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The Note: Virginia meltdown brings warmth to 2020 Democrats

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If you are going to have an utter meltdown in state management, the Democratic Party virtually could not select a worse place for it to occur than Virginia — or at a second as inauspicious as this.

A Southern state with an advanced and unsettled historical past round race now has a governor and the second man within the line of succession grappling with decades-old revelations of racist and offensive costumes.

The man in between in that hierarchy is a 39-year-old African-American lieutenant governor who’s dealing with a sexual assault allegation that he’s vigorously denying. All three males are Democrats, and the following in line after them is the state House speaker — a Republican.

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks throughout an interview in his workplace on the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Feb. 2, 2019.

The unprecedented management disaster, touchdown in the midst of a busy and transient legislative time period, places Democrats’ sensitivities on race and the #metoo motion to a harsh take a look at.

Every Democrat operating in 2020 goes to face questions of whom to imagine and who ought to keep and go — questions made extra reputable by the Brett Kavanaugh battles of final fall.

The allegations surrounding all three males are nuanced and sophisticated, and more than likely deserve gradual processes that take every on their deserves.

But now they’re blended collectively, at a political second sped up by 2020 contenders.

The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks

With the federal government open and the State of the Union within the rear view mirror, there’s a sense that this new Congress is lastly getting all the way down to brass tacks.

While there’s one other potential partial authorities shutdown looming, there are additionally committee assignments and hearings underway as each events plug away on the priorities they laid out to voters.

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Female lawmakers cheer throughout President Donald Trump’s State of the Union handle within the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington.

Having simply taken again the bulk — and thus the power to dictate the schedule — Democrats within the House need to make a splash with their docket.

Wednesday they referred to as the primary listening to on gun security on Capitol Hill in eight years in addition to a number of hearings on local weather change and well being care. Thursday their hearings, amongst different issues, will probably be trying on the prospects of a $15-an-hour minimal wage, the “failures” of the Trump administration’s family-separation coverage on the border and the well being of the oceans.

It’s potential each events will proceed to speak previous one another, however one factor divided authorities brings is an even bigger vary of points to the desk.

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As Sen. Elizabeth Warren seems set to announce her presidential marketing campaign this weekend in Massachusetts, the brand new questions round her claims of Native American heritage threaten to derail a candidate whose practice hasn’t left the station.

Warren gave a prolonged apology Wednesday on Capitol Hill, however could not rule out the opportunity of different paperwork from her previous on which she could have made comparable claims.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks throughout a New Hampshire organizing occasion for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on Jan. 12, 2019 in Manchester, N.H.

“So all I know is, during this time period, this is consistent with what I did because it was based on my understanding from my family’s stories,” Warren informed ABC News.

That chance once more makes it arduous to imagine that is the final we are going to hear of the difficulty, which places Warren at a definite drawback by way of her means to get her message out unhindered by controversy.

“At a time when Democrats want to make an argument on integrity, this hampers her ability to do just that,” ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd stated in an interview.


“Start Here” Thursday morning’s episode options ABC News Chief National Correspondent Tom Llamas and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, who give us the most recent on the chaos in Virginia. Then, ABC News Chief Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce tells us how 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren is responding to a different controversy.

“The Investigation” A brand new podcast from the ABC News investigative workforce and ABC Radio will provide a behind-the-scenes take a look at particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election. The present debuts Feb 12. — this is a teaser.


  • President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend the National Prayer Breakfast at eight a.m.
  • The president participates within the National Security Presidential Memorandum Signing to Launch the “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity” initiative at 1:45 p.m.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will probably be a visitor speaker on the annual Thurgood Marshall College Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities “Fly-In” on the J.W. Marriott in Washington at eight a.m.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee debates and votes on the U.S. Attorney General William Barr nomination to proceed the vote out of committee at 10 a.m.
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