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7:10 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 …
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 …
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
Patrick Howley / Big League Politics:
YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface & KKK Photo
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Ralph Northam Med-School-Yearbook Page Shows Blackface, KKK Photo
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Virginia governor's 1984 yearbook page features people in blackface and KKK hood
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.
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.
New York Times:
The President and the Publisher … Listen and subscribe …
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 …
John Verhovek / ABC News:   Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation for taking DNA test
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
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.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump on national emergency: 'There's a good chance we'll have to do that'
Discussion: The Root and Breitbart
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
Andrew Ujifusa / Politics K-12:
Cory Booker, School Choice Fan and Ex-DeVos Ally, Is Running for President
Discussion: Splinter, CNN, Gothamist and VICE News
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 …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:   Digital Media: What Went Wrong
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.
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
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.
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 …
Democrats Announce Hearing On Trump's Tax Returns  —  Democrats will hold the hearing instead of just trying to obtain the documents.  —  The secrecy of President Donald Trump's tax returns will be the subject of a hearing next week, Democrats in the House of Representatives announced Thursday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
NBC Southern California:
Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Tulsi Gabbard Claims Anti-War Credentials After Accepting Over $100,000 From Arms Dealers  —  Lockheed Martin and Boeing were two of Gabbard's largest donors during the 2016 election cycle.  —  WASHINGTON Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is pitching herself as Democrats' top anti-war voice …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump is on a mission from God  —  President Trump is on a mission from God.  Thus spake the White House press secretary, at any rate.  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network this week about Trump being the right man for the moment, replied …
Discussion: Chicks On The Right, Vox and ABC News
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
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
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The Washington Post creates its first Super Bowl spot  —  The Washington Post will debut its first Super Bowl commercial — a message underscoring the importance of newsgathering and the dangers journalists can face — during Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
Discussion: CNBC and The Week
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.
The Economist:
Impunity: the Jamal Khashoggi case  —  Tomorrow Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial and arbitrary executions, concludes her visit to Turkey.  She has spent the week investigating the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist.  Ms Callamard met with the Turkish foreign …
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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
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Why Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax Would Work
Sarah Quinlan / The Bulwark:
It's Time for Pro-Lifers to Change the Culture on Abortion
Desert Sun:
Jerry Brown reminisces on political past, warns of bleak future at Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
 Earlier Items: 
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
From Celebrated to Vilified, House's Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel
Barry Ritholtz / Bloomberg:
Betting Against Trump Was a Winner for a Second Year
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael O'Donnell / The Atlantic:
John Roberts's Biggest Test Is Yet to Come
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Could Block a New Election in Contested North Carolina House Race
Charles E. Cook, Jr / The Cook Political Report:
There Are Not Enough Electoral Votes for Howard Schultz
Sarah Longwell / Washington Post:
The right strategy to primary Trump
Discussion: The Resurgent
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Sherrod Brown Gives America the Bird
Discussion: Althouse