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1:25 PM ET, February 1, 2019

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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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New York Times:
Excerpts From Trump's Interview With The New York 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.
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
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 …
William Barr / New York Times:
The President and the Publisher … Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:  —  During an exclusive interview in the Oval Office on Thursday, President Trump spoke with the New York Times reporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman about the Russia investigation …
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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Ron Kampeas / The Times of Israel:
5 Jewish things to know about Cory Booker  —  The Democrat New Jersey senator, who just announced his 2020 presidential run, has a penchant for starting speeches with a Torah analysis  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Jewish things about US Sen. Cory Booker, who just announced for the Democratic presidential nomination, you ask?
The Hill:
Booker tells lawmakers he is running for president and seeks their support
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   Cory Booker Launched His Presidential Campaign in the Most Cory Booker Way Possible
Washington Post:
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey joins the 2020 presidential race
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Cory Booker launches an unconventional White House bid built on ‘universal love’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Conway suggests Booker is sexist for running against 2020 Dem women
Discussion: The Root
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 …
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Vice Media Cuts 250 Jobs, 10% of Workforce  —  Vice Media cut 250 jobs, or 10% of the workforce, as it faces an increasingly difficult online-ad market.
Discussion: Instapundit
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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The Daily Beast:
Democratic Opposition Research Group Begins Digging in on Howard Schultz  —  The former Starbucks CEO isn't a candidate yet.  But they're treating him like one.  —  Howard Schultz isn't yet a presidential candidate, but Democrats are already slinging mud in his direction …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Fox Business:
Howard Schultz ‘freaked out’ by Democratic backlash to independent presidential run, rethinks effort
Discussion: Political Wire and Splinter
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
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
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:   ICE Agents Are Using Pennsylvania's Courthouses as a Stalking Ground.  The State Supreme Court Can Stop Them.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation for DNA Test  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for her party's presidential nomination, has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for her decision to take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry …
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
Cori Murray / Essence:
Jussie Smollett Breaks His Silence After Vicious Attack: 'I'm OK'  —  “My body is strong but my soul is stronger,” the actor told ESSENCE exclusively.  —  Jussie Smollett is finally speaking out after the homophobic and racist attack he endured earlier this week.
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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.
Rick Scott / Washington Post:
I've been a senator for three weeks.  Washington is worse than you've heard.  —  Rick Scott, a Republican, represents Florida in the U.S. Senate.  —  I've been a U.S. senator for three weeks now, and I can tell you that reports of hate and incompetence in Washington are severely understated.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Net Neutrality Repeal at Stake as Key Court Case Starts  —  A lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of rules meant to ensure internet users open access to all websites and services is one of several fronts in a broader battle.  —  Oral arguments are set …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Venezuela plans to fly central bank gold reserves to UAE - source  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said …
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.
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 …
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
Banks and smaller companies propelled stocks to their best January in 30 years, a sign that investors are favoring sectors tied to the U.S. economy.  —  Those groups were among the biggest laggards during the fourth quarter's steep slide.  Their reversal suggests that investors who were bracing …
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
Washington Post:
You can't have it all — even with Medicare-for-all  —  SEN. KAMALA D. HARRIS (D-Calif.), a freshly minted presidential candidate, sketched an appealing picture of Medicare-for-all at a CNN town hall on Monday.  Yes, she said, the plan would require doing away with insurance companies.
 
 
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Charles E. Cook, Jr / The Cook Political Report:
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
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NBC News:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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HuffPost:
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Blackwater founder Erik Prince's new company is building training center in Xinjiang
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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Howard Schultz Draws Protesters in His Hometown, Seattle
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Ben Casselman / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Added 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%
Discussion: TheBlaze, NPR and Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Republicans seize on liberal positions to paint Democrats as radical
Discussion: Chicks On The Right and Hot Air
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
A domestic terrorist slaughtered 5 women in a Florida bank and hardly anyone noticed
New York Times:
Senate Evidence Clarifies Mystery Call Around Trump Tower Meeting
New York Times:
Trump Returns This Weekend to Mar-a-Lago, His Gilded Comfort Zone