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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 a second term if he ran as an independent  — Democratic billionaire and megadonor Haim Saban criticized former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz for signaling that he would run for president as an independent candidate.
Dan Primack / Axios:
If Howard Schultz decides to run in 2020, Starbucks might have a big problem
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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  —  11:10 AM PT — “Empire” creator Lee Daniels just expressed his outrage and horror over the attack.
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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: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
Russia secretly offered North Korea a nuclear power plant, officials say
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Testimony by intelligence chiefs on global threats highlights differences with president
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
USA Today:   William Barr's view of Russia recusal could undermine all government ethics programs
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / 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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Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Abrams to deliver Dems' State of the Union response
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Stacey Abrams to give Democratic response to State of the Union
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
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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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: ITEP
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Warren's push for a wealth tax could be a game changer
Discussion: IJR and VICE
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Tim Prudente / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore will stop prosecuting marijuana possession, Mosby announces  —  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of quantity or criminal history.  —  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday …
Discussion: Axios
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:   Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama's Success With Black Voters?  It's Complicated  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — As Senator Kamala Harris attempts her own version of former President Barack Obama's historic rise from first-term senator to the White House, one of her political tests will be trying to secure …
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David Marcus / The Federalist:   Kamala Harris Plants Her Flag On the Far Left
Washington Post:
‘My entire life has been put on hold’  —  Two years ago, President Trump banned citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.  Among the victims are U.S. citizens married to people from those countries.  —  This is the story of two Americans who fell in love with someone from the “wrong” place.
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In border talks, a new fight for barrier deniers
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Adam McKay on the Veracity of “Vice”
Discussion: twitchy.com
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
Professor Exposes Bogus Research, Faces Sanctions. Of Course.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
N.R.A. Seeks Distance From Russia as Investigations Heat Up
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Bulwark Podcast:
The “Vote Against, Not For” Election?
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Prominent Democrats Form Pro-Israel Group to Counter Skepticism on the Left
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Justice Democrats, the group aiming to create many Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezes, explained
Discussion: The Federalist and Balloon Juice
Will Oremus / Slate:
LOLsob  —  BuzzFeed's layoffs were painful for its staffers …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 

 
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