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12:00 PM ET, February 9, 2019

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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
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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 …
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Video of Roger Stone's arrest like 'SEAL Team 6 going into bin Laden's compound': Tucker Carlson  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday night aired video of the FBI's arrest of President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, questioning the agency's show of force — and why a CNN camera crew …
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.
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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New York Times:
Virginia's Racist History Clashes With New South Image  —  RICHMOND, Va. — L. Douglas Wilder, a grandson of slaves, became America's first elected black governor 30 years ago, winning in Virginia in part by finessing the racist history of the state that is now roiling its politics once more.
Discussion: The FADER
John F. Harris / Politico:
Virginia, a Dignified Disaster
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Plans To Survive By Changing His Agenda To Focus On Race
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
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Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors reviewing Bezos's extortion claim against National Enquirer, sources say
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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: Mediaite, TheBlaze and Instapundit
New York Times:
Les Moonves, Fired by CBS, Sets Up Shop in Hollywood  —  Just months after being fired by CBS, Leslie Moonves is running a new company.  —  And though Mr. Moonves and his former employer are locked in a dispute over $120 million in severance, CBS is paying for the office space that Mr. Moonves now occupies.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Deadline
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.
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.
 
 
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Sarah Willets / North Carolina:
ICE Blames Its “More Visible Presence” in NC on New Sheriffs Not Cooperating With the Agency
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.
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Chad Smith / American Ledger:
Mississippi GOP Gubernatorial Front-Runner Tate Reeves' Fraternity Yearbook Page Included Blackface
Discussion: USA Today and HuffPost
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