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10:25 AM ET, February 5, 2019

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New York Times:
Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators  —  Trump Inaugural Committee Is Ordered to Give Documents to Investigators  — Federal prosecutors demanded documents about the committee's finances and activities, showing interest in whether it received illegal foreign donations.
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘Tom Brady’ of leakers roils Trump White House before State of Union  —  Good morning, Power friends.  Happy Chinese new year!  2019 is the Year of the Pig, which represents wealth and treasure in Chinese culture.  So gong hay fat choy (wishing you happiness and prosperity) to everyone celebrating .
John Santucci / ABC News:
New York prosecutors seek records from Trump inauguration committee: Sources  —  Prosecutors in New York's Southern District have reached out to President Donald Trump's inauguration committee and plan to subpoena the organization for documents, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News …
Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee, a sign of a deepening criminal probe  —  A wide-ranging subpoena served on the inaugural committee Monday seeks an array of documents, including all information related to inaugural donors, vendors …
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed the Trump inaugural committee for documents related to donors, vendors and finances, according to a source familiar with the outreach.
BuzzFeed News:
Lobbyist at Trump Tower Meeting Received Half A Million Dollars In Suspicious Payments  —  A Russian-born lobbyist who attended the controversial Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 received a series of suspicious payments totaling half a million dollars before and after the encounter.
New York Times:
Trump Once Said Power Was About Instilling Fear.  In That Case, He Should Be Worried.  —  WASHINGTON — Richard M. Nixon once said, “People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday school, but it's true.”  —  No president since has deployed fear quite like Donald J. Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
Trump's Options for Wall Shrink as Republicans Balk at National Emergency Declaration  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's legislative path to a border wall has narrowed significantly on the eve of Tuesday's State of the Union speech, and his fallback plan to circumvent Congress by declaring …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans defy Trump on national emergency
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and PJ Media Home
Nancy Cook / Politico:
The plan to keep Trump's taxes hidden  —  The new House Democratic majority is widely expected to test one of Donald Trump's ultimate red lines by demanding the president's personal tax returns — and the Trump administration has been gearing up for months to fight back hard.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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The White House:
Special Guests for President Trump's Second State of the Union Address  —  Here are the special guests who will join the President and First Lady at the U.S. Capitol when President Donald J. Trump delivers the second State of the Union Address of his presidency.
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
‘They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile  —  They're the outcasts of Capitol Hill, personae non gratae even in their own party.  —  Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins and Steve King have been excommunicated from the House GOP conference in the most public way possible …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Democrats ramp up oversight of Trump administration after shutdown
Discussion: Political Wire
BuzzFeed News:
Secret Files Show How 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.  —  When Michael Cohen …
Discussion: emptywheel
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate Dems block Sasse measure meant to respond to Virginia bill  —  Senate Democrats blocked abortion-related legislation on Monday night in the wake of a political firestorm sparked by a Virginia abortion-rights bill last week.  —  Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) tried to pass legislation …
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Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Senate Democrats block GOP anti-infanticide bill spurred by Ralph Northam comments
Discussion: Townhall
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”  —  Less than a month after Democrats — many of them running on “Medicare for All” — won back control of the House of Representatives in November, the top health policy aide …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes first public appearance since cancer surgery  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday night made her first public appearance since undergoing cancer surgery in December, attending a celebration of her life presented in song.  —  The 85-year-old justice attended a production of …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:   Ginsburg Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Surgery
CNN:
lost to an enemy  —  The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis.  Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran.  —  Hodeidah, Yemen (CNN) - Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters …
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
The Trump era could last 30 years  —  How long is this going to last?  Ever since the twin political upheavals of 2016 — Britain's vote for Brexit and America's election of Donald Trump — analysts have argued about whether this a temporary aberration, or the beginning of a new era.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Donald Trump is ignoring the law today.  And no one really cares.  —  President Donald Trump is ignoring the law today.  —  And no one really cares.  —  In a normal year, policy staff at the White House, Cabinet departments and on Capitol Hill — along with reporters and photographers …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
For Trump, the State of the Union Is a Spectacle, and He Is Ready for It  —  WASHINGTON — He likes the instant gratification of Twitter tirades to prefab statements from his press office.  —  He prefers improvising at a political rally to earnest policy addresses.
