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1:35 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.
Discussion: Politico
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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,” …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Justin Fairfax, Virginia's Lieutenant Governor, Denies Sexual Assault Allegation  —  Justin Fairfax, Virginia's lieutenant governor, issued a statement denying an unsubstantiated claim of sexual assault.  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP  —  Will the Mueller Report Be Made Public?  Trump Won't Commit
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” …
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 …
Graham Moomaw / Richmond Times-Dispatch:   Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax threatens legal action against conservative website over 'defamatory …
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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President Katherine A. Rowe / wm.edu:
Charter Day and recent events
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Ralph Northam's Mistake
Washington Post:
Northam meets with senior staff and considers options, including resignation
Justin Mattingly / Richmond Times-Dispatch:   Northam agrees not to attend William & Mary celebrations
John Wagner / Washington Post:
‘A rush to judgment’: Joe Lieberman says he sees no reason for Northam to resign
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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.
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
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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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Biden's Anguished Search for a Path to Victory  —  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.
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: Daily Kos, Joe.My.God. and The Guardian
Mike Allen / Axios:
A big leak rattles the White House  —  The massive leak of President Trump's private schedules, which dropped yesterday in the weekly Axios Sneak Peek newsletter, set off internal finger-pointing and speculation more fevered than any since the New York Times' anonymous op-ed.
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Tony Rizzo / Kansas City Star:
Kansas judge calls children the ‘aggressor’ in sex abuse case with 67-year-old man  —  Can children aged 13 and 14 years old be the aggressors in a sexual encounter with a 67-year-old man?  —  A Leavenworth County judge recently said he thought so when he reduced the prison sentence for a man …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall
Alexandra DeSanctis / The Atlantic:
Democrats Overplay Their Hand on Abortion
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican judges are fabricating a right not to be accused of racism
Discussion: Justia Law
Reuters:
Iran's first president says Khomeini betrayed 1979 Islamic revolution
Wall Street Journal:
After Mattis, Acting Defense Chief Shanahan Is Trying Out for Permanent Role
Christina Caron / New York Times:
Demand for Long-Acting Birth Control Rose After Trump's Election Amid Insurance Concerns, Study Shows
Discussion: KTLA and Mashable
New York Times:
End the War in Afghanistan
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Will the media ever figure out how to cover Trump?
Discussion: Power Line
USA Today:
Watergate's lesson? If Democrats want to heal America, Trump must be held accountable
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Steel Tariff Profiteers
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Dems hope to draw blood from potential Trump SCOTUS pick
Discussion: The Intercept
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings
Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian:
His side of the story: Nathan Phillips wants to talk about Covington
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's estate tax plan would reduce the federal debt and help even the playing field
New York Times:
Schumer and Sanders: Limit Corporate Stock Buybacks
Discussion: American Prospect