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10:40 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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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.
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 …
CNN:   Manafort intended for polling data to go to 2 Ukrainian oligarchs who owed him millions
Christal Hayes / USA Today:   Trump's team had over 100 contacts with Russian-linked operatives, report shows
Wall Street Journal:
White House Meeting Started With Sweets, but Quickly Turned Sour  —  Trump and congressional leaders remain at odds over border-wall funding; ‘Bye bye!’  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump opened the latest face-to-face negotiations with lawmakers like he was comforting members of one of his golf clubs.
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New York Times:
Trump Storms Out of White House Meeting With Democrats on Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not fund a border wall even if he agreed to reopen the government …
Washington Post:
Shutdown impasse: 8 House Republicans break with Trump on shutdown strategy, back Democrats' plan …
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Democratic rebuttal had higher ratings than Trump's address
Discussion: ABC News
Joe Concha / The Hill:   Pelosi, Schumer response tops Trump speech in preliminary ratings
CNBC:
Trump calls meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a ‘total waste of time’ after he storms out
Deadline:
Donald Trump Oval Office Border Wall Pitch Clocks 40 Million Viewers
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Splinter
Manu Raju / CNN:
Facing gridlock, GOP senators seek big immigration deal to end shutdown  —  (CNN) — Staring at a prolonged government shutdown, Republican senators are privately planning to court Democratic senators on an immigration deal that would give President Donald Trump money for his border wall …
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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.
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Trump walks out of latest shutdown talks with Democrats, call them ‘waste of time’
Washington Post:
Trump walks out of shutdown negotiations after Democrats reject wall money, calls meeting ‘total waste of time’
Discussion: RedState
John Bresnahan / Politico:
White House lobbying blitz holds down GOP defections on funding bill
Discussion: Raw Story
National Enquirer:
Married Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Getting Divorce Over Fling With Movie Mogul's Wife  —  The ENQUIRER's blockbuster exclusive of world's richest couple's break-up!  —  The marriage of the world's richest couple is set to explode in all-out war — after billionaire Jeff Bezos was caught cheating …
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Robert Frank / CNBC:
How much could Mackenzie Bezos get in a divorce?
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 …
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.”
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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Sheila Kaplan / New York Times:
Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
A beefed-up White House legal team prepares aggressive defense of Trump's executive privilege as investigations loom large  —  A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators …
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Washington Post:   GOP senators promise AG nominee Barr won't touch Mueller's probe
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.
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.
Brooke Sopelsa / NBC News:
Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill  —  Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver opposes including the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in a federal anti-lynching bill.  —  The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a bill that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and PinkNews
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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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Pastor Who Praised Pulse Nightclub Gunman Resigns After Allegedly Paying for Sex  —  A Baptist minister in Texas who came to national attention in 2016 when he praised the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., resigned from his ministry last week after allegedly using drugs …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Trump Thinks He's His Own Best Messenger.  Where Does That Leave Bill Shine?  —  WASHINGTON — At the beginning of the government shutdown, Bill Shine was about as far away from the capital as President Trump's most senior communications official could get.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Clare Lombardo / NPR:
Virginia Study Finds Increased School Bullying In Areas That Voted For Trump  —  After the 2016 presidential election, teachers around the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling and bullying in their classrooms.  Now, research shows that those stories — at least in one state — are confirmed by student surveys.
Cathy Young / The Forward:
Sorry, Angela Davis Is No One's Human Rights Hero  —  The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Alabama museum and research center dedicated to the history of the Civil Rights Movement, has rescinded a prestigious award to activist, academic and Birmingham native Angela Davis …
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 …
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
A Memorial for Jamal Khashoggi  —  On Thursday, I will be joining the documentarian Alex Gibney and the former F.B.I. special agent Ali Soufan, along with lawmakers, journalists, human-rights advocates, and friends, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., to honor Jamal Khashoggi …
Sister Norma Pimentel / Washington Post:
Welcome to the border, Mr. President  —  Norma Pimentel, a sister of the Missionaries of Jesus, is director of Catholic Charities for the Rio Grande Valley.  —  Dear Mr. President,  —  We welcome you to our community here in South Texas along the Rio Grande, which connects the United States to Mexico.
The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Angled for a Job Lobbying on Behalf of E-Cigarette Giant Juul  —  The offer was, ultimately, rebuffed.  —  Juul Labs, which hawks flavored e-cigarettes that teens love, recently drew a controversial suitor: ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
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New York Post:
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Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Tarrant County GOP set to vote on whether to remove vice-chairman because he's Muslim
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic:
Why a Medieval Woman Had Lapis Lazuli Hidden in Her Teeth
Discussion: Motherboard, Gizmodo and NPR
Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in Starbucks bathrooms that the company …
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.
Chelsea Davis / Hawaii News Now:
Tensions rise between 2 of Hawaii's Congressional leaders over ‘religious bigotry’ comments