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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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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.  —  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.
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.
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
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:   Who's Afraid of Kamala Harris?
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
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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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.
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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Hannah Cortez / YouTube:
VA Gov On Abortion: “Infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired”
Discussion: Faithwire
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate.  Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months …
Discussion: Politico, New York Times, Breitbart and NPR
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:   Statement Regarding Monetary Policy Implementation and Balance Sheet Normalization
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.
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: Splinter and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into “Attractive” Anti-Addiction Market  —  Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug's popularity — treatment of opioid addiction …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Bryant Harris / Al-Monitor:
Top Democrat on foreign affairs shoots down pro-Palestinian trips  —  Democratic US congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib canvasses a neighborhood before Election Day in Detroit, Michigan, Nov. 5, 2018.  —  Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is the first Palestinian American woman to serve in Congress.
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
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
 
 
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Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Jamie Dimon supports paying higher taxes to offset inequality
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft will sue to block NYC's driver pay equity law
Discussion: Bloomberg
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Co-founder of Satanic Temple: Pence ‘really scares me’
Discussion: The Daily Beast and twitchy.com
Ivan Pentchoukov / theepochtimes.com:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Ignored Major Lead on Clinton Emails, Closed-Door Testimonies Suggest
Discussion: The Lid
America's Voice:
Trump Organization's Abuses of Undocumented Workers Raise Serious Criminal Issues
The Intercept:
Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People's Voice Prints
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Bloomberg:
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David Priess / The Bulwark:
History Offers the GOP a Path Away From Trump
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
The unique harm we cause when we dissect a powerful woman's love life
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Chris Christie rips Kushner's dad: ‘One of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted’