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Billy House / Bloomberg:
GOP Lawmaker Tells Ocasio-Cortez Congress Isn't Just ‘Eating Bonbons’  — Leading House conservative addresses New York Democrat  — Two lawmakers mix it up at first meeting of Oversight panel  —  A leading House conservative backer of President Donald Trump decided …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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.
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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Victoria Albert / The Daily Beast:
‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Attacked in Possible Hate Crime: Police  —  The Chicago Police Department said 36-year-old Empire star Jussie Smollett told authorities he was assaulted early Tuesday morning by two suspects who yelled out “racial and homophobic slurs” before the attack.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Chicago Police Deny Claim That Jussie Smollett Identified Attackers as White, Heard Them Say ‘MAGA’
Discussion: theGrio
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Has Howard Schultz Really Thought This Through?  —  Howard Schultz is no longer CEO of Starbucks.  But as de facto founder (he took it over as a small coffee roaster and developed it into what we know as Starbucks) I imagine he is still a major shareholder.  Really he and Starbucks are inseparable.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
‘The View’ Makes Howard Schultz Squirm: Can You Really ‘Live With’ Re-Electing Trump?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Starbucks' Schultz ‘100% Will Only Run If He Sees a Viable Path,’ Adviser Says
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
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
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 and Shareblue Media
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 …
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Washington Post:
Russia secretly offered North Korea a nuclear power plant, officials say
Discussion: Politico, Joe.My.God. and Axios
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: The Mahablog and 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: JustOneMinute and IJR
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
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard campaign in disarray  —  Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign hasn't officially launched yet but it's already melting down.  —  Two-and-a-half weeks after she told CNN she had decided to run for the White House—an announcement that even her own staff didn't know was coming …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
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 …
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
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, The Guardian and Gothamist
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NBC New York:
Young Mother Holding Stroller With Baby in It Falls Down Subway Stairs, Dies
Discussion: Gothamist
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Democrats taunt GOP with vote to oppose shutdowns
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Vox, CNBC, The Daily Caller and Hullabaloo
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Schneiderman used campaign cash for legal bills  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in political campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation of allegations that he physically abused several women …
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
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump's Twitter insult about ‘Team of Vipers’ might be helping Cliff Sims sell books  —  New York (CNN)We've read this story before: A book comes out that contains unflattering chapters about President Trump.  Strategists say he should ignore it.  But he finds it irresistible.
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.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Congressman Unveils Bill To Prevent More Blake Farentholds  —  The BLAKE Act would ban ex-members from lobbying Congress until they repay taxpayer money spent on sex harassment settlements.  —  WASHINGTON Remember Blake Farenthold?  He's the former Texas congressman who spent $84,000 …
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: Splinter and Political Wire
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: Raw Story, TheDrive and Joe.My.God.
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.
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
David French / National Review:
What Kamala Harris Doesn't Understand About Gun Owners  —  When I read progressive arguments for gun control, I'm struck by how often I'll see a truly strange line of thought.  “If only,” they argue, “you really knew what guns do, then you'd favor greater limits on gun rights.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
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Nick Pinto / The Intercept:
A Member of Congress Tried to Go to an Immigration Activist's ICE Check-in. ICE Tried to Block Her.
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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Former Interior Secretary Zinke renewed 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches
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Bloomberg Law:
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Wesley Morgan / Politico:
‘Several thousand’ more troops preparing to deploy to the border, Shanahan says
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James O'Malley / HuffPost:
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Seeks Distance From Russia as Investigations Heat Up
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Democrats' 2020 presidential contest is wide open as danger mounts for Trump, new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows