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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: Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Why billionaires with big egos now dream of being president  —  The trends that brought us Howard Schultz (and Donald Trump) started in the 1970s.  —  Former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is the latest big-ego billionaire to toy around with the possibility of running for president.
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
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.”
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 Political Wire
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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.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
America's allies pushing away from US over Trump policies, top intel officials warn
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
U.S. intelligence chief says North Korea unlikely to give up nuclear weapons
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  —  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 …
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
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Kamala Harris Vows to ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance Market  —  Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) advocated the elimination of the private health insurance industry during a CNN town hall event in Iowa Monday night.  —  Harris, who announced her 2020 presidential candidacy this week …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Kamala Harris's History of Jailing Parents of Truants
Discussion: InsideSources and The Bulwark
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Kamala Harris defines her fight against Trump in CNN town hall
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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Anna Staver / Denver Post:   Coloradans blame Trump for shutdown, don't like his wall plan, new poll shows
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
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 …
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: Law & Crime, Townhall and Axios
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump admin blames shutdown for ‘slow roll’ on House oversight
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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: Political Wire
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
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
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.
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 …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases  —  BALTIMORE — Marijuana is officially against the law in Maryland but Baltimore's top prosecutor said on Tuesday that she would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases within the city limits, regardless of quantity, and seek to vacate almost 5,000 convictions.
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: Desert Sun
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.
 
 
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Hannah Fingerhut / Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: President Trump's marks on the economy slip
Discussion: Vox and Hullabaloo
David Rising / Associated Press:
Study: Corruption levels linked to health of democracies
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Kate Irby / Sacramento Bee:
‘Trump effect:’ California Latino voters showed up in force in 2018. Will they do it again?
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Tom Steyer Pays for Ground Troops in His War for Impeachment
Discussion: Axios
RealClearInvestigations:
Harvard, the NY Times and the #MeToo Takedown of a Black Academic Star
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
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
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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