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2:40 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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Washington Post:
Virginia Attorney General Herring says he wore blackface in college  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) said Wednesday he dressed in blackface during college, elevating the Capitol's scandals to a new level that engulfed the entire executive branch of government.
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring acknowledges wearing ‘brown makeup’ at a 1980 party
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Washington Post
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 …
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CBS News:
Most viewers approved of Trump's second State of the Union address  —  Seventy-six percent of Americans who tuned in to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night approved of the speech he gave.  Just 24 percent disapproved.  —  As is often the case in State of the Union addresses …
NPR:
Fact Check: Trump's State Of The Union Address  —  President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a speech that had been delayed during the government shutdown.  —  The annual remarks come as a bipartisan group of lawmakers continue to negotiate border security funding …
CNN:
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House Intel votes to send witness transcripts to Mueller for possible perjury charges  —  The House Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday to send dozens of witness interview transcripts from its Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, who could use them to prosecute potential instances of perjury.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller probe filings raise prospect of more indictments  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's references to “uncharged individuals” in recent court filings that aim to restrict certain evidence are being read by some as an indication more people could be indicted in his sprawling investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Bart Jansen / USA Today:   House Intelligence Committee votes to send transcripts in Russia probe to special counsel Robert Mueller
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michael Cohen's testimony before House intel panel delayed
CNN:
House intelligence chair announces sweeping investigation into Trump's finances and Russia
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
House panel votes to send Russia transcripts to Mueller
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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Vinson Cunningham / New Yorker:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Captured the Horror of the State of the Union  —  All of the blithe, occasionally lethal childishness of American political culture was on display Tuesday night during Donald Trump's second State of the Union address.  Most of what's wrong with the speech predates …
Discussion: IJR, Althouse and CNBC
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Stacey Abrams Revolution  —  She represents a repudiation of the idea that Democrats must downplay “identity” to appeal to the country at large.  —  In 2017, former Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky gave the Democrats' response to President Trump's first address to Congress.  The visuals were striking.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Stacey Abrams's New Strategy for Democrats
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Inside Wisconsin's Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn  —  “This is the Eighth Wonder of the World.”  —  So declared President Donald Trump onstage last June at a press event at Foxconn's new factory in Mount Pleasant, Wis. He was there to herald the potential of the Taiwanese …
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:
Pelosi says she would accept a bipartisan deal on border security  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she would be willing to support any compromise border-security legislation that emerges from a bipartisan committee and that she has urged the White House to adopt the same “hands-off” posture.
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Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
Trump Wanted $20 Million for 2006 Moscow Deal, Developer Says  — Ukrainian-Russian provides new details of an early negotiation  — Pavel Fuks describes meeting Trump, hosting children in Moscow  —  Donald Trump's dream of putting his name on a tower in Moscow came with a hefty price tag: $20 million.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Laura Bassett / InStyle.com:
“Doing This Job Feels Like Spinning on a Log in the Water”: How the Women of CNN Pull off Their State of the Union Coverage  —  Behind the scenes with the network's top talent on one of the toughest reporting days of the year.  —  Just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the morning of President Trump's second State …
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Daily Caller Editor In Chief Locked Out Of Account For Tweeting ‘Learn To Code’  —  The Daily Caller Editor in Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll was locked out of his Twitter account Tuesday night after tweeting “learn to code” at The Daily Show.  —  The Daily Show's Twitter account …
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
New poll finds overwhelmingly support for taxing the rich's wealth  —  A new poll is finding broad support for an annual wealth tax on people with assets of at least $50 million, underlining support for taxing the rich.  —  The Hill-HarrisX poll released Wednesday found that 74 percent …
John Limbert / Atlantic Council:
The Iron and Depressing Laws of US-Iran Relations  —  Among the unalterable “laws of the Medes and the Persians” that have ruled US-Iran relations for decades are the following:  — Everything takes longer than you think.  — Everything is harder than you think.
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Associated Press:   AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims in his State of Union address
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Pelosi Declares House Will Not Be Intimidated From Its Trump Inquiries  —  WASHINGTON — A defiant Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared on Wednesday that House Democrats would not be cowed by President Trump's “all-out threat” during his State of the Union address to drop their investigations of his administration …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Susan Collins Raised More Money From Brett Kavanaugh Supporters Than Mainers  —  The vast majority of the senator's money at the end of 2018 came from outside of Maine.  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) had the best fundraising quarter of her life in 2018, boosted in part by her decision …
Discussion: Political Wire and Jezebel
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018  —  The New York Times Company generated more than $709 million in digital revenue last year, growing at a pace that suggests it will meet its stated goal of $800 million in digital sales by the end of 2020.
Ben Foldy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Banks Win $21 Billion Trump Tax Windfall Then Cut Staff, Loaned Less  — The ‘full economic impact will take many years to observe’  —  Major U.S. banks shaved about $21 billion from their tax bills last year — almost double the IRS's annual budget — as the industry benefited …
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
John Dingell in hospice care after cancer diagnosis … (Photo: Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)  —  Washington — The family of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell said he is in hospice care after a cancer diagnosis, and they are requesting privacy.  —  The 92-year-old Dearborn Democrat …
Morgan Lee / Associated Press:
New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border  —  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis.
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 …
 
 
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John Bowden / The Hill:
GAO: Trump's early Mar-a-Lago trips cost $14 million
Rebecca Greenfield / Bloomberg:
Student Loan Relief or Paid Vacation? These Workers Get a Choice
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
2018 Was Fourth-Hottest Year in Modern Records, U.S. Government Scientists Say
Wired:
TRUMP PLEDGES INVESTMENT, BUT IS SILENT ON KEY TECH ISSUES
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump ignores biggest threat to American greatness in State of the Union: The looming debt crisis
Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Without fanfare, Northam signs Amazon incentive bill
Discussion: Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
A Crypto-Mystery: Is $140 Million Stuck or Missing?
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Instapundit
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Former New Orleans mayor on 2020 run: 'I don't think I'm going to do it'
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Christie touts wife as possible congressional candidate
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's State of the Union Protection Racket: Either Mueller Gets It, or the American Economy Does
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Problem with ‘Social Justice’
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Seb Gorka Is a National Treasure
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Is Acquiring Pair of Podcasting Companies, Signaling Broad Ambitions
Washington Post:
SWAT  —  Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire …
Discussion: Political Wire