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2:00 AM ET, January 9, 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: The Week, Contemptor and IJR
The Daily Beast:
Trump Channels Hannity and Lou Dobbs, Fearmongers for the Wall  —  Much of the Oval Office address echoed usual Trump rhetoric: hyper-partisan at points, and dripping with nativism.  But in a notable way, Trump blinked.  —  In the days before his Oval Office address on Tuesday night …
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.
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
New York Times:
Trump's Speech to the Nation: Live Updates and Fact Checks  —  President Trump will address the country tonight, on the 18th day of the government shutdown, about border security.  Our reporters will cover his statements live.  — President Trump will address the nation from the White House at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
Gabby Orr / 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 a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, claiming that law enforcement officials are the ones demanding it, while blaming Democrats for the prolonged government shutdown …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters blame Trump, GOP for shutdown  —  President Donald Trump faces a tall task in his Oval Office address on Tuesday night: convincing voters outside of his political base that there is an urgent crisis at the nation's southern border, that a wall along the border is necessary to solve it …
Politico:   Full text: Pelosi and Schumer respond to Trump's immigration speech
New York Times:
Manafort Accused of Sharing Trump Campaign Data With Russian Associate  —  WASHINGTON — As a top official in President Trump's campaign, Paul Manafort shared political polling data with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence, 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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump's Campaign Manager Gave Polling Data to Russian Agent
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Veselnitskaya, Russian in Trump Tower Meeting, Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Mueller believes Manafort fed information to Russian with intel ties
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Manafort Shared Trump-Campaign Polling Data with Russian Associate, Prosecutors Claim
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
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
National Review:
The Crisis at the Border  —  T  —  here is indeed a simmering crisis at our southern border.  —  It is not an influx of terrorists, and Trump administration representatives have tripped themselves up by trying to make the numbers show large numbers of suspected terrorists caught at the border.
Dara Lind / Vox:   What's actually happening at the US-Mexico border, explained
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Trump Gets Instant Fact-Check From Fox News' Shepard Smith After Oval Office Speech  —  The Fox News anchor did not let the president get away with his lies to the American people Tuesday night.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  Donald Trump not only preempted regularly scheduled broadcast network programming Tuesday night.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Highway and transit projects grind to a halt as the shutdown continues  —  Highway construction projects across the country have been jeopardized by the federal shutdown as state officials hesitate to authorize projects planned for 2019 without the assurance of federal funding.
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.
Dara Lind / Vox:
“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the only speech Trump knows how to give  —  Most politicians know how to strike more than one note.  Trump does not.  —  In retrospect, it's unclear why America should have expected anything from President Trump's Tuesday night primetime speech …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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New York Times:
It's Payday for Many Federal Workers. One Problem: There's No Paycheck.
Discussion: Vox
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street executives are hearing from Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and other Democrats …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Trial: How a Colombian I.T. Guy Helped the F.B.I. Take Down the Kingpin
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Harold Demsetz, R.I.P.
Discussion: OpenMarket, Forbes and Cafe Hayek
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: NC election fraud probed long before 2018 race
Katrina Brooker / Fast Company:
Exclusive: WeWork rebrands to The We Company; CEO Neumann talks about revised SoftBank round
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’
 Earlier Items: 
Rachel DeSantis / New York Daily News:
Kevin Spacey claims alleged victim lied about age, welcomed flirtation
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
Washington Post:
Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting charged in separate case
Discussion: Lawfare, Raw Story and Shakesville