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9:50 PM ET, January 27, 2019

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Is Preparing for an Independent 2020 Run  —  Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks and a self-described “lifelong Democrat,” said Sunday he was preparing to run for president as an independent and had already begun the groundwork required to be on the ballot in all 50 states.
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Former Starbucks chief Howard Schultz confirms interest in independent 2020 bid, as Democratic worries rise  —  Former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz said Sunday that he is preparing to launch an independent campaign for president, rebuffing growing Democratic concern that such a move would help reelect President Trump.
Scott Pelley / CBS News:   Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's considering independent run for president
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
Stone indictment: Serious Russia investigation charges hint Mueller has more coming  —  The FBI arrested Roger Stone, longtime campaign associate of President Donald Trump.  Stone is indicted for lying about the Russian investigation in the 2016 election.  —  Mueller clues show possibility …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
There's evidence of collusion everywhere.  But is it a criminal conspiracy?  —  It wasn't difficult to predict the White House reaction to the Roger Stone indictment.  The president tweeted , once again, that there was “NO COLLUSION,” and White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders claimed the indictment has …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Washington Post:   Trump advisers lied over and over again, Mueller says. The question is, why?
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Roger Stone, ahead of arraignment, won't categorically rule out cooperation agreement with special counsel
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Roger Stone Says Text Exchanges Cited in Indictment Were Mischaracterized
Discussion: Contemptor and AOL
Dara Lind / Vox:
Trump claimed women were gagged with tape.  Then Border Patrol tried to find some evidence.  —  An internal email, sent 2 weeks after Trump started making the claim, asked agents for “any information” about what Trump was describing.  —  It's become a staple of President Donald Trump's riffs …
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Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Trump ordered 15,000 new border and immigration officers — but got thousands of vacancies instead
Discussion: Splinter and Mother Jones
CBS News:
Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign with rally in hometown of Oakland  —  Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off her campaign for the presidency on Sunday with an energetic rally of thousands of supporters in her hometown of Oakland, California, framing her candidacy as an effort …
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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 Political Wire
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Trump Lifts Rusal, EN+ Sanctions as Glencore Shuffles Stake  — U.S. Treasury also removes restrictions on En+, EuroSibEnergo  — Democratic lawmakers lost in attempt to block de-listing  —  The U.S. Treasury Department on Sunday lifted sanctions on three firms tied to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, CNBC, Raw Story and The Week
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: Political Wire, Axios and Politico
John Harwood / CNBC:
Americans fault Trump for chaotic government shutdown, as more believe US is ‘on the wrong track’: NBC-WSJ poll  — An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed that by 63 percent to 28 percent , a margin greater than two to one, Americans believe the country is “off on the wrong track” rather than “headed in the right direction.”
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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: Politico and Breitbart
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
On Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw Says ‘The Hispanics Should Work Harder at Assimilation’  —  On Meet the Press, venerable news anchor Tom Brokaw made what may seem a surprising statement about immigration Sunday when he argued “the Hispanics” should “work harder” at assimilation.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump mused about “military option” in Venezuela with Graham  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told me that as recently as a couple of weeks ago Trump mused to him about the possibility of using military force in Venezuela, where the U.S. government is currently pushing for regime change using diplomatic and economic pressures.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nabih Bulos / Los Angeles Times:
Baghdad is reemerging from 15 blood-soaked years, but the city now barely functions … For weeks now, Capt. Ghassan Ghani and his team of workers, cranes and long-bed trucks have stripped away what has been a fixture of this city since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion: the 12-foot concrete barriers …
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
America's Hidden Workforce Returns  —  Disabled workers join job market at highest level in years amid low unemployment and stricter rules for claiming benefits  —  WYOMING, Mich.—Like many adults with disabilities, Nathan Mort has often struggled to find and hold a job.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Karoli Kuns / Crooks and Liars:
Ginni Thomas Storms The Oval Office, Bullies Trump Because She Can  —  Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is unafraid to throw her weight around, especially when it comes to crony appointments and spewing hatred.  —  The right-wing influence group “Groundswell” is alive, well, and thriving.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, NB Blog and New York Times
Washington Post:
Mixed attitudes toward investigations of Trump  —  Poll Questions  —  Q: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, among other issues.  How much confidence do you have Mueller's final report will be fair and even-handed?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cancel in protest?  Or stay with a local newspaper that's being strip-mined for profits?  —  Jeffrey Miller might be the ideal news consumer: He's well-informed, thoughtful and understands the role good journalism plays in American democracy.  —  And he has a question, one that might seem small …
 
 
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Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Concern around NFL that 4 officials in NFC Championship Game live in Southern California
Discussion: ProFootballTalk and The Big Lead
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Ex-GOP senator to Trump: Don't let ‘whack-a-doodles’ run things
CNN:
Axelrod: Trump has boxed himself into a corner
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
The State of the Union is a tasteless, classless spectacle. It must go.
Associated Press:
20 Dead as Bombs Target Sunday Mass in Philippine Cathedral
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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

Clara Aberneithie / Press Gazette:
A look at The Cool Down, a climate-focused news outlet that makes $5M in programmatic advertising per year and aims to increase it to $12M per year in 2025

Stephanie Kaloi / The Wrap:
New York passes a first-of-its-kind employment tax credit plan to support independent news outlets in the state, offering $30M in yearly credits for three years

 
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