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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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media feel safest in the middle lane. Just ask Jeff Flake, John Kasich and Howard Schultz.
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
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.
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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  —  Washington (CNN)A pro-Russian Twitter account used information from a criminal case that Robert Mueller's team brought against a Russian social media company as part of a disinformation campaign …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
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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Carmel Kookogey / Conservative Review:   Levin: ‘McConnell is as power-hungry as Nancy Pelosi’
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
No GOP appetite for a second shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Daily Kos
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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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 …
Don Babwin / Associated Press:
Police: No footage yet showing ‘Empire’ actor being attacked  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Detectives have reviewed surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking to a downtown Chicago apartment after an early morning visit to a Subway restaurant, but none of it showed an attack on the actor, a police official said Wednesday.
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Joshua Rivera / GQ:
The Racist, Homophobic Attack on Jussie Smollett Is Far-Right America's Endgame
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
Jussie Smollett Told Police His Attackers Yelled ‘MAGA Country’ During Assault
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, PinkNews and The Root
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.
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America's Voice:
Trump Organization's Abuses of Undocumented Workers Raise Serious Criminal Issues
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
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.
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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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, VICE News and The Daily Beast
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David Rohde / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Chance to Bring Peace to Afghanistan and End America's Longest War
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, Political Wire and The Guardian
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Nellie Ohr Researched Trump's Kids For Fusion GPS  — Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told Congress in October that she investigated President Donald Trump's children on behalf of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
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 …
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 …
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
E-Cigarettes Are Effective at Helping Smokers Quit, a Study Says  —  A yearlong, randomized trial in England showed that e-cigarettes were almost twice as successful as products like patches or gum for smoking cessation.  —  It has been one of the most pressing unanswered questions in public health …
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.
Ryan Moore / The Tennessean:
Why I proudly wear my Make America Great Again hat |  Opinion  —  This video clip went viral, throwing Covington Catholic into the national spotlight.  Longer video has since emerged showing how the incident started. … CONNECT  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  I was formerly a liberal my whole life …
 
 
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Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
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Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Former Texas Republican Party chair leaving White House to work on John Cornyn's campaign
Fox News Channel Press:
FOX NEWS CHANNEL SIGNS FORMER CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY TO CONTRIBUTOR ROLE
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Peculiar Logic of the Trump-Russia Scandal Deniers
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Trump has opportunity to flip the 9th Circuit, so why isn't he?
Bryant Harris / Al-Monitor:
Top Democrat on foreign affairs shoots down pro-Palestinian trips
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Frances Langum / Crooks and Liars:
Davos Panel Goes Rogue On Economic Inequality: Tax The Rich!
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Meth and murder: A new kind of drug war has made Tijuana one of the deadliest cities on Earth
David Priess / The Bulwark:
History Offers the GOP a Path Away From Trump
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Pete Madden / ABC News:
NRA says 2015 Moscow trip wasn't ‘official.’ Emails, photos reveal gun group's role
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rage tweets give Democrats an opening. Here's how they'll respond.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Beto O'Rourke Weighs Presidential Campaign From an Unusual Position: Front Runner
Discussion: Splinter and Mediaite
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
White suburbia the source of Trump's Texas troubles