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8:45 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 …
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 would continue to wage war for the hard-line immigration policies …
POLITICO Playbook: Notes from inside the SOTU  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FORGET THE SUBSTANCE OF LAST NIGHT, because as you know, we are SOTU skeptics.  But we have some observations from inside the chamber last night.  — THERE WAS DEFINITELY a weird vibe.  It seemed a tad bit emptier than usual.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
One speech, two conflicting missions: Trump revs up his base while reaching beyond it
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump shifts from insurgent to incumbent with 2020 in mind
Discussion: Axios
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
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Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and Raw Story
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Politico
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Rick Perry tapped as ‘designated survivor’ for the State of the Union
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Trump's zig-zagging speech made perfect sense
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Breitbart
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
State of the Union 2019: President Donald Trump calls for unity, renews pledge to build wall
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.
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
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 …
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union Address
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Wire
Nicole Fallert / Vox:
President Trump's State of the Union address: live transcript
Discussion: The Week, Hit & Run and IJR
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, Splinter, NBC News and STAT
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Yes, Virginia, This is Chaos
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Stacey Abrams's New Strategy for Democrats  —  Live from Atlanta, Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, standing in front of a slowly swaying group of people in which women and minorities were notably represented.
Washington Post:
Fact-Checking President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address  —  President Trump's State of the Union speech once again was chockful of stretched facts and dubious figures.  Many of these claims have been fact-checked repeatedly, yet the president persists in using them. here …
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 …
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.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump derides ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ in State of the Union
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew M. Cuomo / New York Times:
Trump's Assault on Abortion Rights Must Be Rejected  —  The president and the religious right are spreading falsehoods about abortion laws to inflame their base.  —  In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump attacked the law that New York passed last month codifying …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Vox and Rewire.News
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Is Acquiring Pair of Podcasting Companies, Signaling Broad Ambitions  —  Spotify is buying a pair of podcasting companies, accelerating its investment in non-music content as it seeks to broaden its appeal and snap up share of listening time from radio.
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 …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
President Trump didn't need the State of the Union to speak his mind.  He does it all the time.  —  The Constitution mandates that the President of the United States give an update on the State of the Union from “time to time.”  —  And, so, President Trump does.
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
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: Breitbart and NBC News
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
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Discussion: Roll Call and Joe.My.God.
Jonathan S. Tobin / Haaretz:
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
MAGA all-stars visit border to plot private wall project
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
GOP Leadership Instructs Lawmakers to Play Up Gruesome Murders and Rapes by Immigrants
Discussion: Raw Story
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo