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11:05 PM ET, January 27, 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 …
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: emptywheel and 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
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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Politico:
Harris kicks off campaign by laying into Trump
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Los Angeles Times:   Kamala Harris emerges as a 2020 front-runner, but is that a good thing?
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Sen. Kamala Harris formally opens her presidential campaign with a mix of unity and blunt talk about race
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Amanda Becker / Reuters:
Kamala Harris launches White House bid, hits Trump's ‘medieval’ wall
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.
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's considering independent run for president
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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, Political Wire 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.
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
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Clinton not ruling out running in 2020: report  —  Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, reportedly has yet to rule out running for the Oval Office again in 2020.  —  CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny said Sunday on CNN's “Inside Politics” that Clinton told people …
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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.
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 …
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
Gregg Re / Fox News:
NATO head: Trump's tough talk has added $100B to alliance, helped deter Russia  —  North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” said President Trump's tough talk has ultimately strengthened the 70-year-old alliance by leading member nations …
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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Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Who Thought the Shutdown Was a Good Idea?
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
America's Hidden Workforce Returns
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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
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
End Of Shutdown Still Leaves Contract Workers Hanging
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama
Washington Post:
Congress must stand up for imprisoned Saudi women
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Billionaires have historically been alluring, magical figures, but that view might be changing
Jeremy Littau / Slate:
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Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Concern around NFL that 4 officials in NFC Championship Game live in Southern California
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The Guardian:
Polish far-right trial raises spectre of ‘false flag’ tactics
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A Better Guide than Elite Opinion Is Public Revulsion at It
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