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1:35 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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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?
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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
Matt Bai / Yahoo News:
Run, Howard, run  —  I was a little taken aback this week by the level of outrage and vitriol spewed at  —  Howard Schultz, the 65-year-old billionaire who built Starbucks into a global brand, after he said he was considering a self-funded, independent campaign for president.
Liz Mair / The Bulwark:   Howard Schultz Might Not Help Trump
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Howard Schultz is suffering from the Frappuccino Syndrome
Discussion: USA Today
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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Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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
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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Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Jerome Corsi and Larry Klayman Threaten to Sue Gateway Pundit
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Inside the Crazy and Vicious Feud Between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi—And Why It Matters
Discussion: Vox and emptywheel
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Stone Arrest Exposes the Cancer Eating American Criminal Justice
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 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: The Resurgent and POLITICUSUSA
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump accuses Schumer of being ‘weak and passive’ on Iran
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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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:
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 …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Learning to ignore Trump  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her House Democratic caucus have perfected the art of ignoring President Trump's threats, non-facts and efforts to sway the electorate, thereby putting pressure on Democrats.  As to the latter, he's shown again and again …
Discussion: Raw Story, Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
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:
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A case against Trump is going to trial.  Attorneys want a judge to force him to testify.  —  Five protesters who allege that President Trump's security team assaulted them in 2015 have subpoenaed the president to testify at trial.  —  The case was brought against six defendants …
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 …
GOV.UK:
Joint statement on the new mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran  —  French, German and UK Foreign Ministers announce the creation of ‘INSTEX’ a new mechanism for facilitating legitimate trade with Iran in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal  —  Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
How Trump defenders try to play down charges against his associates  —  Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was indicted last week for lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.  Many of the charges brought so far by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III against those close …
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 …
 
 
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