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4:30 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.
Maggie Severns / Politico:
‘Utterly shocked and terrified’: Fairfax accuser details alleged assault  —  Vanessa Tyson, the college professor who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault in 2004, issued a lengthy statement Wednesday detailing the alleged incident.  —  “With tremendous anguish …
Discussion: Townhall, RedState and Vox
Ken Cuccinelli / Washington Examiner:
Got governor trouble?  Here's how Virginia's succession law works  —  Citizens from all over America suddenly have a keen interest in the order of succession for the Virginia governorship.  —  This began with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's statement last Wednesday indicating his support …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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: IJR, 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: The Root, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
House intelligence chair announces sweeping investigation into Trump's finances and Russia  —  (CNN)House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday a broad investigation his committee would undertake “beyond Russia” into whether President Donald Trump's financial interests are driving his actions.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
House Expands Russia Inquiry as Pelosi Declares Democrats Will Not Be Cowed  —  WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday launched a broad inquiry into the potential influence that Russia and other foreign powers may be exercising over President Trump, acting just hours …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:   House Intel Democrats Just Restarted and Supercharged the Trump-Russia Probe
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michael Cohen's testimony before House intel panel delayed
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Bart Jansen / USA Today:   House Intelligence Committee votes to send transcripts in Russia probe to special counsel Robert Mueller
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump blasts Schiff as ‘political hack’ over new investigation
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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
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 …
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CNN:
Speech audience was most partisan since 2001
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Althouse, IJR and CNBC
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Negotiators see deal within sight in talks to avert shutdown  —  Congressional dealmakers working to stave off another devastating government shutdown said they believe a breakthrough is in reach, following a closed-door Wednesday briefing from Border Patrol officials.
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Washington Post:
Pelosi says she would accept a bipartisan deal on border security
Discussion: El Paso Times and Mother Jones
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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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Trump seeks to overhaul World Bank with Malpass as new chief
Discussion: ABC News
Jim Zarroli / NPR:
Trump Nominates Outspoken Critic David Malpass To Head World Bank
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Trump: Dean Heller lost re-election because he didn't excite voter base  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called former Sen. Dean Heller “a terrible senator” who lost his re-election bid because he had been “extraordinarily hostile” to Trump during the 2016 election.
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 …
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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Ezra Klein / Vox:
I liked parts of Trump's State of the Union, then I remembered his presidency
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 …
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 …
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax accuser told friend at Stanford about 2004 sexual assault  —  Professor scheduled to appear next week at symposium on sexual violence  —  The woman at the center of a sexual assault scandal involving Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is a Stanford University fellow scheduled …
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 …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The State Of American ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Completely Useless  —  With a veneer of impartiality, fact-checkers engage in a uniquely dishonest style of partisanship.  —  If media wants to challenge the context and politics of Republican arguments, that's their prerogative.
 
 
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David Klion / The Nation:
Who Is Matt Duss, and Can He Take On Washington's ‘Blob’?
Gillian Friedman / Deseret News:
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Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Hal Brands / Bloomberg:
Don't Let China Take the World Hostage
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
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Farmers nearing crisis push back on Trump trade policies
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Mcauliff / New York Daily News:
Carolyn Maloney doesn't think Kirsten Gillibrand can win the 2020 presidential election
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Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Political Wire and Jezebel
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
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The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018