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4:50 PM ET, January 29, 2019

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Scott Wong / The Hill:
Some Dems float idea of primary challenge for Ocasio-Cortez  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that's threatening to primary entrenched Democrats.  Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables …
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Howard Schultz Blames Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for His Decision to Run as Independent  —  Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he can't run for president as a Democrat because he doesn't like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to slap a 70-percent marginal tax rate on income above $10 million.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Elizabeth Warren Mocks ‘Billionaire’ Howard Schultz  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a shot Tuesday at former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's chances of mounting a serious presidential campaign, the latest salvo in a budding feud between the progressive senator and her potential 2020 rival.
Discussion: NBC News, Hit & Run, Washington Post and IJR
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Starbucks' Schultz ‘100% Will Only Run If He Sees a Viable Path,’ Adviser Says  — Adviser says billionaire won't run without clear path to win  — Democrats say independent candidate would help re-elect Trump  —  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may not decide on making …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
‘The View’ Makes Howard Schultz Squirm: Can You Really ‘Live With’ Re-Electing Trump?  —  Joy Behar and Meghan McCain both practically begged the Starbucks CEO not to run for president and ‘guarantee’ another four years of Trump.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  The morning after former Starbucks …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Top Democratic groups threaten to unleash arsenal to torpedo Schultz third-party bid
Discussion: abc7ny.com and Liberty Unyielding
Washington Post:   Why billionaires with big egos now dream of being president
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Democratic megadonor Haim Saban thinks fellow billionaire Howard Schultz would guarantee Trump …
Discussion: The Week and Gothamist
Dan Primack / Axios:
If Howard Schultz decides to run in 2020, Starbucks might have a big problem
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
TMZ.com:
‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Beaten by MAGA Backers, Cast Gets Armed Guards  —  12:43 PM PT — Sources connected to production tell us Jussie and the rest of the main “Empire” cast members will have armed security going forward while they continue shooting in Chicago.
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Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Chicago Police Deny Claim That Jussie Smollett Identified Attackers as White, Heard Them Say ‘MAGA’  —  Empire star Jussie Smollett is in the hospital after two people allegedly assaulted him on the streets of Chicago around 2:00 a.m. last night.  —  The police are investigating the attack as a hate crime …
Discussion: theGrio
Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Attacked in Possible Hate Crime: Police
Discussion: Louder With Crowder and theGrio
New York Times:
U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Trump on North Korea and Iran  —  WASHINGTON — A new American intelligence assessment of global threats has concluded that North Korea is “unlikely to give up” all of its nuclear stockpiles, and that Iran is not “currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Testimony by intelligence chiefs on global threats highlights differences with president
Washington Post:
Russia secretly offered North Korea a nuclear power plant, officials say
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US intelligence chief contradicts Trump on ISIS defeat
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NPR
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Intel chiefs challenge Trump's national security claims
Financial Times:
Trump sat down with Putin at G20 without US note-taker  —  Donald Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin for several minutes of conversation at the end of an evening event at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in November, with no translator or note-taker from the US side to record the dialogue between the leaders …
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Democrats tap Georgia's Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to Trump's State of the Union address  —  Democrats have tapped Georgia's Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump's State of the Union address, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday.
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Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Abrams to deliver Dems' State of the Union response
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Stacey Abrams to give Democratic response to State of the Union
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Senate panel postpones attorney general nominee William P. Barr's confirmation vote amid Democrats' concerns  —  President Trump's nominee for attorney general is expected to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee and be confirmed by the full Senate, but Democrats are worried …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate panel postpones William Barr's confirmation vote amid Democrats' concerns
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Infamy, zeal for carnage inspired Vegas shooter  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — A high-stakes gambler who rained down a hail of gunfire, killing 58 people from his high-rise casino suite in Las Vegas wanted infamy and mass destruction, the FBI told the Associated Press Tuesday …
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren's plan to tax the super-rich has been tried before.  Here's what happened.  —  Versions of a “wealth tax” proposed by the 2020 hopeful have been put in place in a number of countries.  Most have gotten rid them.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has made a splash with her plan for a …
Discussion: New York Times
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Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Warren's push for a wealth tax could be a game changer
Discussion: IJR
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax Contains The Germ Of A Decent Idea
Discussion: IJR, New York Times and ITEP
Tim Prudente / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore will stop prosecuting marijuana possession, Mosby announces  —  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of quantity or criminal history.  —  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday …
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Joe.My.God.
