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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 negotiating with Congress over his border wall and will build it on his own even as he dismissed any suggestions …
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Discusses Claims of ‘Fake News,’ and the Impact, With New York Times Publisher  —  President Trump takes credit for popularizing the term “fake news.”  —  But the consequences?  Not his concern.  —  In lengthy and at times contradictory remarks on Thursday about the news media …
New York Times:
Read Excerpts: The Times Publisher Asks Trump About ‘Anti-Press Rhetoric’  —  President Trump spoke with The New York Times on Thursday, sitting in the Oval Office for an interview with A. G. Sulzberger, the newspaper's publisher, and two White House correspondents, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman.
Discussion: Contemptor and Mediaite
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.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   Cory Booker Launched His Presidential Campaign in the Most Cory Booker Way Possible
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Cory Booker launches an unconventional White House bid built on ‘universal love’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joins the 2020 presidential race
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media to Reorganize, Lay Off 10 Percent of Staff (Exclusive)  —  The cuts, which will impact around 250 people, are part of new CEO Nancy Dubuc's strategic plan to tighten spending and achieve profitability.  —  Vice Media is planning a reorganization that will include laying off …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Lost the Shutdown, But At Least God Made Him President, and He's Building That Wall  —  Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, President Trump began doing what increasingly passes for his workday: looking at the television and tweeting about it.  “So great to watch & listen to all these people …
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David Priess / Lawfare:
Why Intelligence Leadership Won't Resign in Response to Trump's Criticisms
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
Employers add booming 304,000 jobs in January, marking 100th straight month of employment gains  —  Hiring began 2019 on a strong note as employers added 304,000 jobs in January, marking a 100th straight month of payroll growth and defying the 35-day government shutdown, the U.S. trade war with China and a slowing global economy.
Discussion: Townhall
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Ben Casselman / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Added 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%
Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
US employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 pct.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
U.S. economy created 304,000 jobs in January
Sarah Longwell / Washington Post:
The right strategy to primary Trump  —  Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist, is executive director of Defending Democracy Together.  —  President Trump has never looked more vulnerable to a primary challenge.  —  According to a new Post-ABC News poll, 56 percent of Americans …
Discussion: The Resurgent
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: Political Wire and Splinter
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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Draws Protesters in His Hometown, Seattle
Discussion: GeekWire
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.
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Sherrod Brown Gives America the Bird  —  It's time for another edition of Logo Watch, where we evaluate the graphic design choices of the growing Democratic field.  We begin today with . . . oh my.  Oh No. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING?  —  Sorry.  I just . . . I'm sorry.  Let's make it smaller.
Discussion: Althouse
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump makes it official: U.S. to quit missile treaty with Russia  —  The United States is suspending its participation in a key arms control agreement with Russia, and will leave the pact completely in six months, the Trump administration announced Friday.  —  The decision to abandon …
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Bloomberg:
Trump Says U.S. Will Leave Soviet-Era Nuclear Treaty With Russia
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.
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Immigrants drove hours for fake, ICE-issued court dates on Thursday  —  Fearing deportation if they didn't show up, immigrants across the country traveled to ICE-issued court dates on Thursday only to find out those hearing dates were fake.  Some traveled for hours and hundreds of miles for nothing …
Discussion: KTLA, CNN and Law & Crime
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
It's not just the White House: At Pentagon and State Dept., the press is out in the cold, too  —  With President Trump sending more troops to the southern border, pulling some out of Syria and causing uncertainty among allies in NATO, now would seem to be a good time for the Pentagon's brass …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Attack of the Fanatical Centrists  —  Of obsessions, vanity and delusions of superiority.  —  Why is American politics so dysfunctional?  Whatever the deeper roots of our distress, the proximate cause is ideological extremism: Powerful factions are committed to false views of the world, regardless of the evidence.
New York Times:
5 Takeaways From The Times's Interview With President Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump wanted to talk.  He initially invited A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, to an off-the-record dinner.  Mr. Sulzberger countered with a request for an on-the-record interview that included Times reporters.
NBC News:
Five Saudi Arabian students facing U.S. jail time go missing  —  Saudi diplomats reportedly spirited the five young Saudis out of the U.S. with forged passports on private planes, according to the Oregonian newspaper.
Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
Harvard creates a ‘hostile environment against men,’ complaint says  — After Yale and USC, one California doctoral student is targeting Harvard with a Title IX complaint.  — The student alleges that, by using guidelines authored by the American Psychological Association …
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.
Mike Brest / The Daily Caller:
Tucker: Congress Should Ban Smartphones For Children  —  Tucker Carlson called for Congress to ban smartphones for children during his show on Thursday night.  —  WATCH:  —  It's not surprising then rates of mental illness and suicide among teens began to surge right around 2012.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Week
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
ICE Agents Are Using Pennsylvania's Courthouses as a Stalking Ground.  The State Supreme Court Can Stop Them.  —  Across the United States, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers stalk state courthouses, tracking down undocumented immigrants to arrest, detain, and deport.
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
Utah Voters Approved Medicaid Expansion At The Ballot Box.  The GOP Is Trying To Undo It.  —  The Republican majority in the Utah Legislature is moving fast to defy the will of Utahns who approved the proposition.  —  On Election Day, a majority of Utah voters approved a ballot initiative …
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 …
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
David Brooks / New York Times:
Kamala Harris, Call-Out Star  —  The toughest progressive we've seen in a long time.  —  The more you learn about Kamala Harris, the more formidable she appears.  She is an amazing amalgam of different elements — highly educated elite meritocrat, Oakland street fighter, crusading …
Discussion: Althouse
HuffPost:
Where Democratic Presidential Contenders Stand On The Venezuelan Crisis  —  Some of them agree with President Trump's decision to recognize the country's opposition leader as the legitimate president.  —  President Donald Trump drew rare bipartisan praise for his decision …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as ‘terrorism’ threat and viewed KKK as victims  —  Bureau spied on California activists, citing potential ‘conspiracy’ against the ‘rights’ of neo-Nazis  —  The FBI opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California …
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 …
 
 
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
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ico.org.uk:
ICO to audit data protection practices at Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance after fining both companies …
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Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website
Discussion: HuffPost, Roll Call and Iowa Informer
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Republicans seize on liberal positions to paint Democrats as radical
Discussion: Hot Air
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
A domestic terrorist slaughtered 5 women in a Florida bank and hardly anyone noticed
Max Boot / Washington Post:
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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Fake FCC Comments Linked to Ex-Trump Campaign Director's Org, Boosted By Roger Stone
Washington Post:
Trump enters the 2020 election cycle with a massive fundraising lead over Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
‘Everything stays on the table’: 2020 Dems weigh killing the filibuster