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10:10 AM ET, February 10, 2019


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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
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:
Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax renews his denials and asks for an FBI investigation into assault accusations against him
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants to focus rest of his term on racial equity
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 …
The Daily Caller:
Ocasio-Cortez's Adviser Went Viral For What He Told Tucker Carlson — But He Got It Wrong  — A policy adviser for New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that her Green New Deal proposal did not include economic protections for those “unwilling to work” and claimed that the phrase came from a “doctored document.”
Washington Post:
Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms Friday, officials say  —  Bipartisan talks aimed at resolving the border wall dispute and averting a government shutdown Friday have broken down and are at an impasse, two people familiar with the situation said Sunday.
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar's opening pitch sidetracked by staff horror stories  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pitching herself for the White House as the common-sense Midwestern answer to President Donald Trump — while former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.
Discussion: Axios and TheBlaze
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
Day Care for All  —  The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea.  —  Ms. Pollitt is a columnist at The Nation.  —  When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans can't wait to debate Medicare for All  —  The only people more eager than progressive Democrats for hearings on Medicare for All are conservative Republicans.  —  GOP lawmakers, fresh off an electoral shellacking fueled in large part by health care concerns …
Discussion: Partnership …
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
Committee on Foreign Affairs:
McCaul Statement on Administration's Response to Magnitsky Act  —  Media Contact:  —  Washington D.C. - House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement in response to the Administration's failure to meet …
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
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.
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
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Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
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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
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Behind the Scenes, It's Clear Chicago Media and Police Doubt Jussie Smollett's Story
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
France 24:
Venezuela: Guaido will not rule out authorising US intervention
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Inaugural Grift Reportedly Lined His Own Pockets
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Blair / Washington Post:
Don't make the mistake of dismissing Iran's ideology
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New York Times:
Trump Is in ‘Very Good Health’ Following His Annual Physical, His Doctor Says
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Emails Reveal Jake Tapper Ripping BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith as ‘Irresponsible’ For Publishing Trump Dossier
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Caller