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3:30 AM ET, January 31, 2019

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Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Here's What Starbucks Is Telling Employees To Say About Howard Schultz  —  The coffee chain's weekly memo discusses how to defuse the situation should someone share “aggressive political opinions.”  —  Starbucks is doing what it can to prepare employees for potentially uncomfortable customer encounters …
Discussion: Althouse, Townhall, AOL and Contemptor
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likely to visit early caucus and primary states as he …
Discussion: Breitbart
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   Howard Schultz and Steve Schmidt Play Russian Roulette With 2020 Election
Danny Westneat / The Seattle Times:   Howard Schultz is above the political fray — so high above he often doesn't vote
Ben Collins / NBC News:
'It's some galaxy brain stuff they wanted us to believe:' How Russia's effort to sabotage Mueller's investigation backfired  —  The fake trove of the special counsel's files were immediately dismissed as largely fabricated by the reporter and researcher who received them.
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
Mueller says Russians using his discovery materials in disinformation effort  —  Russians are using materials obtained from special counsel Robert Mueller's office in a disinformation campaign apparently aimed at discrediting the investigation into Moscow's election interference, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller: Shared evidence was used to discredit special counsel probe
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Beast
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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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Virginia Governor Defends Letting Infants Die
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
NRA Heavyweight Wanted Access to Putin: Leaked Email  —  “[I]mpressing the NRA's Russian hosts is the quickest way to secure a private interview with President Putin,” an organizer of the NRA's infamous 2015 trip to Moscow wrote.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  A former NRA president hoped …
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump singled out Dan Coats in morning rant about intelligence community  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump seethed Wednesday morning as he watched the highlights of his intelligence chiefs testifying on Capitol Hill and singled out Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats by name during his morning rant …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
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Washington Post:
In latest attack on intelligence agencies, Trump ignores where they actually agree
NBC News:
GOP delay in naming House Intelligence Committee members may have cost Mueller  —  Democrats have been unable to authorize release of witness transcripts to the special counsel without GOP members who were just named Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. …
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Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Republicans block passage of anti-shutdown resolution despite removal of language blaming Trump
Discussion: Axios
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Republican move allows House Intel to resume work
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Rand Paul awarded more than $580K after neighbor's attack  —  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was awarded more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses on Wednesday in his lawsuit against the neighbor who tackled him and broke several of his ribs in a dispute over lawn maintenance.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
McConnell says bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a ‘power grab’ by Democrats  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab,” sparking a fierce backlash online.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Get this done’: McConnell moves to avoid new shutdown
Discussion: Washington Post
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Mitch McConnell: making Election Day a federal holiday is a Democratic “power grab”
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Trump stiffs Feinstein and Harris on judges. . .mostly  —  Yesterday, I wrote about the three conservatives President Trump nominated for the Ninth Circuit last year, but did not renominate this year.  The unwillingness to renominate the three came about after a request by California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
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Emma Dumain / The State:
Tim Scott still opposes Thomas Farr, and has sharp words for conservative critics  —  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has a message for the conservatives excoriating him for opposing Thomas Farr to be a district court judge: They ought not challenge the conclusion of the Senate's only black Republican …
Discussion: The National Memo and Raw Story
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Disgraced former NY AG Eric Schneiderman now a meditation teacher  —  A champion of the #MeToo movement, he resigned last year after a report in The New Yorker magazine detailed allegations of physical abuse.  —  Former New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Foxconn reconsidering plans to make LCD panels at Wisconsin plant  —  (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Group is reconsidering plans to make advanced liquid crystal display panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin campus, and said it intends to hire mostly engineers and researchers rather …
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The BuzzFeed Layoffs as Democratic Emergency  —  Digital media has always been a turbulent business, but last week's layoffs suggest a reason for panic.  —  Working in digital media is like trying to build a fort out of marshmallows on a foundation made of marbles in a country ruled by capricious and tyrannical warring robots.
William Steakin / IJR:
We Asked 2016 ‘Never Trump’ Republicans if They'll Back the President in 2020: 'I Mean, He's in Office'  —  In 2016, a number of Senate Republicans made the rare political decision to oppose their own party's nominee, then-candidate Donald Trump.  They were known as “Never Trumpers.”
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Sarah Sanders: God ‘wanted Donald Trump to become president’  —  (CNN)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she believes God wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 election, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on Wednesday.  —  “I think God calls all of us …
Discussion: The Root
Claudia Grisales / Military.com:
Family of Fallen Navy Linguist Fights Regulation That Forced Her Deployment  —  WASHINGTON — Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Mary Kent wasn't supposed to be in Syria.  —  Last year, the 35-year-old mother of two was slated to attend a clinical psychology doctoral program near Walter Reed …
WCVB:
Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to announce possible run for president  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  William Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts who was the Libertarian Party's nominee for vice president in 2016, is mulling a run for president and could make an announcement …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The steady loss of local newspapers and journalists across the country contributes to the nation's political polarization, a new study has found.  —  With fewer opportunities to find out about local politicians …
Amy Graff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Elephant seals took over a Pt. Reyes beach during shutdown.  It won't reopen anytime soon.  —  You know the saying: When the cat's away the mice will play.  It appears the Bay Area is ready to coin a new turn of phrase: When the rangers are gone the elephant seals will swarm.
New York Times:
Juan Guaidó: Venezuelans, Strength Is in Unity  —  To end the Maduro regime with the minimum of bloodshed, we need the support of pro-democratic governments, institutions and individuals the world over.  —  Mr. Guaidó is leading the effort to remove Nicolás Maduro from office.
The Daily Beast:
Bezos Launches Investigation Into Leaked Texts With Lauren Sanchez That Killed His Marriage  —  The Amazon chief's security consultants suspect the leak to the National Enquirer may have been politically motivated.  —  Jeff Bezos' personal security team has launched an investigation …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Undocumented worker who worked for Trump golf course to attend State of the Union  —  An undocumented worker who recently worked for Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., and left after she publicly disclosed her immigration status will attend President Trump's State of the Union address next week.
Washington Times:
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote  —  A top Pennsylvania lawmaker called on the state Wednesday to immediately expunge the names of 11,198 noncitizens whom the state confirmed are registered to vote, despite not being eligible.  —  State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Kamala Harris Was Right About Medicare for All (And That's Why It Won't Work)  —  Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall the other night — not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but describing it accurately.
 
 
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Amazingly, Economy Didn't Care About “Shutdown”
Discussion: CNBC
Michael Sevren / KEZI-TV:
Explosives found outside Eugene police station
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Harris and Booker jostle for backing of black lawmakers
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
The Racists On Gab Are Sharing Obscene Advice For Cooking Pasta
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Russian group suspected in DNC hack targeted Washington think tank
Bloomberg:
Trump Met Heidi Cruz for World Bank Job But Passed on Her, Sources Say
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Luxmoore / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Navalny Office Manager Claims Russian Security Officer Tried To Recruit Her
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Judge won't unseal criminal case against Julian Assange
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Wall Street Journal:
Family Behind OxyContin Maker Made Billions, Say Court Papers
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Considers Reviewing FBI Policies After Stone Raid
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Has-Been James Woods Tweets Stream Of Misogynistic Hate At Kamala Harris
Discussion: American Greatness
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why winning and losing are irrelevant in Syria and Afghanistan
Helena Andrews-Dyer / Washington Post:
So Roger Stone, Jim Mattis and Lanny Davis walk into a steakhouse . . .
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:
We Now Know The Law Firm Representing The Mystery Foreign-Owned Company That Is Fighting A Grand Jury Subpoena
Discussion: CNN