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6:35 PM ET, February 2, 2019


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New York Times:
Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, Defies Calls to Resign Over Racist Photo  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, facing pressure from his own party to resign, said Saturday he would not quit and denied that he had appeared in Ku Klux Klan robes or in blackface in images …
Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Northam is refusing to step down, despite flood of calls for his resignation for ‘racist and offensive’ photo, party says  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is refusing to resign despite overwhelming pressure from within his own party and has told at least one lawmaker …
There was more than 1 photo of men in blackface in the 1984 EVMS yearbook  —  A photo in the 1984 EVMS yearbook pictures a man who appears to be in blackface and dressed as a woman with the caption: “who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School!”
Discussion: WTKR-TV and WTOP
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Northam tells Virginia Democrat it wasn't him in racist photo, won't resign despite mounting pressure to do so  —  (CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has told a source he now believes it is not him in a racist yearbook photo and, despite mounting pressure to resign, that he will not do so …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
6 moments of weirdness with Ralph Northam  —  It was no easy feat.  But on Saturday, Ralph Northam staked a claim in the annals of most surreal political press conferences, presiding over a 40-minute extravaganza that would do Mark Sanford and Jim McGreevey proud.  Or something like that.
Discussion: Axios and CBS News
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Ralph Northam's yearbook scandal grows with new blackface admission
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
The Latest: Virginia governor to speak again about photo
Virginian-Pilot:   Bonds of trust broken, Northam must resign
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Justin Fairfax would become Virginia's 2nd black governor if Northam resigns
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Northam says he will not resign over blackface, KKK photo
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.
Discussion: Vox, CNN, CNBC and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Deutsche Bank in Late 2016 Raced to Shed Loan It Made to Russian Bank VTB  —  Deutsche Bank raced in 2016 to shed a loan it had made to VTB Group that raised concerns inside the German lender about exposure to Russia, according to documents and people familiar with the matter.
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Deutsche Bank faces inquiry from congressional committees
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Organization Sought Loan From Deutsche Bank in 2016, Was Rebuffed
John Walcott / TIME:
‘Willful Ignorance.’ Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings  —  In the wake of President Donald Trump's renewed attacks on the U.S. intelligence community this week, senior intelligence briefers are breaking two years of silence to warn that the President is endangering American security …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
In Reversal, Trump Now Claims He's on the ‘Same Page’ as His Intelligence Chiefs
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Times
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
David Axelrod on Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and the 2020 Field  —  During the past week, Kamala Harris held the first big rally of her Presidential campaign, Cory Booker announced his candidacy, Howard Schultz floated a run as an Independent, and Republicans fretted about President Trump's weak poll numbers.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Warren flexes muscles with campaign kickoff tour  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren is preparing a robust, official launch to her presidential campaign in her home state of Massachusetts next week, followed by a six-state, cross country tour that will take her to four early presidential states …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump taps Ronny Jackson to receive promotion and be his doctor, despite open investigation  —  The Pentagon's inspector general opened a case against Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson in June.  —  President Trump has tapped a senior Navy officer that he considered last year to be his Veterans Affairs secretary …
Discussion: Task & Purpose, Hullabaloo, Splinter and CNN
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Russia Pulls Out of Nuclear Treaty in ‘Symmetrical’ Response to U.S. Move  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in a decision that was widely expected, suspended his country's observance of a key nuclear arms control pact on Saturday in response to a similar move by the United States a day before.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Putin won't be mad about Trump pulling out of the INF treaty
INF nuclear treaty: Russia follows US in suspending pact
Discussion: The Week and Gizmodo
Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:   U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Following U.S., Putin suspends nuclear pact and promises new weapons
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
The Schultz effect: Liberals own 2020  —  The rising Democratic enthusiasm for big government liberalism is forcing a trio of leading 2020 contenders to rethink jumping in, several sources tell Axios.  —  What's happening: Michael Bloomberg and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
In the Pale of Winter, Trump's Tan Remains a State Secret  —  The White House insists that only “good genes” and a clear powder are behind President Trump's glow, but mysteries about his grooming routine abound.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
Immigrant rights attorneys and journalists denied entry into Mexico
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Alex Thompson / Politico:
‘Wrong and naïve’: Bullock apologizes for handling of harassment
Discussion: Steve Bullock
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Regulate social media now. The future of democracy is at stake.
GM to start laying off 4,000 salaried workers on Monday
Discussion: theGrio and
Kathleen Joyce / Fox News:
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, predicts an early spring
Discussion: USA Today and Breitbart
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Colorado Senate passes bill favoring popular vote over Electoral College
 Earlier Items: 
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
JD Salinger's unseen writings to be published, family confirms
Discussion: Jezebel and Deadline
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Russia Is Attacking the U.S. System From Within
Discussion: Politico
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Fever Dream: Mueller's Collusion-Free Collusion Indictment of Roger Stone
Brendan Skwire / Raw Story:
Fox Business host thinks black people are jealous that white Patriots players come from ‘two-parent families’
Kristen Soltis Anderson / Washington Post:
Sorry, Howard Schultz. You're not the centrist American voters are looking for.
Discussion: Common Dreams and National Review