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1:15 PM ET, January 30, 2019

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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 …
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Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
Foxconn's plan for a giant Wisconsin factory now looks uncertain
Discussion: The Verge
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Is There Room in 2020 for a Centrist Democrat?  Maybe One or Two.  —  Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks chief executive contemplating an independent run for president, stated it as a plain matter of fact: For someone with his views — a distinctly white-collar blend of conservative fiscal instincts …
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CNN:
Kamala Harris is open to compromise on private insurers' role during ‘Medicare for all’ push
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:   Who's Afraid of Kamala Harris?
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The unique harm we cause when we dissect a powerful woman's love life
Discussion: Althouse and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Growing Chorus of Republican Critics for Trump's Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — They think pulling out of Syria and Afghanistan would be a debacle.  They think North Korea cannot be trusted.  They think the Islamic State is still a threat to America.  They think Russia is bad and NATO is good.
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Washington Post:
Trump blasts U.S. intelligence officials, disputes assessments on Iran and other global threats
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No GOP appetite for a second shutdown  —  Senate Republicans are signaling they will do just about anything to prevent a second shutdown after the White House was widely seen as badly losing the political fight over the closure that ended with President Trump's retreat on Friday.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Progressive pollster finds majority support for Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax … by BENJY SARLIN  —  LATEST POSTS FROM THE RUNDOWN  —  BENJY SARLIN  —  January 30, 2019  —  Progressive pollster finds majority support for Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax
Discussion: New York Times
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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.
Discussion: Axios and 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.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: UAE used cyber super-weapon to spy on iPhones of foes
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone faces a gag order.  He has a plan to resist it.  —  Roger Stone has long feared he would be slapped with a gag order if he got indicted — and he's readied a plan to make sure he won't have to stay silent.  —  The federal judge in Stone's case, Amy Berman Jackson …
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Roger Stone raid shows that CNN is no longer covering Robert Mueller. They're working with him
Discussion: Power Line
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media feel safest in the middle lane.  Just ask Jeff Flake, John Kasich and Howard Schultz.  —  One of supposed golden rules of journalism goes like this: “If everybody's mad at your coverage, you must be doing a good job.”  —  That's ridiculous, of course, though it seems comforting.
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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 …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Beto O'Rourke Weighs Presidential Campaign From an Unusual Position: Front Runner  —  Beto O'Rourke has run for office in the past by painting incumbents as out of touch with constituents.  That message may have to change if he gets into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
Discussion: Mediaite
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Cliff Sims Is Proud to Have Served Trump  —  In August, 2016, Cliff Sims, the C.E.O. of an Alabama-based conservative news site, joined the Trump campaign.  He then followed Trump to the White House, where he worked as the special assistant to the President and as the director …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rage tweets give Democrats an opening.  Here's how they'll respond.  —  President Trump is once again raging about his wall.  Apparently he heard something during his morning excursion into the right-wing media house of horrors that persuaded him he's in danger of looking weak …
David Priess / The Bulwark:
History Offers the GOP a Path Away From Trump  —  Decades have passed since a party opponent challenged an incumbent president; it's been even longer since one succeeded.  This time could be different.  —  A Washington Post-ABC News poll out Tuesday showed strong opposition to a second Trump term.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Philly.com
Ryan Crocker / Washington Post:
I was ambassador to Afghanistan.  This deal is a surrender.  —  Ryan Crocker is diplomat in residence at Princeton University and a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon.  —  January 2002.  I arrive in Kabul to reopen the U.S. Embassy.  Destruction is everywhere.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and Politico
Arizona Republic:
Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners.  But I see offensive blackface  —  Opinion: Who determines what's offensive?  A photo in a downtown Phoenix restaurant raises this key question.  —  CONNECT  —  A few weeks ago, I attended a holiday party at a downtown Phoenix restaurant.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republican Favorability Down; Views of Democrats Steady  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history came to an end, Gallup polling suggests that the Republican Party's image has suffered more than the Democratic Party's.  The GOP's favorability rating fell to 37% from 45% in September.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters oppose another shutdown, emergency declaration  —  Voters have little appetite for another government shutdown if Congress does not approve money to build President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult.
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Most Utahns say they'd oppose President Trump's re-election, and many like how Romney went after him  —  Washington  • Most Utahns would oppose President Donald Trump for re-election and a majority support Sen. Mitt Romney's criticisms of the president, a new poll finds.
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
How a Ballot Initiative to Expand Medicaid in Utah May Be Denied
Discussion: fox13now.com
Pew Research Center:
An early look at the 2020 electorate  —  The 2020 U.S. presidential election is rapidly coming into view - and so is the electorate that will determine its outcome.  —  While demographic changes unfold slowly, it's already clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways.
Pete Madden / ABC News:
NRA says 2015 Moscow trip wasn't ‘official.’ Emails, photos reveal gun group's role  —  The National Rifle Association made its first public attempt this week to distance itself from any formal involvement in a now infamous trip to Moscow undertaken by a group of its high-ranking members …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Chris Christie rips Kushner's dad: ‘One of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted’  —  Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie took several shots at White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in his new book “Let Me Finish,” alleging that in an act of spite …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
White suburbia the source of Trump's Texas troubles  —  From the outside, Texas appears troubling for President Trump in 2020 because of demographic changes that have featured a steady climb in the population of Hispanic voters.  —  But actually, the leftward drift, first evident in 2016 …
 
 
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