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Susan Collins had senators in bipartisan meetings use talking stick  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)During bipartisan talks between senators to discuss passing a funding bill to end the government shutdown, Sen. Susan Collins whose office was being used for the negotiations, figured out a civil way to create discussion.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Senator using ‘talking stick’ breaks Collins' glass elephant during shutdown talks: reports
Discussion: Fox News Insider and thecut
Elana Schor / Politico:
Congress votes to end shutdown
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
'It's Morally Reprehensible': Liberals Livid With Senate Dems Over Shutdown Deal
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
Dara Lind / Vox:
The immigration negotiations Congress just gave itself 3 weeks to do, explained
Discussion: HuffPost, The Week and NPR
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:   Support for Democrats' DACA Strategy Grew During Government Shutdown, Polls Show
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Democrats' Bold Fold Shifts the Pressure Onto Trump and His GOP Enablers
T.A. Frank / Vanity Fair:
Will Democrats Lose the Government Shutdown?
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House votes to end government shutdown, sending legislation to Trump
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed …
Fox News:
More than 50,000 texts exchanged between FBI officials Strzok and Page, Sessions says  —  More than 50,000 texts were exchanged between two FBI officials who have come under fire for exchanging anti-Trump messages during the 2016 election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Monday.
Associated Press:
Justice Dept. to leave ‘no stone unturned’ to find texts
Discussion: Politico
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation?
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
FBI head threatened to resign after Sessions pressured him to fire deputy director: report
Discussion: RedState, Axios and Palmer Report
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, in a change of plans, will not be joining President Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week.
Discussion: Business Insider and KTLA
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Watchdog group files complaint against Trump campaign over reported payout to Stormy Daniels  —  The confidentiality settlement reportedly paid to an adult-film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump years before he became president may have violated campaign finance laws, a watchdog group alleged Monday.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Populism Is Waning, Which Is Reason to Party in Davos
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Carlson / WGCL-TV:
Feds: Man threatened to kill CNN employees  —  A Michigan man was arrested after an FBI investigation, accused of threatening to travel to Atlanta to commit mass murder at CNN headquarters.  —  According to federal court documents, the man, from a Detroit suburb, made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Man arrested, accused of threatening to kill CNN employees  —  A Michigan man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot and kill CNN employees, WGCL-TV reported Monday.  —  The FBI launched an investigation after the man, who is unnamed in the CBS report, reportedly called CNN 22 times about a week ago.
Discussion: RedState
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I've Got Another Nut Job Here Who Thinks He's Running Things”: Are Trump and Kelly Heading for Divorce?  —  With the president and his chief of staff arguing in public, Ivanka Trump takes charge of finding a replacement.  —  Donald Trump's relationship with John Kelly, his chief of staff …
Trump Taxes Solar Imports in Biggest Blow to Renewables Yet  —  President approves four years of tariffs starting at 30%  —  Tariffs set to gradually decline to 15 percent in fourth year  —  In the biggest blow he's dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided …
Discussion: CNBC, Axios, NPR and Grist
New York Times:
Trump Slaps Steep Tariffs on Foreign Washing Machines and Solar Products
Discussion: The Verge
Eric Wolff / Politico:   Trump imposes tariffs on solar imports
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
George Papadopoulos is the ‘John Dean’ of the Russia investigation, his fiancee says  —  He has been mocked by President Trump as a “low level volunteer” and “proven to be a liar.”  —  But the fiancee of George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty in October …
Rachel Louise Ensign / Wall Street Journal:
Bank of America: No More Free Checking for Customers With Low Balances  —  eBanking customers switched into accounts that typically require direct deposit or a minimum balance to avoid $12 monthly fee  —  Bank of America Corp. BAC .69% has eliminated a free checking account popular …
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down State's Congressional Map, Saying It Illegally Benefits GOP  —  Republicans had consistently received a 13-5 advantage in the state's congressional delegation since 2012.  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state's congressional map went …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court just gave Democrats a big win on redistricting
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96  —  Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley.  —  Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the female war worker …
Discussion: The Week, thecut and CBS Los Angeles
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
WATCH: Hot mic catches GOP senator ogling ‘beautiful’ teenaged girls with fellow lawmaker  —  As the Senate prepared to pass the continuing resolution that would re-open the government, a Mississippi Republican was caught on a hot mic making comments about the appearances of high-school aged pages.
Kurt Schlichter /
Advice to Young Ladies in This Very, Very Stupid Era  —  Some of you misguided young women (the non-misguided ones can ignore me) will resist the obvious fact that you need the romantic advice of a married, 53-year old retired Army officer who identifies as male.
Discussion:, USA Today and WTVR-TV
Christina Caron / New York Times:
No Passport or Ticket: How a Woman Evaded Airport Security and Flew to London  —  With neither a ticket nor a passport, Marilyn Hartman slipped into Chicago O'Hare International Airport last week, sneaked onto a British Airways flight and traveled to London, where she was apprehended by customs officials …
Discussion: NBC News
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
In New Proposed Subway Elevators, Some See a Terrorism Risk  —  To some, the prospect of adding new subway elevators not far from the World Trade Center is a godsend, a desperately needed portal for the disabled to a subway system that is among the least accessible in the nation.
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNNMoney:
Budweiser falls off the list of America's three favorite beers  —  Tapping into craft beer's online potential  —  Budweiser is no longer one of America's three most popular beers.  —  Before 2001, Budweiser was the top-selling U.S. beer, but it relinquished that crown to Bud Light.
Discussion: Business Insider and WTVR-TV
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Trump voting commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters  —  President Trump's voting commission asked every state and the District for detailed voter registration data, but in Texas's case it took an additional step: It asked to see Texas records that identify all voters …
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Sean McElwee / The Nation:
How the Right's War on Unions Is Killing the Democratic Party
Discussion: The Stranger …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and ‘The Game’ author Neil Strauss partnering on book
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Ecuador's president calls Julian Assange ‘more than a nuisance’
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump waives dozens of environmental rules to speed up construction of border wall
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Inside The Fight For The Soul Of Kaspersky Lab
Bruce Vielmetti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
David A. Clarke a no-show at federal civil rights trial over his Facebook posts
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and RedState
Ben Sales / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
A Jewish journalist is confronting Trump's immigration advisers with their own immigrant histories
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Diver / Telegraph:
Oxford University gives women more time to pass exams
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Alleged payment to porn star was illegal donation to Trump campaign, watchdog says
New York Times:
There's a Surprise in the Government Funding Bill: More Tax Cuts
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
At Davos, 6 Feet of Snow Brings Limousines to a Crawl
Discussion: thecut
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Read the draft White House infrastructure plan
Discussion: Vox, CNBC, The Week and Mediaite