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9:25 AM ET, January 29, 2019

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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.
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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
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Schultz camp says he can save Democrats from Trump  —  Howard Schultz's advisers have a message for the former Starbucks chief's critics: Schultz could be the fail-safe plan in the event Democrats nominate a far-left candidate in 2020.  —  In the 24 hours since Schultz announced …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Bloomberg:
Mike Bloomberg Statement on Independent Runs
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz heckled during book tour after teasing independent run for president
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Ethics watchdog calls out Trump for threatening Starbucks to ‘keep putting money in his pocket’
Discussion: Political Wire, New York Times and NPR
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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USA Today:
William Barr's view of Russia recusal could undermine all government ethics programs  —  Barr committed to consult with ethics officials, which means he's required to take their advice.  We urge him to correct the record and say he will.  —  CONNECT  —  As former White House ethics officials …
John A. Farrell / Politico:   Watergate Created Roger Stone. Trump Completed Him.
Seth Hettena / Rolling Stone:
Is There a Secret Hiding in Roger Stone's Indictment?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Trump AG pick says he's discussed Mueller probe with Pence
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.
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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Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:   Welcome to 2020: Obstacles for Trump and a wide-open Democratic race
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 …
Discussion: RedState and The Lid
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Warren Henry / The Federalist:
How Ocasio-Cortez's Trump-Like Tactics Could Be Her Downfall
Discussion: Vox and The Atlantic
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Kamala Harris Deserves Better Than Sexist Criticism About Her Personal Life  —  The 2020 presidential candidate has faced down creepy gossip about a past relationship for 20 years.  It should stop—now.  —  Democratic women had a lot to celebrate this weekend.
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:   Kamala Harris has what it takes
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Kamala Harris defines her fight against Trump in CNN town hall
Discussion: Bloomberg
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
A cure for cancer?  Israeli scientists say they think they found one  —  “We believe we will offer in a year's time a complete cure for cancer.”  —  A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.  —  “We believe we will offer in a year's …
Discussion: New York Post and Daily Wire
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling ... before they pick up  —  A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media.  The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming …
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Bolton: ‘All options are on the table’ for Trump in Venezuela  —  The U.S. announced sanctions Monday against Venezuela's state-owned oil company amid a constitutional power struggle in that nation.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is leaving open the possibility of a U.S. military intervention …
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Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Rashida Tlaib's Ties To Anti-Semitism Run Deeper Than Previously Known  —  One of Rep. Rashida Tlaib's key fundraisers, Maher Abdel-qader, has repeatedly promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.  —  The Michigan Democrat is a member of a Facebook group where Abdel-qader and other members have shared anti-Semitic content.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump admin blames shutdown for ‘slow roll’ on House oversight  —  Many White House staffers who deal with document and email requests from Democratic committees were furloughed, but some members of Congress are suspicious of the excuses.  —  The Trump administration has tried to delay answering …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Does the Unthinkable in Response to Latest Wave of Tell-All Books: He Shuts Up
Discussion: Politico and Washington Press
New York Times:
Our Dreams of Peace: Envisioning an End to War in Afghanistan  —  Fahim Abed, 30, and Fatima Faizi, 24, are Afghan reporters for The New York Times in Kabul.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — On Day 4 of the peace talks between the Americans and the Taliban last week, we looked up from our desks across …
Discussion: FOX2now.com
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Washington Post:
The Trump administration's tentative deal with the Taliban could return Afghanistan to chaos
Discussion: CNN, New Republic and Foreign Policy
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former Sen. Jeff Flake Joins CBS News as Contributor  —  A moderate Republican, Flake used his announcement to rule himself out for the 2020 presidential contest.  —  Former Sen. Jeff Flake has landed as a CBS News contributor and announced on air on Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2020.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Guardian
Julia Azari / FiveThirtyEight:
The Fight Over The State Of The Union Was About The Future Of Democracy  —  It's hardly news anymore when President Trump breaks with democratic customs.  His willingness to violate norms has been well covered throughout his time in office, and these violations can undermine democratic values …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump shows weakness as 2020 rivals emerge  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's enemies smell blood in the water.  —  Once, the President's uncanny sense for weakness in others helped him destroy the deepest Republican primary field in history.  Now, the suddenly quickening 2020 presidential race …
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 …
Adam Sabes / Campus Reform:
EXCLUSIVE: Calif. board of trustees scraps Pledge of Allegiance over ‘white nationalism’ history  — Robert Miller, president of the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees, said that the board would no longer be reciting the pledge, claiming that it was “steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.”
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump calls Bible literacy classes in schools ‘great’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday cheered on the controversial push to introduce Bible literacy classes to public schools.  —  “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible.
Emily Crockett / Shareblue Media:
Americans don't trust Trump, and women hate his guts  —  Women hate Trump more than ever, according to new polls.  —  Most Americans think Trump is a lousy dealmaker who can't be trusted and doesn't understand the problems of ordinary people — and women especially think so.
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
On patrol with the enforcer of D.C.'s plastic-straw ban  —  Warning letters in hand, Zach Rybarczyk patrolled the food court at Union Station, looking for offenders.  —  Past Auntie Anne's, past Johnny Rockets.  At Lotus Express, a Chinese food joint, Rybarczyk peeled the wrapper …
 
 
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Reason:
If You Still Think the Shutdown Proves Government Is Important, You're Seeing What You Want to See
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Desert Sun:
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Ava Kofman / The Intercept:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden says he'll make ‘the decision soon’
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