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New York Times:
Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations  —  WASHINGTON — A defiant President Trump declared on Thursday that he has all but given up on negotiations with Congress over his border wall and will proceed without lawmakers even as he dismissed any suggestions …
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The Daily Beast:
White House Abruptly Canceled Trump's Meeting With Intel Chiefs  —  The cancellation came a day after top officials gave testimony to congress seemingly contradicting key parts of the president's foreign policy.  —  The White House abruptly canceled the President's daily intelligence briefing on Wednesday …
David Priess / Lawfare:
Why Intelligence Leadership Won't Resign in Response to Trump's Criticisms  —  Earlier this week, CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump says Kamala Harris has had best “opening act” out of 2020 Democrats
Discussion: Politico
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Intelligence officials were ‘misquoted’ after public hearing, Trump claims
Discussion: VICE News and CNN
The Hill:
Booker tells lawmakers he is running for president and seeks their support  —  Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday began calling members of Congress informing them he is running for president and is quietly making overtures to members for support, three congressional sources told The Hill.
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Washington Post:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joins the 2020 presidential race  —  Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said Friday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to a growing and increasingly diversified field of 2020 candidates intent on taking on President Trump.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Tom Moran / New Jersey Online:
Booker is running.  I've watched him for 20 years.  Here's what I've learned  —  It was inevitable, and now it's official: Sen. Cory Booker is running for president.  —  That means he's about to face brutal and unrelenting attacks from competing Democrats, wary Republicans, and probably a few dozen Russian bots.
New York Times:
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker Announces 2020 Run  —  Senator Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark who has projected an upbeat political presence at a deeply polarized time, entered the 2020 race for president on Friday, embarking on a campaign to become the second black president in American history.
Discussion: The Week
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Cory Booker launches bid for president
Discussion: Power Line and Observer
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New York Times:
Senate Evidence Clarifies Mystery Call Around Trump Tower Meeting  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats have long stoked suspicions about whether President Trump knew his son met with Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, pointing to phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. received …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Blocked calls, long a mystery, went to longtime Trump family friends: Sources
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Reports: Don Jr.'s blocked phone calls before Russia meeting weren't to Trump
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
New Evidence Destroys Adam Schiff's Theory About Trump Tower Meeting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Fox Business:
Howard Schultz ‘freaked out’ by Democratic backlash to independent presidential run, rethinks effort  —  Howard Schultz on opposition to his potential presidential bid: Democrats need a little less caffeine  —  Howard Schultz is getting burned, like a bad cup of Starbucks coffee and it may force …
Discussion: Splinter
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New York Times:
Excerpts From Trump's Interview With The Times  —  President Trump spoke with The New York Times on Thursday, sitting in the Oval Office for an interview with two White House correspondents, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, and A. G. Sulzberger, the newspaper's publisher.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Discusses ‘Fake News,’ and Its Repercussions, With New York Times Publisher
Discussion: Mediaite
Cory Booker / YouTube:
We Will Rise … The lines that divide us are nowhere near as strong as the ties that bind us.  When we join together and work together — we will rise.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Roll Call
Max Boot / Washington Post:
On Wednesday, the Twitter mob came for me  —  In mid-January, waves of outrage swept over the Internet because of a confrontation on the Mall in Washington between a group of conservative high school students from Kentucky and an elderly Native American Marine Corps veteran.
