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7:40 PM ET, February 10, 2019

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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Steve Schmidt Storms Off Own Podcast When Asked About Advising Howard Schultz  —  “This is bullsh*t,” Schmidt exclaims.  “I'm not doing this.”  —  Anti-Trump strategist and pundit Steve Schmidt is feeling the heat from all sides since his client, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Mistress' Brother Leaked Bezos' Racy Texts to Enquirer, Sources Say  —  Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos' lover, gave the couple's texts to The National Enquirer.  —  The brother of Jeff Bezos' mistress, Lauren Sanchez …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Bob Woodward writes email to Jeff Bezos: “It's Watergate redux”
Discussion: Philly.com and Bloomberg
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Walter Jones, who worked to atone for his Iraq war vote, is dead at 76  —  Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., an Eastern North Carolina congressman who made it his mission to atone for his vote sending U.S. troops into Iraq in the early 2000s, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.
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Congressman Walter Jones:
STATEMENT ON CONGRESSMAN WALTER B. JONES  —  Greenville, NC - After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina.  He was 76.
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNN
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Walter Jones, ‘freedom fries’ congressman who became Iraq War critic, dies at 76
Discussion: Politico
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar's opening pitch sidetracked by staff horror stories  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pitching herself for the White House as the commonsense Midwestern answer to President Donald Trump — while former staffers portray her as a brutal boss who mistreated them.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Amy Klobuchar Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination
Discussion: Political Wire, Washington Post and CNN
Washington Post:
Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ in 2020, Elizabeth Warren says
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar jumps into presidential race
Dan Merica / CNN:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar enters presidential race
Robert Costa / Washington Post:   Colorado Sen. Bennet hints about joining crowded Democratic race for president
Houston Chronicle:
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms  —  Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.  —  She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger …
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Virginia in crisis.  The top three officials, all Democrats, refuse to resign, one calling for due process and denying two allegations of sexual assault.
Discussion: Althouse, Daily Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Warren: Trump ‘may not even be a free person’ by 2020
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Liz Cheney says Elizabeth Warren is a ‘laughingstock’ for having claimed Native American ancestry
Mike Allen / Axios:
Democratic dirt defines start of 2020
Discussion: Vox
John Solomon / The Hill:
The case for Russia collusion ... against the Democrats  —  Now that both the House and Senate investigative committees have cleared Donald Trump of Democrat-inspired allegations of Russian collusion, it is worth revisiting one anecdote that escaped significant attention during the hysteria …
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New York Times:
In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller's Russia Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost …
Washington Post:
Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms Friday, officials say  —  Bipartisan talks aimed at resolving the border wall dispute and averting a government shutdown Friday have broken down and are at an impasse, two people familiar with the situation said Sunday.
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
Millions of Americans could be stunned as their tax refunds shrink  —  Most Americans received a tax cut in 2018, but their refunds aren't necessarily staying the same.  —  Millions of Americans filling out their 2018 taxes will probably be surprised to learn that their refund is less …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: More Trump schedules leaked as enraged officials launch internal hunt  —  Our lead item in Axios Sneak Peek last week — a leak of three months of Trump's private schedules — enraged White House officials.  —  The president's secretary Madeleine Westerhout tweeted that the leak was “a disgraceful breach of trust.”
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
A Princess Vanishes.  A Video Offers Alarming Clues.  —  BEIRUT — The princess known as Sheikha Latifa had not left Dubai, the glittering emirate ruled by her father, in 18 years.  Her requests to travel and study elsewhere had been denied.  Her passport had been taken away.
Mark Fainaru-Wada / ESPN:
Bob Costas, unplugged: From NBC and broadcast icon to dropped from the Super Bowl  —  IN DECEMBER 2015, the movie “Concussion” was set for a Christmas Day release in nearly 3,000 theaters across America.  The film told the story of the NFL's attempts to discredit research tying brain damage to football …
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’  —  Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review  —  The world's insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Our Brains Aren't Designed to Handle the Trump Era  —  Or mine isn't, anyway.  —  I am trying to think about when, exactly, I realized that my brain was wretchedly ill suited to the modern world.  Was it when Twitter began?  With the internet itself?  —  Certainly by this current presidency.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen's secret agenda … NEW YORK — At first, Michael Cohen appeared indifferent as he listened to the group of Republican leaders urge his boss to run for governor.  —  It was the fall of 2013, and Donald Trump was already fixated on “the big thing,” as he referred to running for president.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Politico and Raw Story
 
 
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Advisers float Mar-a-lago summit as Trump plots next moves with Chinese President Xi
Discussion: Political Wire
Jennifer C. Braceras / The Hill:
Who's afraid of Neomi Rao?
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The Democrats' disastrous week highlights Trump's sanity
Li Zhou / Vox:
Amy Klobuchar enters 2020 ready to take on Big Tech
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
House Intelligence chairman voices concern that Mueller's scrutiny of Trump's finances isn't adequate
Mesfin Fekadu / Associated Press:
Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
“I'm not going anywhere”: Northam vows to remain in office despite calls to resign
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Nikki Haley to be honored at high-flying GOP donor dinner
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
A surprise virtual visit from the president
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Protesters Raise Funds To Transport Trump Baby Blimp In Time For President's El Paso Rally
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
This petty poster war says everything you need to know about the immigration debate in Congress
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Katha Pollitt / New York Times:
Day Care for All  —  The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans can't wait to debate ‘Medicare for all’