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8:25 PM ET, January 9, 2019

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Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
House Democrats now asking questions about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin  —  Mnuchin will give the House a classified briefing Thursday, after a request from the Democratic chairs of the main House investigative panels.  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has agreed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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.
CNN:
Manafort intended for polling data to go to 2 Ukrainian oligarchs who owed him millions  —  Sen. Warner: Manafort revelations 'closest we've seen' to collusion  —  (CNN)Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov, two Ukrainian oligarchs who had paid Paul Manafort for years for his political work in their country …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn't seem to exist  —  The revelation on Tuesday that Donald Trump's 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had shared polling data with a colleague in Ukraine who had ties to Russian intelligence predictably kicked up a furor …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Shutdown impasse: 8 House Republicans break with Trump on shutdown strategy, back Democrats' plan to reopen Treasury without new border wall funds  —  BREAKING: 8 House Republicans break with Trump on shutdown strategy, back Democrats' plan to reopen Treasury without new border wall funds.
Washington Post:
'He's a gut politician': Trump's go-to negotiating tactics not working in shutdown standoff  —  President Trump has long believed that keeping opponents off balance is the best way to win a negotiation.  But nearly three weeks into a partial government shutdown, his usual playbook doesn't seem to be working.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Shareblue Media
Washington Post:
Trump walks out of shutdown negotiations after Democrats reject wall money, calls meeting ‘total waste of time’
Discussion: RedState
Joe Concha / The Hill:   Pelosi, Schumer response tops Trump speech in preliminary ratings
John Bresnahan / Politico:
White House lobbying blitz holds down GOP defections on funding bill
Discussion: Raw Story
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Democratic rebuttal had higher ratings than Trump's address
Discussion: ABC News
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
Trump 1, Pelosi-Schumer 0 — Border wall debate did not turn out well for Dems Tuesday night
Discussion: RedState
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says Bypassing Congress Still an Option on Wall
Discussion: twitchy.com and Hot Air
Deadline:
Donald Trump Oval Office Border Wall Pitch Clocks 40 Million Viewers
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Splinter
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Democrats Focus on Shutdown's Cost and Steer Away From Trump's Wall
Discussion: Politico
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump concedes wall is “medieval solution” but says it works
Discussion: CBS Denver and The Week
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.”
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 and Breitbart
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.
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:   FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown
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.
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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.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump's Oval Office Address Was Classic Stephen Miller
Discussion: CNN
Robert Frank / CNBC:
How much could Mackenzie Bezos get in a divorce?  — Bezos announced in a tweet Wednesday that he and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, have “decided to divorce.”  — Washington state, where the Bezoses live, is a community property state, meaning any wealth made during their marriage could be split equally between the two.
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National Enquirer:   Married Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Getting Divorce Over Fling With Movie Mogul's Wife
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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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.
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.
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Cathy Young / The Forward:
Sorry, Angela Davis Is No One's Human Rights Hero
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: National Review, The Week and RedState
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Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Trump's threat of national emergency declaration to fund the border wall is leaving Capitol Hill in shock  — President Donald Trump has been floating a national emergency declaration to start construction of a border wall without congressional approval.  — Democrats claim he has no legal basis …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Mueller protection bill likely to get new committee vote
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 …
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
 
 
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Stuart Leavenworth / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Federal shutdown has halted training, other wildfire prep — and it could get worse
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Kyle Buchanan / New York Times:
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Pastor Who Praised Pulse Nightclub Gunman Resigns After Allegedly Paying for Sex
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
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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
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. teachers union postpones strike until Monday
Discussion: Mother Jones and KTLA
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
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Repeated radio signals coming from galaxy 1.5 billion light years away, scientists announce
Discussion: The Atlantic and Joe.My.God.
Anna North / Vox:
Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari have an opportunity for redemption. They're squandering it.
Discussion: Mother Jones and IndieWire