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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.
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi announces Dems for new climate panel  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi built out the Democratic roster for her special select panel on climate change Thursday, pulling from a mix of old and new lawmakers but leaving off the highest profile freshmen like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
HuffPost:   House Climate Panel Democrats Got Nearly $200,000 In Fossil Fuel Industry Donations
Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:
The Energy 202: Ocasio-Cortez, Markey unveil Green New Deal with backing of four presidential candidates
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and The Hill
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making the Green New Deal a 2020 litmus test
Discussion: The Nation and The Federalist
NPR:
NPR News Exclusive With Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On Her Green New Deal
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Threatens to Stiff-Arm Congress  —  Whitaker will not testify before Congress unless the House Judiciary Committee chairman promises, in writing and by 6 p.m. Thursday, that he will not subpoena him.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is set to stiff-arm Congress.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
CNN:   Whitaker says he will not appear before House panel unless he gets guarantee he won't face subpoena
Andy Wright / Just Security:
The Whitaker Hearing: Potential Executive Privilege and Subpoena Fireworks
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's attorney general nominee clears Senate Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Axios
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.
New York Times:
Virginia Police Sergeant Suspended After Antifa Ties Him to White Nationalism  —  A police sergeant in Virginia who was assigned to monitor the protests related to Gov. Ralph Northam was suspended Wednesday after being identified by an anti-fascist group as having an “affinity with white nationalist groups.”
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Cop Suspended After Anti-Fascists Expose His Affinity For White Nationalist Group
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
John Sides / Washington Post:
Poll: Only 58 percent of Americans oppose blackface  —  The roiling blackface scandal in Virginia continues.  It not only includes Gov. Ralph Northam (D) but now Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who says that he dressed in blackface at a college party.  The scandal has put renewed focus …
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Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Rep. Bobby Scott learned of sexual assault allegation against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax a year ago from the accuser: Aides
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?  —  Howard Schultz has a point: They don't deserve all the blame for America's wealth inequality.  —  I have found that when somebody or something is remorselessly mocked in my Twitter feed, there is usually something to be said in their defense.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION, Splinter and CNN
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Abolish Billionaires  —  A radical idea is gaining adherents on the left.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
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
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 …
Washington Post:
The parking lot suicides  —  Veterans are taking their own lives on VA hospital campuses, a desperate form of protest against a system that they feel hasn't helped them.  —  Alissa Harrington took an audible breath as she slid open a closet door deep in her home office.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
CNN Poll: Almost everyone wants a public report on Mueller's findings  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Nearly nine in 10 Americans say Robert Mueller's investigators should produce a full, public report on their findings, a sentiment that crosses party lines, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
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
Washington Post:
Sergei Millian, identified as an unwitting source for the Steele dossier, sought proximity to Trump's world in 2016  —  Around the time of President Trump's inauguration, two of his supporters met to toast the new administration at the Russia House, a Washington restaurant known among Russian diplomats …
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 …
Joe Pounder / Facebook:
Some Truths About Opposition Research  —  The revelations around Virginia Democrats and Elizabeth Warren have once again thrust opposition research into the news.  There's been a lot of noise about research and while some of it is just noise, these episodes do bring to light several industry truths I thought worth sharing:
Davis Richardson / The Daily Beast:
Metropolitan Republican Club Leader Says He Advised Nazi-Friendly German Party  —  Ian Walsh Reilly heads group that invited Proud Boys to New York and did work for Alternative fur Deutschland, which wants to shoot migrants and forget about the Holocaust.  —  The new president …
Discussion: Gothamist and POLITICUSUSA
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Judge orders partial release of documents obtained in Cohen raid  —  A federal judge ruled Thursday that materials obtained in the raid of President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen's home, hotel room and office must be released to the public with appropriate redactions.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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.
Emily Cadei / Sacramento Bee:
Trump ‘open to talking about’ a change in tax law that is costing Californians $12 billion  —  President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is open to revisiting changes to a state and local tax deduction that Republicans in Washington enacted in 2017 and were projected to cost California taxpayers an extra $12 billion.
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
Mark Pulliam / Law & Liberty:
Escaping Our Ship of Fools  —  I generally avoid books written by radio or TV hosts.  They are typically slap-dash efforts—often dictated or ghost-written, padded, and calculated to cash in on sales to an uncritical fan base.  Accordingly, even though I regularly watch, and enjoy …
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Kilmeade: Why doesn't Trump investigate personal finances of Schiff and Waters?  —  “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade asked early Thursday why President Trump doesn't open an investigation into the personal finances of Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), questioning how they got “rich.”
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
The NRA Welcomed Maria Butina—Even As She Worked to Arm Anti-American Thugs Abroad  —  The American public has continued to know little about Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty in December to participating in a foreign conspiracy against the United States.  Not much has emerged …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Jacob Engels / The Gateway Pundit:
Apple Gives Deep State Access To Roger Stone's iCloud Account, After Refusing To Violate Privacy of San Bernardino Terrorists  —  Three years after Apple refused to give the federal government access to the devices used by the San Bernadino terrorists who killed and injured dozens in a mass shooting event …
Discussion: Spectator USA and Geller Report
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Biden presses Hill friends for 2020 support  —  Joe Biden is working one of his most important constituencies as he closes in on a decision about running for president: Capitol Hill Democrats.  —  In recent weeks, the former vice president and longtime Democratic senator has spoken …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Trump to the National Prayer Breakfast: ‘I will never let you down. I can say that. Never.’
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BBC:
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