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:   Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘The Greatest Salesman’ Who Can't Sell Anything  —  She and the base took Trump's word for it on the wall.  They never considered that the guy who conned others might be conning them, too.  —  Matt Lewis  —  Donald Trump had 35 days to convince America to support his border wall during the government shutdown.
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
Graham urges Trump to tie debt limit to border security funding  —  Manchin: Stop Washington's paychecks, stop shutdowns 01:16  —  Washington (CNN) — An influential Republican senator is urging President Donald Trump to up the ante in talks over his border wall: To push for an increase …
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
The lowest-paid shutdown workers aren't getting back pay  —  Janitors, security guards and cooks aren't guaranteed compensation after losing wages  —  Her debt was mounting: $156 for the gas bill, $300 for electricity, $2,000 for the mortgage.  She could no longer afford her blood pressure pills.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Democrats
CNN:
Harris backs ‘Medicare-for-all’ and eliminating private insurance as we know it  —  Kamala Harris backs ‘Medicare-for-all’ plan  —  (CNN)California Sen. Kamala Harris fully embraced “Medicare-for-all” single payer health insurance at a CNN town hall Monday and said she's willing to end private insurance to make it happen.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Kamala Harris Endorses Elimination of Private Health Insurance. That's a Huge Political Risk.
Washington Post:
Gone in a Generation  —  Across America, climate change is already disrupting lives  —  The continental United States is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was a century ago.  Seas at the coasts are nine inches higher.  The damage is mounting from these fundamental changes, and Americans are living it.
Matthew Leimkuehler / Des Moines Register:
Rap star Cardi B is headed to Des Moines this spring  —  Who's ready for some Cardi B, okurrr?!  —  The chart-topping “I Like It” and “Money” rap star plans to make her Des Moines debut May 3 at Wells Fargo Arena, a Friday night.  Tickets to see the New York native go on sale Friday at 10 …
Gabrielle Coppola / Bloomberg:
Harley-Davidson Profit Is Wiped Out by President Trump's Tariffs  — Earnings per share miss estimates by widest margin since 2009  — Retail deliveries in home market dropped 10% in fourth quarter  —  Harley-Davidson Inc. broke even in the last quarter of a year …
Discussion: TheDrive, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas quietly informs counties that some of the 95,000 voters flagged for citizenship review don't belong on the list  —  County officials said the number mistakenly flagged is “significant.” … After flagging tens of thousands of registered voters for citizenship reviews …
Mary Louise Kelly / NPR:
Chris Christie: There Is No One With More Influence Over Trump Than Jared Kushner  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made headlines in early 2016 when he dropped out of the presidential race and subsequently became the first major Republican to endorse Donald Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Mother Carrying Baby in Stroller Dies After Falling Down Subway Stairs  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  A young mother died on Monday night when she fell down a flight of subway stairs in Midtown Manhattan while carrying her baby daughter in a stroller, the police said.
Discussion: Jezebel
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Dems to strike ‘so help me God’ from oath taken in front of key House committee, draft shows  —  Did the president cave to Nancy Pelosi?  Trump signs bill to reopen the government with no wall funding  —  A key committee in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is moving to eliminate the words …
Emma Loop / BuzzFeed News:
A House Democrat Is Probing Whether Steven Mnuchin Had A Conflict Of Interest In The Russian Sanctions Fight  —  WASHINGTON — A House Democrat is demanding answers about an alleged business deal that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had with an associate of a Russian oligarch whose companies recently received US sanctions relief.
 
 
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Wesley Morgan / Politico:
‘Several thousand’ more troops preparing to deploy to the border, Shanahan says
Discussion: Breitbart
James O'Malley / HuffPost:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In border talks, a new fight for barrier deniers
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Adam McKay on the Veracity of “Vice”
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Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
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Washington Post:
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Prominent Democrats Form Pro-Israel Group to Counter Skepticism on the Left
New York Times:
Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama's Success With Black Voters? It's Complicated
Will Oremus / Slate:
LOLsob  —  BuzzFeed's layoffs were painful for its staffers …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Washington Post:
Democrats' 2020 presidential contest is wide open as danger mounts for Trump, new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows