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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 …
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 Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Medicare-for-All trap  —  Most issues will strongly favor the Democrats in 2020.  Taking away people's health insurance is an exception.  —  A couple of weeks ago, one of the country's most respected health care pollsters — Kaiser Family Foundation — conducted a survey on “Medicare for All.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress, HuffPost and Breitbart
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Is There Room in 2020 for a Centrist Democrat? Maybe One or Two.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Vox
CNN:
Democrats distance themselves from Harris' call to eliminate private health plans
Discussion: twitchy.com and Daily Wire
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: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Big border deal fades before talks even begin  —  Congressional negotiators haven't even held their first meeting to avert another shutdown, but the prospect of a big deal on border security and immigration is essentially dead.  —  When President Donald Trump caved in on the 35-day shutdown fight last week …
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: Political Wire
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
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Talks to avoid a shutdown begin ... What to watch
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 …
Discussion: CBS News, POLITICUSUSA and YouTube
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Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Mueller Hiding Who Ultimately ‘Directed’ Roger Stone to Contact WikiLeaks?
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Roger Stone raid shows that CNN is no longer covering Robert Mueller. They're working with him
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
Patrick Ryan / USA Today:
Steve Bannon says in revealing doc that he did 'the Lord's work' in Trump White House  —  Steve Bannon is back.  Announcing the launch of his pro-Trump documentary and political group.  Veuer's Nick Cardona has that story.  —  CONNECT  —  PARK CITY, Utah - Remember Steve Bannon?
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The Guardian:   Majority of Clemson's black players declined Trump's fast food reception, report says
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.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump digs in on border-wall funds as congressional negotiators prepare to convene
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, Breitbart and Roll Call
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.
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.
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Billy House / Bloomberg:
GOP Lawmaker Tells Ocasio-Cortez Congress Isn't Just ‘Eating Bonbons’
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Livid liberals try to bully Schultz out of 2020  —  Furious Democrats hope to pound Starbucks chairman emeritus Howard Schultz into an early departure from his exploration of an independent 2020 bid.  —  The state of play: These Democrats want to prevent the coffee king from siphoning anti-Trump votes …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz's presidential ambitions spurred a months-long effort to disrupt the 2020 race
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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: 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.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard campaign in disarray  —  Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign hasn't officially launched yet but it's already melting down.  —  Two-and-a-half weeks after the Hawaii Democrat told CNN she had decided to run for the White House—an announcement that even her own staff didn't know was coming …
Ashley / Chicks On The Right:
Chuck Schumer Wants A LITERAL LOSER To Deliver The Democratic SOTU Response  —  ShareTweetSubscribe to the Chicks!  —  Email address:  —  Leave this field empty if you're human:  —  WATCH: Chuck Schumer Wants A LITERAL LOSER To Deliver The Democratic SOTU Response  —  I'm sorry, but...what?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Lisa Murkowski Revives Bill Targeting Missing And Murdered Native Women  —  Indigenous women are disappearing and being killed.  Savanna's Act would help to bring them some justice.  —  WASHINGTON Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) reintroduced legislation on Monday to help law enforcement respond …
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 …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The unique harm we cause when we dissect a powerful woman's love life  —  As of this week, women are running for president — multiple women — and lo, the country has been awarded the chance for a do-over.  This time, we swear, we won't order them to smile more if they really want our votes.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Sen. Susan Collins declines to say whether she will endorse Trump for reelection  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) declined to say during a television interview Tuesday night whether she will endorse President Trump for reelection in 2020.  —  “I'm not prepared at this point to make that decision …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lindsay Lowe / TODAY.com:
Nike Air Max shoe logo called ‘offensive’ to Muslims for Allah-like design  —  Nike has responded to claims that the logo is offensive to the Islamic faith.  —  Is this logo offensive?  —  Nike has come under fire for the design of its Air Max shoe, with some calling it insulting to the Islamic faith.
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Venezuela is how ‘illiberal democracy’ ends  —  For absolute proof that the ideological language of the 20th century is insufficient to describe the political realities of the 21st century, look no further than the international alliances that have formed around Venezuela.
Chris Willman / Variety:
Peter Jackson Signs On to Make New Beatles Film Out of Unseen ‘Let It Be’ Footage  —  Sir Peter, meet Sir Paul, and Mother Mary.  “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker Peter Jackson has come aboard a project that Paul McCartney had previously hinted was in the works: a new Beatles documentary using …
Discussion: IndieWire and East Bay Times
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
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Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story