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8:40 PM ET, February 4, 2019

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Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denies sex assault allegation from 2004  —  Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a statement early Monday denying a sexual assault allegation that appeared on the same conservative website that posted a racist photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia Denounces Sexual Assault Allegation as a ‘Smear’  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia on Monday emphatically denied a woman's claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2004, suggesting that Gov. Ralph Northam's supporters were trying …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Virginia Voters Quickly Sour on Northam Amid Blackface Scandal  —  Democrat sees 41-point drop in net approval after yearbook photo emerges  —  Northam spoke to reporters Saturday, denying that he is in the picture on his medical school yearbook page.  (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
Jim Morrison / Washington Post:
Northam's med school banned yearbooks in 2013 — after students posed in Confederate garb  —  NORFOLK — The first person Richard V. Homan hired after becoming provost of Eastern Virginia Medical School President seven years ago was Mekbib Gemeda, in the newly created position of vice president for diversity and inclusion.
David French / National Review:
Comparing the Allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and Justin Fairfax
Discussion: WTVR-TV, WVEC and Politico
Patrick Howley / Big League Politics:
Stanford Fellow Hints At Possible Justin Fairfax Sex Assault
CNN:
Embattled Northam tells Cabinet he won't resign and be known as ‘a racist for life’
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:   Washington Post Refused To Run Sketchy Sex Assault Allegation Against A Democrat.
BuzzFeed News:
Lobbyist at Trump Tower Meeting Received Half A Million Dollars In Suspicious Payments  —  A Russian-born lobbyist who attended the controversial Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 received a series of suspicious payments totaling half a million dollars before and after the encounter.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Santucci / ABC News:
New York prosecutors seek records from Trump inauguration committee: Sources  —  Prosecutors in New York's Southern District have reached out to President Donald Trump's inauguration committee and plan to subpoena the organization for documents, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News …
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and CNN
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New York Times:
Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators  —  President Trump's inaugural committee was ordered on Monday to turn over documents about its donors, finances and activities to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to two people familiar with their investigation into the committee's activities.
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Lawyers for Trump Inaugural Committee Receive Subpoena for Documents  —  Lawyers for President Trump's inaugural committee have received subpoenas for documents from the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office.
Discussion: Townhall
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: There could be GOP ‘war’ over border wall  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Monday that there could be a “war” among Republicans if President Trump declared a national emergency to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.  —  Graham, speaking in South Carolina …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, ABC News and Political Wire
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Graham Warns GOP to Back Trump on Wall Emergency
Discussion: Fox Carolina News
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans defy Trump on national emergency
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
GOP senators express concerns about a national emergency declaration to fund border wall
Discussion: Washington Press
The White House:
Special Guests for President Trump's Second State of the Union Address  —  Here are the special guests who will join the President and First Lady at the U.S. Capitol when President Donald J. Trump delivers the second State of the Union Address of his presidency.
