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5:50 PM ET, January 9, 2019

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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 …
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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.
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
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
New York Times Makes Major Correction to Report on Manafort and Russian Oligarch  —  New York Times has made a significant edit to their report on Paul Manafort's sharing of Trump campaign polling data with an associate believed to be connected to Russian intelligence.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: The new Russia revelations are more consequential than Trump's newsless immigration speech
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Trump walks out of latest shutdown talks with Democrats, call them ‘waste of time’ … Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that after Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whether she would “agree to my wall,” and she said, “No,” Trump said, “We have nothing to discuss,” got up and left.
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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: Shareblue Media, Mother Jones and CNN
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.
Yascha Mounk / Slate:
Trump's Speech Was Too Effective for Comfort  —  The president probably failed to win anyone over to his message.  But that doesn't mean the public is immune to that message.  —  President Donald Trump's address to the nation on Tuesday night was unimaginative, lacking in energy …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says Bypassing Congress Still an Option on Wall
Discussion: Hot Air and twitchy.com
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Defeated Himself
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
A growing number of Americans blame Trump for shutdown: Reuters-Ipsos poll
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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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:   Trump's threat of national emergency declaration to fund the border wall is leaving Capitol Hill in shock
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Graham Says Trump's Attorney General Pick Won't End Mueller Probe
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Press
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Democrats ready subpoena for testimony from Acting Attorney General Whitaker
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Politico
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Tom Steyer, Billionaire Impeachment Activist, Won't Run Against Trump  —  Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who has crusaded for President Trump's impeachment, said on Wednesday that he would not join the pack of Democrats running for president in 2020 and would instead redouble his efforts to topple Mr. Trump before the election.
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Steyer won't run for president in 2020
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
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
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump's Oval Office Address Was Classic Stephen Miller
Discussion: CNN
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: Splinter, The Week, Axios and Gizmodo
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:   FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he has an ‘absolute right’ to declare a national emergency for his border wall  —  President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he has the “absolute right” to declare a national emergency to force the construction of a border wall, but said he would still prefer to reach a wall funding deal with lawmakers instead.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
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Holly Rosenkrantz / CBS News:
Trump Jr. suggests border wall is like a zoo fence
Discussion: CBS Denver, CBS Dallas and CBS Boston
Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
Modern Monetary Theory Doesn't Make Single-Payer Health Care Any Easier  —  You may have heard of Modern Monetary Theory, an approach to economics that is increasingly popular on the left, and which is sometimes mischaracterized (by advocates and especially detractors) as holding that budget deficits …
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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 …
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Washington Post:
Trump walks out of shutdown negotiations after Democrats reject wall money, calls meeting ‘total waste of time’  —  Talks between President Trump and congressional Democrats aimed at ending a partial government shutdown collapsed in acrimony and disarray Wednesday, with the president walking …
Discussion: RedState
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Washington Post:
The partisan warrior leading the White House's shutdown response
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds  —  And the finding holds true across party lines  —  Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities.
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 …
 
 
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Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Shutdown leaves feds $6 million short in payment for D.C. Water bill
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Jeff Weaver will not return as Bernie Sanders' campaign manager in 2020
Discussion: Washington Post and NTK Network
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Tarrant County GOP set to vote on whether to remove vice-chairman because he's Muslim
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Trump 1, Pelosi-Schumer 0 — Border wall debate did not turn out well for Dems Tuesday night
Discussion: RedState
Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic:
Why a Medieval Woman Had Lapis Lazuli Hidden in Her Teeth
Discussion: New York Times, Motherboard and Gizmodo
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
He Was Found Not Guilty In Court Of Sexual Assault. His School Still Expelled Him.
Discussion: Instapundit
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Democrats Focus on Shutdown's Cost and Steer Away From Trump's Wall
Discussion: Politico
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Jeff, MacKenzie Bezos Say They're Divorcing After 25 Years
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
The G.O.P.'s Plan to Take Down Beto: Unleash the Bernie Bros
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN, Breitbart and The Hill
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren Knows Something Other Presidential Hopefuls Don't: Exactly Why She's Running For President
WRAL-TV:
Two women charged with assault on transgender person at Glenwood South bar
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