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9:40 PM ET, January 30, 2019

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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Morning Joe Asks Howard Schultz How Much a Box of Cheerios Costs.  He Does Not Know.  —  Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was asked a question on MSNBC Wednesday that may shed some light on how well he connects with the little things Americans tend to notice in their everyday lives.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likely to visit early caucus and primary states as he considers running for president  — Former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz is gearing up to visit early caucus and primary states as he mulls an independent run for president in 2020, CNBC has learned.
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
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 …
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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Ben Collins / NBC News:
'It's some galaxy brain stuff they wanted us to believe:' How Russia's effort to sabotage Mueller's investigation backfired  —  The fake trove of the special counsel's files were immediately dismissed as largely fabricated by the reporter and researcher who received them.
Discussion: emptywheel
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller: Shared evidence was used to discredit special counsel probe
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Considers Reviewing FBI Policies After Stone Raid  —  President Donald Trump is considering asking the FBI to review its policies after the agency's highly-publicized, militarized raid on the home of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone early Friday morning.
Discussion: CNN
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Helena Andrews-Dyer / Washington Post:   So Roger Stone, Jim Mattis and Lanny Davis walk into a steakhouse . . .
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham asks FBI to brief Senate panel on Roger Stone's arrest
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Graham wants FBI to justify ‘tactics’ of Roger Stone arrest
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: TMZ.com, CNN, New York Times, CBS News and AOL
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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump singled out Dan Coats in morning rant about intelligence community  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump seethed Wednesday morning as he watched the highlights of his intelligence chiefs testifying on Capitol Hill and singled out Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats by name during his morning rant …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Washington Post:
In latest attack on intelligence agencies, Trump ignores where they actually agree
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Heavyweight Wanted Access to Putin: Leaked Email  —  “[I]mpressing the NRA's Russian hosts is the quickest way to secure a private interview with President Putin,” an organizer of the NRA's infamous 2015 trip to Moscow wrote.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  A former NRA president hoped …
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Rand Paul awarded more than $580K after neighbor's attack  —  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was awarded more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses on Wednesday in his lawsuit against the neighbor who tackled him and broke several of his ribs in a dispute over lawn maintenance.
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 …
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.
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Tara Golshan / Vox:
Mitch McConnell: making Election Day a federal holiday is a Democratic “power grab”
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Sarah Sanders: God ‘wanted Donald Trump to become president’  —  (CNN)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she believes God wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 election, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on Wednesday.  —  “I think God calls all of us …
Discussion: The Root
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David Brody / CBN News:
EXCLUSIVE White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: ‘God Wanted Donald Trump to Become President’
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.”
Discussion: Axios and Shareblue Media
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Undocumented worker who worked for Trump golf course to attend State of the Union  —  An undocumented worker who recently worked for Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., and left after she publicly disclosed her immigration status will attend President Trump's State of the Union address next week.
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
David Rohde / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Chance to Bring Peace to Afghanistan and End America's Longest War  —  Afghanistan, in the foreign imagination, has never been associated with certainty.  For centuries, visitors and invaders alike have applied conflicting stereotypes to the country—that Afghans …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why winning and losing are irrelevant in Syria and Afghanistan
New York Times:
Juan Guaidó: Venezuelans, Strength Is in Unity  —  To end the Maduro regime with the minimum of bloodshed, we need the support of pro-democratic governments, institutions and individuals the world over.  —  Mr. Guaidó is leading the effort to remove Nicolás Maduro from office.
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 …
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 …
WCVB:
Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to announce possible run for president  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  William Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts who was the Libertarian Party's nominee for vice president in 2016, is mulling a run for president and could make an announcement …
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.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Judge won't unseal criminal case against Julian Assange  —  A federal judge in Virginia declined Wednesday to unseal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange without official confirmation from the government that the indictment exists.  —  “Courts cannot perform the delicate balancing required …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Disgraced former NY AG Eric Schneiderman now a meditation teacher  —  A champion of the #MeToo movement, he resigned last year after a report in The New Yorker magazine detailed allegations of physical abuse.  —  Former New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman …
Discussion: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Get this done’: McConnell moves to avoid new shutdown  —  Mitch McConnell is willing to go big, go small or anything in between to avoid another government shutdown.  He's even willing to appeal to a higher power.  —  At a meeting with GOP chairmen on Wednesday, the Senate majority leader …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Republicans block passage of anti-shutdown resolution despite removal of language blaming Trump
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Conservatives fear Trump will surrender on key judicial nominees
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Howard Schultz and Steve Schmidt Play Russian Roulette With 2020 Election
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
When they go low, Melania Trump calls her lawyers
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Ron Fournier Is President Of A ‘Bipartisan’ PR Firm, But His Clients Are Republicans
Discussion: YouTube
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Feds used fake Michigan university in immigration sting
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: CNN
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nellie Ohr Researched Trump's Kids For Fusion GPS
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Pew Research Center:
An early look at the 2020 electorate
Reuters:
Special Report: Inside the UAE's secret hacking team of U.S. mercenaries