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Danny Westneat / The Seattle Times:
Howard Schultz is above the political fray — so high above he often doesn't vote  —  Like a lot of outsider business execs who want to come in and fix politics, Howard Schultz has kept some distance from the mess of democracy in the past.  By not voting.  —  Howard Schultz wants to run …
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Here's What Starbucks Is Telling Employees To Say About Howard Schultz  —  The coffee chain's weekly memo discusses how to defuse the situation should someone share “aggressive political opinions.”  —  Starbucks is doing what it can to prepare employees for potentially uncomfortable customer encounters …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Foxconn reconsidering plans to make LCD panels at Wisconsin plant  —  (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Group is reconsidering plans to make advanced liquid crystal display panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin campus, and said it intends to hire mostly engineers and researchers rather …
NBC News:
GOP delay in naming House Intelligence Committee members may have cost Mueller  —  Democrats have been unable to authorize release of witness transcripts to the special counsel without GOP members who were just named Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. …
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Martin Matishak / Politico:   Republican move allows House Intel to resume work
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Virginia Governor Defends Letting Infants Die  —  This morning on WTOP's “Ask The Governor,” Virginia governor Ralph Northam defended the new abortion bill introduced by state Democrats this month, the Repeal Act, which would legalize abortion up to the point of birth.
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David French / National Review:
Yes, the Virginia Abortion Bill Is Just as Barbaric as You've Heard  —  I'm beginning to see some pushback online against claims that Virginia's so-called “Repeal Act” is as barbaric as pro-life activists claim — or as barbaric as its own sponsor testified.
Hannah Cortez / YouTube:
VA Gov On Abortion: “Infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired”
Discussion: Faithwire
The Daily Beast:
Bezos Launches Investigation Into Leaked Texts With Lauren Sanchez That Killed His Marriage  —  The Amazon chief's security consultants suspect the leak to the National Enquirer may have been politically motivated.  —  Jeff Bezos' personal security team has launched an investigation …
Helena Andrews-Dyer / Washington Post:
So Roger Stone, Jim Mattis and Lanny Davis walk into a steakhouse . . .  —  Hey, isn't that . . . a cable news hour's worth of President Trump's friends and enemies at Washington's favorite power lunch spot?  —  Just before noon Tuesday, Trump's longtime friend …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham asks FBI to brief Senate panel on Roger Stone's arrest
New York Daily News:
Chicago police confirm surveillance video in homophobic, racist assault of ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett  —  Chicago police said late Wednesday that detectives have found video footage of suspects who allegedly attacked “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.  —  Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi …
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Joshua Rivera / GQ:
The Racist, Homophobic Attack on Jussie Smollett Is Far-Right America's Endgame
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Mueller says Russians using his discovery materials in disinformation effort  —  Russians are using materials obtained from special counsel Robert Mueller's office in a disinformation campaign apparently aimed at discrediting the investigation into Moscow's election interference, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Guardian
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Pro-Russian Twitter account used non-public material from Mueller's team in effort to discredit Russia probe
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why winning and losing are irrelevant in Syria and Afghanistan  —  President Trump is already pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, and is likely to pull them out of Afghanistan, too, assuming that a tentative peace deal with the Taliban is finalized.  Although Trump initially claimed …
Discussion: New York Times and New Republic
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David Rohde / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Chance to Bring Peace to Afghanistan and End America's Longest War
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Washington Post:
Trump blasts U.S. intelligence officials, disputes assessments on Iran and other global threats  —  President Trump lashed out at U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, calling them “extremely passive and naive” about the nuclear danger posed by Iran and pushing back on their assessments …
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William Steakin / IJR:
We Asked 2016 ‘Never Trump’ Republicans if They'll Back the President in 2020: 'I Mean, He's in Office'  —  In 2016, a number of Senate Republicans made the rare political decision to oppose their own party's nominee, then-candidate Donald Trump.  They were known as “Never Trumpers.”
Emma Dumain / The State:
Tim Scott still opposes Thomas Farr, and has sharp words for conservative critics  —  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has a message for the conservatives excoriating him for opposing Thomas Farr to be a district court judge: They ought not challenge the conclusion of the Senate's only black Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Mueller Witness' Team Gamed Out Russian Meddling ... in 2015  —  One former analyst at the Wikistrat consulting firm called it “disturbing.”  —  Days after Donald Trump rode down an escalator at Trump Tower and announced he'd run for president, a little-known consulting firm with links …
Kayla Tausche / CNBC:
Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is charging a whopping $200,000 per speaking gig  — Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is currently quoting $200,000 and the use of a private jet for domestic speaking engagements, according to five people with knowledge of the arrangement.
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Medicare-for-all fight reveals early fissures in 2020 Democratic primary  —  When asked Monday evening during a CNN town hall in Des Moines, Iowa about how to assure Americans have access to affordable healthcare, and whether or not private insurance companies should be cut out of the system …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz's 2020 policies: Reduce the debt, cut entitlements, oppose Medicare for all and taxes on wealthy  —  Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO considering a run at the White House as an independent candidate, believes the federal debt is the nation's “greatest threat,” …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media feel safest in the middle lane. Just ask Jeff Flake, John Kasich and Howard Schultz.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
McConnell says bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a ‘power grab’ by Democrats  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab,” sparking a fierce backlash online.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The BuzzFeed Layoffs as Democratic Emergency  —  Digital media has always been a turbulent business, but last week's layoffs suggest a reason for panic.  —  Working in digital media is like trying to build a fort out of marshmallows on a foundation made of marbles in a country ruled by capricious and tyrannical warring robots.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Why Trump's superfans dig Ocasio-Cortez  —  They detest what she stands for.  They think her policies would destroy the country.  And they wish she would just go away.  —  All the same, many of President Donald Trump's most media-conscious supporters can't help but admit it: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has got serious political game.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The steady loss of local newspapers and journalists across the country contributes to the nation's political polarization, a new study has found.  —  With fewer opportunities to find out about local politicians …
Discussion: Political Wire
Reuters:
Special Report: Inside the UAE's secret hacking team of U.S. mercenaries  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two weeks after leaving her position as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2014, Lori Stroud was in the Middle East working as a hacker for an Arab monarchy.
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Undocumented worker who was fired by Trump Organization to attend State of the Union  —  An undocumented worker who was fired from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., after she publicly disclosed her immigration status will attend President Trump's State of the Union address next week.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:
We Now Know The Law Firm Representing The Mystery Foreign-Owned Company That Is Fighting A Grand Jury Subpoena  —  WASHINGTON — The law firm of Alston & Bird is representing the mystery company owned by a foreign country that is fighting a grand jury subpoena at the Supreme Court …
Discussion: CNN
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Has-Been James Woods Tweets Stream Of Misogynistic Hate At Kamala Harris  —  James Woods punked everybody last year when he pretended he gave a damn about hurricane survivors to gain some social media traction.  Here's how he's spending that goodwill.  —  The misogyny and racism oozing …
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Ron Fournier Is President Of A ‘Bipartisan’ PR Firm, But His Clients Are Republicans  —  When veteran political journalist Ron Fournier, a perennial pundit who rails against “tiny politics,” left the profession back in April to become president of the Michigan-based public relations firm Truscott Rossman …
Discussion: YouTube
 
 
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Emily Heil / Washington Post:
When they go low, Melania Trump calls her lawyers
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Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Feds used fake Michigan university in immigration sting
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Former Texas Republican Party chair leaving White House to work on John Cornyn's campaign
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Frances Langum / Crooks and Liars:
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Pew Research Center:
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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Splinter and Mediaite