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6:10 PM ET, February 7, 2019

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Virginian-Pilot:
Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment was an editor for VMI yearbook filled with racist photos and slurs  —  Blackface and Confederate flag images are seen from the 1968 edition of Bomb: Virginia Military Institute's yearbook.  —  Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment arrives on the floor of the Senate chamber on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline  —  Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole in an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying new report, there seem to be constant reminders now of the dangers that climate change poses to humanity.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Too hot to handle’: Pelosi predicts GOP won't trigger another shutdown  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi is vowing that the federal government will not shut down again, even as President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure for his border wall ahead of a fast-approaching deadline.
HuffPost:   House Climate Panel Democrats Got Nearly $200,000 In Fossil Fuel Industry Donations
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Congress nears border security deal, but Trump's support unclear
CNN:
Trump furious after Schiff hires former NSC aides to help oversee his administration  —  Washington (CNN)House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has hired officials with experience at the National Security Council to help with its oversight of President Donald Trump's administration, according to a committee aide.
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Bloomberg:
Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for Probe  — Intelligence chairman hired former national security official  — Schiff said not to be trying to learn about Trump via hires  —  Donald Trump believes House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is trying …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Dems ready to issue subpoena for phone records linked to Trump Tower meeting  —  Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to issue a subpoena as soon as Thursday to obtain phone records linked to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer …
Joe Concha / The Hill:   Fox's Kilmeade: Why doesn't Trump investigate personal finances of Schiff and Waters?
Washington Post:
Whitaker says he won't testify unless Democrats drop their subpoena threat  —  Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker said he will not appear before Congress Friday without assurances he won't be subpoenaed — giving Democrats a deadline of 6 p.m. Thursday to respond.
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
‘They Hate This Guy’: Matt Whitaker Braces for Showdown With Dems  —  'We don't know what we're up against with the House Judiciary Committee,' one Justice Department source told The Daily Beast.  ‘We have no idea.’  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  The Justice Department is bracing for impact.
CNN:
Whitaker says he will not appear before House panel unless he gets guarantee he won't face subpoena
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Andy Wright / Just Security:
The Whitaker Hearing: Potential Executive Privilege and Subpoena Fireworks
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
CNN:
Transcript of closed-door Manafort hearing  —  A federal court released a partial transcript from Paul Manafort's four-and-a-half hour sealed court hearing held on Monday.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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NBC News:
Manafort kept working in Ukraine after Mueller indictment, transcript shows  —  According to prosecutors, Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik had a discussion that referred to a “backdoor.”  —  The newly released transcript of a sealed hearing held earlier this week reveals …
CNN:
Former Fox News reporter expected to be named to lead counter-propaganda efforts at State  —  (CNN)A former Fox News reporter is expected to be appointed to lead the State Department agency in charge of efforts to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, two officials told CNN.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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Jeff Bezos:
No thank you, Mr. Pecker  —  Something unusual happened to me yesterday.  Actually, for me it wasn't just unusual—it was a first.  I was made an offer I couldn't refuse.  Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.  I'm glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing.
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Washington Post:
The Mueller investigation has sprouted.  Therein lies the jeopardy for Trump.  —  It's not the crime; it's the offspring of the crime.  —  If the old Watergate expression is “It's not the crime; it's the coverup,” then today's equivalent might be “It's not the crime; it's the crime's offspring.”
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
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Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:   “I Am Disgusted”: Behind the Scenes of Trump's Increasingly Scrutinized $107 Million Inauguration
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will not seek re-election  —  U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who narrowly won the closest congressional race in the nation last fall, will not seek re-election next year, all but ensuring his rapidly-diversifying suburban House district will become one of the country's fiercest political battlegrounds in 2020.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democratic focus groups may have identified a hidden vulnerability for Trump  —  This is the week that the broad outlines of President Trump's reelection strategy are coming into focus.  Trump will continue pushing forward with his reactionary xenophobic nationalist agenda on immigration …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Phoenix Police Refute Cindy McCain's Story of Human Trafficking at Airport  —  Phoenix police on Wednesday disputed Cindy McCain's account of human trafficking at an Arizona airport.  McCain had told local news station KTAR on Monday that she intervened at Sky Harbor International Airport …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
A Florida politician allegedly made a habit of licking men's faces.  She's now resigned.  —  It was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted alternative to typical government meetings, and one befitting a laid-back beach town.  The city commission of Madeira Beach, Fla. — a coastal community …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Richard Burr on the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, 2 years on  —  The investigation into Russian intelligence activities by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence turned two years old, without fanfare, last month.  —  For almost as long, the inquiry …
Discussion: Politico
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Senate Intel Chairman: 'We Don't Have Anything That Would Suggest There Was Collusion'
Discussion: Tennessee Star
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Military Sets April Target Date for Leaving Syria  —  The U.S. military is preparing to pull all American forces out of Syria by the end of April, even though the Trump administration has yet to come up with a plan to protect its Kurdish partners from attack when they leave, current and former U.S. officials said.
