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3:30 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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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.
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
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Expands Russia Inquiry as Pelosi Declares Democrats Will Not Be Cowed
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Bart Jansen / USA Today:   House Intelligence Committee votes to send transcripts in Russia probe to special counsel Robert Mueller
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
CNN:
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:   Negotiators see deal within sight in talks to avert shutdown
Washington Post:
Pelosi says she would accept a bipartisan deal on border security
Discussion: Mother Jones and El Paso Times
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
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: The Guardian
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
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump announces controversial pick David Malpass for World Bank president  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he would nominate David Malpass, the Treasury under secretary for international affairs, as the next president of the World Bank, a pick that has already generated significant backlash …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Jim Zarroli / NPR:
Trump Nominates Outspoken Critic David Malpass To Head World Bank
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael Mcauliff / New York Daily News:
Carolyn Maloney doesn't think Kirsten Gillibrand can win the 2020 presidential election  —  WASHINGTON— One of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Democratic allies in New York and Congress is not backing her presidential bid.  —  Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who led the charge for years …
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.
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 …
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.
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Daily Beast:
I Don't Mind Saying It: Parts of Trump's State of the Union Speech Were Good, Even Moving  —  He got members of both parties to applaud a black woman wronged by the criminal justice system.  He spoke movingly of the Holocaust.  There's a heart under there somewhere after all.  —  Batya Ungar-Sargon
 
 
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Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
House Democrats examine ways to reduce gun violence
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
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Michael Martz / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Without fanfare, Northam signs Amazon incentive bill
Discussion: Splinter
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast and Instapundit
Ben Foldy / Bloomberg:
U.S. Banks Win $21 Billion Trump Tax Windfall Then Cut Staff, Loaned Less
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:
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