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7:45 PM ET, January 29, 2019

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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.
t.e2ma.net:   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May Face Challenger, Eric Holder Inches Closer to Run, and Magic Johnson Names New President
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:   Potential New York Dem Names Floated To Primary Ocasio-Cortez
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 the Hawaii Democrat 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
TMZ.com:
‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Tells Cops His Attackers Touted MAGA  —  4:00 PM PT — Chicago PD confirms Jussie told them, in a follow-up interview, about the attackers yelling, “MAGA country.”  —  They add Jussie still had the rope around his neck when he made contact with cops at 2:42 AM.
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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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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Starbucks' Schultz ‘100% Will Only Run If He Sees a Viable Path,’ Adviser Says
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
Tim Burke / The Daily Beast:
The Starbucks Music Store Under Howard Schultz Was Painfully White
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Cliff Sims Is Proud to Have Served Trump  —  In August, 2016, Cliff Sims, the C.E.O. of an Alabama-based conservative news site, joined the Trump campaign.  He then followed Trump to the White House, where he worked as the special assistant to the President and as the director …
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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, Daily Kos 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
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Democrats taunt GOP with vote to oppose shutdowns  —  House Democrats plan to put Republicans on the spot Wednesday with a vote to condemn future government shutdowns, even as the threat of another border wall showdown remains just weeks away.  —  Democratic leaders will force a vote …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
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.
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NBC New York:
Young Mother Holding Stroller With Baby in It Falls Down Subway Stairs, Dies
Discussion: Gothamist
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will not run for president  —  Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce in Los Angeles today that he will not run for president in 2020, according to three sources.  —  Garcetti had been considering a presidential campaign for months and traveled the country raising money for Democrats.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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
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Axios:   Kushner driving effort to replicate criminal justice success with immigration reform
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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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them  —  Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user's phone and web activity, similar to Facebook's Onavo Protect app …
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, The Daily Caller, Hullabaloo and CNBC
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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Ashley / Chicks On The Right:   Chuck Schumer Wants A LITERAL LOSER To Deliver The Democratic SOTU Response
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Exclusive: Clemson's Black Players Refused to Accept Donald Trump's Invitation to the McCookout  —  When Filet-O-Fish aficionado Donald Trump invited the Clemson Tigers to enjoy the White House's first Presidential Value Meal, most of Clemson's national championship football team members jumped …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Guardian and Breitbart
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Bloomberg Law:
Labor Secretary's Role in Epstein Plea Deal Under DOJ Scrutiny  —  The Justice Department's inspector general wants lawmakers to give him the authority to investigate a decade-old plea deal in which Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta allegedly helped an accused sex offender skirt the harshest punishment for crimes against teens.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
CBO report shows that spending, not Trump tax cuts, are primarily driving the nation's deficits
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Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Parents who don't vaccinate kids tend to be affluent, better educated, experts say
Discussion: Power Line, NPR, Vox and ThinkProgress
Nick Pinto / The Intercept:
A Member of Congress Tried to Go to an Immigration Activist's ICE Check-in. ICE Tried to Block Her.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Former Interior Secretary Zinke renewed 10-year grazing permit for Hammond Ranches
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David French / National Review:
What Kamala Harris Doesn't Understand About Gun Owners
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Wesley Morgan / Politico:
‘Several thousand’ more troops preparing to deploy to the border, Shanahan says
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘The Greatest Salesman’ Who Can't Sell Anything
Discussion: Raw Story
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
Professor Exposes Bogus Research, Faces Sanctions. Of Course.
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Elizabeth Warren's plan to tax the super-rich has been tried before. Here's what happened.
Discussion: The Mahablog and New York Times
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Rap star Cardi B is headed to Des Moines this spring