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11:30 PM ET, February 4, 2019

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New York Times:
Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators  —  Trump Inaugural Committee Is Ordered to Give Documents to Investigators  — Federal prosecutors demanded documents about the committee's finances and activities, showing interest in whether it received illegal foreign donations.
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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 …
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: The Guardian and Townhall
Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe  —  A wide-ranging subpoena served on the inaugural committee Monday seeks an array of documents, including all information related to inaugural donors, vendors …
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed the Trump inaugural committee for documents related to donors, vendors and finances, according to a source familiar with the outreach.
Discussion: emptywheel, Law & Crime and Raw Story
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.
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’
Jim Morrison / Washington Post:
Northam's med school banned yearbooks in 2013 — after students posed in Confederate garb
Patrick Howley / Big League Politics:
Stanford Fellow Hints At Possible Justin Fairfax Sex Assault
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
If Trump declares a national emergency, Pelosi can jam Republicans.  Here's how.  —  Senate Republicans appear to be in a panic about President Trump's threat to declare a national emergency to realize his unquenchable fantasy of a big, beautiful wall on the southern border.
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans defy Trump on national emergency
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: There could be GOP ‘war’ over border wall
Discussion: Hullabaloo, ABC News and Political Wire
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Graham Warns GOP to Back Trump on Wall Emergency
Discussion: Hot Air and Fox Carolina News
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 …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Poll: Dems want ‘electable’ challenger who can beat Trump. Values come second.
Discussion: RT
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
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.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Said to Nominate David Malpass as New World Bank Chief
Discussion: Reuters and Axios
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic super PAC unleashes opposition research taking aim at Starbucks settling lawsuits with employees as Howard Schultz considers 2020 run  — A major Democratic group targeting Howard Schultz unleashes opposition research focusing on Starbucks' history settling lawsuits with employees.
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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
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes first public appearance since cancer surgery  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday night made her first public appearance since undergoing cancer surgery in December, attending a celebration of her life presented in song.  —  The 85-year-old justice attended a production of …
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.
William WeinbaumESPN / ESPN:
Coroner: Fan struck in head by foul ball during Dodgers game died of blunt force injury  —  A California woman died in August as a result of being hit in the head by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium, according to a Los Angeles County coroner's report obtained by ESPN's “Outside the Lines” …
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 …
Kimberly Leonard / Washington Examiner:
Democrats block Senate bill requiring medical care for babies that survive abortion  —  Senate Democrats on Monday blocked an effort to pass legislation clarifying that babies who survive attempted abortions must receive medical care.  —  Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., rejected the motion …
Discussion: twitchy.com and National Review
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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:   Senate Democrats Block Bill Prohibiting Infanticide
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 …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile  —  They're the outcasts of Capitol Hill, personae non gratae even in their own party.  —  Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins and Steve King have been excommunicated from the House GOP conference in the most public way possible …
Discussion: Raw Story
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)
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.
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 …
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Zack Colman / Politico:
Green New Deal won't call for end to fossil fuels
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Statement on Chair Powell's and Vice Chair Clarida's meeting with the President and Treasury Secretary  —  At the President's invitation, Chair Powell and Vice Chair Clarida joined the President and the Treasury Secretary for an informal dinner tonight in the White House residence …
Discussion: Politico
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Donald Trump is ignoring the law today.  And no one really cares.  —  First Monday in February is legally the deadline for sending a president's budget to Congress  —  Menendez wants to protect former Trump golf resort workers from being deported Road ahead: State of the Union, plus Cohen …
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
Far-Left Democrats Are Normalizing Anti-Semitism In Democratic Party  —  A trio of far-left Democrats are normalizing blatant anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party as leaders in the party idly stand by and refuse to condemn their actions and statements.  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
 
 
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Don Jr. and Jared Kushner's congressional testimonies are finally going to Mueller
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Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Intel operation against Trump still going strong
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CNN:
UN pick Heather Nauert hosted panel on Sharia law conspiracies in 2009 Fox News webcast
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