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11:55 AM ET, February 4, 2019

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Patrick Howley / Big League Politics:
Stanford Fellow Hints At Possible Justin Fairfax Sex Assault  —  A woman named Vanessa Tyson, who is a fellow at Stanford University, says that a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention is now an office-holder about to get a “very big promotion,” …
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WWBT-TV:
Lt. Gov. Fairfax slams ‘defamatory and false’ sexual assault allegation  —  RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a statement early Monday after an online article hinted at sexual assault allegations against him in 2004.  —  The site “Big League Politics” …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Justin Fairfax, Virginia's Lieutenant Governor, Denies Sexual Assault Allegation  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia issued a statement Monday morning denying an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault that a right-wing media site published amid extraordinary political turmoil …
New York Times:
Virginia Capitol in Chaos as Pressure on Northam Intensifies  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, abandoned by allies in the Democratic Party and besieged by demands that he resign, met with his cabinet Monday morning as state legislators returned to a Capitol thrown into chaos …
Washington Post:
Northam meets with senior staff and considers options, including resignation
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Ralph Northam's Mistake
Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Northam agrees not to attend William & Mary celebrations
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Graham Moomaw / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Speaker Cox has no plans to try to oust Northam; 'I think there's a rightful hesitation'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Patterico's Pontifications:
Theory: The Famous Northam Yearbook Photo Actually IS Northam's Michael Jackson Costume
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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Claire Williams / Morning Consult:
Warren's Proposed Tax on Wealthy Draws More Support Than Ocasio-Cortez's  —  63% of voters think upper-income people currently pay too little in taxes  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at a Nov. 1, 2017, rally protesting the Republican tax plan outside the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: Vox
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.
Washington Post:
‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’  —  When we go off to war. When we exercise our rights. When we soar to our greatest heights.  —  When we mourn and pray. When our neighbors are at risk. When our nation is threatened. There's someone to gather the facts.  —  To bring you the story. No matter the cost.
Washington Post:
Iraqi president rejects Trump's plan to ‘watch Iran’ from military bases in Iraq  —  Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday rejected a plan floated by President Trump that calls for keeping U.S. forces in Iraq to “watch” neighboring Iran, saying the United States should not burden Iraq with its own “policy priorities.”
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Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest  —  Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday.
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Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:   AOC's SOTU Guest: Sexual Assault Survivor Who Confronted Flake In Elevator
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Dems hope to draw blood from potential Trump SCOTUS pick  —  When the conservative lawyer Neomi Rao appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, she'll be interviewing for a job on the country's second most powerful court.  —  But both her allies and enemies will be watching …
Discussion: The Intercept
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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:   Two years in, Trump's appeals court confirmations at a historic high point
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Associated Press:
Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Christina Caron / New York Times:
Demand for Long-Acting Birth Control Rose After Trump's Election Amid Insurance Concerns, Study Shows  —  In the days after President Trump was elected, some women saw his victory as reason to worry: Would he fulfill his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
Discussion: Mashable
CNN:
CNN Poll: 4 in 10 call this the worst governing of their lifetimes  —  State of the Union: Paralyzed over border wall fight  —  (CNN)With a looming February 15 deadline to fund parts of the US government, few are optimistic the President and Congress will be able to reach agreement …
Steven L. Hall / Washington Post:
I was in the CIA.  Trump's petty fights and insults will make us all less safe.  —  The nation's top intelligence officials told Congress last week that President Trump is wrong about the success of his diplomacy with North Korea, that Iran is not attemptingF to manufacture a nuclear bomb …
Jill Abramson / Washington Post:
Will the media ever figure out how to cover Trump?  —  Jill Abramson is a journalist and author of the new book “Merchants of Truth.”  —  The news media's collective shock that Donald Trump won in 2016 was evidence of how out of touch most reporters were with the less affluent, less educated …
USA Today:
Watergate's lesson?  If Democrats want to heal America, Trump must be held accountable  —  Accountability is essential to the long-term health of our democracy, more important than even healing the nation's partisan divisions.  —  CONNECT  —  Democrats are wrestling with how aggressively …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
 
 
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Close to Saying Yes
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian:
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's State of the Union pledge: Ending HIV transmissions by 2030
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump says he doesn't know if he wants Mueller report made public
Discussion: Just Security and New York Times
Washington Post:
He helped Trump confront North Korea.  Now Ji Seong-ho wonders whether human rights will be left behind.
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Can moderate Dems talk Pelosi out of her extreme position in the border negotiations?
New York Times:
Schumer and Sanders: Limit Corporate Stock Buybacks
Discussion: American Prospect
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
‘Game of Thrones’ Hijacks Bud Light's Super Bowl Ad to Pump Its Return
Discussion: WTOP, Vox and The Week
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: ICE arrests rapper 21 Savage, says he is actually British and overstayed visa