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11:45 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 …
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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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency  —  In his speech, Trump imagined the president he hasn't been.  —  I'll be honest.  There were parts of President Donald Trump's 2019 State of the Union that I liked.  But then I remembered the reality of his presidency.
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
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Notes from inside the SOTU
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Trump's zigzagging speech made perfect sense
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and Axios
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Trump goes big, uses delayed State of the Union to make case on border, much more
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Asks for Unity, but Presses Hard Line on Immigration
CBS News:
Trump lays out agenda to divided Congress in second State of the Union
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.
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.
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Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Choose a Different Hill to Die On
Discussion: Mediaite
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump's State of the Union Protection Racket: Either Mueller Gets It, or the American Economy Does  —  This was a weird, shambling speech but it had one clear moment where the president channeled Nixon to suggest the economy would collapse if Mueller continued to go after him.  —  By RICK WILSON2.6.19 4:49 AM ET
Discussion: Raw Story
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump derides ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ in State of the Union
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:   President Trump calls for investigations into him to end during State of the Union — just like Nixon did
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.
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims in his State of Union address  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an “economic miracle,” warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Statistic on sexual assault of migrant women is from an unrepresentative sample
Discussion: Daily Wire and Breitbart
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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: Althouse and CNBC
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Seb Gorka Is a National Treasure  —  When in doubt, always go Full-Gorka.  —  “I asked Sebastian Gorka about his tweets; he told me to ‘go outside and lick a metal street lamp.’”  — Will Sommer, The Daily Beast  —  Sebastian Gorka is a man of many distinctions.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
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 …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Former New Orleans mayor on 2020 run: 'I don't think I'm going to do it'  —  Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu isn't running.  Or at least he isn't planning on it.  —  The Louisiana Democrat told CNN on Wednesday morning that he does not think he will seek his party's 2020 presidential nomination …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michael Cohen's testimony before House intel panel delayed  —  Testimony from President Donald Trump's former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, before the House Intelligence Committee this week has been delayed, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday.
Discussion: ABC 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.
 
 
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Pence says government shutdown wasn't a mistake, can't guarantee there won't be another one
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Andrew M. Cuomo / New York Times:
Trump's Assault on Abortion Rights Must Be Rejected
Discussion: Vox and Rewire.News
Dan MacGuill / Snopes.com:
Was George Soros Arrested in Switzerland in February 2019?
Washington Post:
SWAT  —  Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire …
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Rick Perry tapped as ‘designated survivor’ for the State of the Union
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart