public won't actually see a report.

Phillips hosts "The Investigation," a podcast that launches today. Listen each week for the latest on the Mueller investigation from the ABC News Investigative unit. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.


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On this day in history:

Feb. 12, 1990 -- Nelson Mandela's first full day of freedom.

Must-see photo:

Ron Ruggiero, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 105, speaks to striking Denver teachers during a rally on Monday.

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Socially acceptable:

Security guards rescued a young girl who fell into the panda enclosure at a zoo in southwest China over the weekend.

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