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11:00 AM ET, February 4, 2019

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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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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.
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
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:   AOC's SOTU Guest: Sexual Assault Survivor Who Confronted Flake In Elevator
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” …
Discussion: WVEC, WTVR-TV and Big League Politics
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Site Behind Northam Revelations Is Backed by GOP Operatives  —  The website that broke the story of the racist yearbook photo that is imperiling Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is a scrappy, pro-Trump outfit backed by Republican operatives.
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Ralph Northam's Mistake
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.
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
New York Times:
Trump Calls for Keeping Troops in Iraq to Watch Iran, Possibly Upending ISIS Fight  — The president's remarks could jeopardize weeks of delicate talks with Iraq to move troops there from Syria in order to strike at the Islamic State.  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP  —  Will the Mueller Report Be Made Public?
Discussion: The American Conservative and CNBC
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Democrats have reason to fret Schultz  —  Democrats have broken into a panic over Howard Schultz's talk of an independent bid for president.  A new poll suggests they have reason to be worried.  —  The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows anti-Trump and Democratic voters are more open …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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Emerson College:
Iowa Poll: One year out from Caucus: Biden leads Democratic Field- Third Party Candidacy Helps Trump.
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
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
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: The Week
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Leaked private schedules show Trump spent 60% of last 3 months in “Executive Time”  —  A White House source has leaked nearly every day of President Trump's private schedule for the past three months.  —  Why it matters: This unusually voluminous leak gives us unprecedented visibility into how this president spends his days.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings  —  WASHINGTON — The federal judiciary has built an imposing pay wall around its court filings, charging a preposterous 10 cents a page for electronic access to what are meant to be public records.  A pending lawsuit could help tear that wall down.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Close to Saying Yes  —  Joe Biden reliably blows through every public and private deadline for making a decision about running for president.  But he's giving everyone he's seen in recent weeks the feeling that he's very close to saying yes.  —  The urgency of Biden's planning …
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 …
Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian:
His side of the story: Nathan Phillips wants to talk about Covington  —  Footage of Phillips and a Magga-hatted teenager became the center of a national controversy.  Here, the Native elder opens up about what came before this life-changing moment  —  On a rainy Thursday morning …
 
 
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Discussion: WTOP, Vox and The Week
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Palestinians refuse to meet with Trump's adviser, so he's tweeting them
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Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
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Peter D'Abrosca / Big League Politics:
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