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9:45 AM ET, February 3, 2019


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CBS News:
Transcript: President Trump on “Face the Nation,” February 3, 2019  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with President Trump airing Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, on “Face the Nation.”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you shut down the government again?  —  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well …
Discussion: Axios
David Beavers / Politico:
Trump determined to ‘bring our folks back home’ from Syria, Afghanistan  —  President Donald Trump says he's determined to get out of “endless wars” in Afghanistan and Syria and “bring our folks back home,” doubling down on his pledge to remove troops from the war-torn region.
Discussion: Breitbart
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: Washington Press and Raw Story
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!”
Washington Post:
Fairfax was preparing to be Va. governor.  Then Northam said he was staying put.  —  RICHMOND — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) was set to leave town Friday evening when he started getting texts about a scandal involving Gov. Ralph Northam (D).  When he saw the picture of someone in blackface …
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump targets Gillespie amid Northam race scandal  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday weighed in on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's racial controversy — by taking a shot at his 2017 Republican gubernatorial challenger, Ed Gillespie.  —  “Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State …
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Breitbart
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.
Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
Sorry, Republicans.  You can't call out Northam for racism and give Trump a pass.  —  That's hypocrisy, full stop.  —  Finally, the GOP is calling out a chief executive for his appalling insensitivity on an issue of race: Saturday, via Twitter, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News Insider
Rhae Lynn Barnes / Washington Post:
The troubling history behind Ralph Northam's blackface Klan photo
Discussion: Breitbart, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Associated Press:
The Latest: Virginia governor to speak again about photo
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump appoints Ronny Jackson chief medical adviser  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday named Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson as chief medical adviser and assistant to the president.  —  Jackson, the president's former physician and his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs …
Washington Post:
‘A watershed moment’: Trump faces crossroads amid mounting threats on all sides  —  When President Trump delivers his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, a Democrat will be seated at the rostrum over his shoulder for the first time.  —  The presence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
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
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
The Northam Controversy, the Kavanaugh Controversy, and Long-Past Misbehavior  —  I think highly of Justice Kavanaugh, and I do not think he was guilty of what he was accused of doing.  But — contrary to some arguments I've been seeing — I don't think that the demands that Gov. Northam resign …
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
Plan to evacuate queen if Brexit goes bad  —  If Britain crashes out of the EU, and things go bad in London, Queen Elizabeth II will be ready to make her own exit — to an undisclosed location.  —  The U.K. government has repurposed Cold War emergency evacuation planning to prepare …
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tells Joe Rogan: Trump Is No Worse Than Obama  —  ‘Everyone has a right’ to social media, says the head of the website that notoriously tolerates racists, death threats, and trolls.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has been under fire for failing to police hate speech …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
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
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.
Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:   U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019
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Corbin Smith / The Daily Beast:
Tom Brady's New England Patriots Are Team MAGA, Whether They Like It or Not
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
Judge Orders Pentagon To Stop Discriminating Against Naturalized Citizen Soldiers
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
She made history as a Navy pilot. An all-female squadron just flew over her funeral.
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Lawsuit claims Sackler family disregarded safety, opioid addiction in Purdue push to profit from OxyContin
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump just played a round of golf with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Is the collusion theory dead?
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘I am who I am’: Kamala Harris, daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, defines herself simply as ‘American’
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Chicago Woman Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People During Severe Cold Snap
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
NBC News:
Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard
Discussion: The Intercept