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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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency
CNN:
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001
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
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.
Discussion: RedState, Joe.My.God. and Instapundit
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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.
Washington Post:
'This isn't me': Gov. Northam's defiance caught advisers off guard
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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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.
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
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   House Intel votes to send witness transcripts to Mueller for possible perjury charges
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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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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Wired:
TRUMP PLEDGES INVESTMENT, BUT IS SILENT ON KEY TECH ISSUES  —  IN HIS STATE of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump promised legislation to invest in “the cutting edge industries of the future.”  But the speech was characteristically backward-looking.
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 …
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 …
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
Politico:
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.
Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Without fanfare, Northam signs Amazon incentive bill  —  Without public ceremony, Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday signed legislation to carry out Virginia's promises to Amazon for up to $750 million in cash incentives if the company creates 37,850 high-paying jobs at the new headquarters it plans in Arlington County.
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump ignores biggest threat to American greatness in State of the Union: The looming debt crisis
Discussion: Townhall
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
A Crypto-Mystery: Is $140 Million Stuck or Missing?
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Instapundit
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
'They know it's his party': Despite tensions with Trump, GOP lawmakers roar with approval for their president
Washington Post:
Was tabloid exposé of Bezos affair just juicy gossip or a political hit job?
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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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Pence says government shutdown wasn't a mistake, can't guarantee there won't be another one
Discussion: Axios, Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Problem with ‘Social Justice’
Andrew M. Cuomo / New York Times:
Trump's Assault on Abortion Rights Must Be Rejected
Discussion: Vox and Rewire.News
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump derides ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ in State of the Union
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dan MacGuill / Snopes.com:
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Washington Post:
SWAT  —  Officer Timothy Matson raced into the gunfire …