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4:50 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 …
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:
Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Justin E. Fairfax's refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Virginia, a Dignified Disaster
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:   Virginia's Racist History Clashes With New South Image
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Matt Whitaker Headed To Trump Hotel After Hearing And People Are Talking  —  “How very swampy.”  —  After an incredibly contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was spotted at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Inaugural Grift Reportedly Lined His Own Pockets  —  Donald Trump and various entities he has controlled have been subject to a wide array of criminal investigations, some of them quite intricate and complex.  That complexity has obscured what is quickly becoming a clear and simple conclusion …
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Press
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 …
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Video of Roger Stone's arrest like 'SEAL Team 6 going into bin Laden's compound': Tucker Carlson
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
The battle is on between Trump and his Democratic foes
Discussion: New York Times and The Bulwark
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
West Virginia GOP lawmaker compares gays to the Ku Klux Klan after using ‘f*ggot’ on the House floor  —  A West Virginia Republican delegate compared gay people to the KKK — and drew ire for making homophobic remarks for the second time last week.  —  The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported …
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
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Senator Warren seeks to quiet critics with 2020 campaign launch
Discussion: The Week
Elizabeth Warren needs to stop the drip-drip-drip of fresh revelations
Discussion: TheBlaze, Washington Post and CNN
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.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
A Texas councilman called Ocasio-Cortez a ‘bimbo’ on Twitter.  He's deleted his account.  —  A Dallas-area elected official has apologized after calling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) a “bimbo” in a now-deleted tweet directed at the congresswoman.  —  Scott Dunn, a member …
Steve Jalsevac / LifeSiteNews:
Nick Sandmann's lawyer: ‘Nathan Phillips will be sued’ over lies against Covington boys  —  Covington Catholic, Covington Catholic High School, Lin Wood, Nathan Phillips, Nick Sandmann  —  One of the attorneys representing Covington High School student Nick Sandmann and his parents confirmed …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Tony Blair / Washington Post:
Don't make the mistake of dismissing Iran's ideology  —  Tony Blair was the prime minister of Britain from 1997 to 2007.  —  This piece has been updated.  —  We view Iran as a state with an ideology; but it is more accurately seen as an ideology with a state.
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.
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.
France 24:
Venezuela: Guaido will not rule out authorising US intervention  —  Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido refused to rule out on Friday the possibility of authorizing United States intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.
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 …
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.]
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John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Behind the Scenes, It's Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollett's Story
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
New York Times:
Trump Is in ‘Very Good Health’ Following His Annual Physical, His Doctor Says
Star Tribune:
Trump dangerously dissents on worldwide threat assessment
Discussion: RedState
Philip Marcelo / Associated Press:
Warren picks a faded mill city for presidential announcement
Discussion: Splinter
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy
Discussion: Axios
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
 Earlier Items: 
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Is America Ready for a Single President?
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
The new censors won't delete your words — they'll drown them out
Brooke Binkowski / BuzzFeed News:
I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.
Carter Evans / CBS News:
Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak
Discussion: Daily Kos, Daily Wire and VICE News