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2:30 PM ET, January 28, 2019

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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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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.
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: Politico, The Week, Raw Story and Splinter
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
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.
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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 …
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.
The Onion:   Howard Schultz Considering Independent Presidential Run After Finding No Initial Support Among Any Voter Groups
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.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
Shutdown cost the U.S. $3 billion that won't be recovered, CBO says
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Shutdown Cost U.S. Economy $11 Billion, C.B.O. Says
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
New Party, Who Dis?  —  A new poll shows New Hampshire Democrats prefer a Democratic Socialist to Hillary Clinton.  And also shows Trump losing big to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren—and Beto O'Rourke.  —  A remarkable New Hampshire poll released Sunday shows that state Democrats …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's 2020 Strategy: Stand Out by ‘Nerding Out’
Discussion: National Review and NB Blog
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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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!
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: Hullabaloo, Jezebel and Althouse
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
The Trump Administration Is Making a Mockery of the Supreme Court  —  It promised to create a ‘robust’ waiver process for visa applicants from countries affected by the travel ban.  The process is a sham.  —  Ms. Fisher and Ms. Power advocate for the rights of refugees.
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New York Times:   Trump's Border Wall for Asylum Seekers
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 …
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The Koch network donor retreat turns touchy-feely
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and fox13now.com
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 …
Elizabeth Goitein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Destroying His Own Case for a National Emergency  —  It has now been more than three weeks since President Donald Trump first began his public flirtation with declaring a national emergency as a way of getting funding to build a wall on the southern border.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Latest polling data point to major re-election challenges for Trump in Wisconsin  —  With less than two years to go before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump faces an uphill climb in winning a second victory in Wisconsin, a battleground that will be at the epicenter of the next presidential campaign.
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 …
Elizabeth Redden / Inside Higher Ed:
Telling Students Not to Speak Chinese  —  A professor at Duke University steps down from her administrative role after sending an email to students suggesting they not speak Chinese in student lounge and study areas.  —  Duke University asked a professor to step down from her administrative role …
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Tony Briscoe / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago's record for coldest temperature ever could fall as polar vortex has city ‘in the crosshairs’  —  Snow over the Chicago area arrives ahead of an arctic blast of air that may set new record cold temperatures.  —  One of the coldest air masses in years will envelop the Midwest …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Vox
 
 
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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
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Tries to Examine Dick Cheney's Heart, but Conveniently Overlooks His Brain
Eduardo Neret / Campus Reform:
Missouri school ponders white-only racism workshop
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Mike Elk / The Guardian:
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Attack of the Techno-Lynch Mob
Discussion: The Bulwark
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
The 2021 New York City Mayoral Race: Coming Soon to a Living Room Near You
Discussion: Gothamist and Joe.My.God.
David Wright / CNN:
House Democrats unveil top 2020 targets
Philip K. Howard / New York Post:
It's time to blow up the bureaucracy that's killing America
New York Times:
Elite Law Firm's All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity
Discussion: Above the Law