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8:55 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
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 …
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Jon Lovett / Crooked Media:
An Open Letter to Howard Schultz
The Onion:   Howard Schultz Considering Independent Presidential Run After Finding No Initial Support Among Any Voter Groups
Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says  —  Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker said Monday that he has been “fully briefed” on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and that, “right now, the investigation is close to being completed.”
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and Mediaite
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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.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Week
Politico:   Impeachment cries cloud Democrats' vow to leave Mueller alone
ABC News:
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker says special counsel investigation nearly done
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
Breaking911:
FIVE COPS SHOT IN HOUSTON |  Here's What We Know  —  HOUSTON, TEXAS — Several police officers were shot in southeast Houston Monday while serving a narcotics warrant, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.  —  “We have had several officers shot.  Please pray for officers,” the Chief said in a tweet.
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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.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple FaceTime bug lets you listen in on people you call, even if they haven't picked up their iPhone  — A bug in FaceTime lets you listen in to the audio if you try to call someone — even if they don't pick up.  —  There's a FaceTime bug that lets you hear through someone else's iPhone …
Discussion: FOX2now.com and 9to5Mac
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Associated Press:
The Latest: White House won't elaborate on note about troops  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):  —  The White House is not elaborating on the phrase “5,000 troops to Colombia” that could be seen on a notepad held …
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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: Raw Story and WQAD-TV
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Andrew Martin / McSweeney's:
I Am So Progressive That I Am Already Preparing My 2020 Protest Vote For Donald Trump
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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!
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Authorities Unveil Sweeping Set of Charges Against China's Huawei
Jenny Singer / The Forward:
Footage Of Shirtless Bernie Sanders Drunkenly Singing With Soviets In '88 Surfaces  —  Na Zdorovye and welcome to another round of Attempted Smear of Political Candidate Via Videos Of Their Youth Only Serves To Make Candidate More Appealing.  —  Forget dancing queen AOC or bangin' Beto …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NTK Network
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
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 …
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
A cure for cancer?  Israeli scientists say they think they found one  —  “We believe we will offer in a year's time a complete cure for cancer.”  —  A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.  —  “We believe we will offer in a year's …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Annie Snider / Politico:
Exclusive: Trump EPA won't limit 2 toxic chemicals in drinking water  —  The Trump administration will not set a drinking water limit for two toxic chemicals that are contaminating millions of Americans' tap water, two sources familiar with the forthcoming decision told POLITICO.
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 …
William Neuman / New York Times:
De Blasio Aide Who Was Forced Out Had Been Fired Over Sexual Harassment Before  —  When Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged this month that his administration had kept secret that a former chief of staff was forced to resign after two women accused him of sexual harassment, the mayor said he was shocked and sickened by the aide's conduct.
CNN:
Trump campaign manager privately pushes President to hold firm on border wall fight  —  Mulvaney: Trump willing to shut down government again  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign manager is pushing him to hold firm in his ongoing battle with Democrats over funding for a border wall with Mexico.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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Dwight Garner / New York Times:
In ‘Let Me Finish,’ Chris Christie Goes Easy on Donald Trump, Saving Fire for Steve Bannon and Others
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign says president bolstered by shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rutledge / Conservative Action Project:
Conservatives Oppose H.R. 1, the Ultimate Fantasy of the Left
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
Matthew / Fluxblog:
How Laid Off Are You?  —  I have been laid off from BuzzFeed …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Nadler pledges not to blindside GOP with subpoenas
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stuart Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
How a “Populist” Film Studio Is Turning Rage and Violence Into Revenue
Discussion: Breitbart
Lavanya Ramanathan / Washington Post:
Lifestyle guru B. Smith has Alzheimer's. Her husband has a girlfriend. Her fans aren't having it.
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says
 

 
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Associated Press:
X lifts the permanent ban on Infowars host Alex Jones, after Elon Musk conducted a 24-hour poll, resulting in 70.1% voting in favor of restoring Jones' account

Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A look at the Effective Accelerationism movement, which argues for open sourcing AI tools, says AI's benefits far outweigh its harms, and opposes AI regulation

Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
London-based crypto derivatives trading platform Global Futures and Options, or GFO-X, raised a $30M series B led by M&G Investments

 
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