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9:05 PM ET, February 1, 2019


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Ralph Northam yearbook page shows men in blackface and KKK robe  —  A photo from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook shows two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood, on the same page as the governor.  —  The photo, which The Virginian-Pilot obtained a copy …
Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Northam's medical school yearbook page shows men in blackface, KKK robe  —  RICHMOND — A photograph on Gov. Ralph Northam (D)'s medical school yearbook page shows a man wearing blackface next to another person in Ku Klux Klan robe.  —  The image is in a 1984 yearbook …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as ‘terrorism’ threat and viewed KKK as victims  —  Bureau spied on California activists, citing potential ‘conspiracy’ against the ‘rights’ of neo-Nazis  —  The FBI opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California …
Discussion: Splinter and Shakesville
Richmond Times-Dispatch:   Northam must resign
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Virginia governor's 1984 yearbook page features people in blackface and KKK hood
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Flashback: Northam Campaign Insinuates Gillespie, GOP Are Racist
Discussion: Instapundit
Patrick Howley / Big League Politics:
YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface & KKK Photo
Change Research:
Polling on Howard Schultz for President  —  Change ResearchBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  There's been much speculation about the impact of Howard Schultz running for president as an independent.  —  Change Research conducted a poll from January 31-February 1 of 1,338 likely 2020 general election voters …
Discussion: Political Wire
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi could force Senate Republicans into awkward vote on Trump emergency powers  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could move to block President Trump from invoking a national emergency to build a border wall, forcing Senate Republicans to choose between preserving congressional power and crossing the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Washington Post:
McConnell privately cautions Trump about emergency declaration on border wall  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned President Trump privately this week about the consequences of declaring a national emergency to build his border wall, telling him the move could trigger political blowback …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Political Wire
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump is on a mission from God
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump on national emergency: 'There's a good chance we'll have to do that'
Discussion: The Root and Breitbart
New York Times:
Excerpts From Trump's Interview With The New York Times  —  President Trump spoke with The New York Times on Thursday, sitting in the Oval Office for an interview with two White House correspondents, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, and A. G. Sulzberger, the newspaper's publisher.
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:   Donald Trump Claims Trump Tower Moscow Wasn't ‘Business’ With Russia Because No Money Was Invested
Tom Moran / New Jersey Online:
Booker is running.  I've watched him for 20 years.  Here's what I've learned  —  It was inevitable, and now it's official: Sen. Cory Booker is running for president.  —  That means he's about to face brutal and unrelenting attacks from competing Democrats, wary Republicans, and probably a few dozen Russian bots.
Ron Kampeas / The Times of Israel:   5 Jewish things to know about Cory Booker
Nardine Saad / Los Angeles Times:
Cory Booker could be our first vegan president. How very 2020
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mediaite
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Cory Booker had a confusing answer about health care in his first 2020 press conference
Andrew Ujifusa / Politics K-12:
Cory Booker, School Choice Fan and Ex-DeVos Ally, Is Running for President
Discussion: Splinter, Gothamist and VICE News
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation for DNA Test  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for her party's presidential nomination, has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for her decision to take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry …
Kansas City Star:
‘Astonishing development’: Hawley AG office may have violated Mo. open records laws  —  Not long after Josh Hawley announced in 2017 that he was exploring a U.S. Senate run, Democrats requested records of any emails between his attorney general's office and the consultants running his campaign.
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify is in talks to buy Gimlet for more than $200 million.  That's a big deal for the podcasting world.  —  Spotify wants to break out of the music streaming business.  Gimlet, the company behind shows like Crimetown and Reply All, can help.  —  Spotify, which has been trying to branch …
Wall Street Journal:   Spotify in Talks to Buy Gimlet Media
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media to Reorganize, Lay Off 10 Percent of Staff (Exclusive)  —  The cuts, which will impact around 250 people, are part of new CEO Nancy Dubuc's strategic plan to tighten spending and achieve profitability.  —  Vice Media is planning a reorganization that will include laying off …
Associated Press:
Russian escort says she gave Trump info to Russian tycoon  —  MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model who claims to have information on the ties between Russia and Donald Trump's election campaign says she has turned it over to Russian billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Fake News About Abortion in Virginia  —  No, Democrats aren't trying to legalize infanticide.  —  Under current law in Virginia, third-trimester abortions are permitted when a woman's physician and two other doctors certify that continuing a pregnancy would result in a mother's death, or …
Sarah Quinlan / The Bulwark:
It's Time for Pro-Lifers to Change the Culture on Abortion
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Power Line
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
This Is How Much Fact-Checking Is Worth to Facebook  —  More than nothing, but not much more.  —  Snopes has pulled out of its fact-checking partnership with Facebook.  The storied myth-debunking site was one of dozens of groups the social network enlisted to help combat misinformation after the 2016 election.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court puts off decision on restrictive Louisiana abortion law  —  The Supreme Court on Friday night put off a decision about whether a restrictive Louisiana law that could close some of the state's abortion clinics can go into effect on Monday.  —  The court said the law …
Discussion: Politico
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Washington Examiner fires reporters in apparent pivot toward more Trump-friendly coverage  — The Washington Examiner, a conservative Beltway publication, fired at least two reporters on Friday despite adding new hires.  — The firings are part of an effort to take the Examiner …
Chuck Strouse / Miami New Times:
McClatchy Follows Buzzfeed, Vice, and Others in Cutting Staff … This morning, Craig Forman, CEO of McClatchy Company, emailed all staff saying about 10 percent of the newspaper chain's staff would be offered voluntary buyouts.  All of the details were not immediately available …
NBC Southern California:
Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles  —  A veteran city prosecutor is among the latest victims.  —  Typhus Epidemic Grows in Los Angeles  —  A veteran Los Angeles City Hall official is one of the latest victims of an epidemic of the infectious disease typhus that continues to worsen across LA County.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:   Michael Avenatti will not face criminal charges in 2018 domestic violence incident
Rick Scott / Washington Post:
I've been a senator for three weeks.  Washington is worse than you've heard.  —  Rick Scott, a Republican, represents Florida in the U.S. Senate.  —  I've been a U.S. senator for three weeks now, and I can tell you that reports of hate and incompetence in Washington are severely understated.
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
The Real Story Behind the Viral ‘Poo Flip’  —  There are viral things that anyone — everyone — can love.  Grumpy Cat, the Dress, “Damn, Daniel!”  — the sort of stuff that, at the very least, you can bring up at the dinner table.  Then there's the other stuff — memes couched in so many layers …
Discussion: Hell World
New York Times:
Undocumented Workers Lose Their Jobs at Yet Another Trump Property  —  President Trump's family business has employed undocumented workers more broadly than it was previously believed, with multiple workers losing their jobs last month at a Trump golf club in southern New Jersey.
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Roger Stone judge weighs gag order  —  A federal judge said Friday she's considering slapping a gag order on Roger Stone, the longtime Donald Trump associate who has been on a media blitz since being charged a week ago with lying to Congress and obstructing lawmakers' Russia investigation.
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
How this amateur painting became a hilarious social media sensation  —  Florida schoolteacher Cindi Decker went to a painting class with a friend and came back with a vivid egret she'd painted on canvas.  —  Her teenage son snapped a photo of her holding it, and posted it on the social media site Reddit …
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