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8:45 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 …
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.
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Ralph Northam's Mistake
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A tip from a ‘concerned citizen’ helps a reporter land the scoop of a lifetime about Northam
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
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Claire Williams / Morning Consult:   Warren's Proposed Tax on Wealthy Draws More Support Than Ocasio-Cortez's
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
CBS News:
Most oppose Trump declaring national emergency for wall funding, CBS News poll finds
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Hot Air
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.
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
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 …
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
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump's State of Union comes amid political peril
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's State of the Union pledge: Ending HIV transmissions by 2030  —  Under the president's 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections.  —  President Donald Trump plans to use Tuesday night's State of the Union address to promise …
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Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders's estate tax plan would reduce the federal debt and help even the playing field
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Democrats have reason to fret Schultz
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Iraqi president says Trump did not ask permission to ‘watch Iran’
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
He helped Trump confront North Korea.  Now Ji Seong-ho wonders whether human rights will be left behind.
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Every extremist murder in 2018 was linked to right-wing terrorism
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matthew Gertz / The Daily Beast:
How Fox News Pushes Trump to Make Every Bad Decision
Maria Kolesnikova / Bloomberg:
Art on the Superyachts: Beware of Wine Corks and Unruly Children
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