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12:00 AM ET, February 2, 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 …
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Northam must resign  —  Gov. Ralph Northam has served his nation and commonwealth with admirable distinction and dedication.  So it gives us no pleasure to see his rapid fall from grace.  He is by all accounts a decent and considerate man.  And yet, his poor judgment has undermined …
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Sherrod Brown: Va. Gov. Northam should resign after ‘racist’ photo surfaces of the governor  —  WATERLOO, Ia.  — Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday joined a growing chorus of elected officials and other leaders condemning Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after Northam admitted to appearing in a racist photograph.
Discussion: Townhall, ThinkProgress and Breitbart
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Flashback: Northam Campaign Insinuates Gillespie, GOP Are Racist
Discussion: Breitbart and Instapundit
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
DJ Judd / CNN:   Sherrod Brown calls Howard Schultz ‘a total idiot’ over possible independent campaign for president
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
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
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
White House reveals title, themes of Trump's State of the Union  —  Despite the potential for another government shutdown and President Donald Trump's threat to declare a national emergency, the White House said Friday that his State of the Union address on Tuesday will take an optimistic tone …
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Author of controversial Nunes memo joining National Security Council  —  (CNN)A congressional aide who was key in crafting the controversial Republican House Intelligence Committee memo that accused FBI and Justice Department officials of abusing their surveillance authority is set to join …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Cory Booker had a confusing answer about health care in his first 2020 press conference  —  Booker's opening comments stirred up questions about his progressive bona fides.  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was ready to take a victory lap during a press conference with reporters outside of his home in Newark …
Discussion: Politico, Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Andrew Ujifusa / Politics K-12:
Cory Booker, School Choice Fan and Ex-DeVos Ally, Is Running for President
Ron Kampeas / The Times of Israel:
5 Jewish things to know about Cory Booker
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Nardine Saad / Los Angeles Times:
Cory Booker could be our first vegan president. How very 2020
Discussion: Daily Wire and Mediaite
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Claims Trump Tower Moscow Wasn't ‘Business’ With Russia Because No Money Was Invested  —  President Donald Trump claims that he didn't lie to the American people about not having any business deals with Russia, because his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow don't count as business.
New York Times:
The President and the Publisher … Listen and subscribe …
New York Times:
Excerpts From Trump's Interview With The New York Times
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 …
Matthew Glassman / New York Times:
How Republicans Erased Trumpism  —  G.O.P. congressional leaders used tactics to minimize the president's influence and maximize their own control over public policy.  —  Mr. Glassman is a senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown.  —  Donald Trump has a Congress problem.
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
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 …
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.
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Judge warns Roger Stone: Russia probe charges not a ‘book tour’ and considers issuing gag order
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Law & Crime
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
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
Joseph Cirincione / Washington Post:
John Bolton is a serial arms control killer  —  Joseph Cirincione is a nuclear weapons policy expert and president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation.  —  John Bolton relishes in targeting nuclear arms treaties.  He is very good at it.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Defense One
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 …
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: The Root and Sunlight Foundation
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Zinke told police a Post reporter caused a fracas at his house.  Here's what really happened.  —  A newly released police report by U.S. Park Police, a division of Interior, fingers a mysterious reporter driving a Mercedes Benz SUV.  —  Before his rocky tenure as Secretary of the Interior came …
Foreign Affairs:
E Pluribus Unum?  —  IDENTITY POLITICS STRENGTHENS DEMOCRACY  —  Recent political upheavals have reinvigorated a long-running debate about the role of identity in American politics—and especially American elections.  Electoral politics have long been a lagging indicator of social change.
Discussion: Vox and Mediaite
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Michael Morell / Washington Post:
Trump plays with fire when he insults his intelligence officers
Discussion: Raw Story, Roll Call and New York Times
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Almost Half Of Voters Are Dead Set Against Voting For Trump
Rick Wilson / Washington Post:
If you're still working for Trump, his stink won't ever wash off
Discussion: Raw Story
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump is on a mission from God
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The Washington Post creates its first Super Bowl spot
Democrats Announce Hearing On Trump's Tax Returns
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
The Newseum was a grand tribute to the power of journalism. Here's how it failed.
 Earlier Items: 
NBC Southern California:
Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Graydon Carter Joins the Newsletter Brigade
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
How this amateur painting became a hilarious social media sensation
Rick Scott / Washington Post:
I've been a senator for three weeks. Washington is worse than you've heard.
Cori Murray / Essence:
Jussie Smollett Breaks His Silence After Vicious Attack: 'I'm OK'
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as ‘terrorism’ threat and viewed KKK as victims
Discussion: Splinter and Shakesville