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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
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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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 …
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: WQAD-TV
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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Jon Lovett / Crooked Media:
An Open Letter to Howard Schultz  —  I like Starbucks.  Among the smart set, this is class betrayal.  I'm supposed to visit Starbucks begrudgingly because it's square and corporate and the opposite of local.  But I don't feel that way.  I have Starbucks most mornings.
The Onion:   Howard Schultz Considering Independent Presidential Run After Finding No Initial Support Among Any Voter Groups
Mike Allen / Axios:
Howard Schultz knows some Dems are going to hate him
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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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi re-invites Trump to deliver State of the Union
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of the Union on Feb. 5 in the House chamber
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Matthew / Fluxblog:
How Laid Off Are You?  —  I have been laid off from BuzzFeed …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Ex-BuzzFeed Writer Publishes ‘Unionize Your Media Company’ BuzzFeed Quiz
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
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: The Hill, Daily Wire, Vox, Raw Story and The Week
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.
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Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Joe.My.God.
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US sanctions Venezuelan state-owned oil company as Maduro seeks talks with Trump
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Nadler pledges not to blindside GOP with subpoenas
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Nolte: Blacklisters at Microsoft's NewsGuard Label Proven Hoaxes ‘Credible’
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
GOP senator says Trump wants a ‘simple’ border wall deal
Discussion: The Democrats
Stuart Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
How a “Populist” Film Studio Is Turning Rage and Violence Into Revenue
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Martin / McSweeney's:
I Am So Progressive That I Am Already Preparing My 2020 Protest Vote For Donald Trump
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Stone indictment makes clear there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy
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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
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
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Another Side of #MeToo: Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Jezebel and Althouse
 

 
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Kate Knibbs / Wired:
Two ex-Meta employees find an AI clickbait network linked to a Polish IT company, which is “domain squatting” on URLs, including Iowa's Clayton County Register

Jess Jones / City A.M.:
Sesamy, launched by Acast co-founders to let users in Sweden and Denmark purchase single articles or podcasts as a one-time transaction, plans to expand to UK

Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
BLKFAM, a free, ad-supported streaming service focused on Black families, launches in the US with 1,000+ hours of kid-friendly animation titles and more

 
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