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4:25 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Doesn't Understand American History  —  The most effective third-party presidential candidates were polarizers, not centrists.  —  Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, cannot win the presidency as an independent candidate.  But is there someone who could?
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:   If Howard Schultz Wants To Run For President, He Should Run Against Donald Trump
Matt Bai / Yahoo News:   Run, Howard, run
Rick Klein / ABC News:   The Note: Reactions to Howard Schultz could make case for Howard Schultz
The Hill:
GOP poised to rebuke Trump  —  Frustrated Republicans say it's time for the Senate to reclaim more power over foreign policy and are planning to move a measure Thursday that would be a stunning rebuke to a president of their own party.  —  GOP lawmakers are deeply concerned …
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate backs McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan  —  The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday in a rebuke of President Trump's rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan …
Discussion: The Guardian
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump knocks his intel chiefs again: ‘Time will prove me right’
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Learning to ignore Trump
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Feds Seized ‘Several Years’ of Roger Stone's Communications  —  FBI agents seized several years worth of Roger Stone's communications following his arrest last week, prosecutors told a federal judge on Thursday.  In a motion to ask for more time to bring Stone's case to trial …
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NBC News:
Mueller's team seized ‘voluminous and complex’ evidence from Roger Stone  —  Federal investigators probing Roger Stone seized multiple hard drives containing years of communication records from cellphones and email accounts.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators probing Roger Stone …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Jerome Corsi and Larry Klayman Threaten to Sue Gateway Pundit
Discussion: Law & Crime, Joe.My.God. and Vox
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Inside the Crazy and Vicious Feud Between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi—and Why It Matters
Graham Moomaw / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Virginia lawmaker says she wouldn't have co-sponsored controversial abortion bill if she had read it closely  —  A Virginia lawmaker sent an email to her constituents Wednesday night apologizing for attaching her name to a controversial abortion bill without reading it closely enough.
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Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.
Discussion: Townhall, NB Blog, DCist and twitchy.com
Mike Pence / National Review:
Life Is Under Attack
Discussion: LifeNews.com
The Bulwark:
Why We Are Quitting RedState  —  For more than a decade, RedState was a solid voice in the world of online conservative commentary.  Unfortunately, the allure of Trumpism has left the once great site a shell of its former self.  —  In 2015, before the Republican tide shifted …
NBC News:
‘Whistleblower’ in White House security clearance office gets suspended  —  Tricia Newbold was suspended less than a week after NBC reported Jared Kushner's top secret security clearance was approved over staff objections.  —  WASHINGTON — A White House security specialist …
Discussion: CBS News and Shakesville
The Daily Beast:
Bezos' Investigators Question the Brother of His Mistress, Lauren Sanchez, in National Enquirer Leak Probe  —  Michael Sanchez is an outspoken Trump supporter with ties to Roger Stone and Carter Page.  —  Jeff Bezos' top personal security consultant has questioned his mistress' brother …
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considering Herman Cain for Federal Reserve Board, Sources Say  — President interviewed former Godfather's CEO on Wednesday  — Cain's presidential run ended in sexual misconduct scandal  —  Herman Cain, the former pizza company executive who ran for the Republican presidential nomination …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders to propose dramatic expansion in estate tax on richest Americans, including 77 percent rate on billionaires  —  Sanders's “For the 99.8% Act” would target the wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will unveil a plan Thursday to dramatically expand …
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:   Republicans support higher taxes on the super-rich, according to a Fox News survey
The Daily Beast:
Progressive Dems: ‘Not Another Dollar’ More in DHS Funding  —  Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar just threw a wrench in the border wall debate.  —  Four freshman progressive House members are throwing a wrench into government funding negotiations …
Washington Post:
‘The man who attacked me works in your kitchen’: Victim of serial groper took justice into her own hands  —  Nearly six years ago, on an unseasonably warm April night in Washington, Lauren Clark was cooling down from a jog when she spotted a man in the distance.
