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9:30 PM ET, February 6, 2019

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Associated Press:
Virginia Attorney General Says He Wore Blackface at College Party  —  Richmond, Va. (AP) — Virginia sank deeper into political turmoil Wednesday when another top Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was a college student.
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton Blackface Hoax Explodes After Virginia Scandals  —  The photo is clearly not the 2016 Democratic nominee.  And yet, it's finding its way around pro-Trump Twitter.  —  See What's Happening in Right-Wing Media From the Safety of Your Inbox.  —  Blackface scandals …
Discussion: NaturalNews.com
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats rallied around Christine Blasey Ford.  Will they do the same with Vanessa Tyson?  —  She has decided we should know her name.  It is Vanessa Tyson.  And she has decided we should know her story.  It is that a man who is poised to become the governor of Virginia sexually assaulted her more than 14 years ago.
Ben Paviour / Community Idea Stations:
Fairfax Retained Kavanaugh's Lawyers After Allegations Surfaced  —  Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax at a rally on Capitol Square in Jan. 2017.  —  Democratic Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax has retained the law firm of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz—the same firm that represented then-Supreme Court nominee …
Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Victim told congressman of alleged sexual assault a year ago: Aides
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Ralph Northam must resign
Discussion: The Week and Instapundit
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
On a political roll, Virginia Democrats now awash in scandal
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Virginia Attorney General Herring says he wore blackface in college
Ken Cuccinelli / Washington Examiner:   Got governor trouble? Here's how Virginia's succession law works
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax accuser told friend at Stanford about 2004 sexual assault
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina's Boyfriend, Indicted for Fraud  —  The federal indictment in South Dakota alleges that he ran a criminal scheme from 1996 to 2018 using a chain of assisted living homes.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Paul Erickson, the American political operative …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Sioux Falls Man Charged with Wire Fraud and Money Laundering  —  United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 11 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.  —  Paul Erickson, age 56, was indicted on February 5, 2019.
Seth Tupper / Rapid City Journal:
Erickson, already mixed up in Russia probe, is charged with wire fraud and money laundering  —  A South Dakota man has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering just two months after his girlfriend pleaded guilty to acting as an illegal foreign agent for Russia.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Expands Russia Inquiry as Pelosi Declares Democrats Will Not Be Cowed  —  WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday launched a broad inquiry into the potential influence that Russia and other foreign powers may be exercising over President Trump, acting just hours …
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
House Intel Democrats Just Restarted and Supercharged the Trump-Russia Probe  —  Armed with subpoena power, Schiff will look at whether anyone connected to Trump was at risk of being co-opted by a foreign power—and if ‘those in Congress’ obstructed any probes.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CNN:
House intelligence chair announces sweeping investigation into Trump's finances and Russia
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller probe filings raise prospect of more indictments
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Root and Raw Story
HuffPost:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Abuse Of Staff Scared Off Candidates To Manage Her Presidential Bid  —  At least three people withdrew from consideration to lead the senator's nascent campaign — in part because of Klobuchar's history of mistreating her staff.  —  At least three people have withdrawn …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Was Once Adrift in New York City.  Now He's Searching Again.  —  As the former Texas congressman weighs a run for president, his rebel-in-moderation youth offers revealing parallels to his search for direction now.  —  All at once, New York City seemed to be conspiring against Beto O'Rourke.
Discussion: The Week and Jezebel
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Justice Department opens probe into Jeffrey Epstein plea deal  —  The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta's role in negotiating a controversial plea deal with a wealthy New York investor accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls in Palm Beach.
Discussion: Splinter
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Sophie Tatum / CNN:
CNN to host town hall with Howard Schultz  —  Howard Schultz: Both parties have failed at immigration  —  Washington (CNN)CNN will host a town hall next week in Houston with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as he mulls a presidential bid in 2020.  —  Schultz, who said last month …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't take kindly to being called ‘sullen’ at State of the Union address  —  During President Trump's State of the Union address, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood out among a sea of women wearing white as a tribute to U.S. suffragists.  —  At times she remained seated as others stood.
