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5:45 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.
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Learning to ignore Trump
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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, Vox and Joe.My.God.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Inside the Crazy and Vicious Feud Between Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi—and Why It Matters
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  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Democrats are feeling overwhelmed.  —  Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, who are potential presidential contenders, were just in town.  Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Must Reach Out to Moderates in 2020 — By Waging a Vicious Class War
Discussion: Hit & Run and VICE News
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: Hit & Run
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democratic super PAC prepares opposition research on Howard Schultz
Discussion: Political Wire
Rick Klein / ABC News:   The Note: Reactions to Howard Schultz could make case for Howard Schultz
NBC News:
Immigration debate drowns out Dems' congressional agenda
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Mediaite
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: CBS News and Shakesville
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 …
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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Twitter and Facebook say they removed thousands of troll accounts in run-up to 2018 midterms
Twitter:
Empowering further research of potential information operations
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mashable
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Ralph Northam Doesn't Get Why You're Mad at Him  —  Those crazy conservatives, the Washington Post regrets to inform you, are pouncing again.  They're getting their pro-life knickers in a major twist—and all just because the governor of Virginia, a former pediatrician and ostensibly moderate Democrat …
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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  —  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.
Kansas City Star:
Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks: Democrats love him  —  Republican Sen. Roy Blunt once played Hearts on a plane for 11 straight hours with Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer.  —  “Knowing who we are, we probably each contend we won most of the games,” Blunt joked this week in an interview with The Kansas City Star.
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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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps  —  Google joins Facebook in Apple's banning spree  —  Apple has now shut down Google's ability to distribute its internal iOS apps, following a similar shutdown that was issued to Facebook earlier this week.
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
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
How the relationship between Trump and Bloomberg went into a tailspin  —  NEW YORK — On an autumn day in 2013, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg traveled to the Bronx to hail the transformation of a massive garbage dump into a world-class golf course.  Donald Trump stood nearby …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
If Marie Kondo wants to tidy something, she should start with Netflix … I don't want to see Marie Kondo's sock drawer.  I want to see her Netflix account.  Or her Amazon Prime Video watchlist.  Or her DVR queue.  —  Because these days, that's where the real clutter crisis can be found.
 
 
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Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Russian DNC Hackers Launch Fresh Wave of Cyberattacks on U.S.
Discussion: Raw Story and Defense One
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DeSantis issues executive order eliminating Common Core in Florida
Matt Ford / New Republic:
The Courts Are Making a Killing on Public Records
Cassie L. Smith / Waco Tribune-Herald:
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Discussion: WhoWhatWhy and Off the Kuff
Mike Pence / National Review:
Life Is Under Attack
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump claims his intel chiefs were ‘misquoted’ when they publicly broke with him
Discussion: Political Wire
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
New York Times:
One Lawyer, 194 Felony Cases and No Time
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
Kim Davis Must Pay Legal Fees After Same-Sex Marriage Battle, Kentucky Governor Says
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
What an Old Watergate Document Can Teach the House Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The Perils of Reporting on an Investigation of the President
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
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