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1:00 PM ET, February 9, 2019

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Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants to focus rest of his term on racial equity  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Saturday that he believes there is a higher reason for the “horrific” reckoning in the past week over a racist photograph in his medical school yearbook …
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New York Times:
Virginia's Racist History Clashes With New South Image
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
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 is up,” Matthew Whitaker, an ex-U.S. attorney turned toilet salesman …
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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 …
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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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 …
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.
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: Daily Kos, Daily Wire and VICE News
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
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.
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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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
New York Post:
Accused murderer spared abortion charge thanks to Cuomo's new law … Prosecutors initially included a charge of abortion against the Queens man arrested Friday in his pregnant girlfriend's murder — but rescinded it because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new Reproductive Health Act.
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 …
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.
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy  —  In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others …
Discussion: Axios
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
With Another Shutdown Looming, Flight Attendants Plan Demonstrations on February 16  —  Congressional negotiators told Politico on Friday that they're working on a deal that will prevent a second government shutdown on February 15.  If they fail- or if President Trump again refuses …
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 climate proposal …
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.
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
 
 
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Sarah Willets / North Carolina:
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New York Times:
Les Moonves, Fired by CBS, Sets Up Shop in Hollywood
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Chad Smith / American Ledger:
Mississippi GOP Gubernatorial Front-Runner Tate Reeves' Fraternity Yearbook Page Included Blackface
Discussion: USA Today and HuffPost
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Her Title: Cryptologic Technician. Her Occupation: Warrior.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Wealth concentration returning to ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ according to new research