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Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
U.S. Erupts in Fury as Germany Extradites Terrorist to Turkey  — Americans furious over deportation despite extradition request  — Convicted terrorist later held in Turkey at U.S. request  —  Senior U.S. and German officials had a heated argument over the fate of a Turkish man convicted …
Tim Mak / NPR:
Trump Ally Tries To Remove Parkland Fathers From Gun Violence Hearing  —  A longtime Trump ally pushed to have two fathers of Parkland victims tossed out of a congressional hearing on gun violence — a reflection of the vociferous nature of the debate Democrats have made a priority in the new Congress.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Newsweek
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking  —  And there's no way a user would know  —  Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps.  In most cases you won't even realize it.
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
This Altered Photo Of Women Lawmakers In KKK Hoods Is Spreading And Twitter Is Refusing To Stop It  —  Twitter is allowing an altered photo comparing women members of Congress who wore white to the State of the Union to the KKK to continue to circulate on its platform on Wednesday despite …
Washington Post:
‘It will take off like a wildfire’: The unique dangers of the Washington state measles outbreak  —  VANCOUVER, Wash. — Amber Gorrow is afraid to leave her house with her infant son because she lives at the epicenter of Washington state's worst measles outbreak in more than two decades.
Washington Post:
T-Mobile executives seeking merger approval booked more than 52 nights at Trump's hotel — more than previously known  —  Executives from the telecom giant T-Mobile — which last year asked the Trump administration to approve its megamerger with Sprint — have booked at least 52 nights …
Discussion: Motherboard
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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls
Wall Street Journal:
‘This One Here Is Gonna Kick My Butt’—Farm Belt Bankruptcies Are Soaring  —  Throughout much of the Midwest, U.S. farmers are filing for chapter 12 bankruptcy protection at levels not seen for at least a decade, a Wall Street Journal review of federal data shows.
Discussion: Axios
John Solomon / The Hill:
Mueller hauled before secret FISA court to address FBI abuses in 2002, Congress told  —  Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and current special prosecutor in the Russia case, once was hauled before the nation's secret intelligence court to address a large number of instances …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The State Of American ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Completely Useless  —  With a veneer of impartiality, fact-checkers engage in a uniquely dishonest style of partisanship.  —  If media wants to challenge the context and politics of Republican arguments, that's their prerogative.
David Gauvey Herbert / New York Magazine:
The Five Families of Feces The porta-potty business is as dirty as you'd think.  But one man keeps coming up smelling like roses.  —  Charles W. Howard is the porta-potty king of New York City.  The seat of his vast empire is Broad Channel, Queens; from this windswept rock in Jamaica Bay …
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Consumer Protection Bureau Cripples New Rules for Payday Loans  —  Payday lenders won a major victory on Wednesday after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau moved to gut tougher restrictions that were to take effect later this year.  —  The industry has spent years trying to fend off the new rules …
NBC News:
On Trump's calendar, just 17 intelligence briefings in 85 days  —  U.S. officials also say Trump does not regularly read the written intelligence briefing sent over daily.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who doesn't regularly read the daily intelligence summary prepared for him …
Associated Press:
Pelosi says Trump ‘threats’ have no place in Congress  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion in his State of the Union address that Democrats abandon their investigations of his administration is a “threat” that has no place in Congress.  —  Pelosi told reporters Wednesday …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and USA Today
 
 
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Inaugural probe puts spotlight on prolific Democratic donor who rapidly remade himself into a major Trump booster
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Politico:
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Anna Merlan / Splinter:
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Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Dems grow uneasy with their new moralism
Discussion: Associated Press
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Top Democrats In The Early 2020 Primary States Haven't Heard Anything From Joe Biden
Discussion: Political Wire and CNN
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Trump: Dean Heller lost re-election because he didn't excite voter base
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Gillian Friedman / Deseret News:
A Utah Orthodox rabbi said his childhood nanny sexually abused him for 10 years.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
What I've Gained by Leaving the Republican Party
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Farmers nearing crisis push back on Trump trade policies
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
Trump Wanted $20 Million for 2006 Moscow Deal, Developer Says
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Daily Caller Editor In Chief Locked Out Of Account For Tweeting ‘Learn To Code’
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Inside Wisconsin's Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn
NPR:
Fact Check: Trump's State Of The Union Address