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11:05 PM ET, January 8, 2019


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Appeals to Nation for Wall: ‘This Is a Choice Between Right and Wrong’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump sought to go over the heads of Congress to enlist public support for his long-promised border wall on Tuesday night, raising the stakes of an ideological and political conflict …
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 …
Discussion: IJR
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump ratchets up plea for a border wall, calling it ‘a crisis of the soul’  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night made a public plea for border wall funds, claiming law enforcement officials are the ones demanding such a physical barrier, while blaming Democrats for the prolonged government shutdown.
Discussion: ABC News, Washington Post and Axios
Washington Post:
Trump's prime-time address on the border wall shutdown, annotated  —  President Trump delivered his first prime-time Oval Office address as president on Tuesday.  It was about a ten-minute speech in which he addressed his demand for border-wall funding that has led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government for more than two weeks.
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and Breitbart
ABC News:
Fact Check: Trump's prime-time speech on the government shutdown  —  President Donald Trump is holding court front and center tonight to deliver remarks from the Oval Office in the hopes of convincing the American public and skeptical lawmakers that there is a crisis at the southern border.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Plurality of Voters Think There's a Crisis at the Border  —  As shutdown continues, more voters blame Trump  —  Trump is said to be considering invoking a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images)  — 72% Republicans said there's a crisis …
New York Times:
Trump's Speech to the Nation: Live Updates and Fact Checks
Discussion: Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Trump Channels Hannity and Lou Dobbs, Fearmongers for the Wall
Discussion: NPR, Vox and Mother Jones
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, Lawfare and Shakesville
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Manafort accused by Mueller of sharing 2016 polling data with Russian linked to Moscow intelligence
Discussion: Shareblue Media and POLITICUSUSA
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Russian Lawyer Linked To Trump Tower Meeting And Fusion GPS Is Charged In New York Case
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Mueller believes Manafort fed information to Russian with intel ties
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Trump's job: Convince nation there really is crisis at border
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and 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 …
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 …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Rejects Mystery Company in Case Linked to Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
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.
National Review:
The Crisis at the Border
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Full text: Pelosi and Schumer respond to Trump's immigration speech  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's response to President Donald Trump's immigration speech, as delivered on Capitol Hill  —  Speaker Pelosi: Good evening.  —  I appreciate the opportunity …
Discussion: Conservative Review
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.”
Timothy Shenk / Dissent:
Right Privilege: Conservatism in the Age of Trump  —  By Timothy Shenk ▪ Winter 2019  —  What do American conservatives believe?  The answer used to be simple.  You believed in the genius of capitalism, the importance of U.S. superpower, and the glories of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
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.
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
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
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 …
Kate Smith / CBS News:
Every congressperson along southern border opposes border wall funding  —  Nine congressional representatives serve the districts that line the 2,000-mile southern border.  They are men, women, freshman politicians and Washington veterans.  The Democrats among them span liberal ideologies, while one of them is a Republican.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
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Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Harold Demsetz, R.I.P.
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:
RUMOR: Joker Contains ‘Pointed Commentary on Donald Trump’
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Lawmaker who profanely called for impeaching Trump says she's sorry for the distraction — but not for her passion
Discussion: Splinter
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
ABC's Jon Karl Grills VP Pence on Trump's Lies About Immigration: ‘This is About Credibility!’
Discussion: Law & Crime, Joe.My.God. and ABC News
A soft coup against Donald Trump
Discussion: The Right Scoop and New York Times