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12:15 AM ET, February 6, 2019


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New York Times:
Before Expected Call for Unity, Trump Laced Into Democrats at Lunch for TV Anchors  —  WASHINGTON — For public consumption, President Trump planned to use his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to appeal for bipartisan unity.  But at a private lunch for television anchors earlier …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump delivered a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but signaled that he will continue to wage war for the hard-line immigration policies …
New York Times:
Watch State of the Union: Live Video and Analysis  —  Watch State of the Union: Live Video  —  Join New York Times reporters for live analysis and fact-checking during President's State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.  The speech is set to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Chris Riotta / The Independent:
Newly unearthed video shows Trump ‘meeting with Russians in Moscow in 1995’ over ‘building project’  —  Video alleges to show US president meeting with former Russian officials in Moscow to discuss building an underground mall  —  The former mayor of Moscow has confirmed Donald Trump met …
Discussion: Washington Press and Raw Story
First on CNN: New York federal prosecutors seek interviews with Trump Organization executives  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have requested interviews in recent weeks with executives at the Trump Organization, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling a growing potential threat …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
We may finally see Trump's tax returns, and Republicans are panicking
Discussion: Politico
Felix Sater Promised a Putin Meeting with Michael Cohen Minutes after Don Jr Promised to Revisit Magnitsky Sanctions
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren apologizes for calling herself Native American  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid.
Washington Post:
'This isn't me': Gov. Northam's defiance caught advisers off guard  —  RICHMOND — Most of his staff was gone for the night as Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his wife, Pam, worked the phones in the Executive Mansion.  They called friends back in Norfolk, old classmates from his medical school …
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Yes, Virginia, This is Chaos  —  Editor's Note: This is a special edition of the Crystal Ball.  Given the fast-moving developments in our home state over the last several days, we hope it's not obsolete by the time you read it!  We'll be back with our regularly-scheduled issue next week on Thursday.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
President Trump's State of the Union transcript, annotated  —  President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night — an address that had to wait for a week due to the government shutdown.  And he delivered it at a time when the underlying issues in that shutdown …
Discussion: Breitbart
Yahoo News:
Full text: President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address  —  Below is President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address as prepared.  The delivered remarks may differ.  —  Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States …
Nicole Fallert / Vox:
President Trump's State of the Union address: live transcript
Discussion: Hit & Run and IJR
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Customs And Border Protection Apologized After An Agent Questioned A BuzzFeed News Reporter About Trump Coverage  —  A top official of the Customs and Border Protection apologized Tuesday to a BuzzFeed News reporter who was aggressively questioned by an agent about articles regarding President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Mediaite
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Choose a Different Hill to Die On  —  The Worst Thing We Read Yesterday™  —  Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race last year, is scheduled to give the official Democratic Party response speech after President Donald Trump's State of the Union address tonight …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Raw Story
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
State of the Union 2019 Live Updates: President Donald Trump announces date for next North Korea summit
Confidential Memo: Company of Trump Inaugural Chair Sought to Profit From Connections to Administration, Foreigners  —  The memo outlines how Colony, the company founded by Tom Barrack, an investor who chaired the inaugural, aimed to exploit its connections to Donald Trump.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Rick Perry tapped as ‘designated survivor’ for the State of the Union  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry was selected as the “designated survivor” for Tuesday night's State of the Union address.  —  The former Texas governor will watch President Donald Trump's speech from an undisclosed location …
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Surgery
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump reveals plans for 2-day Kim Jong Un summit  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night revealed that he plans to meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un for a two-day summit in Vietnam on Feb. 27 and 28, as he also boasted about averting a deadly standoff with the rogue nation.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Three-batter requirement for all pitchers, universal DH part of proposals that could bring big change to baseball  —  The left-on-left specialist — a left-handed reliever who sometimes faces only one left-handed hitter — soon might be an endangered species in Major League Baseball.
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Tulsi Gabbard 2020 Presidential Campaign, Says She'll Put American Interests Over Israel  —  White supremacist and former GOP Louisiana state senator David Duke appeared to endorse Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's 2020 campaign for president as other Democrats …
Kirk Mitchell / Denver Post:
How the trail runner attacked by a mountain lion in Larimer County killed the animal  —  Necropsy: Jogger suffocated mountain lion in life-or-death struggle west of Fort Collins  —  The bloodied Colorado trail runner who fought off a rare mountain lion attack pummeled the young cat with a rock …
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP Leadership Instructs Lawmakers to Play Up Gruesome Murders and Rapes by Immigrants  —  House Republican lawmakers are being encouraged by their party's leadership to play up gruesome murders, rapes, and other crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Discussion: Raw Story
Anna Silman / The Cut:
How I Get It Done: Merchants of Truth author Jill Abramson  —  In her new book Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, out February 5, Jill Abramson chronicles the upheaval that has rocked the media industry over the past decade, as told through the stories of four outlets …
Discussion: Instapundit
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Cory Booker confirms he has a girlfriend  —  Sen. Cory Booker says he's boo'd up.  —  The New Jersey Democrat and 2020 White House hopeful is confirming that he has a girlfriend.  —  Booker was asked about his noted bachelordom by co-host Charlamagne tha God during a Tuesday interview …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Are Investigated Over Foreign Payments  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in recent weeks have been interviewing witnesses about the flow of foreign money to three powerful law and lobbying firms that Paul Manafort recruited seven years ago to help improve …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Cory Booker schooled by Kavanaugh replacement pick after question on ‘LGBTQ law clerks’  —  Something about judicial confirmation hearings seems to trip up Sen. Cory Booker — who got corrected by a high-profile nominee on Tuesday during a heated exchange about diversity on her staff.
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and Daily Wire
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
MAGA all-stars visit border to plot private wall project  —  It could have been an outtake from a hard-right reboot of “Ocean's 11” for the Trump era: a gathering of some of President Donald Trump's most notorious and outspoken supporters, who descended last week on the southern border town of McAllen, Texas.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘I trusted you!’  Trump voters seethe after realizing they're getting screwed by the GOP's tax plan  —  Multiple supporters of President Donald Trump over the past couple of weeks have taken to Twitter to air their grievances about the president's signature tax cut plan.
Discussion: The Resurgent
Devan Cole / CNN:
Here's who Nancy Pelosi is bringing to the State of the Union  —  State of the Union moments that mattered  —  Washington (CNN)With President Donald Trump set to deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday night directly in front of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, much attention will be paid …
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Jonathan S. Tobin / Haaretz:
Opinion Republicans Spoke Up Against Steve King. Shouldn't Democrats Speak Up Against Ilhan Omar?
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Franco Ordoñez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Inside Trump's ‘Cubanization’ of America's Venezuela policy
Discussion: Axios
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Timothy Burke / The Daily Beast:
‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson: I Don't Need Health Care Because I Have ‘Immortality Given to Me by God’
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate passes Middle East policy bill that rebukes Trump
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Washington Monthly
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Recriminations fly over removal of Army commander
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Sharon Weinberger / Yahoo News:
As Cuba medical mystery deepens, State Department turns to new scientific panel for answers
Discussion: Axios
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
McClatchy upgrades CEO's housing stipend to $35K a month amid buyouts
 Earlier Items: 
Mulvaney invites bipartisan group of lawmakers to Camp David
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Disclosure Forms Show $300,000 Book Advance, Other Assets
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar heads to Iowa as she nears 2020 decision
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
Pope Francis confirms priests' abuse of nuns included “sexual slavery”
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Top Progressive Firm Tells Dems to Leave Starbucks Alone
Associated Press:
Ex-Gov. Weld back in the GOP as he mulls Trump challenge