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5:55 PM ET, February 3, 2019


 Top Items: 
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.”
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: Daily Kos, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A tip from a ‘concerned citizen’ helps a reporter land the scoop of a lifetime about Northam  —  The reporter who exposed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's racist yearbook photo said a “concerned citizen” led him to the story that has prompted widespread outrage and calls for the Democrat's resignation.
Peter D'Abrosca / Big League Politics:
Dear Daily Caller: It's Time To Talk About The Ethics of Benny Johnson  —  It saddens us to write you this note, but for the integrity of conservative media, it must be done.  —  One of your reporters, Benny Johnson, is a serial plagiarist.  Whether his condition is an inherent biological compulsion …
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
Matt Gorman / Fox News:
Republicans need to do better with women, starting with getting them elected  —  As I sat in my office on election night in November and watched the returns roll in, it quickly became clear it would not be a fun night for Republicans.  Aside from losing our majority, some of our best members …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Every extremist murder in 2018 was linked to right-wing terrorism  —  Right-wing extremists killed more people in the U.S. last year than in any year since 1995 — and Trump is dismantling our ability to deal with the threat.  —  Every extremist murder in the U.S. in 2018 was linked to right-wing extremism …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: and FOX31 Denver
Washington Post:
While female activists remain locked up in Saudi Arabia, there can be no return to business as usual  —  SAUDI ARABIA'S campaign to restore its international reputation kicked into high gear this last week.  On Sunday, it released one of the most prominent businessmen it had been holding illegally since …
Discussion: CNN
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Facebook Fights Multibillion-Dollar Privacy Class Action
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump's State of Union comes amid political peril
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Anti-BDS Bill Isn't About Boycotting Israel, It's About Splitting the Democratic Party
 Earlier Items: 
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
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