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6:50 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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CNN:
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.
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   New Evidence Destroys Adam Schiff's Theory About Trump Tower Meeting
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 …
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The Hill:
GOP poised to rebuke Trump  —  Frustrated Republicans say it's time for the Senate to reclaim more power over foreign policy and are planning to move a measure Thursday that would be a stunning rebuke to a president of their own party.  —  GOP lawmakers are deeply concerned …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate backs McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan  —  The vast majority of Senate Republicans backed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday in a rebuke of President Trump's rationale for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan …
NBC News:   ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Feds Seized ‘Several Years’ of Roger Stone's Communications  —  FBI agents seized several years worth of Roger Stone's communications following his arrest last week, prosecutors told a federal judge on Thursday.  In a motion to ask for more time to bring Stone's case to trial …
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NBC News:
Mueller's team seized ‘voluminous and complex’ evidence from Roger Stone  —  Federal investigators probing Roger Stone seized multiple hard drives containing years of communication records from cellphones and email accounts.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators probing Roger Stone …
Discussion: Contemptor and The Gateway Pundit
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Jerome Corsi and Larry Klayman Threaten to Sue Gateway Pundit
Discussion: Vox, Law & Crime and Joe.My.God.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Inside the Crazy and Vicious Feud Between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi—and Why It Matters
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:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and Shakesville
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Doesn't Understand American History  —  The most effective third-party presidential candidates were polarizers, not centrists.  —  Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, cannot win the presidency as an independent candidate.  But is there someone who could?
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:   South Carolina Dems overwhelmed by flood of 2020 contenders
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Ben Sasse Will Push Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in Senate  —  On the Senate floor this evening, Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) announced that he is starting a dual-track process for the Senate to consider his legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act …
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Graham Moomaw / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Virginia lawmaker says she wouldn't have co-sponsored controversial abortion bill if she had read it closely
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Ralph Northam Doesn't Get Why You're Mad at Him
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Considering Herman Cain for Federal Reserve Board, Sources Say  — President interviewed former Godfather's CEO on Wednesday  — Cain's presidential run ended in sexual misconduct scandal  —  Herman Cain, the former pizza company executive who ran for the Republican presidential nomination …
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
What The Left Gets Wrong About Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren  —  The super-rich see one thing very clearly.  —  Socialism is having a big moment in America.  After a surge in popularity during the financial crisis of 2008, the long-verboten political label at last lost its toxicity …
Discussion: VICE News
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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
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
If Howard Schultz Wants To Run For President, He Should Run Against Donald Trump  —  Howard Schultz's clumsy and damaging entry into the 2020 presidential race this week offers a lesson for billionaires who would like to replace Donald Trump: They should consider running against Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post and Hit & Run
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democratic super PAC prepares opposition research on Howard Schultz
NBC News:
Immigration debate drowns out Dems' congressional agenda
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Mediaite
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
Trump Is Finalizing a Nuclear Option That Could Split the G.O.P.  —  The president believes he has the upper hand—but he might be walking into a trap.  —  In public, Donald Trump is still talking (and tweeting) about an immigration compromise with Democrats to avert another government shutdown.
Discussion: Vox, ABC News, Raw Story and Townhall
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Kansas City Star:   Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks: Democrats love him
The Daily Beast:
Progressive Dems: ‘Not Another Dollar’ More in DHS Funding  —  Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar just threw a wrench in the border wall debate.  —  Four freshman progressive House members are throwing a wrench into government funding negotiations …
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.
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 …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Trump insists he's on same page as intel chiefs after insulting them  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that his intelligence chiefs, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel, told him that they were misquoted …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Coming Democratic Drama Over Medicare for All  —  As more Democrats propose moving beyond the Affordable Care Act, the party may be steaming toward the same iceberg that sank Republican efforts to repeal the law.  —  The GOP's drive to rescind the ACA ran aground in part because it pitted …
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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Harris and progressives are pitching Medicare-for-all. They could give us four-more-years.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Amy Klobuchar may be best equipped to send the president packing  —  Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats' 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “ Beto ,” a. k.a.  Robert Francis, O'Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream …
Discussion: Mediaite and Scripting News
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Six Forms of Media Bias  —  A media critic inveighs against the bias toward centrism, which inspires me to come up with my own list.  —  “Impartiality is still a value worth defending in mainstream news coverage,” writes Margaret Sullivan, the Washington Post media critic.
Washington Post:
‘The man who attacked me works in your kitchen’: Victim of serial groper took justice into her own hands  —  Nearly six years ago, on an unseasonably warm April night in Washington, Lauren Clark was cooling down from a jog when she spotted a man in the distance.
Discussion: Eater DC
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.  Now Republicans are calling her a baby killer.  —  Del. Kathy Tran arrived in Richmond last year as part of a wave of Democratic women whose electoral victories in Northern Virginia leveled the balance of power in the General Assembly.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The 15 Things You Need to Know About Chris Christie's Book  —  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.  —  Is it worth you slogging through the entire 400 pages?  Hard pass.
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 …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
New president of Manhattan GOP had invited Proud Boys to New York before street brawl outside socialist assassination re-enactment  —  The GOP member who invited Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to New York City has won the presidency of the Manhattan Republican Party.
Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Iran  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.  This activity was directed from Iran, in some cases repurposing Iranian state media content …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Feds make largest fentanyl bust in U.S. history  —  Customs and Border Protection officers said Thursday they discovered 254 pounds of the drug hidden in a floor compartment of a truck trailer loaded with cucumbers.  —  Border agents make huge fentanyl bust at Arizona port of entry
New York Times:
Who's Ahead in the Race to Beat Trump? … Jan. 31, 2019 … This week on “The Argument,” a debate over who is leading the 2020 Democratic primary in its nascent state.  Jamelle Bouie, The Times's newest Opinion columnist, joins his colleagues to discuss declared and potential candidates hoping to win the presidency.
 
 
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Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Russian DNC Hackers Launch Fresh Wave of Cyberattacks on U.S.
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
How the relationship between Trump and Bloomberg went into a tailspin
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
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Mike Pence / National Review:
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Adam Beam / Associated Press:
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