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11:40 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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New York Times:
Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations  —  WASHINGTON — A defiant President Trump declared on Thursday that he has all but given up on negotiations with Congress over his border wall and will proceed without lawmakers even as he dismissed any suggestions …
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The Daily Beast:
White House Abruptly Canceled Trump's Meeting With Intel Chiefs  —  The cancellation came a day after top officials gave testimony to congress seemingly contradicting key parts of the president's foreign policy.  —  The White House abruptly canceled the President's daily intelligence briefing on Wednesday …
Discussion: Mediaite
David Priess / Lawfare:
Why Intelligence Leadership Won't Resign in Response to Trump's Criticisms  —  Earlier this week, CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump says Kamala Harris has had best “opening act” out of 2020 Democrats
Discussion: Politico
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New York Times:
Senate Evidence Clarifies Mystery Call Around Trump Tower Meeting  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats have long stoked suspicions about whether President Trump knew his son met with Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, pointing to phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. received …
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: The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   New Evidence Destroys Adam Schiff's Theory About Trump Tower Meeting
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Reports: Don Jr.'s blocked phone calls before Russia meeting weren't to Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Fox Business:
Howard Schultz ‘freaked out’ by Democratic backlash to independent presidential run, rethinks effort
Discussion: Splinter
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
On Wednesday, the Twitter mob came for me
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:   Senate backs McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan
The Hill:
Booker tells lawmakers he is running for president and seeks their support  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday began calling members of Congress informing them he is running for president and is quietly making overtures to members for support, three congressional sources told The Hill.
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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James A. Gagliano / CNN:
Retired FBI agent: The Roger Stone raid was totally by the book
NBC News:
Mueller's team seized ‘voluminous and complex’ evidence from Roger Stone
Discussion: The Week and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post and ABC News
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Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Trump signals he'll call national emergency after “waste of time” border talks
Discussion: Politico
Kansas City Star:   Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks: Democrats love him
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Must Reach Out to Moderates in 2020 — By Waging a Vicious Class War  —  The Democratic Party's leading lights — from Elizabeth Warren on the party's left flank, to Joe Biden on its right — are all telling versions of the same story: The American people are working hard, but their economy is hardly working.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Zach Carter / HuffPost:
What The Left Gets Wrong About Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: VICE News
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 …
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
Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, wife gave $500K to Trump campaign's legal defense fund  —  A legal defense fund set up to help President Donald Trump's aides caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election received half …
Discussion: Politico
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Washington Post:
Trump enters the 2020 election cycle with a massive fundraising lead over Democrats
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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Jonathan Amos / BBC:
America colonisation 'cooled Earth's climate'  —  Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate.  —  That's the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.  —  The team says the disruption …
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.
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
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Fake FCC Comments Linked to Ex-Trump Campaign Director's Org, Boosted By Roger Stone  —  An organization run by a former Trump campaign statewide director is being investigated by the New York Attorney General's office for its role in submitting potentially hundreds of thousands of fraudulent comments …
New York Times:
Trump Returns This Weekend to Mar-a-Lago, His Gilded Comfort Zone  —  WASHINGTON — After two months spent scorching the earth in Washington and complaining about being cooped up in the White House, President Trump is planning to return this weekend to the one place where he knows he will receive …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
‘Everything stays on the table’: 2020 Dems weigh killing the filibuster  —  Democrats have a lot of big ideas if they win back the White House and Congress in 2020.  But it's not clear they are willing to do a key thing needed to implement them: eliminating the filibuster.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Warren expected to announce candidacy on Feb. 9
Discussion: The Root
Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
Exclusive: FBI Warned Law Enforcement Agencies of Threat Posed by Non-Existent ‘Pro-Choice Extremists’
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Second Trump-Kim summit planned for Vietnam, source says
Discussion: Political Wire
Isaac Orr / Star Tribune:
Bitter cold shows reliable energy sources are critical
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump to throw spotlight on abortion in State of the Union
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS New York
Washington Post:
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Disclosure of presidential tax returns will be subject of Feb. 7 House hearing
Discussion: Raw Story
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Mike Catalini / Associated Press:
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NBC News:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Discussion: Advocate and PinkNews
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.