Discussion: RT
Ryan Lizza / Esquire:
A Swamp Divided: How Trump's Arrival Turned D.C. Nightlife Upside Down  —  “Trump doesn't need to build a wall; he's built one here.”  —  Washington is one of the only places in America where an election transforms the city's social life.  Plenty of people live here with no regard …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Walling Off the GOP  —  The most misleading line in Donald Trump's State of the Union address this week might have also been the most revealing about how he is reconfiguring the Republican Party and reshaping America's electoral alignment.  —  “Legal immigrants enrich our nation …
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Popularity Slumps to Record Low in January  —  (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)  — A majority of voters in 12 states approved of Trump's job performance, while a majority disapproved in 27 states.  — Trump's best numbers came in Wyoming and West Virginia …
Washington Post:
‘I was up all night’ going through plagiarism claims, Jill Abramson says  —  Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson responded Thursday to allegations that she plagiarized portions of her new book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,” …
James Comey / Washington Post:
Blackface is a tool of white oppression.  There are many more towering over us.  —  James Comey is a former director of the FBI and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.  —  White people designed blackface to keep black people down, to intimidate, mock and stereotype.
Scott Thuman / WPEC:
Surveillance video from the January 25 FBI raid exclusively to Sinclair Broadcast Group (CBS12 WPEC)  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — With heavy guns drawn and approaching before sunrise, a swarm of FBI agents swiftly advanced at the home of Roger Stone in late January.
Discussion: The Last Refuge, Raw Story and Mediaite
Paul Chi / Vanity Fair:
Liam Neeson Can't Be Racist Because of How He Kisses, Says Michelle Rodriguez  —  “Dude, have you watched Widows?  His tongue was so far down Viola Davis's throat,” Neeson's onetime co-star said.  —  Michelle Rodriguez is certain that her Widows co-star Liam Neeson is not a racist.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Democratic group to spend $30M on voting rights effort  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, one of the largest outside Democratic groups announced on Thursday a $30 million effort to register voters, push ballot measures that expand voter rights …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Kushner to visit Mideast for peace plan push  —  Jared Kushner will crisscross the Middle East later this month seeking buy-in for his peace plan from leaders throughout the region.  —  During the trip, the president's son-in-law will for the first time share significant details …
Discussion: Axios
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us  —  IT'S ONLY WEDNESDAY, but the increasingly sprawling investigations surrounding President Donald Trump this week have already sprawled even further.  News came Monday that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York served …
 
 
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Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Donald Trump's Annihilation of the Democratic Party
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel to Be Torn Down
Mike Spies / The Trace:
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Targeted in Congressional Inquiry Into Illegal Campaign Coordination
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and POLITICUSUSA
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Jaime Harrison forms exploratory committee for U.S. Senate campaign against Lindsey Graham
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
‘I believe her claim’: Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on accuser …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, RedState and twitchy.com
Jacob Engels / The Gateway Pundit:
Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone's iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy …
Discussion: Spectator USA and Geller Report
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Revolt at American University Where Pompeo Addressed Middle East
 Earlier Items: 
Davis Richardson / The Daily Beast:
Metropolitan Republican Club Leader Says He Advised Nazi-Friendly German Party
Discussion: Gothamist and POLITICUSUSA
Joe Pounder / Facebook:
Some Truths About Opposition Research
Emily Cadei / Sacramento Bee:
Trump ‘open to talking about’ a change in tax law that is costing Californians $12 billion
Discussion: CNBC
Washington Post:
The parking lot suicides
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?  —  Howard Schultz has a point …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION, Splinter and CNN
Mark Pulliam / Law & Liberty:
Escaping Our Ship of Fools
Washington Post:
Sergei Millian, identified as an unwitting source for the Steele dossier, sought proximity to Trump's world in 2016