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12:50 PM 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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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?
Liz Mair / The Bulwark:
Howard Schultz Might Not Help Trump  —  Independent candidacies are strange beasts and the conventional wisdom about them is almost always wrong.  —  Within minutes of Howard Schultz announcing he was considering a possible independent run for president just days ago, the progressive left went to DEFCON 1.
Matt Bai / Yahoo News:   Run, Howard, run
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz is suffering from the Frappuccino Syndrome
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Contemptor
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 …
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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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Sanders Unveils Estate Tax Plan, Joining Democrats Who Want to Tax the Rich
Bloomberg:
Bernie Sanders Proposes Estate Tax of Up to 77% for Billionaires
Discussion: Axios
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:   Bernie Sanders joins the Democrats' tax party with new levy on large estates
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Resurgent
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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 …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump accuses Schumer of being ‘weak and passive’ on Iran
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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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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Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:   How Trump defenders try to play down charges against his associates
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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 Trace and The Week
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
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.
Discussion: El Paso Times and Splinter
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 …
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
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Farmington Hills fake university set up by ICE to nab foreign students  —  The Department of Homeland Security set up a fake university in Farmington Hills to target foreign students who wanted to stay in the U.S. without proper authorization, according to federal indictments unsealed in Detroit on Wednesday.
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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 …
Discussion: The Week and NTK Network
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
The Daily Caller:
Full Transcript Of Trump's Oval Office Interview With The Daily Caller  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sat for an exclusive Oval Office interview Wednesday with The Daily Caller's Saagar Enjeti and Vince Coglianese for approximately 37 minutes.  —  The transcript is as follows:
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Josh Bivens / Economic Policy Institute:
The Fed shouldn't give up on restoring labor's share of income—and measure it correctly
Discussion: Mother Jones
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Supreme Court candidate once wrote that gay rights ruling could lead to legalized bestiality
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Morton Sobell, Last Defendant in Rosenberg Spy Case, Is Dead at 101
Discussion: National Review
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
Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Mike Johnston to run for Senate, becoming Cory Gardner's highest-profile challenger yet
Discussion: Chalkbeat
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New York Times:
Maduro Turns to Special Police Force to Crush Dissent
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says Paul Ryan Reneged On Deal To Fund Wall For Omnibus Signature
Discussion: Politico and Splinter
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
The Racists On Gab Are Sharing Obscene Advice For Cooking Pasta
Discussion: The Daily Beast