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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.
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Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says He Wouldn't Be A Spoiler In Race For White House  —  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he is seriously considering a White House bid in 2020 as a “centrist independent,” but many Democrats are increasingly alarmed that a third-party run could split …
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz heckled during book tour after teasing independent run for president
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
CNN:
Former Obama aide joins Howard Schultz's team. Democrats aren't happy.
Jon Lovett / Crooked Media:
An Open Letter to Howard Schultz
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Daniel Strauss / Politico:   Schultz camp: Ex-Starbucks chief could save Democrats from far-left nominee
CNN:
Mueller team signals to Stone associate another indictment may be in the works  —  Washington (CNN)A defense attorney for Andrew Miller, who's fighting a subpoena from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, learned Monday afternoon that the special …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Trump AG pick says he's discussed Mueller probe with Pence
Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says
Discussion: Townhall, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Week
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Impeachment cries cloud Democrats' vow to leave Mueller alone
Discussion: ABC News
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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The Daily Beast:
Trump Does the Unthinkable in Response to Latest Wave of Tell-All Books: He Shuts Up  —  Jared Kushner and Kellyanne Conway, two of the senior officials portrayed as villains in new books, were among the aides advise the president to hold his peace about them.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
‘Want to see the Lincoln bedroom?’: Trump relishes role as White House tour guide
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Heather Kelly / CNN:
iPhone FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on other people  —  San Francisco (CNN Business)A newly discovered bug in Apple's FaceTime software lets Apple users listen in on the people they are calling, and even see through their front-facing camera, without them picking-up the call.
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: WTVR-TV and 9to5Mac
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: Bloomberg, Hullabaloo and Joe.My.God.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump administration announces sanctions targeting Venezuela's oil industry
Foreign Policy:
Trump Should Put the Safety of American Diplomats First
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
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: Breitbart, Raw Story and WQAD-TV
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:   Kamala Harris has what it takes
Andrew Martin / McSweeney's:
I Am So Progressive That I Am Already Preparing My 2020 Protest Vote For Donald Trump
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Rashida Tlaib's Ties To Anti-Semitism Run Deeper Than Previously Known  —  One of Rep. Rashida Tlaib's key fundraisers, Maher Abdel-qader, has repeatedly promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.  —  The Michigan Democrat is a member of a Facebook group where Abdel-qader and other members have shared anti-Semitic content.
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Matthew Perpetua / 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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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 …
David Wildstein / New Jersey Globe:
Addiego switches parties  —  Burlington Senator bolts GOP to join Team Sweeney  —  State Sen. Dawn Addiego will switch parties and become a Democrat, giving Senate President Steve Sweeney and South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross a major political victory.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Resorts to Settle Nevada Regulator's Probe  —  Wynn Resorts executives turned a blind eye as Steve Wynn over more than a decade was accused of sexually assaulting or harassing cocktail servers, salon workers and flight attendants employed by his casino empire, according to allegations contained in a regulator's report.
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 …
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!
Breaking911:
Houston police: 5 officers injured in shooting, suspect dead  —  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.
Discussion: Click2Houston.com, NPR, CNN and Breitbart
Bill Chappell / NPR:
After Hearing U.S. Veteran Had No Family, Huge Crowd Attends His Funeral In Texas  —  Hundreds of people turned up for Joseph Walker's funeral Monday — not because they knew him, but because they knew the Vietnam-era veteran was at risk of being buried without anyone in attendance.
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
 
 
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Robert Nicholson / Providence:
The Strange Gift of the Holocaust
Emily Crockett / Shareblue Media:
Americans don't trust Trump, and women hate his guts
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden says he'll make ‘the decision soon’
Michael Hirsh / Foreign Policy:
Ryan Crocker: The Taliban Will ‘Retake the Country’
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and Hit & Run
Washington Post:
Henry A. Olsen joins The Washington Post Opinions as a columnist
William Neuman / New York Times:
De Blasio Aide Who Was Forced Out Had Been Fired Over Sexual Harassment Before
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Annie Snider / Politico:
Exclusive: Trump EPA won't limit 2 toxic chemicals in drinking water
CNN:
Trump campaign manager privately pushes President to hold firm on border wall fight
Jennifer Rutledge / Conservative Action Project:
Conservatives Oppose H.R. 1, the Ultimate Fantasy of the Left
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
Lavanya Ramanathan / Washington Post:
Lifestyle guru B. Smith has Alzheimer's. Her husband has a girlfriend. Her fans aren't having it.
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Stone indictment makes clear there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy
Discussion: Politico, JONATHAN TURLEY and CNN
 

 
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

Mercedes Ruehl / Financial Times:
Malaysia's Johor state is attracting billions of dollars as tech giants take advantage of cheaper land and more abundant energy to build data centers

 
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