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7:30 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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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 …
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 and IJR
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.
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.
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: Breitbart and Mother Jones
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.
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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
On Capitol Hill, prime-time speeches only pushed parties further apart
Discussion: Political Wire
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
‘Chuck and Nancy’ present a united front in challenging Trump on border wall
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Your fact-checking cheat sheet for Trump's immigration address
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump's Not-So-Bully Pulpit
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Mueller believes Manafort fed information to Russian with intel ties
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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.
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New York Times:   On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’
Dara Lind / Vox:   What's actually happening at the US-Mexico border, explained
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
The partisan warrior leading the White House's shutdown response  —  The White House nerve center spearheading the erratic response to the government shutdown is run by an interim director and longtime conservative firebrand whose confirmation last year was nearly derailed because of his inflammatory comments about Muslims.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 and CNN
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 …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Rejects Mystery Company in Case Linked to Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story and Shakesville
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
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
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 it in, for now.  —  The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO's handling of the Parkland massacre …
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.
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 …
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.
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes surprise visit to Iraq  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stopped in Iraq during a tour of the Mideast, according to local TV reports.  —  The unannounced visit on Wednesday comes as Pompeo is meeting with allies in the region to discuss conflicting statements …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
Politico:
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 …
Stephanie Valera / Geek.com:
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.
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
 
 
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