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8:10 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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CNN:
Exclusive: Senate investigators told Trump Jr.'s mysterious calls weren't with his father  —  (CNN)Senate investigators have obtained new information showing Donald Trump Jr.'s mysterious phone calls ahead of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting were not with his father, three sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Blocked calls, long a mystery, went to longtime Trump family friends: Sources  —  Investigators on the Senate Intelligence Committee have learned the identities of three blocked phone calls with Donald Trump Jr just before and after the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016 …
Discussion: Axios and The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
New Evidence Destroys Adam Schiff's Theory About Trump Tower Meeting  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee obtained phone records showing Donald Trump Jr. did not speak with his father from a blocked telephone number in the days before the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016.
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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 …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:   Senate backs McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan
NBC News:
ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Contemptor and The Gateway Pundit
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Jerome Corsi and Larry Klayman Threaten to Sue Gateway Pundit
Discussion: Vox, Law & Crime and Joe.My.God.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Inside the Crazy and Vicious Feud Between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi—and Why It Matters
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 …
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 …
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: CNN, CBS News and Shakesville
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Trump Is Finalizing a Nuclear Option That Could Split the G.O.P.  —  The president believes he has the upper hand—but he might be walking into a trap.  —  In public, Donald Trump is still talking (and tweeting) about an immigration compromise with Democrats to avert another government shutdown.
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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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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:   South Carolina Dems overwhelmed by flood of 2020 contenders
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Ralph Northam Doesn't Get Why You're Mad at Him  —  Those crazy conservatives, the Washington Post regrets to inform you, are pouncing again.  They're getting their pro-life knickers in a major twist—and all just because the governor of Virginia, a former pediatrician and ostensibly moderate Democrat …
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Bethany Mandel / Washington Post:
Ralph Northam just gave a huge boost to Trump's reelection campaign
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 …
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
What The Left Gets Wrong About Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren  —  The super-rich see one thing very clearly.  —  Socialism is having a big moment in America.  After a surge in popularity during the financial crisis of 2008, the long-verboten political label at last lost its toxicity …
Discussion: VICE News
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Must Reach Out to Moderates in 2020 — By Waging a Vicious Class War
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Bloomberg builds an all-star political team — and he might not even run  —  Michael R. Bloomberg is assembling one of the most skilled and experienced campaign teams in Democratic presidential politics.  And he might not even run.  —  Bloomberg has retained more than two dozen …
Discussion: The Week
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Michael Bloomberg's Secret Plans to Take Down Trump
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.
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 …
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Carlos Monje Jr / Twitter:
2018 U.S. midterm elections review
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 …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump insists he's on same page as intel chiefs after insulting them  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that his intelligence chiefs, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel, told him that they were misquoted …
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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
Kat Rosenfield / Vulture:
The Latest YA Twitter Pile On Forces a Rising Star to Self-Cancel  —  The world of young-adult fiction is no stranger to controversy, whether it's a weeks-long war against a problematic book or a whisper network accusing a badly behaved male author.  But even against this backdrop …
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.  Now Republicans are calling her a baby killer.  —  Del. Kathy Tran arrived in Richmond last year as part of a wave of Democratic women whose electoral victories in Northern Virginia leveled the balance of power in the General Assembly.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How Russia is corrupting the liberal world order  —  Authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China see two main uses for international organizations: protecting their regimes and undermining Western values.  That's why they try to control and then corrupt them as much as possible.
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Steve Schmidt no longer a paid MSNBC contributor after he begins advising ‘spoiler’ Howard Schultz on presidential run  —  Political analyst Steve Schmidt is no longer a MSNBC contributor because he is advising billionaire Howard Schultz on a possible independent bid for the U.S. presidency.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
If Howard Schultz Wants To Run For President, He Should Run Against Donald Trump  —  Howard Schultz's clumsy and damaging entry into the 2020 presidential race this week offers a lesson for billionaires who would like to replace Donald Trump: They should consider running against Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post and Hit & Run
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
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
How the relationship between Trump and Bloomberg went into a tailspin  —  NEW YORK — On an autumn day in 2013, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg traveled to the Bronx to hail the transformation of a massive garbage dump into a world-class golf course.  Donald Trump stood nearby …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
David French / National Review:
This Is What Anti-Christian Bigotry Looks Like  —  A progressive private academy says it's ‘unsafe’ to play games at a Christian school.  —  The first thing you have to understand about the battle for free speech, religious freedom, and freedom of association in this nation is that it is primarily cultural, not legal.
 
 
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
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Mike Catalini / Associated Press:
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Russian DNC Hackers Launch Fresh Wave of Cyberattacks on U.S.
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
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