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2:50 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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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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media feel safest in the middle lane. Just ask Jeff Flake, John Kasich and Howard Schultz.
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.
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Growing Chorus of Republican Critics for Trump's Foreign Policy
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 and Mediaite
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
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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Carmel Kookogey / Conservative Review:   Levin: ‘McConnell is as power-hungry as Nancy Pelosi’
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, VICE News, Politico and The Daily Beast
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Bloomberg:
Venezuela Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. Address Unknown
Washington Post:
Democrats should stand for democracy in Venezuela — and democratic values in America
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
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.
Igor Derysh / Salon:
With sanctions lifted, Trump transition member gets board position on Russian oligarch's company  —  Oleg Deripaska's company hires former Trump transition official as soon as Treasury sanctions are lifted  —  A member of President Trump's transition team was announced as a new board member …
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:   Who's Afraid of Kamala Harris?
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Meth and murder: A new kind of drug war has made Tijuana one of the deadliest cities on Earth  —  It seemed like everyone in Christian Castillo's life was getting killed or running from death.  —  Two neighbors on his block were gunned down, along with the taco vendor at the end of the street.
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Statement Regarding Monetary Policy Implementation and Balance Sheet Normalization  —  After extensive deliberations and thorough review of experience to date, the Committee judges that it is appropriate at this time to provide additional information regarding its plans to implement monetary policy over the longer run.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
TechCrunch:
Google's also peddling a data collector through Apple's back door  —  It looks like Facebook is not the only one abusing Apple's system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users.  Google has been running an app called Screenwise Meter …
America's Voice:
Trump Organization's Abuses of Undocumented Workers Raise Serious Criminal Issues  —  David Leopold: “The pattern of behavior is criminal and the hypocrisy from Trump is unfathomable.”  —  Workers from Trump Organization golf clubs in New York and New Jersey have made it clear in interviews …
Frances Langum / Crooks and Liars:
Davos Panel Goes Rogue On Economic Inequality: Tax The Rich!  —  A panel on inequality tells the billionaires at Davos what they DON'T want to hear: “Pay your damn taxes.”  —  Views:  —  A panel on economic inequality went off script this weekend, as the participants told the gathered billionaires …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
 
 
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Ryan Moore / The Tennessean:
Why I proudly wear my Make America Great Again hat | Opinion
Discussion: Raw Story
The Intercept:
Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People's Voice Prints
Jordan Uhl / crowdrise.com:
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Hannah Cortez / YouTube:
VA Gov On Abortion: “Infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired”
Discussion: National Review and Faithwire
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. But Not All of It.
David Priess / The Bulwark:
History Offers the GOP a Path Away From Trump
Pete Madden / ABC News:
NRA says 2015 Moscow trip wasn't ‘official.’ Emails, photos reveal gun group's role
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Lisa Murkowski Revives Bill Targeting Missing And Murdered Native Women
Chris Willman / Variety:
Peter Jackson Signs On to Make New Beatles Film Out of Unseen ‘Let It Be’ Footage
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats are calling on the same donors, but few are ready to spend
Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
Oberlin, University of Chicago and Other Elite Colleges Extend Application Deadlines
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Chris Christie rips Kushner's dad: ‘One of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted’
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Cliff Sims Is Proud to Have Served Trump