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8:20 AM ET, January 31, 2019

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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.
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller: Shared evidence was used to discredit special counsel probe
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Schultz deletes tweet of column calling Warren ‘fauxcahontas’ and Harris ‘shrill’  —  Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who has floated an independent run at the White House, deleted a tweet Wednesday in which he praised a column that insulted other 2020 contenders.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likely to visit early caucus and primary states as he …
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Here's What Starbucks Is Telling Employees To Say About Howard Schultz
Discussion: Althouse, Townhall and AOL
Wall Street Journal:   Who's Afraid of Howard Schultz?
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 …
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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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. Gov. Northam faces fierce conservative backlash over abortion bill
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Get this done’: McConnell moves to avoid new shutdown  —  Mitch McConnell is willing to go big, go small or anything in between to avoid another government shutdown.  He's even willing to appeal to a higher power.  —  At a meeting with GOP chairmen on Wednesday, the Senate majority leader …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
McConnell says bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a ‘power grab’ by Democrats
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Mitch McConnell: making Election Day a federal holiday is a Democratic “power grab”
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.
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Nominees  —  Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following judicial nominees:  —  Daniel A. Bress of California, to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Trump stiffs Feinstein and Harris on judges. . .mostly
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 …
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. …
Discussion: Politico
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Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Republicans block passage of anti-shutdown resolution despite removal of language blaming Trump
Discussion: Axios
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Considers Reviewing FBI Policies After Stone Raid  —  President Donald Trump is considering asking the FBI to review its policies after the agency's highly-publicized, militarized raid on the home of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone early Friday morning.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Politico and CNN
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Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says He Will Leave Mueller Report Decision To DOJ
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and The Week
New York Times:
Foxconn Reconsidering Plans for a Wisconsin Factory Heralded by Trump  —  It was heralded a year and a half ago as the start of a Midwestern manufacturing renaissance: Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics behemoth, would build a $10 billion Wisconsin plant to make flat-screen televisions, creating 13,000 jobs.
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 …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State  —  It's been a strange two and a half years.  From the first allegations, in July, 2016, of Russian meddling in the U.S. election campaign, to the arrest of President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone last week …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House preps emergency wall plan while Congress negotiates  —  Congress has until Feb. 15 to discuss a border security deal, but the White House is already finalizing its plan B — declaring a national emergency.  —  The White House is finalizing details of a potential national emergency declaration …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
New York Daily News:
Chicago police confirm surveillance video in homophobic, racist assault of ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett  —  Chicago police said late Wednesday that detectives have found video footage of suspects who allegedly attacked “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.  —  Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Michael Bloomberg Wants to Crush Trump With Big Data  —  Mike Bloomberg has bigger plans for 2020 than running for president.  The billionaire and former New York City mayor has been openly dreaming of the White House for 25 years, and spent huge amounts of time and money now four times …
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mulvaney eyeing Commerce ... again  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WHITE HOUSE BUZZ ... MICK MULVANEY, the acting chief of staff, is interested in succeeding WILBUR ROSS as Commerce secretary, according to several people with knowledge of his plans.
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
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ABC News
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Maybe Only Tim Cook Can Fix Facebook's Privacy Problem  —  It's nowhere in his job description, but Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, has recently taken a moonlight gig as Facebook's privacy watchdog.  —  On Wednesday, Mr. Cook and his lieutenants took aim at Facebook for violating Apple's rules …
 
 
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The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says Paul Ryan Reneged On Deal To Fund Wall For Omnibus Signature
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says DACA For Wall Deal ‘Highly Unlikely’
Discussion: Politico
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
Romney to speak before closed-door meeting of drug industry CEOs
Alan M. Dershowitz / Gatestone Institute:
Why Was Stone Arrested Instead of Being Asked to Surrender?
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The 15 Things You Need to Know About Chris Christie's Book
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Howard Schultz and Steve Schmidt Play Russian Roulette With 2020 Election
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 . . .
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization