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1:50 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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Anita Kumar / Politico:
GOP sees scandals as chance to halt bluing of Virginia  —  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 the state government's top three leaders …
New York Times:   Virginia's Racist History Clashes With New South Image
John F. Harris / Politico:
Virginia, a Dignified Disaster
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment
Discussion: The Hill, Outside the Beltway and CNN
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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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The battle is on between Trump and his Democratic foes
Discussion: New York Times and The Bulwark
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Emails Reveal Jake Tapper Ripping BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith as ‘Irresponsible’ For Publishing Trump Dossier  —  CNN's Jake Tapper sent BuzzFeed News editor in chief Ben Smith a furious email after the outlet made the controversial decision to publish the Steele dossier on President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Althouse
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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
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump campaign slams Warren as ‘fraud’  —  President Trump's campaign wasted no time going after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Saturday shortly before she was expected to formally announce her candidacy for the White House in 2020.  —  “Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud …
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Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Senator Warren seeks to quiet critics with 2020 campaign launch
Discussion: The Week
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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New York Times:   Trump Is in ‘Very Good Health’ Following His Annual Physical, His Doctor Says
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
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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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.
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 …
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
New York Times:
'It's Cold as Hell': Inside a Brooklyn Jail's Weeklong Collapse  —  Electricity and heat had been faltering for weeks, but complaints were ignored until a crisis trapped inmates in cold, dark cells.  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]
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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Star Tribune:
Trump dangerously dissents on worldwide threat assessment
Discussion: RedState
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy
Discussion: Axios
New York Post:
Accused murderer spared abortion charge thanks to Cuomo's new law
Sarah Willets / North Carolina:
ICE Blames Its “More Visible Presence” in NC on New Sheriffs Not Cooperating With the Agency
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
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Is America Ready for a Single President?
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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.
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 …
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.
John D. Dingell / Washington Post:
My last words for America  —  John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat …