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1:45 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 …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   President Trump didn't need the State of the Union to speak his mind. He does it all the time.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump has no clue how to strike a deal with Dems. His State of the Union speech proved it.
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.
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: Raw Story and Vox
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 …
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Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Raw Story
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
State of the Union 2019: President Donald Trump calls for unity, renews pledge to build wall
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 …
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin  —  As a candidate, Donald Trump had a lot of praise for Vladimir Putin — and no business, he kept insisting, in Russia.  These documents tell a different story.
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
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: New York Post and Mediaite
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar to announce 2020 plans Sunday in Minnesota  —  Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar will hold an event in Minnesota on Sunday to announce whether she will run for president, she said Tuesday night, inching closer to a possible campaign launch.  —  Klobuchar told MSNBC that she will announce …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar heads to Iowa as she nears 2020 decision
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
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
Washington Post:
SWAT  —  Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire and was shot seven times chasing down the killer.  Timothy has just had his 12th surgery — but he made the trip to be here with us tonight.  —  We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-semitism, or those who spread its  —  venomous
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
Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:
President Trump calls for investigations into him to end during State of the Union — just like Nixon did  —  Do as Nixon says, but maybe not as he does.  —  Echoing President Nixon's 1974 State of the Union, President Trump called for an end of investigations into him during Tuesday night's address.
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: CNN and Axios
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
MAGA all-stars visit border to plot private wall project
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tucker Reals / CBS News:
Pope Francis confirms priests' abuse of nuns included “sexual slavery”
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
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