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6:00 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News, Vox, Daily Kos and Breitbart
John F. Harris / Politico:   Virginia, a Dignified Disaster
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: The Bulwark and New York Times
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
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Behind the Scenes, It's Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollett's Story  —  I can't recall a large crime story where there was a bigger gap between what the police and media are saying publicly, and what they expressing behind the scenes, than the saga involving the recent alleged hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
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
Discussion: The Week and
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 …
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.
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 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.
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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Martha C. White / NBC News:
Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’
Discussion: HuffPost and
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
Sandusky, Ohio, Makes Election Day A Paid Holiday — By Swapping Out Columbus Day
France 24:
Venezuela: Guaido will not rule out authorising US intervention
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Under Trump, EPA inspections fall to a 10-year low
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
Carter Evans / CBS News:
Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak
Discussion: Daily Kos, Daily Wire and VICE News