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12:00 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 …
David Beavers / Politico:   Trump determined to ‘bring our folks back home’ from Syria, Afghanistan
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  —  This post has been updated.  —  Ralph Northam is soon to be the former governor of Virginia.  And that is how it should be.  —  His governorship ended, as a practical matter, on Friday night, when he acknowledged …
ABC News:
NAACP president: I don't see how Northam can survive racist yearbook photo fallout  —  Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, said on Sunday that he doesn't see how Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam can survive the fallout of a racist yearbook photo that emerged on Friday.
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
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Signal
There was more than 1 photo of men in blackface in the 1984 EVMS yearbook
Discussion: Power Line and WTKR-TV
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 …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:   Warren flexes muscles with campaign kickoff tour
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   David Axelrod on Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and the 2020 Field
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
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump could ‘be forced’ to declare national emergency, GOP border negotiator says  —  A Republican member of the bipartisan group of lawmakers charged with striking a deal on immigration measures said Sunday that President Donald Trump “would be forced” to declare a national emergency …
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
The Real Legacy of the 1970s  —  Forget leisure suits and disco balls.  The decade's economic tumult changed who Americans were as a people.  —  Mr. Tomasky is a contributing writer and the author of “If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved,” from which this essay is adapted.
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Being president ‘a leap for anybody,’ says 37-year-old 2020 hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg  —  White House hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he realizes “the audacity of somebody like” him pursuing a run for president of the United States, but said that his mayoral experience would be an asset in Washington.
Discussion: Politico
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt  —  Older Americans are struggling under the burden of student loans—their children's and their own.
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.
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Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Anti-BDS Bill Isn't About Boycotting Israel, It's About Splitting the Democratic Party
New York Times:
Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats
Corbin Smith / The Daily Beast:
Tom Brady's New England Patriots Are Team MAGA, Whether They Like It or Not
Discussion: Chicks On The Right, 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
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump appoints Ronny Jackson chief medical adviser
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Washington Post:
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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?
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
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