Capitol Report: Both political parties should be wooing Howard Schultz, says pundit | John Bolton viewed as a new Twitter star

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Both political parties should be wooing Howard Schultz, says pundit: Potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks SBUX, +0.24% CEO, has taken “enormous grief for considering a run as an independent, mainly from Democrats worried he’ll split the vote,” writes Reuters Breakingviews columnist Rob Cox.

“Really both political parties should be wooing him. The conscious capitalism he pursued as chief executive and chairman of the coffee giant offers a healthy model for American business and society,” Cox says.

Schultz’s public rumination of a third-party bid is clever, because if he had just entered the race as another Democrat billionaire, he would have “dissolved like skim milk into a venti Pike,” the pundit adds.

Read more: Schultz criticized for — among other things — not knowing how much Cheerios cost

And see: Schultz has had it with the ‘b’ word

John Bolton viewed as a new Twitter star: National security adviser John Bolton has started tweeting with the frequency, and often the passion, of President Donald Trump, according to Politico.

Under the handle @ambJohnBolton, he has offered Venezuelan generals a serious invitation to defect and snarked at the county’s defiant ruler. It’s a departure from the norm, given that most in his role largely have stayed out of public view, offering their opinions to presidents in private.

Steel makers and their lobbyists are on a roll: Lobbying spending by U.S. and foreign steel producers climbed last year to $12.2 million, up 20% from 2017 and the highest level in at least 20 years, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

That happened as big steel companies pushed the Trump administration to impose tariffs, leading to higher prices in the U.S., increased profits and expansion plans.

The industry’s main trade group told the Journal that tariffs and quotas on imports have helped the American steel industry rebound, and now its job is to “keep making our case on this.”

Poll finds voters mostly don’t want another shutdown, but they’re split on wall: About 6 in 10 voters oppose another shutdown, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll.

The poll also found voters are split on whether the U.S. should build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, with 47% backing it and 47% against it. Earlier Politico/Morning Consult surveys reportedly showed more opposition to the wall.

The poll was conducted Feb. 7-10, surveying 1,845 registered voters and having a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Trump intends to sign a border-security deal achieved Monday by lawmakers that aims to prevent another partial government shutdown, according to a CNN report on Wednesday.

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