William WeinbaumESPN / ESPN:
Coroner: Fan struck in head by foul ball during Dodgers game died of blunt force injury  —  A California woman died in August as a result of being hit in the head by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium, according to a Los Angeles County coroner's report obtained by ESPN's “Outside the Lines” …
Discussion: Associated Press and KTLA
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Rachel Maddow's Narrative on Don Jr.'s ‘Blocked Calls’ Disappeared.  She Forgot to Tell Her Audience.  —  Question: What is missing from the below The Rachel Maddow Show clip, which aired on Thursday, Jan. 31?  —  Rachel Maddow, like many of her guests, has been very suspicious …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democrats Are Urging Stacey Abrams to Run for Senate.  She's Listening.  —  Stacey Abrams's defeat in the Georgia governor's race was only a few weeks old when she arrived in New York in December to meet with campaign donors and political allies.  At a reception in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Bernie Sanders to deliver his own State of the Union response
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Trump is straining democracy at home and around the world  —  Michael Abramowitz is president of Freedom House.  —  The challenges facing American democracy did not begin with President Trump.  But midway through his term, there remains little doubt that his influence is straining core U.S. values …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Cuomo announces income tax revenues have dropped by $2.3B … Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that state income tax revenues plummeted by $2.3 billion since he introduced his new budget plan last month — a bombshell that will force him to curb spending.  —  Cuomo attributed the revenue drop …
Discussion: Power Line and twitchy.com
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
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 …
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Woman Alleging Sexual Assault By Virginia's Lt. Gov. Hires Washington Law Firm  —  A California woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assaulting her 15 years ago, has hired the same law firm that represented Christine Blasey Ford in her allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Washington Post:
Purge of undocumented workers by the president's company spreads to at least 5 Trump golf courses  —  President Trump's company has fired at least 18 undocumented workers from five golf courses in New York and New Jersey in the past two months, part of a purge set in motion after a series …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative Voters Preferred Trump In 2016  —  The conventional wisdom is that a socially liberal, fiscally conservative independent presidential candidate — like, say, Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, who is considering just such a run …
Benjamin Wood / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Senate approves rewrite of Medicaid expansion plan  —  Utah Senators voted 22-7 on Monday for SB96, sending to the House a replacement Medicaid expansion plan that initially costs considerably more money to cover fewer people than the voter-approved Proposition 3, and which would …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Showing Us the Future of Politics.  Sort of.  —  A new breed of Democrats is giving fans an all-access backstage pass to the political sausage making.  Is this transparency, or TMI?  —  On her first morning in Washington, DC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
 
 
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Shrunken State of Donald Trump's Presidency
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Contemptor
Silvia Foster-Frau / ExpressNews.com:
First signs of border wall construction spotted at National Butterfly Center
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Europeans fear Trump may threaten not just the transatlantic bond, but the state of their union
Dan Freedman / Connecticut Post:
Blumenthal says he'll oppose AG nominee
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘The most independent’: Murkowski carves own path in Trump era
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
Blackface Is Just One Part of the Problem
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and Breitbart
VICE News:
Don Jr. and Jared Kushner's congressional testimonies are finally going to Mueller
Discussion: Mother Jones
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Intel operation against Trump still going strong
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
UN pick Heather Nauert hosted panel on Sharia law conspiracies in 2009 Fox News webcast
Discussion: Splinter and Washington Press
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
How Donald Trump is helping Democrats to call for tax increases
Discussion: The Week, Shareblue Media, Raw Story and Vox
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Statement on Chair Powell's and Vice Chair Clarida's meeting with the President and Treasury Secretary
Discussion: Politico
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Paul Manafort to be sentenced March 13
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Embattled Northam tells Cabinet he won't resign and be known as ‘a racist for life’
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic super PAC unleashes opposition research taking aim at Starbucks settling lawsuits …