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10:05 PM ET, January 8, 2019


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New York Times:
Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Data With Russian Associate, Prosecutors Say  —  WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with an associate tied to Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign, prosecutors alleged, according to a court filing unsealed on Tuesday.
Washington Post:
Paul Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing  —  Paul Manafort shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former employee whom the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Veselnitskaya, Russian in Trump Tower Meeting, Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Campaign Manager Gave Polling Data to Russian Agent  —  The idea that Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia always rested on an implausible scenario, in which every single one of the many trails connecting Trump Tower to Moscow ended short of contact.
Washington Post:
Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Manafort accused by Mueller of sharing 2016 polling data with Russian linked to Moscow intelligence
Discussion: Shareblue Media and POLITICUSUSA
CNBC:   Special counsel Robert Mueller accused ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort of lying …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Mueller believes Manafort fed information to Russian with intel ties
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Russian Lawyer Linked To Trump Tower Meeting And Fusion GPS Is Charged In New York Case
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“There Is No Endgame”: White House Aides Fear Trump Has Turned the Border Wall into His Alamo  —  “The president put himself in a box” as Trump tries to fight his way out, his new chief of staff already eyes the exits, and Giuliani worries about Mueller's possibly “horrific” report.
New York Times:
Trump Invites TV Representatives to Lunch Ahead of His Prime-Time Speech  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has invited representatives from cable and broadcast news channels to an off-the-record lunch at the White House ahead of his prime time speech Tuesday night, an address in which he is expected …
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez called Trump a racist. The White House response may have proved her point.
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News Insider
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Undecided on Emergency Declaration for Border Wall, Officials Say
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Why Mike Pence Couldn't End the Shutdown
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
A growing number of Americans blame Trump for shutdown: Reuters-Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A growing proportion of Americans blame President Donald Trump for a partial government shutdown that will cut off paychecks to federal workers this week, though Republicans mostly support …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court turns down mysterious Mueller subpoena fight  —  The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a mysterious subpoena fight that apparently involved an unidentified foreign-government-owned company and special counsel Robert Mueller.  —  Last month, the unknown firm asked …
Washington Post:
Supreme Court rules against mystery corporation from ‘Country A’ fighting subpoena in Mueller investigation
Discussion: Vox and Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Your fact-checking cheat sheet for Trump's immigration address  —  President Trump will be speaking from the Oval Office tonight to make the case for $5.7 billion to start building a wall along the southern U.S. border — the crux of a funding impasse with Congress that has led to a partial government shutdown.
ABC News:
Fact Check: Trump's prime-time speech on the government shutdown
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump ratchets up plea for a border wall, calling it a ‘crisis of the soul’
Discussion: Axios
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel tells staff he's being suspended over Parkland response  —  It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack up his office.  —  The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO's handling of the Parkland massacre …
Dara Lind / Vox:
What's actually happening at the US-Mexico border, explained  —  Beyond rhetoric and rebuttals, here's what you need to know.  —  President Trump wants you, and everyone else in America, to believe that the US-Mexico border isn't just in trouble but in crisis.
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Gavin McInnes' Wife Threatens Neighbors Over ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ Signs  —  The Proud Boys founder's newest battleground is his neighborhood; his new enforcer is his wife, Emily McInnes.  —  Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes usually fights his own battles, by way of inciting his membership to commit acts of violence.
Joe Bruno / WSOC-TV:
Emergency Exit: Mark Harris trips alarm trying to evade Channel 9 in uptown  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After Republican 9th Congressional District candidate Mark Harris finished addressing Mecklenburg County Republicans at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Monday night, reporters …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Why Men Find the New Congresswomen So Frightening  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib aren't just radicals—they also have institutional power.  —  There's an extraordinary scene in the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex, in which crusading civil rights …
Joseph Spector / USA Today:
New York City to provide health care to all city residents, mayor announces  —  ALBANY, N.Y. - New York City plans to install the first comprehensive health care system in the nation, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.  —  The Democratic mayor said the new program NYC Care will pay …
Discussion: ABC News, CityLab, TheBlaze and MSNBC
The Daily Beast:
TSA Officers Are Already Quitting Over the Shutdown, Union Says  —  And longer lines at airport security checks could be just the beginning of the nightmare.  —  Airport security screeners, forced to work without pay during the government shutdown, have been calling out sick.
Discussion: CBS News
Stephanie Valera /
Rare Penny Found in Boy's Lunch Money Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in Auction  —  A rare 1943 copper Lincoln cent — found by a Massachusetts teenager in his change after he paid for lunch at a school cafeteria — is expected to fetch up to $1.7 million when it is auctioned off.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Donald Trump Was Just Handed a Chance to Supercharge Voter Suppression in 2020  —  In a short unpublished opinion so far garnering only slight media attention, the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit decided on Monday what may be one of the most consequential cases poised to affect the 2020 elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Inside Facebook's ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time  — More than a dozen former Facebook employees detailed how the company's leadership and its performance review system has created a culture where any dissent is discouraged.
