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9:40 AM ET, February 4, 2019

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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.
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Ralph Northam's Mistake  —  On Friday, faced with a photo on his medical-school yearbook page featuring one person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized.  By Saturday, he said he'd never taken the photo, never seen the yearbook …
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
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
Virginia governor clings to office, ignoring calls to resign
Discussion: Chicks On The Right and WGN-TV
Ben White / Politico:
Soak the rich?  Americans say go for it  —  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.  —  But polling suggests that when it comes to soaking the rich …
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Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
Ana Maria Archila, Queens Woman Who Confronted Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest  —  Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday.
Claire Williams / Morning Consult:   Warren's Proposed Tax on Wealthy Draws More Support Than Ocasio-Cortez's
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.
Axios:
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.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: 4 in 10 call this the worst governing of their lifetimes  —  State of the Union: Paralyzed over border wall fight  —  (CNN)With a looming February 15 deadline to fund parts of the US government, few are optimistic the President and Congress will be able to reach agreement …
Discussion: Political Wire
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CBS News:
Most oppose Trump declaring national emergency for wall funding, CBS News poll finds
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.
Discussion: Political Wire
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Democrats have reason to fret Schultz  —  Democrats have broken into a panic over Howard Schultz's talk of an independent bid for president.  A new poll suggests they have reason to be worried.  —  The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows anti-Trump and Democratic voters are more open …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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.
Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian:
His side of the story: Nathan Phillips wants to talk about Covington  —  Footage of Phillips and a Magga-hatted teenager became the center of a national controversy.  Here, the Native elder opens up about what came before this life-changing moment  —  On a rainy Thursday morning …
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 …
Discussion: CNBC
Steven L. Hall / Washington Post:
I was in the CIA.  Trump's petty fights and insults will make us all less safe.  —  The nation's top intelligence officials told Congress last week that President Trump is wrong about the success of his diplomacy with North Korea, that Iran is not attemptingF to manufacture a nuclear bomb …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sidebar: Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings  —  The federal judiciary charges 10 cents a page to see electronic court records.  Retired judges and civil rights groups say access should be free.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Biden Is Close to Saying Yes  —  Joe Biden reliably blows through every public and private deadline for making a decision about running for president.  But he's giving everyone he's seen in recent weeks the feeling that he's very close to saying yes.  —  The urgency of Biden's planning …
Washington Post:
'It's way too many': As vacancies pile up in Trump administration, senators grow concerned  —  From the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs, vast swaths of the government have top positions filled by officials serving in an acting capacity — or no one at all.
Discussion: The Week
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump says he doesn't know if he wants Mueller report made public  —  “It depends,” Trump said.  “I have no idea what it's going to say.”  —  President Donald Trump said in a CBS News interview that aired Sunday that he isn't sure if he wants special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be made public.
Discussion: Just Security
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Can moderate Dems talk Pelosi out of her extreme position in the border negotiations?  —  As things stand now, a House and Senate conference committee is the only hope that Democrats and Republicans can reach agreement on border security and avoid another government shutdown.
 
 
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Iowa Poll: One year out from Caucus: Biden leads Democratic Field- Third Party Candidacy Helps Trump.
WWBT-TV:
Lt. Gov. Fairfax slams ‘defamatory and false’ sexual assault allegation
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Dems hope to draw blood from potential Trump SCOTUS pick
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's estate tax plan would reduce the federal debt and help even the playing field
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's State of the Union pledge: Ending HIV transmissions by 2030
Reuters:
Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’
Discussion: Political Wire and VICE News
Washington Post:
He helped Trump confront North Korea.  Now Ji Seong-ho wonders whether human rights will be left behind.
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump-appointed prosecutor focused on allegations of voting fraud by immigrants amid warnings …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
‘Game of Thrones’ Hijacks Bud Light's Super Bowl Ad to Pump Its Return
Discussion: WTOP, Vox and The Week
Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Palestinians refuse to meet with Trump's adviser, so he's tweeting them
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Rising ESPN star Adnan Virk fired, escorted out in leak investigation
Peter D'Abrosca / Big League Politics:
Dear Daily Caller: It's Time To Talk About The Ethics of Benny Johnson
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Every extremist murder in 2018 was linked to right-wing terrorism
Matt Gorman / Fox News:
Republicans need to do better with women, starting with getting them elected
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Maria Kolesnikova / Bloomberg:
Art on the Superyachts: Beware of Wine Corks and Unruly Children