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5:55 PM ET, February 1, 2019

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Virginian-Pilot:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Patrick Howley / Big League Politics:
YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface & KKK Photo  —  Virginia Democrat governor Ralph Northam posed for a blackface photograph.  —  Big League Politics has obtained photos from Northam's time at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, from which he graduated in 1984.
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Ralph Northam Med-School-Yearbook Page Shows Blackface, KKK Photo
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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.
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Ann Coulter: ‘Lunatic’ Trump could be challenged in 2020 — from the right  —  Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter called President Trump “lazy and incompetent” and a “lunatic” and warned that he could face a Republican primary challenger from the right if he doesn't fulfill his promise to build a wall across the Mexican border.
New York Times:
Read Excerpts: The Times Publisher Asks Trump About ‘Anti-Press Rhetoric’  —  President Trump spoke with The New York Times on Thursday, sitting in the Oval Office for an interview with A. G. Sulzberger, the newspaper's publisher, and two White House correspondents, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump on national emergency: 'There's a good chance we'll have to do that'
Discussion: The Root and Breitbart
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi could force Senate Republicans into awkward vote on Trump emergency powers
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations
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 …
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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.
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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
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 …
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:   Digital Media: What Went Wrong
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 …
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.
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Michael Avenatti will not face criminal charges in 2018 domestic violence incident  —  Michael Avenatti, the Southern California attorney who has repeatedly sparred with Donald Trump over the president's alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, will not face criminal charges in connection …
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NBC Southern California:
Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Michael O'Donnell / The Atlantic:
John Roberts's Biggest Test Is Yet to Come  —  Two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts gave the commencement address at the Cardigan Mountain School, in New Hampshire.  The ninth-grade graduates of the all-boys school included his son, Jack.  Parting with custom, Roberts declined to wish the boys luck.
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Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Utah Voters Approved Medicaid Expansion At The Ballot Box. The GOP Is Trying To Undo It.
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 …
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Graydon Carter Joins the Newsletter Brigade  —  The former editor of Vanity Fair is going digital.  —  Graydon Carter, the former editor of Vanity Fair, is starting Air Mail, an all-digital international news platform intended for worldly cosmopolitans, with Alessandra Stanley …
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
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Lost the Shutdown, But At Least God Made Him President, and He's Building That Wall  —  Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, President Trump began doing what increasingly passes for his workday: looking at the television and tweeting about it.  “So great to watch & listen to all these people …
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
Reuters:
Exclusive: Venezuela plans to fly central bank gold reserves to UAE - source  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said …
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Reuters:
U.S. will act if Turkish trade violates Venezuela sanctions, official says
Sarah Longwell / Washington Post:
The right strategy to primary Trump  —  Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist, is executive director of Defending Democracy Together.  —  President Trump has never looked more vulnerable to a primary challenge.  —  According to a new Post-ABC News poll, 56 percent of Americans …
Discussion: The Resurgent
Washington Post:
The Newseum was a grand tribute to the power of journalism.  Here's how it failed.  —  A bald eagle named Challenger shot into the sky on that day in April 2008 as the Newseum celebrated the unveiling of its sumptuous building with the soaring facade just steps from the U.S. Capitol.
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.
Young America's Foundation:
Grand Canyon University Blocks Ben Shapiro  —  Administrators at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, told members of GCU's Young Americans for Freedom chapter that they would not “provide a venue” for Ben Shapiro's planned speech, part of Young America's Foundation's Fred Allen Lecture Series.
Discussion: Faithwire, Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Immigrants drove hours for fake, ICE-issued court dates on Thursday  —  Fearing deportation if they didn't show up, immigrants across the country traveled to ICE-issued court dates on Thursday only to find out those hearing dates were fake.  Some traveled for hours and hundreds of miles for nothing …
Discussion: KTLA, CNN and Law & Crime
Cory Booker / YouTube:
We Will Rise … The lines that divide us are nowhere near as strong as the ties that bind us.  When we join together and work together — we will rise.
Annie Correal / New York Times:
No Heat for Days at a Jail in Brooklyn Where Hundreds of Inmates Are Sick and ‘Frantic’  —  More than a thousand inmates have been stuck in freezing cells at a federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront that has had limited power and heat for at least this week, according to federal public defenders …
Discussion: Splinter and Gothamist
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Sherrod Brown Gives America the Bird  —  It's time for another edition of Logo Watch, where we evaluate the graphic design choices of the growing Democratic field.  We begin today with . . . oh my.  Oh No. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING?  —  Sorry.  I just . . . I'm sorry.  Let's make it smaller.
Discussion: Althouse
Cori Murray / Essence:
Jussie Smollett Breaks His Silence After Vicious Attack: 'I'm OK'  —  “My body is strong but my soul is stronger,” the actor told ESSENCE exclusively.  —  Jussie Smollett is finally speaking out after the homophobic and racist attack he endured earlier this week.
 
 
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
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Sarah Quinlan / The Bulwark:
It's Time for Pro-Lifers to Change the Culture on Abortion
Discussion: Breitbart, Townhall and Power Line
Desert Sun:
Jerry Brown reminisces on political past, warns of bleak future at Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
Associated Press:
Parks rush to clean up toppled trees, trash after shutdown
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
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Barry Ritholtz / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Could Block a New Election in Contested North Carolina House Race
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Adelsons Give $500K to Help Trump Aides Fight Mueller Cases
Charles E. Cook, Jr / The Cook Political Report:
There Are Not Enough Electoral Votes for Howard Schultz
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
The Daily Beast:
Democratic Opposition Research Group Begins Digging in on Howard Schultz
Discussion: Raw Story
Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
Harvard creates a ‘hostile environment against men,’ complaint says
Discussion: The New Neo