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10:40 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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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz is suffering from the Frappuccino Syndrome  —  Holy chestnut praline latte!  There was Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks chief executive, making a case Wednesday for why Americans would flock to him if he decided to run for president as an independent.
Discussion: USA Today
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likely to visit early caucus and primary states as he …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Mulvaney eyeing Commerce ... again
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Harris and Booker jostle for backing of black lawmakers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 and Joe.My.God.
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
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 and ABC News
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The Hill:
GOP poised to rebuke Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Resurgent
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Michael Bloomberg's Secret Plans to Take Down Trump  —  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 and NTK Network
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
Kim Davis Must Pay Legal Fees After Same-Sex Marriage Battle, Kentucky Governor Says  —  Gov. Matt Bevin's lawyers say taxpayers “should not have to collectively bear the financial responsibility for Davis' intransigence.”  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As a candidate for governor in 2015 …
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.
Discussion: The Resurgent
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Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Mike Johnston to run for Senate, becoming Cory Gardner's highest-profile challenger yet  —  The Western Slope 44-year-old came in third place in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary.  —  Mike Johnston, a Western Slope-born former state senator, wants to be the Democrat who unseats Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.
Discussion: Chalkbeat
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 …
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
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.
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.
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
What an Old Watergate Document Can Teach the House Judiciary Committee  —  The chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary faced a vexing problem: Pressure for impeachment was building, but while lots of evidence against the president was public, key pieces of it were not.
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 …
Ryan Saavedra / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Caught Lying About Her Comments On Israel Occupying Palestine  —  In an interview this week, socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) lied about remarks she made in July 2018 during an interview on PBS's “Firing Line With Margaret Hoover,” falsely claiming …
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
William Barr / New York Times:
The Perils of Reporting on an Investigation of the President … Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:  —  The special counsel's office disputed an explosive BuzzFeed report claiming that President Trump had instructed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress …
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.
New York Times:
Morton Sobell, Last Defendant in Rosenberg Spy Case, Is Dead at 101  —  Morton Sobell, who was convicted in the Cold War spy trial that delivered Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to their deaths and divided the nation for decades, died on Dec. 26 in Manhattan, his son, Mark, confirmed on Wednesday.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
 
 
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David Reaboi / The Federalist:
Qatar Hacking Scandal Illustrates How U.S. Media Megaphones Foreign Agitprop
Michelle Rindels / The Nevada Independent:
Federal government discloses it already shipped plutonium to Nevada, without state's knowledge or consent
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
New York Daily News:
Amazon boss tells City Council the company will oppose unionization bids in New York City
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Wall Street Journal:
New York City Has Record Low Crime, but in Some Neighborhoods Most Murders Go Unsolved
Agence France-Presse:
Five foreign journalists arrested in Venezuela
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says Paul Ryan Reneged On Deal To Fund Wall For Omnibus Signature
Discussion: Splinter
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says DACA For Wall Deal ‘Highly Unlikely’
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
House Republicans block passage of anti-shutdown resolution despite removal of language blaming Trump
Discussion: Axios