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11:05 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 …
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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 …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Defeated Himself  —  Well, that was the shortest, most easily resolved national emergency in U.S. history.  Twelve hours ago, the president was preparing to set aside the regular process of law.  By 9 p.m. eastern time?  Not so much.  —  Perhaps somebody pointed …
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
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 …
New York Times:
Trump's Speech to the Nation: Fact Checks and Background  —  President Trump addressed the country on Tuesday, the 18th day of the government shutdown, about border security.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer delivered the Democratic response.  —  Here's what the president said, and how it stacks up against the facts.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media's Angry Response To President Trump's Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short
John F. Harris / Politico:   Trump's Not-So-Bully Pulpit
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
7 Takeaways From President Trump's Oval Office Address
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
‘Chuck and Nancy’ present a united front in challenging Trump on border wall
Dana Farrington / NPR:
Transcript: Trump's Address On Border Security And Democratic Response
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Rosenstein expected to depart DOJ in coming weeks once new attorney general confirmed  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks, multiple sources familiar with his plans told ABC News.  —  Rosenstein has communicated to President Donald Trump …
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Associated Press:
AP source: Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed …
Discussion: USA Today and Law & Crime
Washington Post:   Rod Rosenstein expected to leave the Justice Department if attorney general nominee is confirmed …
Allan Smith / NBC News:   Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Trump tried to play a normal president on television.  The result was very strange.  —  Every day, the comedian Megan Amram tweets “Today was the day Donald Trump finally became president.”  It's a joke both on the people who hoped that Trump might grow into his office, and on the president himself …
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Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that's in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come …
Washington Post:
Trump's prime-time address on the border wall shutdown, annotated
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Mother Jones
CNN:
Cracks emerging among Senate Republicans as Murkowski calls for end to shutdown  —  (CNN)Patience is beginning to wear thin among Senate Republicans for a prolonged government shutdown, with a growing number at risk of revolting if the fight over funding President Donald Trump's border wall drags out indefinitely.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A few Republicans defend Article I of the Constitution. So far, Romney isn't one of them.
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump is still considering an emergency declaration to get the funds to build a border wall  —  A source close to President Trump tells Jonathan Swan that he thinks a declaration of a national emergency at the border — which Trump stopped short of last night — remains the most likely ultimate option …
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Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Americans Increasingly See The Government Shutdown As Serious  —  A growing minority also say that they are, or expect to be, affected.  —  More than four in 10 Americans now consider the partial government shutdown a very serious problem, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws  —  The British analytics company employed by the Trump campaign has been fined for refusing to disclose to an American voter how much data they held on him and how they used it.  —  Nico Hines
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Proud Boy Member Accused of Murdering His Brother With a Sword  —  Prosecutors say Buckey Wolfe was convinced his brother was a lizard.  —  A self-proclaimed member of the far-right Proud Boys group who also believes in the QAnon conspiracy theory allegedly murdered his own brother with a sword.
Discussion: KIRO and The Seattle Times
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.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Trump's Campaign Manager Gave Polling Data to Russian Agent
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Turning Point Dissidents Turn on ‘Snowflake’ Founder and Fox News Darling Charlie Kirk  —  Memes included an altered photo of founder Charlie Kirk's face. … Campus conservative group Turning Point USA and its founder, Fox News darling Charlie Kirk, had a problem.
Discussion: Splinter
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
Chelsea Davis / Hawaii News Now:
Tensions rise between 2 of Hawaii's Congressional leaders over ‘religious bigotry’ comments  —  HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard appears to have “called out” Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono over her questioning of a judicial nominee, accusing her and others of religious bigotry.
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Presidential address: The one word Trump didn't say  —  Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst covering national security issues.  He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, special assistant to the bureau's director, and is currently writing a book on recent attempts by elected officials to undermine the rule of law.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jordan Peterson, Others Urge Portland State Not to Punish Peter Boghossian for ‘Grievance Studies’ Hoax  —  Several well-known academics wrote letters in support of Portland State University (PSU) philosophy professor Peter Boghossian, a co-author of the hoax …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren Knows Something Other Presidential Hopefuls Don't: Exactly Why She's Running For President  —  In Council Bluffs, her mic went dead.  —  “No sound!” someone in the back yelled.  —  “I know!” she yelled back in a laugh, before continuing on with her speech.
Daniel Gordis:
The American ‘Zionist’ assault on Israel  —  Less hubris and more interest in why Israelis think what they do would go a long way to helping this relationship survive  —  “American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup,” a column by Jonathan Weisman announced in the New York Times earlier this week.
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.
Rachel Rizzo / Politico:
What's Worse Than Brexit?  This.  —  It's official: the delayed parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's initial Brexit deal with the European Union is now scheduled for Jan. 15.  May has had a brutal couple of months, culminating in a no-confidence vote spurred from within …
WRAL-TV:
Two women charged with assault on transgender person at Glenwood South bar  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Two women have been charged with assaulting a 29-year-old transgender person in a bathroom at a popular Glenwood South bar last month.  —  According to investigators, the victim was inside …
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Beast
 
 
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
New York mayor to unveil plan guaranteeing paid time off, aiming for a first
Discussion: Splinter and MSNBC
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Democrats Start Investigative Gears, but Slowly
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The question Trump's border wall speech didn't answer: Why now?
Freddy Gray / Spectator USA:
Wrinkled, white, and wrong — this is the face of the Democratic party
Discussion: Breitbart and NTK Network
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida
Discussion: Townhall
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation
Washington Post:
The partisan warrior leading the White House's shutdown response
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’
Dara Lind / Vox:
“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the only speech Trump knows how to give
National Review:
The Crisis at the Border
The Daily Beast:
TSA Officers Are Already Quitting Over the Shutdown, Union Says
Discussion: CBS News
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Australians Have More Fun  —  What we can learn from “Canada in a thong.”
Discussion: Splinter
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: NC election fraud probed long before 2018 race
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel tells staff he's being suspended over Parkland response