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4:35 AM ET, February 9, 2019

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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.
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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Plans To Survive By Changing His Agenda To Focus On Race  —  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, still facing calls to resign as governor a week after the revelation that his page in a medical school yearbook features a racist photograph, is now tightly focused on coming up with plans to survive.
New York Times:
Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia of Sexual Assault  —  A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, alleging that he raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 and demanding that he resign immediately.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Scandal and Coup
Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
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: Twin Cities and Unfogged
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Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar's Wrath Toward Her Aides  —  Amy Klobuchar has laid the grounds for a presidential run on an image of “Minnesota nice.”  —  But behind the doors of her Washington, DC, office, the Minnesota Democrat ran a workplace controlled by fear, anger, and shame …
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.
Discussion: Washington Press, CNN and FOX40
The Daily Beast:
Private Eyes Detail Inner Workings of National Enquirer ‘Blackmail’ Machine  —  Threatening to reveal Jeff Bezos' “dick p*ck” was just the latest strong-arm tactic.  “The nice way of calling it was quid pro quo,” one veteran said, “but really it was blackmail.”
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Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors reviewing Bezos's extortion claim against National Enquirer, sources say
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Why Do Smart People Send Nudes?
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: Raw Story, Mediaite and Daily Kos
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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—But Some of His Staff Are Miserable  —  The leak of his schedules is a sign of deep disaffection.  Mick Mulvaney, chafing at the family, is eyeing the exits, as is Larry Kudlow.
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump, Inc.:
New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are circling Donald Trump's inaugural committee as part of a wide-ranging investigation into possible money laundering, illegal contributions and cash-for-access schemes.
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
Axios:
Whitaker interrogation kicks off two hostile years for Trumpworld  —  Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker put on a performance today that's likely to leave plenty of top Trump officials even less excited about the prospect of their day on Capitol Hill.  —  In what the NYT called a …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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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
BuzzFeed:
Days After Its Disastrous British Launch, Turning Point Has Already Lost One Of Its Star Recruits  —  “There was a sense of people realising, ‘Who are these cranks?’”  —  They were here to start a culture war, and Charlie Kirk was looking forward to the backlash.
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump's doctor says he is in ‘very good health’ after exam by 11 specialists  —  President Trump is “in very good health” and expected to remain healthy for “the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” the president's doctor reported Friday following a physical exam that lasted nearly four hours and included 11 specialists.
Discussion: CNN and Daily Wire
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Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:   Trump's physician says POTUS is ‘in very good health’ after annual medical exam
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.
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Udder Madness  —  You can come well short of the slaughter of the farting cows and still do profound damage to the country. … Dear Reader (Including all of the Democrats who wore blackface but forgot to tell anybody),  —  Where is Gary Larson when you need him?
Raleigh News & Observer:
Border security deal could reverse Trump administration's strict asylum rules  —  A Democratic proposal to reverse strict guidance on who can be granted asylum in the United States is a sticking point in ongoing congressional border security negotiations aimed at averting another government shutdown.
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New York Times:
Trump Gives Ground on His Wall as Border Deal Comes Into View
Discussion: Breitbart and VTDigger
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh Just Declared War on Roe v. Wade  —  John Roberts joined the liberals to save the constitutional right to choose—for now.  —  On Thursday night, the Supreme Court blocked a stringent Louisiana abortion law by a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals to keep the measure on hold.
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Brooke Binkowski / BuzzFeed News:
I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker.  It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.  —  Facebook has always struggled to comprehend the scale of its fake news and propaganda problem.  Now, it's struggling to retain the fact-checkers it paid to try and deal with the crisis.
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.
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Firm owned by Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller has received $225,000 from Republican National Committee  — A company owned by Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump's former longtime bodyguard, has received $225,000 from the RNC for security consulting since he left his White House job in September 2017.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Wealth concentration returning to ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ according to new research  —  The 400 richest Americans — the top .00025 percent of the population — have tripled their share of the nation's wealth since the early 1980s, according to a new working paper …
Washington Post:
Facing opposition, Amazon reconsiders NY headquarters site, two officials say  —  Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians, according to two people familiar with the company's thinking.
 
 
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Second Trump-Kim summit to take place in Hanoi
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart and Politico
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Rep. Tim Ryan Is Heading To Iowa And New Hampshire As He Considers Running For President
BostonGlobe.com:
Elizabeth Warren needs to stop the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Mediaite
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
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Reconsidering Plan to Put Campus in New York
Wall Street Journal:
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Roger Stone to Federal Judge: Don't Gag Me, and Get Off My Case
Discussion: Axios
David French / National Review:
The Supreme Court Upholds a Grave Violation of the First Amendment
Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
Manafort Prosecutors Have Questions About $1 Million Condo Loan
Discussion: Raw Story
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Green New Deal Would Spend the U.S. Into Oblivion
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Progressive Assault on Israel
Washington Post:
‘My whole town practically lived there’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers …