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8:30 AM ET, January 28, 2019

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Thought Firing Flynn Would End ‘Russia Thing,’ Chris Christie Writes in Book  —  President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, believed that the “Russia thing” would end as a side effect from the firing of the national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn …
Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris emerges as a 2020 front-runner, but is that a good thing? … Even before Kamala Harris' campaign launch in Oakland on Sunday, her nascent 2020 bid had already hit full gallop — a star turn on “Good Morning America,” a self-reported seven-figure fundraising milestone, a friendly reception in a key primary state.
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Kamala Harris Launches Her Campaign And Immediately Terrifies Trump  —  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) launched her 2020 campaign in Oakland and immediately showed why Trump's advisers are so afraid of her.  —  Sen. Harris said: … Video:  —  Kamala Harris came out strong against Trump
Discussion: IJR
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Harris kicks off campaign by laying into Trump
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Beast
CBS News:   Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign with rally in hometown of Oakland
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris formally opens her presidential campaign with a mix of unity and blunt talk about race
Discussion: Breitbart
Mike Allen / Axios:
Howard Schultz knows some Dems are going to hate him  —  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz tells Axios he's “unfazed” by the online trashing from Democrats who think that by running for president as an independent, he could split the anti-Trump vote and re-elect the president.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Former Starbucks chief Howard Schultz confirms interest in independent 2020 bid, as Democratic worries rise
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Hiding Out With Randy Credico, the Stand-Up Comic Who Could Help Put Roger Stone in Prison  —  It is the Wednesday after the midterms, and comedian and longtime New York political stuntman Randy Credico is smoking an e-cigarette at the Friars Club bar, expounding on his theory that the president …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On closer examination, Roger Stone indictment is less than it seems
Discussion: AOL
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
There's evidence of collusion everywhere. But is it a criminal conspiracy?
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
Stone indictment: Serious Russia investigation charges hint Mueller has more coming
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Treasury Dept. Lifts Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Companies  —  The Trump administration on Sunday lifted sanctions against the business empire of Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia's most influential oligarchs.  —  Congressional Democrats had tried to block the move this month …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Press
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Trump Lifts Rusal, En+ Sanctions as Glencore Shuffles Stake
Discussion: The Week
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory from being used by terrorists …
BuzzFeed News Staff Council:
We demand BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to its recently laid-off employees.  —  To Jonah Peretti, Lenke Taylor, and Ben Smith:  —  We are the BuzzFeed News Staff Council, a group of employees appointed to open up the lines of communication between News employees and company management.
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street freaks out about 2020  —  NEW YORK — Top Wall Street executives would love to be rid of President Donald Trump.  But they are getting panicked about the prospect of an ultraliberal Democratic nominee bent on raising taxes and slapping regulations on their firms.
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Strategy: Stand Out by ‘Nerding Out’
New York Times:
Elite Law Firm's All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity  —  The post appeared on LinkedIn in early December: Paul, Weiss, one of the country's most prominent and profitable law firms, said it was “pleased to announce” its new partner class.  —  In the image, 12 lawyers looked out at the world, grinning.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside Trump's decision to end the shutdown  —  On Friday morning, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney convened a small group of aides in his office to discuss their options to end the government shutdown.  There weren't many.  The previous day, Trump had been embarrassed …
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Fleecing of Millennials  —  Their incomes are flat.  Their wealth is down.  And Washington is aggravating future threats.  —  For Americans under the age of 40, the 21st century has resembled one long recession.  —  I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, given that the economy has now been growing for almost a decade.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Post-shutdown negotiations look brutal for Trump  —  Lawmakers in both parties are skeptical about President Trump's chances of securing funding for his wall on the Mexican border after a 35-day partial government shutdown that bruised the White House's political standing.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
‘Want to see the Lincoln bedroom?’:  Trump relishes role as White House tour guide  —  When President Trump brings senators, New York friends or other guests to the Oval Office, he occasionally opens a door near his desk summoning guests to follow.  Flashing a grin, he wants his friends …
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Venezuelan Spring  —  The people are destitute, angry and tired of socialism.  They want it to end.  —  The latest Venezuelan effort to topple dictator Nicolás Maduro is a pivotal moment in Latin American history, as the international community is acknowledging.
Discussion: ABC News and Babalú Blog
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Vivian Sequera / Reuters:
As West turns on him, Venezuela's Maduro flexes military muscle
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers to Debate Border, Immigration as Next Shutdown Threat Looms  —  The president in an interview says he doubts lawmakers will find a resolution in coming weeks  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump said Sunday he doesn't believe congressional negotiators will strike a deal over border-wall funding …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Another Side of #MeToo: Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women  —  DAVOS, Switzerland — Men attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this year were worried about a lot of things.  A global economic slowdown.  Threats to cybersecurity.  Populism.  War.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's foreign policy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country's global standing will deteriorate during the next year …
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Pence, Ivanka, Kushner no-show as Mattis gets standing ovation at elite DC dinner  —  Trump blasts Mattis: What's he done for me?  —  Washington (CNN)Former Defense Secretary James Mattis received a standing ovation Saturday at the annual black-tie Alfalfa Club dinner after delivering …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Philip K. Howard / New York Post:
It's time to blow up the bureaucracy that's killing America
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
President Trump is down, but not out  —  Battered, bruised …
Christine Filer / ABC News:
2 years into Trump's presidency, a deficit in confidence across government
Discussion: Washington Post
Cliff Sims / Politico:
‘Mean as a Snake’: When President Trump Met the Real Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Congressional leaders point fingers after shutdown deal
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Richard Hurowitz / New York Times:
He Helped Jews Escape the Holocaust. He Died Unknown.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
NATO head: Trump's tough talk has added $100B to alliance, helped deter Russia
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump mused about “military option” in Venezuela with Graham
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Nabih Bulos / Los Angeles Times:
Baghdad is reemerging from 15 blood-soaked years, but the city now barely functions
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
On Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw Says ‘The Hispanics Should Work Harder at Assimilation’
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
America's Hidden Workforce Returns
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cancel in protest? Or stay with a local newspaper that's being strip-mined for profits?
Washington Post:
Mixed attitudes toward investigations of Trump
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
A profile of ElevenLabs, whose AI voice cloning tech is being used to spoof politicians; five of the startup's 40 employees are dedicated to trust and safety

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
ABC report: UK magazines' digital sales rose 15.4% YoY to an average of 2.6M per edition, including 1.2M from “all you can read” sales via Readly and others

 
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