New York Times:
Trump Once Said Power Was About Instilling Fear.  In That Case, He Should Be Worried.  —  WASHINGTON — Richard M. Nixon once said, “People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday school, but it's true.”  —  No president since has deployed fear quite like Donald J. Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic super PAC unleashes opposition research taking aim at Starbucks settling lawsuits …
Discussion: Political Wire
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dems Prefer Electability in 2020  —  Some GOP voters want a primary challenge but most would back Trump  —  West Long Branch, NJ - In the run-up to 2020, fewer than 4-in-10 voters back a second term for President Donald Trump.  The Monmouth University Poll finds a sizable number of GOP voters …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democrats Are Urging Stacey Abrams to Run for Senate.  She's Listening.  —  Stacey Abrams's defeat in the Georgia governor's race was only a few weeks old when she arrived in New York in December to meet with campaign donors and political allies.  At a reception in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders to deliver his own State of the Union response
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Purge of undocumented workers by the president's company spreads to at least 5 Trump golf courses  —  President Trump's company has fired at least 18 undocumented workers from five golf courses in New York and New Jersey in the past two months, part of a purge set in motion after a series …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Liz Crokin Warns of ‘Vigilante Justice’ if QAnon's Promised Mass Arrests Don't Happen Soon  —  Last week, right-wing “journalist” and Trump-worshiping conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin posted a video on her YouTube channel in which she suggested that she was beginning to lose faith …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Paul Manafort to be sentenced March 13  —  (CNN)Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort will be sentenced for the first time on March 13, a federal judge in Washington who approved his guilty plea said Monday.  —  The court date sets up one of the most anticipated bookends …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Bloomberg:
Manafort Gets New Sentencing Date After Closed-Door Hearing
Discussion: Raw Story
Clémence Michallon / The Independent:
Liam Neeson interview: Rape, race and how I learnt revenge doesn't work  —  Exclusive: Sitting down with Clémence Michallon to discuss his latest action film ‘Cold Pursuit’, the actor recounts a disturbing incident from his past  —  Liam Neeson is sitting in an armchair with a flask of tea at his side.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
McClatchy buyouts could claim chain's full-time Guantanamo reporter  —  Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald witnessed the arrival of the first al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba on Jan. 11, 2002.  “They wore fluorescent orange jumpsuits, and those whose legs were shackled walked with baby steps.
Politico:
Trump picks World Bank skeptic Malpass to lead institution  —  President Donald Trump is expected to tap Treasury Department official David Malpass as the U.S. pick to lead the World Bank, according to senior administration officials, a clear sign the administration wants to rein in the international financial institution.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Ben White / Politico:
Soak the rich?  Americans say go for it  —  The prospect of 70 percent tax rates for multimillionaires and special levies on the super-rich draw howls about creeping socialism and warnings of economic disaster in much of Washington.  —  But polling suggests that when it comes to soaking the rich …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Cuomo announces income tax revenues have dropped by $2.3B … Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state income tax revenues plummeted by $2.3 billion since he introduced his new budget plan last month — a bombshell that will force him to curb spending.  —  Cuomo attributed the revenue drop …
Discussion: Power Line and twitchy.com
Ian Parker / New Yorker:
A Suspense Novelist's Trail of Deceptions  —  Dan Mallory, who writes under the name A. J. Finn, went to No. 1 with his début thriller, “The Woman in the Window.”  His life contains even stranger twists.  —  Dan Mallory, a book editor turned novelist, is tall, good-looking, and clever.
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Will Gavin Newsom be tougher on guns than Jerry Brown?  Democrats are counting on it  —  California Democrats on Monday outlined a plan to enact new forms of gun control, and they're hoping Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign firearm restrictions that his predecessor vetoed last year.
Washington Post:
Trump to nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist, as the next Interior secretary  —  President Trump announced Monday that he will nominate David Bernhardt, a veteran lobbyist who has helped orchestrate the administration's push to expand oil and gas drilling as the Interior Department's number …
CNN:
lost to an enemy  —  The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis.  Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran.  —  Hodeidah, Yemen (CNN) - Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters …
Doug Seay / Axios:
U.S.-North Korea talks aim for increasingly unlikely denuclearization  —  A second meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been tentatively set for later in February.  But recent assessments suggest North Korea remains “unlikely to completely give …
Washington Post:
'It's way too many': As vacancies pile up in Trump administration, senators grow concerned  —  From the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, vast swaths of the government have top positions filled by officials serving in an acting capacity — or no one at all.
 
 
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile
Discussion: Raw Story
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Questions The Media Should Ask Democratic Presidential Party Hopefuls (But Won't)
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Call for Bipartisanship as He Threatens to Declare Emergency
CNN:
Intense competition for 2020 talent ramps up in South Carolina
Matthew Dowd / ABC News:
In State of the Union address, President Trump's promise to ‘heal’ sounds familiar, but unconvincing: COLUMN
Discussion: Breitbart
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
As Beto mulls 2020 bid, Dems warn he has major challenges
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Toronto Star