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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:

The Man Who Couldn’t Take It Anymore  —  On December 19 of last year, Admiral Michael Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met James Mattis for lunch at the Pentagon.  Mattis was a day away from resigning as Donald Trump’s secretary of defense, but he tends to keep his own counsel …

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Alexander Burns / New York Times:

Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Presidential Race  —  The New York senator anchored her candidacy in issues of women’s equality, but she was unable to gain traction and her failure to qualify for the next debate convinced her to withdraw.  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York …

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Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:

Ruth Davidson quits as leader of Scottish Conservatives  —  LONDON — Ruth Davidson quit Thursday as Scottish Conservatives leader with a thinly veiled swipe at Boris Johnson over his approach to Brexit.  —  The Tory MSP said she had been struggling to juggle family life with her political responsibilities …

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The most commonly committed federal crime  —  Listen 37 min MORE  —  The New York Times reports federal prosecutors are nearing a decision about whether to prosecute Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.  McCabe was fired last year (on the day he was set to retire) …

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Burgess Everett / Politico:

Republicans grow anxious about the Trump economy  —  Republicans have sat patiently with President Donald Trump on his tariff roller-coaster ride with China.  Now they’re starting to feel queasy.  —  Trump argues his escalating trade war will force China to the table for a deal.

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