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7:30 PM ET, February 8, 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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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.
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.
Axios:
Second woman accuses Justin Fairfax of sexual assault
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Scandal and Coup
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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: Associated Press
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: 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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:   Amazon Reconsidering Plan to Put Campus in New York
New York Times:
Amazon HQ2 Deal Stirs New Tensions in New York
Discussion: abc7ny.com
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.
Bloomberg:
National Enquirer's AMI Scrutinized Over Bezos Story, Sources Say  —  Federal prosecutors are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of its story about Jeff Bezos' extramarital affair to determine if the company violated an earlier cooperation deal with prosecutors, according …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Verge
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Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Why Do Smart People Send Nudes?
Discussion: Politico, VICE News and Vox
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.
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 …
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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 and Political Wire
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
Washington Post:
‘My whole town practically lived there’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years  —  SANTA TERESA DE CAJON, COSTA RICA — At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica's tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years …
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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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Progressive Assault on Israel  —  A movement that can detect a racist dog-whistle from miles away is strangely deaf when it comes to some of the barking on its own side of the fence.  —  It happened again last month in Detroit.  Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage …
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Green New Deal Would Spend the U.S. Into Oblivion  —  The environmental parts of the plan would be costly, but manageable.  The same can't be said of its social programs.  —  Skeptics of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's promise of a Green New Deal were worried that the plan …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Reality check: Cost of ‘Green New Deal’ would dwarf moon landing, highway system, and New Deal itself
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.
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.
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Rosenstein did not want to write memo justifying Comey firing - new book  —  Deputy attorney general privately complained about Trump's order, according to Comey's former deputy Andrew McCabe  —  The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, privately complained that he was ordered …
David French / National Review:
The Supreme Court Upholds a Grave Violation of the First Amendment  —  I have no sympathy for Domineque Ray.  The man was convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl, an act so heinous that the death penalty is appropriate and just.  But Ray, no matter his crimes …
Discussion: CNN
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats Are Boosting Trump's Re-election Prospects  —  Their top 2020 presidential hopefuls are embracing socialist-minded economic policy, from a Green New Deal to single-payer health insurance.  It's playing right into the president's hands.  —  ADD TO BRIEFCASE  —  See more stories about...
Sean Illing / Vox:
“I made mistakes”: Jill Abramson responds to plagiarism charges around her new book  —  “What we're talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed.”  —  Jill Abramson's new book, Merchants of Truth, is a lot of things — a paean to print journalism, a commentary on the digital revolution in news …
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 …
 
 
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Chad Smith / American Ledger:
Mississippi GOP Gubernatorial Front-Runner Tate Reeves' Fraternity Yearbook Page Included Blackface
Discussion: HuffPost
Wall Street Journal:
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
Discussion: Splinter
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
Roger Stone to Federal Judge: Don't Gag Me, and Get Off My Case
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Rocky restart after government shutdown: Many workers still haven't received back pay
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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ABC News:
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Brad Heath / USA Today:
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CNN:
First on CNN: Kellyanne Conway describes for the first time alleged October 2018 assault