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11:05 AM 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 and Joe.My.God.
Warren Henry / The Federalist:
How Ocasio-Cortez's Trump-Like Tactics Could Be Her Downfall
Discussion: Vox and The Atlantic
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
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 …
Seth Hettena / Rolling Stone:
Is There a Secret Hiding in Roger Stone's Indictment?
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Flake rules out 2020 primary challenge to Trump, says he hopes another Republican runs  —  Former senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday ruled out a primary to President Trump next year, saying he doesn't see “a path right now” but still hopes another member of his party steps forward to run.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Derek Wallbank / Bloomberg:
Trump Critic Jeff Flake Won't Run for President Against Him
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll shows trouble for Trump, Dem voters undecided on early 2020 field
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former Sen. Jeff Flake Joins CBS News as Contributor
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Guardian
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
Welcome to 2020: Obstacles for Trump and a wide-open Democratic race
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:
Howard Schultz's camp says he can save Democrats from Trump
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: New York Times, NPR and Political Wire
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Democrats getting antsy on impeachment as Mueller probe drags on
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
New York Times:
Intelligence Chiefs Set to Outline Threat of Chinese Cyberspying  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
CBS News:
“5,000 troops to Colombia”?  Nation responds to Bolton's note  —  Colombia's foreign minister says his government doesn't know why U.S. national security adviser John Bolton had “5,000 troops to Colombia” written on a notepad he held during a news conference announcing new Venezuela sanctions.
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Bolton: ‘All options are on the table’ for Trump in Venezuela
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 …
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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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
Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Coloradans blame Trump for shutdown, don't like his wall plan, new poll shows  —  Gov. Jared Polis debuts with 53 percent of voters viewing him favorably  —  A new statewide poll finds more than half of Coloradans blame President Donald Trump for the government shutdown …
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 …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Tom Steyer Pays for Ground Troops in His War for Impeachment  —  The liberal billionaire's Need to Impeach campaign will begin paying staffers to launch grassroots impeachment campaigns in the districts of key members of Congress.  —  Gideon Resnick  —  Tom Steyer's Need to Impeach campaign is going local.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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RealClearInvestigations:
Harvard, the NY Times and the #MeToo Takedown of a Black Academic Star
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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
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
Reason:
The Future Is Female. And She's Furious.
Reason:
If You Still Think the Shutdown Proves Government Is Important, You're Seeing What You Want to See
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump admin blames shutdown for ‘slow roll’ on House oversight
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Our Dreams of Peace: Envisioning an End to War in Afghanistan
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump shows weakness as 2020 rivals emerge
Emily Crockett / Shareblue Media:
Americans don't trust Trump, and women hate his guts
Wall Street Journal:
Wynn Resorts to Settle Nevada Regulator's Probe
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Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling ... before they pick up
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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