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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 …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Jerome Corsi and Larry Klayman Threaten to Sue Gateway Pundit
Discussion: Law & Crime, Joe.My.God. and Vox
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Inside the Crazy and Vicious Feud Between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi—and Why It Matters
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice
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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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:   If Howard Schultz Wants To Run For President, He Should Run Against Donald Trump
Rick Klein / ABC News:   The Note: Reactions to Howard Schultz could make case for Howard Schultz
Matt Bai / Yahoo News:   Run, Howard, run
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 …
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: CBS News and Shakesville
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 …
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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 …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump knocks his intel chiefs again: ‘Time will prove me right’
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Mike Pence / National Review:   Life Is Under Attack
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:   Republicans support higher taxes on the super-rich, according to a Fox News survey
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 …
CNN:
Over 3,000 more US troops headed to southern border  —  (CNN)Over 3,000 additional active duty troops will be deployed to the southern US border to bolster security joining the 2,300 troops already there, several defense officials tell CNN.  —  The additional forces will allow the Department …
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Contemptor
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
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
ICE set up a fake university.  Hundreds enrolled, not realizing it was a sting operation.  —  On its website, the University of Farmington advertised an innovative STEM curriculum that would prepare students to compete in the global economy, and flexible class schedules that would allow them to enroll without disrupting their careers.
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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 …
New York Times:
One Lawyer, 194 Felony Cases and No Time  —  On April 27, 2017, Jack Talaska, a lawyer for the poor in Lafayette, La., had 194 felony cases.  —  113 clients had been formally charged.  The rest are not pictured.  —  High-level felonies carry sentences of 10 years or more and should each …
Cassie L. Smith / Waco Tribune-Herald:
State: All 366 on local list of potential noncitizen voters are citizens  —  By the time local elections officials downloaded a list of 366 registered voters the Texas Secretary of State's Office initially said may not be citizens, the office had called to tell them to disregard the list, Elections Administrator Kathy Van Wolfe said.
Discussion: WhoWhatWhy and Off the Kuff
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.
Discussion: DCist and twitchy.com
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Washington Post:
Senate backs Mitch McConnell's rebuke of Trump's military drawdown plans in Syria, Afghanistan
Discussion: Political Wire
Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
Election officials said DMV wasn't ready to launch Motor Voter. California went ahead anyway
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nina Burleigh:
Telegraph Claim Letter
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Coming Democratic Drama Over Medicare for All
Discussion: HuffPost
Simon Shaykhet / WXYZ-TV:
Social media post shows Detroit officer making racist comments about African-American pulled over
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court's conservatives appear poised to expand Second Amendment gun rights
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A case against Trump is going to trial. Attorneys want a judge to force him to testify.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Anya Crittenton / Gay Star News:
Shocking video shows women barging into meeting and harassing trans woman
Discussion: PinkNews
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Learning to ignore Trump
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Supreme Court candidate once wrote that gay rights ruling could lead to legalized bestiality
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
How Trump defenders try to play down charges against his associates
New York Times:
The Perils of Reporting on an Investigation of the President
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State
Claudia Grisales / Military.com:
Family of Fallen Navy Linguist Fights Regulation That Forced Her Deployment