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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.
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: Breitbart
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Democratic megadonor Haim Saban thinks fellow billionaire Howard Schultz would guarantee Trump …
Washington Post:   Why billionaires with big egos now dream of being president
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Howard Schultz: America doesn't want far-left ideas like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70% marginal …
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  —  10:30 AM PT — “Empire” staff held an emergency meeting Tuesday morning in Chicago to tell everyone what happened to Jussie.
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  —  Russian officials made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall aimed at resolving deadlocked negotiations with the Trump administration over its nuclear weapons program, said U.S. officials familiar with the discussions.
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
America's allies pushing away from US over Trump policies, top intel officials warn
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Testimony by intelligence chiefs on global threats highlights differences with president
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
U.S. intelligence chief breaks with Trump on North Korea, Iran, ISIS
Discussion: Axios
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
USA Today:   William Barr's view of Russia recusal could undermine all government ethics programs
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 …
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CNN:
Mueller team signals to Stone associate another indictment may be in the works
Discussion: emptywheel
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 …
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
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 …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax Contains The Germ Of A Decent Idea
Discussion: Washington Post and ITEP
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: CNBC and Political Wire
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.
New York Times:   Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama's Success With Black Voters? It's Complicated
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 …
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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Ways and Means Committee:   Democratic Committee Leaders Respond to the Trump Administration's Lifting of Sanctions …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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: Shakesville 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 …
Howard Schultz / USA Today:
A third-party centrist candidate like me could win the presidency in 2020  —  To become better, we must repair our broken two-party system.  To those who say a third choice can't succeed, I say that's as un-American as you can get.  —  CONNECT  —  Imagine if our country were more united.
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN, Scott Rasmussen and CNBC
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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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Kamala Harris's History of Jailing Parents of Truants
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Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: President Trump's marks on the economy slip
Discussion: Vox and Hullabaloo
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Justice Democrats, the group aiming to create many Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezes, explained
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RealClearInvestigations:
Harvard, the NY Times and the #MeToo Takedown of a Black Academic Star
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The great irony of climate change politics is red states face more pain
Discussion: Political Wire
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Reporter Trolls Christian Schools
Julia Azari / FiveThirtyEight:
The Fight Over The State Of The Union Was About The Future Of Democracy
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump admin blames shutdown for ‘slow roll’ on House oversight
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