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6:20 PM ET, January 28, 2019

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Mike Bloomberg:
Mike Bloomberg Statement on Independent Run  —  Last fall I spent over $100 million of my own money to elect Democrats to the House because I believed it was absolutely imperative to ensure a congressional counterweight to President Trump.  Thankfully, we were successful.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump ‘very pissed off’ at former White House aide's tell-all  —  President Donald Trump is “very pissed off” and “really hopping mad” at former aide Cliff Sims' new book that reveals firsthand the chaos and infighting that is ever present in his White House, according to several current and former White House officials.
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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 …
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
An Obscure White House Staffer's Jaw-Dropping Trump Tell-All  —  “This is the worst f—ing job I've ever had.”  —  So snapped John Kelly on a March morning in the West Wing, according to a new book by Cliff Sims.  The chief of staff was sitting in his office, a light-filled space …
Cliff Sims / Politico:
‘Mean as a Snake’: When President Trump Met the Real Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Howard Schultz Might Reelect Trump Because He Doesn't Understand How Politics Works  —  Billionaire coffee-shop mogul Howard Schultz is seriously thinking of running for president as an independent.  Schultz appears to be one of those rich people who has confused his success in one field …
CNN:
Kamala Harris' big challenge  —  Kamala Harris: America, we are better than this  —  David Axelrod, a CNN commentator, was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
Discussion: WQAD-TV
CNN:
State of the Union will not take place Tuesday, Pelosi aide says  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address will not take place on Tuesday, an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN.  —  The aide confirmed that the address, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday …
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Trump to deliver State of the Union on Feb. 5
Discussion: RedState
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi re-invites Trump to deliver State of the Union
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of the Union on Feb. 5 in the House chamber
Discussion: Political Wire
Jon Lovett / Crooked Media:
An Open Letter to Howard Schultz  —  I like Starbucks.  Among the smart set, this is class betrayal.  I'm supposed to visit Starbucks begrudgingly because it's square and corporate and the opposite of local.  But I don't feel that way.  I have Starbucks most mornings.
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Eater
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Howard Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From Itself  —  The Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is the Twitter villain of the hour.  If hot takes actually generated heat, Schultz would already have been vaporized under the onrush of magma.  His offense: contemplating a run for president as a self-funded independent centrist.
The Onion:   Howard Schultz Considering Independent Presidential Run After Finding No Initial Support Among Any Voter Groups
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump AG pick says he's discussed Mueller probe with Pence  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, says Vice President Mike Pence is among the officials with whom he has discussed the special counsel's Russia investigation.
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Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
ABC News:
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker says special counsel investigation nearly done
Discussion: Washington Press and Mother Jones
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump calls Bible literacy classes in schools ‘great’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday cheered on the controversial push to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools.  —  “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story, Vox, Daily Wire and The Week
Jason Sweeten / BuzzFeed:
Do You Still Have A Job At BuzzFeed?  —  “As you know, the company is going thru a reorganization...”  —  This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff.  BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone create a post.  Learn more or post your buzz!
ABC News:
Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to testify behind closed doors to House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 8, chairman says  —  Michael Cohen has agreed to testify behind closed doors in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, according to a statement …
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michael Cohen to testify before House Intel panel next week
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Bolton: ‘All options are on the table’ for Trump in Venezuela  —  The U.S. announced sanctions Monday against Venezuela's state-owned oil company amid a constitutional power struggle in that nation.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is leaving open the possibility of a U.S. military intervention …
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Joe.My.God.
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US sanctions Venezuelan state-owned oil company as Maduro seeks talks with Trump
Ylan Mui / CNBC:
The government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, including a permanent $3 billion loss, Congressional Budget Office says  — The federal government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
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New York Times:
Spy vs. Spy: Watchdog Group Turns the Tables on an Undercover Agent  —  Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity watchdog organization at the University of Toronto, has published hard-hitting research on powerful targets in recent years: Chinese government censorship, Silicon Valley's invasion of customers' privacy …
New York Times:
Woman Stuck in Elevator of Manhattan Townhouse for Entire Weekend  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  The owners of a Manhattan townhouse arrived home Monday morning after a weekend away to discover that a female employee had been stuck …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump slides in new poll, he retreats deeper into Fox News fantasyland  —  A new Post-ABC News poll finds that most Americans believe President Trump is failing spectacularly by many different metrics.  Large majorities say he doesn't have the temperament to be president …
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Luke Barr / ABC News:
US levels criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and top exec  —  A 13-count indictment has been unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn criminal charging four defendants — Huawei Technologies, two Huawei affiliates — Huawei Device USA and Skycom Tech — and Huawei's chief financial officer …
David Byler / Washington Post:
Want to know which Democrats can actually beat Trump?  We don't have to guess.  —  In the 2020 primary, Democrats face the same task that every party does in every race: to nominate someone who both represents them and can win.  At this crossroads for the party, polling, demographic data …
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
$1.5 trillion U.S. tax cut has no major impact on business capex plans: survey  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration's $1.5 trillion cut tax package appeared to have no major impact on businesses' capital investment or hiring plans, according to a survey released a year …
Discussion: The Democrats
Lavanya Ramanathan / Washington Post:
Lifestyle guru B. Smith has Alzheimer's.  Her husband has a girlfriend.  Her fans aren't having it.  —  EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — It was 10 a.m., and B. Smith was shuffling around her house in socks and leggings and a bright red sweatshirt emblazoned with “Wilhelmina,” the prestigious modeling house to which she once belonged.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Authorities Unveil Sweeping Set of Charges Against China's Huawei  —  The Trump administration unveiled a sweeping set of actions—including criminal charges—against China's Huawei Technologies Co. in its latest salvo against the telecom giant, with authorities unsealing a set of indictments …
ProPublica:
Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — Including Ours  —  Our tool had let the public see exactly how users were being targeted by advertisers.  The social media giant urged us to shut it down last year.  —  A number of organizations, including ProPublica, have developed tools …
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Stone indictment makes clear there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of Roger Stone elucidates what has been apparent to the public for a year, and therefore must have been known to prosecutors and the FBI for much longer: There was no criminal conspiracy between …
Matthew / Fluxblog:
How Laid Off Are You?  —  I have been laid off from BuzzFeed after working there for six and a half years.  I started there as the music editor, but the majority of my time there has been serving as the company's Director of Quizzes.  (Here is a page collecting my favorite quizzes, reviews, interviews, and miscellaneous funny posts.)
 
 
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Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Child Sexual Abuse Victims to Get Expanded Protections in N.Y.
Jennifer Rutledge / Conservative Action Project:
Conservatives Oppose H.R. 1, the Ultimate Fantasy of the Left
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Nadler pledges not to blindside GOP with subpoenas
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Nolte: Blacklisters at Microsoft's NewsGuard Label Proven Hoaxes ‘Credible’
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
GOP senator says Trump wants a ‘simple’ border wall deal
Discussion: The Democrats
Stuart Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
How a “Populist” Film Studio Is Turning Rage and Violence Into Revenue
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Martin / McSweeney's:
I Am So Progressive That I Am Already Preparing My 2020 Protest Vote For Donald Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won't Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Women's March Leader Omits Jews From Holocaust Remembrance Statement
David Martin / CBS News:
Private company launches “largest fleet of satellites in human history” to photograph Earth
Elizabeth Goitein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Destroying His Own Case for a National Emergency
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Latest polling data point to major re-election challenges for Trump in Wisconsin
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says
 

 
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

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Ofcom has “significant concerns about GB News' editorial control of its live output” after finding GB News in breach over Laurence Fox's misogynistic comments

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