Margaret Brennan / CBS News:
U.S. envoy working on Qatar dispute resigns from State Department  —  Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine Corps general and former head of U.S. Central Command who has been working as an envoy for the Trump administration to resolve a dispute with Qatar, has resigned from his position with the State Department.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300.  Then He Located Our Phone  —  T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers' location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to posses it, letting them track most phones in the country.
David French / National Review:
No, Trump Can't Use an Emergency Declaration To Build a Wall  —  His emergency powers aren't broad enough to bypass Congress.  —  Let me begin by stating my policy preference up front.  I strongly believe that our nation should bolster its border security, including by building a more effective and longer border wall.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Trial: How a Colombian I.T. Guy Helped the F.B.I. Take Down the Kingpin  —  In February 2010, an undercover F.B.I. agent met in a Manhattan hotel with a Colombian info-tech expert who had been the target of a sensitive investigation.  The I.T. specialist, Cristian Rodriguez …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook  — Galaxy owners take to Twitter to complain about permanent app  — Pre-install deals are common, but privacy concerns are rising  —  Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums …
Washington Post:
How a little-known Democratic firm cashed in on the wave of midterm money  —  The solicitations piled into voters' email accounts — sometimes multiple times a day.  And they carried alarming messages, often in blaring capital letters.  —  “We're on the verge of BANKRUPTCY.”
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Grills VP Pence on Trump's Lies About Immigration: ‘This is About Credibility!’  —  Vice President Mike Pence gave an interview to ABC's Jon Karl on Tuesday, during which, he was pressed hard on President Donald Trump's credibility amid the ongoing immigration debate.
Discussion: Law & Crime, Joe.My.God. and ABC News
David Siders / Politico:
‘Not a whole lot of red lights’: Beto O'Rourke leaning toward 2020 run  —  Beto O'Rourke is leaning toward running for president, according to four people who have spoken with him or his advisers in recent days.  —  But for a presidential contender, his radio silence is becoming increasingly awkward.
Discussion: Washington Post
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Australians Have More Fun  —  What we can learn from “Canada in a thong.”  —  Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor in the Opinion section.  —  SYDNEY, Australia — When Mark Twain steamed into Sydney's harbor in September 1895, journalists peppered him with questions before he had even stepped off the S.S. Warrimoo.
Mark Zuckerberg:
Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn something new.  I've built an AI for my home, run 365 miles, visited every US state, read 25 books, and learned Mandarin.  —  Last year, I focused almost all my time on addressing important issues around elections, speech, privacy, and well-being.
Washington Post:
Trump makes humanitarian case for wall, calling border situation ‘a crisis of the soul’  —  President Trump escalated the battle over his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, using a nationally televised Oval Office address to rally public support and blame Democrats for a partial government shutdown that is now in its third week.
A soft coup against Donald Trump  —  If U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton thought yesterday's visit was going to be a walk in the park, he must have had a rude awakening thanks to the lukewarm reception in the Turkish capital Ankara.  In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea …
Discussion: The Right Scoop and New York Times
Exclusive: TSA official warns of shutdown impact on security operations at California airport  —  How does the government shutdown affect you?  —  Washington (CNN)Excessive absences by TSA officers currently working without pay have “adversely impacted security operations” …
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Trump does not accurately describe migrant children illegally brought into the United States
Discussion: Shareblue Media and New York Times
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Harvey Weinstein's Trial Set to Begin in Early May
Discussion: Breitbart
Timothy Shenk / Dissent:
Right Privilege: Conservatism in the Age of Trump
Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
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Discussion: OpenMarket, Forbes and Cafe Hayek
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump administration pushes shutdown food stamp crisis back a month
Discussion: ABC News
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Most Democrats identify as liberals for first time in Gallup poll
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: NC election fraud probed long before 2018 race
Discussion: Political Wire
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Dems block Middle East bill over shutdown
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
No one in the Trump administration has any credibility left
Cynthia Vinney / CBR:
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Eight Trump Cabinet members expected to attend Davos
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Every congressperson along southern border opposes border wall funding
Rachel DeSantis / New York Daily News:
Kevin Spacey claims alleged victim lied about age, welcomed flirtation
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Rashida Tlaib Is Becoming the Michele Bachmann of the Left
Discussion: TheBlaze and Washington Examiner
Daily Mail:
Kellyanne Conway called CNN reporter Jim Acosta a ‘smart ass’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Why the Networks Are Broadcasting Trump