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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 …
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
America colonisation 'cooled Earth's climate'  —  Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate.  —  That's the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.  —  The team says the disruption …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
New York Times:
Trump Returns This Weekend to Mar-a-Lago, His Gilded Comfort Zone  —  WASHINGTON — After two months spent scorching the earth in Washington and complaining about being cooped up in the White House, President Trump is planning to return this weekend to the one place where he knows he will receive …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Fake FCC Comments Linked to Ex-Trump Campaign Director's Org, Boosted By Roger Stone  —  An organization run by a former Trump campaign statewide director is being investigated by the New York attorney general's office for its role in submitting potentially hundreds of thousands of fraudulent comments …
ico.org.uk:
ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies for unlawful marketing messages  —  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued fines totalling £120,000 to an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company for serious breaches …
Discussion: Politico and Guido Fawkes
Washington Post:
Trump enters the 2020 election cycle with a massive fundraising lead over Democrats  —  President Trump's campaign and affiliated committees raised more than $21 million in the final three months of 2018, entering the presidential election cycle with a massive head start just as a wide-open Democratic field begins to take shape.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
What Trump is asking friends about the shutdown and 2020  —  Over the past week, President Trump has asked friends and advisers how they think the shutdown has affected him politically and what he should be doing to recover his standing in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump to throw spotlight on abortion in State of the Union  —  President Donald Trump is telling conservative allies he wants to incorporate firm anti-abortion language into his State of the Union address Tuesday, and potentially include an anti-abortion figure among his list of invitees …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Freedom Caucus plots with GOP leaders to cause Dem misery  —  The House Freedom Caucus was created to make life hell for the majority.  Now, it's the Democrats' turn to suffer.  —  After last fall's 40-seat electoral disaster, the conservative hard-liners have agreed to a cease-fire …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
James A. Gagliano / CNN:
Retired FBI agent: The Roger Stone raid was totally by the book  —  Trump may ask FBI to review policies after Stone raid  —  James A. Gagliano is a CNN law enforcement analyst and a retired FBI supervisory special agent.  He also is an adjunct assistant professor at St. John's University in Queens, New York.
Soo Rin Kim / ABC News:
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, wife gave $500K to Trump campaign's legal defense fund  —  A legal defense fund set up to help President Donald Trump's aides caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election received half …
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Book Written by Detainee via WhatsApp Gets a Top Prize  —  SYDNEY, Australia — A stateless Kurdish-Iranian asylum-seeker detained by the Australian government won the country's highest-paying literary prize on Thursday.  But he could not attend the festivities to accept the award.
Discussion: NPR
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
A domestic terrorist slaughtered 5 women in a Florida bank and hardly anyone noticed  —  It was a quiet, normal Wednesday at the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring, Florida right up until about 12:30 p.m. or so.  A teller, Marisol Lopez, was behind the counter dealing with any customers.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website  —  Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) alerted the House Ethics Committee to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) using his official government website to promote a white nationalist blog.  —  Ryan sent a letter to the committee …
Discussion: HuffPost, Roll Call and Iowa Informer
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
‘Everything stays on the table’: 2020 Dems weigh killing the filibuster  —  Democrats have a lot of big ideas if they win back the White House and Congress in 2020.  But it's not clear they are willing to do a key thing needed to implement them: eliminating the filibuster.
Mada Masr:
Lawyer files complaint against heads of Egyptian rights groups after they meet Macron  —  A lawyer has filed a legal complaint against the heads of four of Egypt's human rights organizations for “threatening national security” a day after they discussed several thorny issues …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
As court gag order looms, Trump adviser Roger Stone on media blitz  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone made multiple media appearances in Washington on Thursday, talking freely with reporters before he was set to appear in court on Friday and likely face a gag order from a judge.
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: Mother Jones
Amy Taxin / Associated Press:
20 charged in Chinese birth tourism crackdown  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Dongyuan Li's business was called “You Win USA,” and authorities say she coached pregnant Chinese women on how to get into the United States to deliver babies who would automatically enjoy all the benefits of American citizenship.
 
 
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Mike Brest / The Daily Caller:
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Republicans seize on liberal positions to paint Democrats as radical
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
Mitch McConnell, Enemy of the Vote
Discussion: Shareblue Media, New York Times and CNN
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Warren expected to announce candidacy on Feb. 9
Discussion: The Root
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Trump signals he'll call national emergency after “waste of time” border talks
Discussion: Politico
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Second Trump-Kim summit planned for Vietnam, source says
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NBC News:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
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