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9:35 AM ET, January 31, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Who's Afraid of Howard Schultz?  —  Democrats seem to be afraid he might give them a policy debate.
Discussion: Althouse
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likely to visit early caucus and primary states as he considers running for president  — Former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz is gearing up to visit early caucus and primary states as he mulls an independent run for president in 2020, CNBC has learned.
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.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz is suffering from the Frappuccino Syndrome
Discussion: USA Today
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice  —  Last week's arrest of Roger Stone at the behest of Special Counsel Robert Mueller incites me to recall Joseph Welch's famous question of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy at the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?
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Alan M. Dershowitz / Gatestone Institute:
Why Was Stone Arrested Instead of Being Asked to Surrender?
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
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: The Week, ABC News and Shakesville
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
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
Associated Press:
2020 Democrats weigh how to recapture voters in Midwest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling debate over who is best positioned to recapture the region's working-class voters who broke for President Donald Trump in 2016.
Discussion: Political Wire
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George F. Will / Washington Post:   Amy Klobuchar may be best equipped to send the president packing
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders to propose dramatic expansion in estate tax on richest Americans, including 77 percent rate on billionaires  —  Sanders's “For the 99.8% Act” would target the wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will unveil a plan Thursday to dramatically expand …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
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.
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Harris and Booker jostle for backing of black lawmakers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The 15 Things You Need to Know About Chris Christie's Book  —  All the good parts of Chris Christie's “Let Me Finish,” in one place.  —  Chris Christie's tell-all, Let Me Finish, has now hit shelves, and it's absolutely the second most interesting book about Donald Trump released this week.
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Michael Bloomberg Wants to Crush Trump With Big Data  —  Michael 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 four times …
Discussion: The Week
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Republicans block passage of anti-shutdown resolution despite removal of language blaming Trump  —  Meanwhile, House Democrats pass bill to increase federal employees' pay for 2019  —  House Democrats postpone retreat because timing conflicts with Feb. 15 funding deadline A day of House drama …
Discussion: Axios
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NBC News:
GOP delay in naming House Intelligence Committee members may have cost Mueller
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
New York City Has Record Low Crime, but in Some Neighborhoods Most Murders Go Unsolved  —  Twenty nondomestic homicides occurred in one Brooklyn precinct from 2013 through 2017.  Four have been solved.
Agence France-Presse:
Five foreign journalists arrested in Venezuela  —  Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan authorities have detained five foreign journalists covering the standoff with opposition forces seeking the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.  —  Two others, from Chile, were deported as the crisis spilled …
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
ICE Ran Fake College to Target Undocumented Immigrants  —  Fake university.  Real consequences.  —  Scott Bixby  —  For years, the Department of Homeland Security has operated a fake university in the Detroit suburbs as part of an undercover operation that lured undocumented immigrants seeking to obtain fraudulent student visas.
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 …
New York Times:
Maduro Turns to Special Police Force to Crush Dissent  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — The agents barged into the home of Yonaiker Ordóñez, 18, on Sunday morning as he slept.  Dressed in helmets and carrying rifles, the men grabbed the teenager and forced him to another room without explaining why they came, his family said.
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.
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: ICE force-feeding detainees on hunger strike  —  Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes during a hunger strike that's gone on for a month inside a Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned.
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 …
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.
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 …
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says Paul Ryan Reneged On Deal To Fund Wall For Omnibus Signature  —  President Donald Trump says former House Speaker Paul Ryan promised to secure wall funding while Republicans controlled both Houses in exchange for the president's signature on the 2018 omnibus spending bill.
 
 
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Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Caught Lying About Her Comments On Israel Occupying Palestine
Discussion: RedState
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says DACA For Wall Deal ‘Highly Unlikely’
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Amazingly, Economy Didn't Care About “Shutdown”
Discussion: CNBC
Washington Times:
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
The Racists On Gab Are Sharing Obscene Advice For Cooking Pasta
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Trump Met Heidi Cruz for World Bank Job But Passed on Her, Sources Say
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Sarah Sanders: God ‘wanted Donald Trump to become president’
Discussion: The Root
William Steakin / IJR:
We Asked 2016 ‘Never Trump’ Republicans if They'll Back the President in 2020: 'I Mean, He's in Office'
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization