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11:00 AM ET, February 9, 2019

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Anita Kumar / Politico:
‘This is an earthquake’: Virginia GOP celebrates Dems' implosion  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Democrats have grown bullish the past few election cycles about putting leftward-shifting Virginia permanently in their column.  —  Then this week happened.  —  The scandals that engulfed …
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Washington Post:
Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault  —  A woman said Friday she was raped by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) in a “premeditated and aggressive” assault in 2000, while they both were undergraduate students at Duke University.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Virginia, a Dignified Disaster
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Virginia's Racist History Clashes With New South Image
Discussion: The FADER
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Plans To Survive By Changing His Agenda To Focus On Race
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Scandal and Coup
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
“He liked the combative approach”: Trump was happy with Matt Whitaker's chippy Hill testimony  —  President Trump watched live cable coverage of yesterday's chippy Hill testimony by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and liked what he saw.  —  The big picture: “He liked the combative approach …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The battle is on between Trump and his Democratic foes  —  (CNN)A clarifying week in Washington showed how ugly the war of oversight between President Donald Trump and House Democrats will become and dug new battle lines in the most intense exchanges yet of the 2020 campaign.
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Matthew Whitaker Plays to an Audience of One  —  It took about five minutes of questioning for the acting attorney general to provoke gasps and jeers in the congressional hearing room.  “Your five minutes are up,” Matthew Whitaker, an ex-U.S. Attorney-turned toilet salesman …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Contemptor
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Judiciary Dem asks Whitaker: ‘How the heck did you become the head of the Department of Justice?’
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Political Wire
Axios:
Whitaker interrogation kicks off two hostile years for Trumpworld
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
HuffPost:
Harry Reid Rebuked Amy Klobuchar For Mistreatment Of Staff  —  A leaked campaign document shows how staff tried to manage her anger.  —  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's mistreatment of her office staff began more than a decade ago and eventually caused such concerns that in 2015 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Twin Cities
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Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar's Wrath Toward Her Aides
John D. Dingell / Washington Post:
My last words for America  —  John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who served in the U.S. House from 1955 to 2015, was the longest-serving member of Congress in American history.  He dictated these reflections to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), at their home in Dearborn, on Feb. 7, the day he died.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
White House hunts for ‘executive time’ schedule leaker  —  The White House is aggressively investigating several leaks of President Donald Trump's private schedules, a source of repeated embarrassment to the White House and the president himself.  —  West Wing officials managing the hunt …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Hated by Everyone Inside the White House”: The State of the Union Left Trump Stoked …
Discussion: The National Memo and Raw Story
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Carter Evans / CBS News:
Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak  —  Olympia, Wash. — With more than 50 cases of measles in Washington state, there's been a new push to change the law.  Washington is one of 17 states that allow parents to refuse vaccines for philosophical reasons.
Discussion: VICE News
New York Times:
Trump Defies Congressional Deadline on Khashoggi Report  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump refused to provide Congress a report on Friday determining who killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, defying a demand by lawmakers intent on establishing whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was behind the grisly assassination.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The new censors won't delete your words — they'll drown them out  —  Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth.  Each day, the hero of George Orwell's “1984” “corrects” old newspapers to make sure that the information is in still accord with the current Party line.
Discussion: Meduza.io
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Emails: Jake Tapper Tore Into ‘Irresponsible’ BuzzFeed Editor For Publishing The Steele Dossier  —  After BuzzFeed published the infamous Steele dossier, CNN anchor Jake Tapper lit into BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith for the decision, calling it “irresponsible” and “uncollegial,” according to emails released Friday.
Discussion: TheBlaze and Instapundit
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Senator Warren seeks to quiet critics with 2020 campaign launch  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her Native American heritage claims, will aim for a fresh start on Saturday when she formally launches her 2020 presidential campaign.
Discussion: The Week
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BostonGlobe.com:
Elizabeth Warren needs to stop the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Is America Ready for a Single President?  —  A bachelor in the White House?  It's such a compelling scenario that Aaron Sorkin once wrote a movie about it.  —  “The American President” came out in 1995, years before “The West Wing” and decades before never-married Senator Cory Booker announced own run for president.
Zack Colman / Politico:
'It's crazy.  It's loony.' — Republicans giddy as Democrats champion Green New Deal  —  Prominent Democrats have rushed to embrace the Green New Deal — and Republicans couldn't be happier about it.  —  As liberal groups pressure presidential candidates and lawmakers to back the ambitious …
Discussion: Sara A. Carter, Bloomberg and RedState
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Her Title: Cryptologic Technician.  Her Occupation: Warrior.  —  Given who she really was, the military had little choice in how it described Shannon Kent.  They said only that she was a “cryptologic technician,” which anyone might assume meant that her most breakneck work was behind a desk.
Beto O'Rourke / Beto O'Rourke:
The President is coming to El Paso Monday.  He will promise a wall and will repeat his lies about the dangers that immigrants pose.  With El Paso as the backdrop, he will claim that this city of immigrants was dangerous before a border fence was built here in 2008.
The Dickinsonian:
Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?  —  When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase “do you agree?”  If so, your name is something like Jake, or Chad, or Alex, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Under Trump, EPA inspections fall to a 10-year low
Brooke Binkowski / BuzzFeed News:
I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Second Trump-Kim summit to take place in Hanoi
Discussion: The Week and Breitbart
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump's doctor says he is in ‘very good health’ after exam by 11 specialists
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and Politico
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Tim Ryan Is Heading To Iowa And New Hampshire As He Considers Running For President
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Udder Madness  —  You can come well short of the slaughter …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A Trump property earned money from a political committee one out of every two days from 2017 until the midterms
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
Discussion: Splinter
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Wealth concentration returning to ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ according to new research
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Firm owned by Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller has received $225,000 from Republican National Committee
Discussion: Political Wire
David French / National Review:
The Supreme Court Upholds a Grave Violation of the First Amendment
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, CNN and The Root
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Progressive Assault on Israel