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7:25 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
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says  —  Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker said Monday that he has been “fully briefed” on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and that, “right now, the investigation is close to being completed.”
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and Mediaite
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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.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Week
ABC News:
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker says special counsel investigation nearly done
Discussion: Washington Press and Mother Jones
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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.
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
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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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Trump to deliver State of the Union on Feb. 5
Discussion: RedState
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
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.
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Eater
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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, Raw Story, Vox, Daily Wire and The Week
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 …
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US sanctions Venezuelan state-owned oil company as Maduro seeks talks with Trump
Associated Press:
The Latest: White House won't elaborate on note about troops
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Authorities Unveil Sweeping Set of Charges Against China's Huawei
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!
ABC News:
Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to testify behind closed doors to House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 8, chairman says  —  Michael Cohen has agreed to testify behind closed doors in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, according to a statement …
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Michael Cohen to testify before House Intel panel next week
Discussion: ABC News
Breaking911:
FIVE COPS SHOT IN HOUSTON |  Here's What We Know  —  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: KATC-TV, fox8.com and FOX59
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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: NTK Network
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign says president bolstered by shutdown  —  President Donald Trump's political team has concluded that shutting down the government hasn't damaged his 2020 prospects — if anything, they're convinced it's bolstered his standing in key electoral battlegrounds.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Matthew / 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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Dwight Garner / New York Times:
In ‘Let Me Finish,’ Chris Christie Goes Easy on Donald Trump, Saving Fire for Steve Bannon and Others
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Child Sexual Abuse Victims to Get Expanded Protections in N.Y.
Jennifer Rutledge / Conservative Action Project:
Conservatives Oppose H.R. 1, the Ultimate Fantasy of the Left
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Breitbart
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Nadler pledges not to blindside GOP with subpoenas
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Martin / McSweeney's:
I Am So Progressive That I Am Already Preparing My 2020 Protest Vote For Donald Trump
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Women's March Leader Omits Jews From Holocaust Remembrance Statement
Elizabeth Goitein / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Destroying His Own Case for a National Emergency
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Latest polling data point to major re-election challenges for Trump in Wisconsin
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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