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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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: DNC convention buzz ...  DRIVING THE DAY  —  DNC CONVENTION BUZZ ... Our sources tell us MILWAUKEE is the odds-on favorite for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.  (John Bresnahan's sources tell him this too.)  Houston and Miami are also still in the hunt …
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Ralph Northam must resign.  And that's just a start.  —  There are many things that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should say right now.  —  The first is that he is resigning.  —  Once he has done that, he also owes the Commonwealth of Virginia — and the rest of the country — a much fuller explanation.
Tyler O'Neil / PJ Media Home:   Reminder: Ralph Northam Won After Calling Ed Gillespie Racist
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Sherrod Brown: Va. Gov. Northam should resign after ‘racist’ photo surfaces of the governor
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Ralph Northam's yearbook page shows man in KKK costume and another apparently in blackface
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Flashback: Northam Campaign Insinuates Gillespie, GOP Are Racist
Discussion: Instapundit and Breitbart
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 …
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Kristen Soltis Anderson / Washington Post:
Sorry, Howard Schultz.  You're not the centrist American voters are looking for.  —  Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Republican pollster and columnist at The Washington Examiner.  —  “How many of you would consider yourselves fiscally more conservative but socially more liberal?”
Discussion: National Review
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Derangement Syndrome
Discussion: Axios and Wired
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 …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi could force Senate Republicans into awkward vote on Trump emergency powers
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
White House reveals title, themes of Trump's State of the Union
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Top Schumer Aide Was Pushed Out After Inappropriate Sexual Encounters With Staff  —  The sudden departure of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's communications director followed reports of sexual misconduct.  —  When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's longtime communications director …
Discussion: The Week, Politico and TheBlaze
Brendan Skwire / Raw Story:
Fox Business host thinks black people are jealous that white Patriots players come from ‘two-parent families’  —  Fox Business host Stuart Varney agreed with Fox Sports 1 host Jason Whitlock that the reason sports fans hate the New England Patriots is that the team is racist.
CNN:
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 …
NBC News:
Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard  —  Experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.  —  The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence …
New York Times:
Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign.  Deutsche Bank Said No.  —  Donald J. Trump was burning through cash.  —  It was early 2016, and he was lending tens of millions of dollars to his presidential campaign and had been spending large sums to expand the Trump Organization's roster of high-end properties.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Colorado Senate passes bill favoring popular vote over Electoral College  —  The Colorado Senate this week passed a bill that would award the state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote.  —  The Senate passed the measure along party lines …
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and POLITICUSUSA
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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
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Bill Maher Makes Racist ‘Popeyes Chicken’ Remark to Black Congressman Will Hurd  —  On ‘Real Time’ Friday night, the HBO host did the unthinkable... again.  —  Marlow Stern  —  Two years ago, comedian Bill Maher got in hot water after using the N-word on his HBO program Real Time.
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: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and The Root
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Fever Dream: Mueller's Collusion-Free Collusion Indictment of Roger Stone  —  There was no crime until the investigations started.  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of Roger Stone may be the most peculiar document to emerge from the Trump-Russia “collusion” saga.
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:   Spotify in Talks to Buy Gimlet Media
 
 
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