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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Week, Splinter and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: NBC News and Talking Points Memo
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Justin Wise / The Hill:
Trump rips into Fox News over shutdown, border wall coverage  —  President Trump on Sunday blasted a pair of Fox News reporters over their coverage of the border wall negotiations, claiming that they have “less understanding” than journalists at “fake news CNN & NBC.”
Washington Post:   Midway through first term, Trump is not meeting the public's modest expectations for his job performance, poll finds
Christine Filer / ABC News:
2 years into Trump's presidency, a deficit in confidence across government
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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CBO Publications:
The Effects of the Partial Shutdown Ending in January 2019  —  CBO estimates that the partial shutdown delayed $18 billion in federal spending and suspended some federal services, thus lowering the projected level of real GDP in the first quarter of 2019 by $8 billion (in 2019 dollars), or 0.2 percent.
Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris emerges as a 2020 front-runner, but is that a good thing? … Even before Kamala Harris' campaign launch in Oakland on Sunday, her nascent 2020 bid had already hit full gallop — a star turn on “Good Morning America,” a self-reported seven-figure fundraising milestone, a friendly reception in a key primary state.
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Kamala Harris Launches Her Campaign And Immediately Terrifies Trump
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Kamala Harris and Oakland: A Love Story?
Discussion: East Bay Times
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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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Strategy: Stand Out by ‘Nerding Out’
Wall Street Journal:   As Warren Eyes White House, Big Banks Brace for Browbeating
Mike Allen / Axios:
Howard Schultz knows some Dems are going to hate him  —  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz tells Axios he's “unfazed” by the online trashing from Democrats who think that by running for president as an independent, he could split the anti-Trump vote and re-elect the president.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Weighs 2020 Campaign, Drawing Mockery from 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 …
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Hiding Out With Randy Credico, the Stand-Up Comic Who Could Help Put Roger Stone in Prison  —  It is the Wednesday after the midterms, and comedian and longtime New York political stuntman Randy Credico is smoking an e-cigarette at the Friars Club bar, expounding on his theory that the president …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   On closer examination, Roger Stone indictment is less than it seems
Cliff Sims / Politico:
‘Mean as a Snake’: When President Trump Met the Real Mitch McConnell  —  It's nearly impossible to have a conversation while waiting on the president to make an appearance.  Instead, everyone steals glances at the closed door, waiting for it to open, and converses in short …
Discussion: Raw Story
Yahoo News:
'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue  —  A lone duck named Trevor that lived on the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has died, officials say, sparking an outpouring of grief from as far away as New Zealand.  —  The celebrity mallard found fame last year after a visiting journalist …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Another Side of #MeToo: Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women  —  DAVOS, Switzerland — Men attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this year were worried about a lot of things.  A global economic slowdown.  Threats to cybersecurity.  Populism.  War.
Discussion: Jezebel
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory from being used by terrorists …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Post-shutdown negotiations look brutal for Trump  —  Lawmakers in both parties are skeptical about President Trump's chances of securing funding for his wall on the Mexican border after a 35-day partial government shutdown that bruised the White House's political standing.
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 Washington Press
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Attack of the Techno-Lynch Mob  —  The Covington Lie offered the perfect occasion for the electronic mob to pounce—after temporarily licking its wounds following the BuzzFeed fake news hysteria.  And it did so without shame or even much regret after the fact, as Jason Leopold …
Discussion: The Bulwark
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.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's foreign policy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country's global standing will deteriorate during the next year …
Philip K. Howard / New York Post:
It's time to blow up the bureaucracy that's killing America … For decades now, Americans have slogged through a rising tide of idiocies.  Getting a permit to do something useful, say, open a restaurant or fix a bridge, can take years.  Small businesses get nicked for noncompliance of rules they didn't know.
Eduardo Neret / Campus Reform:
Missouri school ponders white-only racism workshop  —  A Missouri school is considering a segregated safe space for white students to talk about their racism and white privilege.  —  Vincent Flewellen, chief diversity officer at Webster University in St. Louis, has plans for a new program based off a book …
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Elite Law Firm's All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity  —  The post appeared on LinkedIn in early December: Paul, Weiss, one of the country's most prominent and profitable law firms, said it was “pleased to announce” its new partner class.  —  In the image, 12 lawyers looked out at the world, grinning.
 
 
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