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7:35 AM ET, February 4, 2019


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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 …
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 …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Site Behind Northam Revelations Is Backed by GOP Operatives  —  The website that broke the story of the racist yearbook photo that is imperiling Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is a scrappy, pro-Trump outfit backed by Republican operatives.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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
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:
‘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.
Ben White / Politico:
Soak the rich?  Americans say go for it  —  Policies once seen as far-left enjoy broad support in polling.  —  The prospect of 70 percent tax rates for multimillionaires and special levies on the super-rich draw howls about creeping socialism and warnings of economic disaster in much of Washington.
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 …
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.
Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Palestinians refuse to meet with Trump's adviser, so he's tweeting them  —  JERUSALEM — It's been more than a year since senior Palestinian officials have agreed to meet or even speak with representatives of the Trump administration, but now President Trump's special representative …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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Trump-appointed prosecutor focused on allegations of voting fraud by immigrants amid warnings …
CBS News:
Most oppose Trump declaring national emergency for wall funding, CBS News poll finds
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Hot Air
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Every extremist murder in 2018 was linked to right-wing terrorism
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
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Facebook Fights Multibillion-Dollar Privacy Class Action
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Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris learns the perils of presidential front-running
Discussion: Instapundit
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump's State of Union comes amid political peril
Discussion: Politico
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Anti-BDS Bill Isn't About Boycotting Israel, It's About Splitting the Democratic Party