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8:15 AM ET, February 10, 2019


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Washington Post:
Virginians are split on governor's fate amid blackface scandal, poll shows  —  Virginians are deadlocked over whether Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should step down after the emergence of a photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting people in blackface and Ku Klux Klan garb …
Washington Post:
Virginians are split on governor's fate amid blackface scandal  —  Poll Questions  —  Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ralph Northam is handling his job as governor of Virginia?  Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?  —  Hide Results  —  Q: Northam has been governor for about one year.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's staff says a document that supported paying Americans ‘unwilling to work’ was accidentally released, here's what that means  — On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and dozens of allies unveiled a roadmap for an ambitious new policy proposal: the Green New Deal.
Houston Chronicle:
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms  —  Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.  —  She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans can't wait to debate Medicare for All  —  But the progressive Democrats clamoring for hearings on Medicare for All are embracing the calls from across the aisle.  —  The only people more eager than progressive Democrats for hearings on Medicare for All are conservative Republicans.
Discussion: Partnership …
Daily Mail:
Mother, 38, is arrested in front of her children and locked in a cell for seven HOURS after calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter  — More than two months after her arrest and she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned  —  A mother was arrested in front of her children …
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen's secret agenda … NEW YORK — At first, Michael Cohen appeared indifferent as he listened to the group of Republican leaders urge his boss to run for governor.  —  It was the fall of 2013, and Donald Trump was already fixated on “the big thing,” as he referred to running for president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Luke Kenton / Associated Press:
Google is accused of doing a deal with Russia to censor Government-banned websites from its searches  — The deal was struck after Google repeatedly breached Russian laws introduced in 2017, according to a local newspaper  — California-based Google were fined $7,500 by the Russia government for refusing to comply with the law
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.
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
‘Pit of Infection’: A Border Town's Crisis Has Nothing to Do With Migrants  —  Noxious sewage contaminated with feces, industrial chemicals and other raw waste crosses the border through the binational New River.  —  CALEXICO, Calif. — For generations, residents of the Southern California border town …
Associated Press:
Trump's Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for a second time, he's out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Root
Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Local journalism makes a difference
Discussion: Washington Times
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Cory Booker Has a School Choice Problem  —  Unless they are really obscure, virtually all the 2020 Democratic presidential wannabes have baggage they'd like to jettison, from Joe Biden's crime-bill sponsorship to Elizabeth Warren's Native American association to the various things Bernie Sanders …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Pedophile On the Reservation  —  The Wall Street Journal reports …
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’
Discussion: and HuffPost
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
Tony Blair / Washington Post:
Don't make the mistake of dismissing Iran's ideology
New York Times:
'It's Cold as Hell': Inside a Brooklyn Jail's Weeklong Collapse
New York Times:
Trump Is in ‘Very Good Health’ Following His Annual Physical, His Doctor Says
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Emails Reveal Jake Tapper Ripping BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith as ‘Irresponsible’ For Publishing Trump Dossier
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Caller
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy
Discussion: Axios
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
With Another Shutdown Looming, Flight Attendants Plan Demonstrations on February 16
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Sarah Willets / North Carolina:
ICE Blames Its “More Visible Presence” in NC on New Sheriffs Not Cooperating With the Agency
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Video of Roger Stone's arrest like 'SEAL Team 6 going into bin Laden's compound': Tucker Carlson
New York Times:
Les Moonves, Fired by CBS, Sets Up Shop in Hollywood