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2:55 PM 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 …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Won't Commit to Making Mueller Report Public  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump would not commit in an interview aired Sunday to making public the results of the special counsel's investigation into Russia's ties to his campaign, adding that it was time to “get rid” of the inquiry.
Discussion: Mediaite, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:   Trump refuses to comment on whether Mueller report should be made public
David Beavers / Politico:
Trump determined to ‘bring our folks back home’ from Syria, Afghanistan
Discussion: Breitbart
Scoop: Leaked private schedules show Trump spent 60% of last 3 months in “Executive Time”  —  A White House source has leaked nearly every day of President Trump's private schedule for the past three months.  —  Why it matters: This unusually voluminous leak gives us unprecedented visibility into how this president spends his days.
Read Trump's “Executive Time"-filled leaked private schedules  —  A White House source has leaked President Trump's private schedules for nearly every working day since the midterms, showing that Trump has spent around 60% of the last three months in “Executive Time.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.) …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Ralph Northam is about to moonwalk out of the governor's mansion
Washington Post:
Fairfax was preparing to be Va. governor. Then Northam said he was staying put.
Maria Kolesnikova / Bloomberg:
Art on the Superyachts: Beware of Wine Corks and Unruly Children  —  Expensive yachts that double as floating art galleries can lead to unexpected and costly mishaps.  —  Priceless paintings and sculptures kept on the vessels face damage not only from storms and storing conditions …
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
Jess Bidgood /
Democratic primary watchers look to the West  —  LAS VEGAS — The rapidly growing 2020 presidential field is shaping up to be a Wild West of Democratic primaries — with the actual West emerging as a decisive battleground.  —  The delegate-rich state of California has vaulted itself near …
Sandmann lawyer: Letters sent to New York Times, Today Show, 50 others may precede suits  —  The lawyers representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann and his family said Friday they have sent letters to media outlets, individual journalists, celebrities and Catholic organizations …
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris learns the perils of presidential front-running  —  Sen. Kamala Harris' Rolls-Royce rollout of her presidential run quickly shot her to the front of the Democratic pack, and with it all the troubles that come with being seen as a front-runner.  —  The first misstep came during her televised town meeting in Iowa.
Discussion: Instapundit
Matthew Gertz / The Daily Beast:
How Fox News Pushes Trump to Make Every Bad Decision  —  No story has demonstrated the power of this unending Trump-Fox feedback loop like the partial government shutdown.  —  President Donald Trump's announcement last Friday that he would end the longest partial government shutdown …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump's State of Union comes amid political peril  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing clear political peril, President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address at a moment when his bully pulpit is uncertain and his negotiating skills in question after a monthlong government shutdown …
Discussion: Political Wire
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
It's Both Difficult and Incredibly Important to Make the Case for Third-Trimester Abortions  —  Conservative politicians and right-wing activists have targeted a Virginia state legislator this week and in the process reignited a nationwide debate about third-trimester abortions.
Nick Pinto / The Intercept:
“'Vicious' And ‘Brutal’” — Life Inside a Freezing Federal Prison With No Heat  —  On Saturday morning, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrived at the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York City to demand answers.  —  Hundreds of people incarcerated at the federal detention facility …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and RT
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data …
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Anti-BDS Bill Isn't About Boycotting Israel, It's About Splitting the Democratic Party
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Being president ‘a leap for anybody,’ says 37-year-old 2020 hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: Politico
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump could ‘be forced’ to declare national emergency, GOP border negotiator says
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats
Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
The Real Legacy of the 1970s
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt
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Richard Gonzales / NPR:
Judge Orders Pentagon To Stop Discriminating Against Naturalized Citizen Soldiers
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tells Joe Rogan: Trump Is No Worse Than Obama
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
She made history as a Navy pilot. An all-female squadron just flew over her funeral.
Discussion: IJR
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump appoints Ronny Jackson chief medical adviser
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump just played a round of golf with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Is the collusion theory dead?
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Chicago Woman Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People During Severe Cold Snap
Discussion: BlackSportsOnline
Wall Street Journal:
Deutsche Bank in Late 2016 Raced to Shed Loan It Made to Russian Bank VTB