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5:00 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  —  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
Jon Lovett / Crooked Media:
An Open Letter to Howard Schultz
Discussion: Eater
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.
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
The shutdown cost the US economy $3 billion that isn't coming back
Discussion: Politico
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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CNN:
Kamala Harris' big challenge
Discussion: WQAD-TV
Andrew Martin / McSweeney's:   I Am So Progressive That I Am Already Preparing My 2020 Protest Vote For Donald Trump
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!
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Ex-BuzzFeed Writer Publishes ‘Unionize Your Media Company’ BuzzFeed Quiz
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: Vox, The Hill, Daily Wire, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
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 …
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Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
U.S. inches closer to deal with Taliban that could lead to American troop pullout; Afghan …
Discussion: Home Page Rotator
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.
Discussion: Althouse
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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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US sanctions Venezuelan state-owned oil company as Maduro seeks talks with Trump  —  The Trump administration announced Monday it is sanctioning Venezuela's state-owned oil company, blocking $7 billion in assets and costing the country $11 billion of oil revenues, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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 …
Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Who's Benefiting from Medicaid Expansion?  —  There's a new study of how the Affordable Care Act, especially the Medicaid expansion, played out in California: … In other words, the expansion brought in federal money that benefited hospitals and government budgets, and it made care …
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 …
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.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
GOP senator says Trump wants a ‘simple’ border wall deal  —  President Trump signaled to a GOP senator over the weekend that he is searching for a “simple” border wall deal in advance of the new funding deadline next month — casting more doubt on the prospects of a broader immigration deal …
Discussion: The Democrats
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
 
 
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Stuart Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
How a “Populist” Film Studio Is Turning Rage and Violence Into Revenue
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Stone indictment makes clear there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy
Discussion: CNN, JONATHAN TURLEY and emptywheel
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Bigotry Against Christians Harms The Media's Reputation
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
 Earlier Items: 
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: The Week and Hot Air
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Latest polling data point to major re-election challenges for Trump in Wisconsin
Yahoo News:
'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Hiding Out With Randy Credico, the Stand-Up Comic Who Could Help Put Roger Stone in Prison
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Post-shutdown negotiations look brutal for Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's foreign policy
Discussion: Vox
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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