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12:00 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.
Discussion: CNBC, Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
CNN:
Former Obama aide joins Howard Schultz's team.  Democrats aren't happy.  —  (CNN)Bill Burton, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, defended his decision to join Howard Schultz's team as the former Starbucks CEO considers an independent presidential bid in 2020, pushing back against suggestions that Schultz could be a spoiler.
Dan Primack / Axios:
If Howard Schultz decides to run in 2020, Starbucks might have a big problem  —  Starbucks chairman emeritus Howard Schultz is a long shot to win the White House, but a sure bet to create headaches for the coffee chain he turned into a global empire.  —  Why it matters: Schultz's reputation …
Discussion: ABC News
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Justice Democrats, the group aiming to create many Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezes, explained
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Warren Henry / The Federalist:
How Ocasio-Cortez's Trump-Like Tactics Could Be Her Downfall
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Daily Beast
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz heckled during book tour after teasing independent run for president
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Howard Schultz's camp says he can save Democrats from Trump
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate panel postpones William Barr's confirmation vote amid Democrats' concerns  —  A planned Senate Judiciary Committee vote on William P. Barr's nomination to serve as attorney general has been delayed for a week, as Democrats continue to raise concerns about whether he will allow special …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
USA Today:   William Barr's view of Russia recusal could undermine all government ethics programs
CNN:
Mueller team signals to Stone associate another indictment may be in the works  —  Washington (CNN)A defense attorney for Andrew Miller, who's fighting a subpoena from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, learned Monday afternoon that the special …
Discussion: emptywheel
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Mimi Rocah / The Daily Beast:
Roger Stone's Indictment Says Mueller Ain't Done Yet  —  Matthew Whitaker says the investigation is ‘close to being completed.’ If true, why did the Special Counsel say so much about the Trump campaign and execute search warrants?  —  Roger Stone, President Trump's former campaign adviser …
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Kirschner / NBC News:
Trump adviser Roger Stone's indictment in the Mueller probe suggests conspiracy charges may still be forthcoming
Seth Hettena / Rolling Stone:
Is There a Secret Hiding in Roger Stone's Indictment?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:   Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty to false statements, obstruction charges
John A. Farrell / Politico:   Watergate Created Roger Stone. Trump Completed Him.
Washington Post:
Democrats' 2020 presidential contest is wide open as danger mounts for Trump, new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows  —  Amid new signs of danger for President Trump's reelection hopes, the opposition race to replace him is wide open, with most Democratic voters not able to name their favorite candidate …
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll shows trouble for Trump, Dem voters undecided on early 2020 field
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Flake rules out 2020 primary challenge to Trump, says he hopes another Republican runs
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press, Axios and IJR
Caitlin Yilek / Washington Examiner:
Trump campaign says it is preparing to sue Cliff Sims for tell-all book after president rips ‘low level staffer’  —  President Trump's re-election campaign said Monday it is preparing to sue former White House staffer Cliff Sims for violating his confidentiality agreement …
Discussion: Townhall, Political Wire and Axios
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump admin blames shutdown for ‘slow roll’ on House oversight
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Democrats getting antsy on impeachment as Mueller probe drags on
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Political Wire
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
America's allies pushing away from US over Trump policies, top intel officials warn  —  America's top intelligence officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday, testifying about what they see as the gravest threats facing the U.S., and were expected to highlight strategic concerns about Russia and China …
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
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 …
Will Oremus / Slate:
LOLsob  —  BuzzFeed's layoffs were painful for its staffers—and fatal to its self-mythology.  —  There's a phenomenon familiar to news junkies on Twitter that I'll call the BuzzFeed Effect.  Whenever BuzzFeed publishes a story it's proud of, its writers and editors tweet and retweet …
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Jill Abramson / Vanity Fair:
How Google and Facebook Are Slowly Strangling Their Digital Offspring
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Kamala Harris defines her fight against Trump in CNN town hall  —  How Kamala Harris plans to debate Trump  —  (CNN)As Kamala Harris introduced herself as a 2020 presidential candidate to Iowa caucus-goers and the nation on Monday night, she showed exactly why she is viewed as such a formidable contender.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:   Trump shows weakness as 2020 rivals emerge
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris has what it takes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
TMZ.com:
‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Beaten in Homophobic Attack By MAGA Supporters  —  ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett — Victim of Homophobic Attack By MAGA Supporters  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  “Empire” star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, “This is MAGA country.”
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Joshua Trees Destroyed in National Park During Shutdown May Take Centuries to Regrow  —  The partial government shutdown ended last week after 35 days, but conservationists have warned that its impact may be felt for hundreds of years in at least one part of the country: Joshua Tree National Park.
Discussion: Washington Post and Desert Sun
Molly Jong-Fast / The Bulwark:
Let Them Fight  —  Last Friday the president of the United States trudged into the Rose Garden a torpid mess, with his tuft of hair-like substance sitting lifelessly on his head.  It was a harbinger of the weekend to come.  Presiding over the longest government shutdown ever had taken …
RealClearInvestigations:
Harvard, the NY Times and the #MeToo Takedown of a Black Academic Star  —  In a December 14, 2018 piece, the New York Times set the stage by noting in its opening sentences that Roland G. Fryer Jr. had attained tenure at Harvard, received a MacArthur “genius” grant, and won the most prestigious award for a young American economist.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 and Joe.My.God.
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Republicans may block Trump from another shutdown  —  Senate Republicans can't stomach another shutdown.  —  After weathering 35 days of a partial government closure, the Senate GOP is dreading the possibility another one will hit in less than three weeks — a sentiment …
 
 
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Kate Irby / Sacramento Bee:
‘Trump effect:’ California Latino voters showed up in force in 2018. Will they do it again?
The Intercept:
Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Her First Weeks in Washington
Discussion: Breitbart
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Tom Steyer Pays for Ground Troops in His War for Impeachment
Discussion: Axios
Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Coloradans blame Trump for shutdown, don't like his wall plan, new poll shows
Washington Post:
Updates: Potential for burst of heavy snow late this afternoon, then tumbling temperatures
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The great irony of climate change politics is red states face more pain
Discussion: Political Wire
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump administration learns that fighting gravity is hard
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Reporter Trolls Christian Schools
BBC:
Brexit: Theresa May will ask the EU to reopen Brexit deal
Discussion: New York Times
Julia Azari / FiveThirtyEight:
The Fight Over The State Of The Union Was About The Future Of Democracy
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Rashida Tlaib's Ties To Anti-Semitism Run Deeper Than Previously Known
Discussion: Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Resorts to Settle Nevada Regulator's Probe
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling ... before they pick up
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they think they found one
 

 
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Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B

Washington Post:
Letter: OpenAI whistleblowers asked the SEC to probe OpenAI's allegedly restrictive NDAs barring staff from warning regulators about the risks its tech may pose

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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