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5:00 AM ET, February 4, 2019


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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.”
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 …
Washington Post:
Northam meets with senior staff and considers options, including resignation  —  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) called an unscheduled senior staff meeting Sunday night just before the start of the Super Bowl, as the governor considered resigning after two days of defiance amid a controversy …
Washington Post:
Northam controversy threatens to complicate Democrats' bid to draw sharp contrast with Trump, GOP on race  —  A racist photo in Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook entry has become a national political concern for Democrats, threatening to complicate their bid to draw a sharp contrast …
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Virginia governor clings to office, ignoring calls to resign
Discussion: WGN-TV and FOX31 Denver
Washington Post:
‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’  —  When we go off to war. When we exercise our rights. When we soar to our greatest heights.  —  When we mourn and pray. When our neighbors are at risk. When our nation is threatened. There's someone to gather the facts.  —  To bring you the story. No matter the cost.
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: ICE arrests rapper 21 Savage, says he is actually British and overstayed visa  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested rapper 21 Savage early Sunday morning, claiming that he is actually from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
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.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Rising ESPN star Adnan Virk fired, escorted out in leak investigation … ESPN rising star Adnan Virk has been fired by the network, sources told The Post.  —  Virk is accused of leaking confidential company information to the media on multiple occasions, according to sources.
CBS News:
Most oppose Trump declaring national emergency for wall funding, CBS News poll finds  —  Sixty-six percent of Americans overall say President Trump should not declare a national emergency if Congress does not fund a border wall, although most Republicans (73 percent) think he should.
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Hot Air
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Analysis: Trump's State of Union comes amid political peril
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump could ‘be forced’ to declare national emergency, GOP border negotiator says
Discussion: Breitbart
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
New York Times:
Schumer and Sanders: Limit Corporate Stock Buybacks  —  Corporate self-indulgence has become an enormous problem for workers and for the long-term strength of the economy.  —  Mr. Schumer and Mr. Sanders are U.S. senators.  —  From the mid-20th century until the 1970s …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
‘Game of Thrones’ Hijacks Bud Light's Super Bowl Ad to Pump Its Return  —  The brewer allowed a 60-second Bud Light spot to double as a “Game of Thrones” promo and consented to sacrifice the Bud Knight, one of its most visible fictional pitchmen, who died violently in the ad.
Discussion: WTOP, Vox and The Week
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 …
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Washington Post:
Trump-appointed prosecutor focused on allegations of voting fraud by immigrants amid warnings …
Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Palestinians refuse to meet with Trump's adviser, so he's tweeting them
Washington Post:
While female activists remain locked up in Saudi Arabia, there can be no return to business as usual
Matt Gorman / Fox News:
Republicans need to do better with women, starting with getting them elected
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nicholas Iovino /
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 …
Discussion: RedState and LewRockwell
Matthew Gertz / The Daily Beast:
How Fox News Pushes Trump to Make Every Bad Decision
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump refuses to comment on whether Mueller report should be made public
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris learns the perils of presidential front-running
Discussion: Instapundit
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Anti-BDS Bill Isn't About Boycotting Israel, It's About Splitting the Democratic Party
Jess Bidgood /
Democratic primary watchers look to the West
Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
The Real Legacy of the 1970s