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4:10 PM 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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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump's Oval Office address was a pure propaganda opportunity.  Networks shouldn't allow it next time.  —  After Tuesday night's debacle in the Oval Office, television network executives should be spending the day in their spacious offices practicing a simple word: No.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Daily Wire and The Hill
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 The Week
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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump's Oval Office Address Was Classic Stephen Miller  —  The young speechwriter has a signature style: blood, gore, and a penchant for provoking rather than persuading the president's adversaries.  —  Almost from the moment the camera blinked on in the Oval Office, it was clear …
Discussion: CNN
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he has an ‘absolute right’ to declare a national emergency for his border wall
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Holly Rosenkrantz / CBS News:
Trump Jr. suggests border wall is like a zoo fence
Discussion: CBS Dallas and CBS Boston
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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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Democrats ready subpoena for testimony from Acting Attorney General Whitaker
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed
Discussion: Vox, ABC News and Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer calls on Trump to withdraw Barr nomination
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Graham Says Trump's Attorney General Pick Won't End Mueller Probe
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The ‘Collusion’ Debate Ended Last Night  —  As I signaled last night, the seemingly accidental redaction error in the Manafort legal filing combined with the news published mid-evening by The New York Times is one of the biggest revelations in more than two years of the Trump/Russia scandal.
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John R. Schindler / Observer:
Exclusive: Mueller Is Holding Top Secret Intelligence That Will Sink the Trump Presidency  —  Another day, another bombshell emanating from the Special Counsel investigation into President Donald Trump and his links to the Kremlin.  We now have more proof that Robert Mueller really does …
Discussion: Raw Story, Talking Points Memo and CNN
CNN:
Law firm that represented Russian interests part of mystery Mueller subpoena case  —  Supreme Court rules against mystery company  —  Washington (CNN)One law firm involved in a foreign government-owned company's challenge of a mysterious grand jury subpoena related to the Robert Mueller investigation …
Washington Post:
Reduced inspections ‘put our food supply at risk’  —  The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation's food supply — one of many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that make Americans potentially less safe.
Discussion: Axios and Gizmodo
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:   FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown
New York Times:
Trump Storms Out of White House Meeting with Democrats on Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump slammed his hand on a table and stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said she would not fund a wall along the southern border …
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Axios
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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.
Bryan Lowry / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Josh Hawley to furloughed federal workers: No comment  —  Josh Hawley, Republican U.S. senator from Missouri  —  Josh Hawley has a message to federal workers in Kansas City who won't receive paychecks this week: No comment.  —  Wednesday, the freshman Republican Missouri senator was asked …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Coast Guard families told they can have garage sales to cope with government shutdown  —  Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard who are facing a long U.S. government shutdown just received a suggestion: To get by without pay, consider holding a garage sale, babysitting or serving as a “mystery shopper.”
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
People Bet On How Much Trump Would Lie In His Oval Office Address And Won $276,424  —  A gambling site is paying out thousands of dollars to people who correctly bet that President Donald Trump would tell more than 3.5 lies in his Oval Office address on Tuesday.
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
He Was Found Not Guilty In Court Of Sexual Assault.  His School Still Expelled Him.  —  A male student accused of sexually assaulting a drunk female student was found not guilty in a court of law, but that didn't stop his university from expelling him over the same accusation.
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Repeated radio signals coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, scientists announce  —  Scientists pick up large number of blasts over a few weeks  —  Scientists have spotted repeated blasts of radio signals coming from deep in space.  —  The breakthrough is only the second …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Joe.My.God.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Qanon-Believing Proud Boy Accused of Murdering ‘Lizard’ Brother With Sword  —  Prosecutors say Buckey Wolfe spoke about reptile people and the illuminati, showing his beliefs are straight out of a wild pro-Trump conspiracy theory.  —  A self-proclaimed member of the far-right Proud Boys group …
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Democrats' Response to Trump Speech Outdraws President in Early Numbers  —  The response by Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer has slightly larger preliminary numbers than the president's address.  —  President Trump's televised Oval Office address on immigration Tuesday drew a big audience.
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.
Anna North / Vox:
Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari have an opportunity for redemption.  They're squandering it.  —  Their post-#MeToo comedy is a loss for us all.  —  “God, I love being white,” said Louis C.K.  —  “Here's how great it is to be white,” the comedian went on: “I could get in a time machine …
Discussion: Mother Jones and IndieWire
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Angela Davis Says She's ‘Stunned’ After Award Is Revoked Over Her Views on Israel  —  Angela Davis, the activist and scholar, said this week that she was “stunned” after a civil rights group in her native Birmingham, Ala., reversed its decision to honor her with an award amid protests over her support for a boycott of Israel.
Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in Starbucks bathrooms that the company is installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations  — Starbucks is installing needle-disposal boxes in some bathrooms, as well as exploring other solutions to workers' concerns regarding improperly disposed …
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
The G.O.P.'s Plan to Take Down Beto: Unleash the Bernie Bros  —  Republicans are digging into O'Rourke's voting record and Big Oil ties in an attempt to isolate him from progressives.  —  In the run-up to Texas's closely watched Senate election, Republicans' attempts to smear Beto O'Rourke centered …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, Breitbart and The Hill
 
 
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Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia
Discussion: Task & Purpose
David Brown / Politico:
New Pentagon chief under scrutiny over perceived Boeing bias
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Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
Modern Monetary Theory Doesn't Make Single-Payer Health Care Any Easier
Associated Press:
Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, 1st arrest of Trump era
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump formally nominates Andrew Wheeler to head EPA
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg:
Hedge Fund Tycoon Robert Mercer's Sheriff's Badge Has Been Revoked
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
120 Movies, $13 Billion in Box Office: How Samuel L. Jackson Became Hollywood's Most Bankable Star
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Jeff, MacKenzie Bezos Say They're Divorcing After 25 Years
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Powell's strategy to rebuild confidence in U.S. central bank has gone awry
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Forget the wall. Trump is the national security crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
WRAL-TV:
Two women charged with assault on transgender person at Glenwood South bar
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and TheBlaze
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws
Discussion: Shakesville
Daniel Gordis:
The American ‘Zionist’ assault on Israel
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Times
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Turning Point Dissidents Turn on ‘Snowflake’ Founder and Fox News Darling Charlie Kirk
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
The partisan warrior leading the White House's shutdown response
Discussion: Shareblue Media