Discussion: Eater DC
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The 15 Things You Need to Know About Chris Christie's Book  —  Chris Christie's tell-all, Let Me Finish, has now hit shelves, and it's absolutely the second most interesting book about Donald Trump released this week.  —  Is it worth you slogging through the entire 400 pages?  Hard pass.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Amy Klobuchar may be best equipped to send the president packing  —  Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats' 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “ Beto ,” a. k.a.  Robert Francis, O'Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream …
Discussion: Mediaite and Scripting News
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Kyrsten Sinema Is Not Just a Funky Dresser.  She's a Fashion Revolutionary.  —  In July 2017, Democratic women in Congress organized a protest against the enforcement of an “appropriate attire” dress code that was being used to keep reporters in sleeveless outfits out of certain parts of the Capitol building.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Allies Think Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hiding or Dead.  It Started on QAnon.  —  She's kept a low profile while recovering from cancer surgery.  Right-wing sickos turned that against the liberal Supreme Court justice.  —  Top figures in the pro-Trump media are claiming Supreme Court …
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Iran  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.  This activity was directed from Iran, in some cases repurposing Iranian state media content …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Michael Bloomberg's Secret Plans to Take Down Trump  —  Michael Bloomberg has bigger plans for 2020 than running for president.  The billionaire and former New York City mayor has been openly dreaming of the White House for 25 years, and spent huge amounts of time and money four times …
Cassie L. Smith / Waco Tribune-Herald:
State: All 366 on local list of potential noncitizen voters are citizens  —  By the time local elections officials downloaded a list of 366 registered voters the Texas Secretary of State's Office initially said may not be citizens, the office had called to tell them to disregard the list, Elections Administrator Kathy Van Wolfe said.
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy and Off the Kuff
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Six Forms of Media Bias  —  A media critic inveighs against the bias toward centrism, which inspires me to come up with my own list.  —  “Impartiality is still a value worth defending in mainstream news coverage,” writes Margaret Sullivan, the Washington Post media critic.
New York Times:
One Lawyer, 194 Felony Cases and No Time  —  On April 27, 2017, Jack Talaska, a lawyer for the poor in Lafayette, La., had 194 felony cases.  —  113 clients had been formally charged.  The rest are not pictured.  —  High-level felonies carry sentences of 10 years or more and should each …
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
What an Old Watergate Document Can Teach the House Judiciary Committee  —  The chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary faced a vexing problem: Pressure for impeachment was building, but while lots of evidence against the president was public, key pieces of it were not.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Who's Ahead in the Race to Beat Trump? … Jan. 31, 2019 … This week on “The Argument,” a debate over who is leading the 2020 Democratic primary in its nascent state.  Jamelle Bouie, The Times's newest Opinion columnist, joins his colleagues to discuss declared and potential candidates hoping to win the presidency.
Carlos Monje Jr / Twitter:
2018 U.S. midterm elections review  —  Today, we're sharing a comprehensive review of our efforts to protect the integrity of the public conversation on Twitter regarding the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.  —  The public conversation occuring on Twitter is never more important than during elections.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House preps emergency wall plan while Congress negotiates  —  Congress has until Feb. 15 to discuss a border security deal, but the White House is already finalizing its plan B — declaring a national emergency.  —  The White House is finalizing details of a potential national emergency declaration …
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
Kim Davis Must Pay Legal Fees After Same-Sex Marriage Battle, Kentucky Governor Says  —  Gov. Matt Bevin's lawyers say taxpayers “should not have to collectively bear the financial responsibility for Davis' intransigence.”  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As a candidate for governor in 2015 …
 
 
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INSTEX: Europe sets up transactions channel with Iran
Washington Post:
Senate backs Mitch McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan
Discussion: Political Wire
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Election officials said DMV wasn't ready to launch Motor Voter. California went ahead anyway
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Coming Democratic Drama Over Medicare for All
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Shaykhet / WXYZ-TV:
Social media post shows Detroit officer making racist comments about African-American pulled over
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court's conservatives appear poised to expand Second Amendment gun rights
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A case against Trump is going to trial. Attorneys want a judge to force him to testify.
Discussion: Raw Story
Anya Crittenton / Gay Star News:
Shocking video shows women barging into meeting and harassing trans woman
Discussion: PinkNews
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Supreme Court candidate once wrote that gay rights ruling could lead to legalized bestiality
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
The Perils of Reporting on an Investigation of the President
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State