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10:30 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 negotiating with Congress over his border wall and will build it on his own even as he dismissed any suggestions …
New York Times:
5 Takeaways From The Times's Interview With President Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump wanted to talk.  He initially invited A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, to an off-the-record dinner.  Mr. Sulzberger countered with a request for an on-the-record interview that included Times reporters.
New York Times:   Read Excerpts: The Times Publisher Asks Trump About ‘Anti-Press Rhetoric’
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Discusses Claims of ‘Fake News,’ and the Impact, With New York Times Publisher
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Tom Moran / New Jersey Online:
Booker is running.  I've watched him for 20 years.  Here's what I've learned  —  It was inevitable, and now it's official: Sen. Cory Booker is running for president.  —  That means he's about to face brutal and unrelenting attacks from competing Democrats, wary Republicans, and probably a few dozen Russian bots.
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Cory Booker Launched His Presidential Campaign in the Most Cory Booker Way Possible  —  NEWARK, N.J.—At a small service here last night, people prayed for what Cory Booker was about to do.  —  With each prayer, hands clasped and hands released.  The congregation at Metropolitan Baptist Church …
Washington Post:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joins the 2020 presidential race
New York Times:
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker Announces 2020 Run
Discussion: The Week
Rebecca Buck / CNN:
Cory Booker announces he is running for president
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Lost the Shutdown, But At Least God Made Him President, and He's Building That Wall  —  Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, President Trump began doing what increasingly passes for his workday: looking at the television and tweeting about it.  “So great to watch & listen to all these people …
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.
New York Times:
Senate Evidence Clarifies Mystery Call Around Trump Tower Meeting
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
John Santucci / ABC News:
Blocked calls, long a mystery, went to longtime Trump family friends: Sources
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media to Reorganize, Lay Off 10 Percent of Staff (Exclusive)  —  The cuts, which will impact around 250 people, are part of new CEO Nancy Dubuc's strategic plan to tighten spending and achieve profitability.  —  Vice Media is planning a reorganization that will include laying off …
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: Political Wire and Splinter
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Draws Protesters in His Hometown, Seattle  —  SEATTLE — As cars and pedestrians passed by during the evening rush on Thursday, Paula Harper-Christensen, a retired teacher, smiled and waved her sign with an upside-down Starbucks mermaid.  “Don't spill our chance,” the text said under the logo.
Discussion: GeekWire
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump makes it official: U.S. to quit missile treaty with Russia  —  The United States is suspending its participation in a key arms control agreement with Russia, and will leave the pact completely in six months, the Trump administration announced Friday.  —  The decision to abandon …
Discussion: ABC News, Joe.My.God. and
Trump Says the U.S. Is Withdrawing From Nuclear Treaty With Russia
Discussion: Axios
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Utah Voters Approved Medicaid Expansion At The Ballot Box.  The GOP Is Trying To Undo It.  —  The Republican majority in the Utah Legislature is moving fast to defy the will of Utahns who approved the proposition.  —  On Election Day, a majority of Utah voters approved a ballot initiative …
Cory Booker / YouTube:
We Will Rise … The lines that divide us are nowhere near as strong as the ties that bind us.  When we join together and work together — we will rise.
Where Democratic Presidential Contenders Stand On The Venezuelan Crisis  —  Some of them agree with President Trump's decision to recognize the country's opposition leader as the legitimate president.  —  President Donald Trump drew rare bipartisan praise for his decision …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:   National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton
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 …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Intelligence officials were ‘misquoted’ after public hearing, Trump claims
Discussion: VICE News and Front Page Magazine
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
What Trump is asking friends about the shutdown and 2020  —  Over the past week, President Trump has asked friends and advisers how they think the shutdown has affected him politically and what he should be doing to recover his standing in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Added 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%  —  The strong Labor Department report indicated that private-sector employers shrugged off the government shutdown.  —  The Labor Department released its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment and wages for January on Friday morning.
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 …
Mike Brest / The Daily Caller:
Tucker: Congress Should Ban Smartphones For Children  —  Tucker Carlson called for Congress to ban smartphones for children during his show on Thursday night.  —  WATCH:  —  It's not surprising then rates of mental illness and suicide among teens began to surge right around 2012.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Week
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Attack of the Fanatical Centrists  —  Of obsessions, vanity and delusions of superiority.  —  Why is American politics so dysfunctional?  Whatever the deeper roots of our distress, the proximate cause is ideological extremism: Powerful factions are committed to false views of the world, regardless of the evidence.
Will Bunch /
A domestic terrorist slaughtered 5 women in a Florida bank and hardly anyone noticed  —  It was a quiet, normal Wednesday at the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring, Florida right up until about 12:30 p.m. or so.  A teller, Marisol Lopez, was behind the counter dealing with any customers.
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Freedom Caucus plots with GOP leaders to cause Dem misery  —  The House Freedom Caucus was created to make life hell for the majority.  Now, it's the Democrats' turn to suffer.  —  After last fall's 40-seat electoral disaster, the conservative hard-liners have agreed to a cease-fire …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Republicans seize on liberal positions to paint Democrats as radical  —  Sen. Kamala D. Harris is raising the possibility of eliminating private health insurance.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other prominent Democrats are floating new and far-reaching plans to tax the wealthy.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Blackwater founder Erik Prince's new company is building training center in Xinjiang  —  BEIJING — Frontier Services Group, the security contractor led by Erik Prince, who created the controversial Blackwater company, will build a training base in Xinjiang, the western Chinese region …
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
U.S. economy created 304,000 jobs in January  —  Job growth in January was strikingly robust, the government reported Friday, suggesting the 35-day government shutdown did little to slow economic growth and giving an unexpected lift to a besieged President Donald Trump.
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 …
ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies for unlawful marketing messages  —  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £120,000 to an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company for serious breaches …
Discussion: Politico and Guido Fawkes
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Discussion: NPR
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website
Discussion: HuffPost, Roll Call and Iowa Informer
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
South Dakota Becomes Latest Permitless Gun-Carry State
Discussion: Breitbart
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
As court gag order looms, Trump adviser Roger Stone on media blitz
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Trump signals he'll call national emergency after “waste of time” border talks
Discussion: Politico
Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, wife gave $500K to Trump campaign's legal defense fund
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Max Boot / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
Trump enters the 2020 election cycle with a massive fundraising lead over Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Second Trump-Kim summit planned for Vietnam, source says
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Must Reach Out to Moderates in 2020 — By Waging a Vicious Class War
Discussion: Hit & Run