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3:30 AM ET, February 1, 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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
New Evidence Destroys Adam Schiff's Theory About Trump Tower Meeting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Reports: Don Jr.'s blocked phone calls before Russia meeting weren't to Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox Business:
Howard Schultz ‘freaked out’ by Democratic backlash to independent presidential run, rethinks effort  —  Howard Schultz on opposition to his potential presidential bid: Democrats need a little less caffeine  —  Howard Schultz is getting burned, like a bad cup of Starbucks coffee and it may force …
Discussion: Splinter
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
On Wednesday, the Twitter mob came for me  —  In mid-January, waves of outrage swept over the Internet because of a confrontation on the Mall in Washington between a group of conservative high school students from Kentucky and an elderly Native American Marine Corps veteran.
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Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate, in a stinging bipartisan rebuke to President Trump's foreign policy, voted overwhelmingly to advance legislation drafted by the Senate majority leader to express strong opposition …
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.
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 …
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Trump signals he'll call national emergency after “waste of time” border talks  —  President Trump told the New York Times in a wide-ranging interview that negotiations with Democratic lawmakers will have been “a waste of time” if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't provide funding for a border wall …
Discussion: Politico
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Kansas City Star:   Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks: Democrats love him
James A. Gagliano / CNN:
Retired FBI agent: The Roger Stone raid was totally by the book  —  Trump may ask FBI to review policies after Stone raid  —  James A. Gagliano is a CNN law enforcement analyst and a retired FBI supervisory special agent.  He also is an adjunct assistant professor at St. John's University in Queens, New York.
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NBC News:
Mueller's team seized ‘voluminous and complex’ evidence from Roger Stone
Discussion: The Week and The Gateway Pundit
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
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
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 …
Bethany Mandel / Washington Post:
Ralph Northam just gave a huge boost to Trump's reelection campaign  —  Bethany Mandel is an editor at Ricochet and a stay-at-home mother.  —  Every time President Trump does something unconscionable, an Internet meme circulates among conservatives showing a town under water and a sign, barely visible, reading, “But Gorsuch.”
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New York Times:
Twitter Says False Content Is Evolving, and More Comes From the U.S.  —  Russia created a playbook for spreading disinformation on social media.  Now the rest of the world is following it.  —  Twitter said on Thursday that countries including Bangladesh and Venezuela had been using social media …
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Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Iran
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 …
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: Mother Jones
Mada Masr:
Lawyer files complaint against heads of Egyptian rights groups after they meet Macron  —  A lawyer has filed a legal complaint against the heads of four of Egypt's human rights organizations for “threatening national security” a day after they discussed several thorny issues …
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
 
 
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Amy Taxin / Associated Press:
20 charged in Chinese birth tourism crackdown
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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’
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
House to hold first hearing on gun violence in nearly a decade
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Second Trump-Kim summit planned for Vietnam, source says
Isaac Orr / Star Tribune:
Bitter cold shows reliable energy sources are critical
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump to throw spotlight on abortion in State of the Union
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS New York
Mike Catalini / Associated Press:
GOP defections boost Democratic ranks in 3 legislatures
NBC News:
ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report
Discussion: Washington Post
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considering Herman Cain for Federal Reserve Board, Sources Say