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7:25 AM 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 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 …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Voice of America and Raw Story
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump says Kamala Harris has had best “opening act” out of 2020 Democrats
Discussion: Politico
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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
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
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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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 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.
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Trump signals he'll call national emergency after “waste of time” border talks  —  President Trump told the New York Times in a wide-ranging interview that negotiations with Democratic lawmakers will have been “a waste of time” if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't provide funding for a border wall …
Discussion: Politico
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Kansas City Star:   Roy Blunt's secret weapon in border security talks: Democrats love him
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
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Washington Post:
Trump enters the 2020 election cycle with a massive fundraising lead over Democrats
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Bethany Mandel / Washington Post:
Ralph Northam just gave a huge boost to Trump's reelection campaign  —  Bethany Mandel is an editor at Ricochet and a stay-at-home mother.  —  Every time President Trump does something unconscionable, an Internet meme circulates among conservatives showing a town under water and a sign, barely visible, reading, “But Gorsuch.”
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Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Until this week, Del. Kathy Tran was known for nursing her daughter on the House floor.
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
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Must Reach Out to Moderates in 2020 — By Waging a Vicious Class War  —  The Democratic Party's leading lights — from Elizabeth Warren on the party's left flank, to Joe Biden on its right — are all telling versions of the same story: The American people are working hard, but their economy is hardly working.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Zach Carter / HuffPost:
What The Left Gets Wrong About Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: BostonGlobe.com
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 …
New York Times:
Twitter Says False Content Is Evolving, and More Comes From the U.S.  —  Russia created a playbook for spreading disinformation on social media.  Now the rest of the world is following it.  —  Twitter said on Thursday that countries including Bangladesh and Venezuela had been using social media …
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Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior From Iran
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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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
Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
Exclusive: FBI Warned Law Enforcement Agencies of Threat Posed by Non-Existent ‘Pro-Choice Extremists’
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Second Trump-Kim summit planned for Vietnam, source says
Discussion: WGN-TV
Isaac Orr / Star Tribune:
Bitter cold shows reliable energy sources are critical
Discussion: Power Line and American Experiment
 Earlier Items: 
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
‘Everything stays on the table’: 2020 Dems weigh killing the filibuster
Mike Catalini / Associated Press:
GOP defections boost Democratic ranks in 3 legislatures
Discussion: Politico
NBC News:
ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report
Discussion: Washington Post