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11:05 AM 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  —  President Donald Trump says he's determined to get out of “endless wars” in Afghanistan and Syria and “bring our folks back home,” doubling down on his pledge to remove troops from the war-torn region.
John Walcott / TIME:
‘Willful Ignorance.’ Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings
Discussion: Washington Press 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.) …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News Insider
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 …
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 …
There was more than 1 photo of men in blackface in the 1984 EVMS yearbook
Discussion: Power Line, WTKR-TV and WTOP
Christian Vasquez / Politico:
Trump targets Gillespie amid Northam race scandal
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Signal
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump taps Ronny Jackson to receive promotion and be his doctor, despite open investigation
Discussion: Splinter, CNN and Hullabaloo
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
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
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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
Washington Post:
Lawsuit claims Sackler family disregarded safety, opioid addiction in Purdue push to profit from OxyContin
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump just played a round of golf with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
NBC News:
Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard