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11:05 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 .
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.
Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors issue sweeping subpoena for documents from Trump inaugural committee …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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: Mediaite and emptywheel
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.
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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.
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FiveThirtyEight:   3 Reasons That State Of The Union Speeches Don't Matter
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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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans defy Trump on national emergency
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and PJ Media Home
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.
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Called Nepal And Bhutan ‘Nipple’ And ‘Button’ In Intel Briefing: Time's John Walcott  —  The national security reporter says on CNN that the president is alarmingly out of touch in White House intelligence sessions.  —  President Donald Trump mispronounced Nepal and Bhutan as “Nipple” …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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
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
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story and Axios
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.
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 …
Jocelyn Wiener / CALmatters:
All too often, California's default mental institutions are now jails and prisons  —  Jeffrey Jurgens stood in a cage in an orange jumpsuit, screaming that he was Jesus Christ.  From her seat in the Sacramento courtroom, his mother watched through tears.  —  Joanna Jurgens knew how important …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
Europeans fear Trump may threaten not just the transatlantic bond, but the state of their union  —  BERLIN — As President Trump prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, the leaders of the United States' closest allies in Europe are filled with anxiety.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Shrunken State of Donald Trump's Presidency  —  The Harvard political scientist Richard Neustadt famously remarked that the Oval Office “is no place for amateurs.”  This is because, as Neustadt pointed out in his book “Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents,” which was originally published in 1960 …
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Contemptor
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
Far-Left Democrats Are Normalizing Anti-Semitism In Democratic Party  —  A trio of far-left Democrats are normalizing blatant anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party as leaders in the party idly stand by and refuse to condemn their actions and statements.  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
 
 
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Jeremiah Poff / The College Fix:
UC-Irvine cites ‘security threat’ to disrupt Dennis Prager event, College Republicans claim
Discussion: Breitbart
Silvia Foster-Frau / ExpressNews.com:
First signs of border wall construction spotted at National Butterfly Center
Discussion: Daily Kos
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Dems Prefer Electability in 2020
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
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Showing Us the Future of Politics. Sort of.
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 Earlier Items: 
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
CNN:
UN pick Heather Nauert hosted panel on Sharia law conspiracies in 2009 Fox News webcast
Discussion: Splinter and Washington Press
Washington Post:
Purge of undocumented workers by the president's company spreads to at least 5 Trump golf courses
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 …