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6:45 AM ET, February 3, 2019


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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: Power Line, WTKR-TV and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Rhae Lynn Barnes / Washington Post:
The troubling history behind Ralph Northam's blackface Klan photo
Discussion: Raw Story, ThinkProgress and Mashable
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Ralph Northam's yearbook scandal grows with new blackface admission
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
New York Times:
Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, Defies Calls to Resign Over Racist Photo
Virginian-Pilot:   Bonds of trust broken, Northam must resign
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
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: Splinter, CNN, Hullabaloo and Task & Purpose
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 …
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
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
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Following U.S., Putin suspends nuclear pact and promises new weapons
INF nuclear treaty: Russia follows US in suspending pact
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Is the collusion theory dead?  —  “Whom did Donald Trump Jr. speak to on his phone in between calls setting up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians?”  That is the question the New York Times asked about “one of the more tantalizing mysteries of the whole Russia affair” in a glossy report on the campaign.
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
Annie Correal / New York Times:
‘A Nightmare’: Inside the Brooklyn Jail With Little Heat or Electricity  —  The inmates were held in cramped cells that had no electricity and were frigid cold.  Vents in the ceiling were stuffed with clothing or cardboard to keep out icy air.  At 2 p.m., the jail population had not yet been fed.
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
Chicago Woman Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People During Severe Cold Snap  —  As temperatures plunged to life-threatening lows this week, more than 100 homeless people in Chicago unexpectedly found themselves with food, fresh clothes and a place to stay after a local real estate broker intervened.
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
She made history as a Navy pilot.  An all-female squadron just flew over her funeral.  —  Capt. Rosemary Mariner, who died Jan. 24, broke barriers throughout her career, opening doors for other women  —  For Rosemary Mariner, her first flight in a new fighter jet — in this case …
Discussion: IJR
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘I am who I am’: Kamala Harris, daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, defines herself simply as ‘American’  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In early 2010, an Indian American couple hosted a fundraiser in their elegant Pacific Heights home for Kamala Harris, then a Democratic candidate for California attorney general.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump just played a round of golf with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus  —  West Palm Beach, Fla. — President Trump golfed with professionals Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus on Saturday, ending the longest stretch of his presidency without a round at one of his courses.
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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
Washington Post:
Lawsuit claims Sackler family disregarded safety, opioid addiction in Purdue push to profit from OxyContin
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
GM to start laying off 4,000 salaried workers on Monday
Discussion: Townhall, theGrio and Detroit News
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
In the Pale of Winter, Trump's Tan Remains a State Secret
Discussion: Mediaite
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Colorado Senate passes bill favoring popular vote over Electoral College
Discussion: Breitbart
NBC News:
Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard