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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump's Not-So-Bully Pulpit
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Trump's prime-time address on the border wall shutdown, annotated
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Mother Jones
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
7 Takeaways From President Trump's Oval Office Address
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Dana Farrington / NPR:
Transcript: Trump's Address On Border Security And Democratic Response
Discussion: The Federalist, Politico and Althouse
Politico:   Full text: Pelosi and Schumer respond to Trump's immigration speech
Washington Post:
Your fact-checking cheat sheet for Trump's immigration address
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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Associated Press:
AP source: Rosenstein expected to leave Justice in weeks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed …
Discussion: USA Today and Law & Crime
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed  —  Rosenstein is not being forced out by President Donald Trump, an administration official told NBC News.  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave …
Washington Post:   Rod Rosenstein expected to leave the Justice Department if attorney general nominee is confirmed …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump is still considering an emergency declaration to get the funds to build a border wall  —  A source close to President Trump tells Jonathan Swan that he thinks a declaration of a national emergency at the border — which Trump stopped short of last night — remains the most likely ultimate option …
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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
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Josh Campbell / CNN:
Presidential address: The one word Trump didn't say  —  Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst covering national security issues.  He previously served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, special assistant to the bureau's director, and is currently writing a book on recent attempts by elected officials to undermine the rule of law.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“There Is No Endgame”: White House Aides Fear Trump Has Turned the Border Wall into His Alamo  —  “The president put himself in a box” as Trump tries to fight his way out, his new chief of staff already eyes the exits, and Giuliani worries about Mueller's possibly “horrific” report.
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David Frum / The Atlantic:   Trump Has Defeated Himself
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
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
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jordan Peterson, Others Urge Portland State Not to Punish Peter Boghossian for ‘Grievance Studies’ Hoax  —  Several well-known academics wrote letters in support of Portland State University (PSU) philosophy professor Peter Boghossian, a co-author of the hoax …
Rachel Rizzo / Politico:
What's Worse Than Brexit?  This.  —  It's official: the delayed parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's initial Brexit deal with the European Union is now scheduled for Jan. 15.  May has had a brutal couple of months, culminating in a no-confidence vote spurred from within …
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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida  —  More than 1 million Floridians with felony convictions regained the right to vote on Tuesday, setting in motion a process that carries the potential to reshape elections in the country's largest and most unpredictable battleground state.
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’  —  COLUMBUS, N.M. — Just minutes from the border in rural New Mexico, the Borderland Cafe in the village of Columbus serves burritos and pizza to local residents, Border Patrol agents and visitors …
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 …
CNN:
Cracks emerging among Senate Republicans as Murkowski calls for end to shutdown  —  (CNN)Patience is beginning to wear thin among Senate Republicans for a prolonged government shutdown, with a growing number at risk of revolting if the fight over funding President Donald Trump's border wall drags out indefinitely.
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.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation  —  Journalist was found guilty of ‘defamation and insult’ for writing about companies owned by former PM  —  A Turkish journalist has been sentenced to more than a year in jail for her work …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
‘Chuck and Nancy’ present a united front in challenging Trump on border wall  —  At a 1994 news conference, a passionate Nancy Pelosi spoke critically against extending China's trading privileges with the United States because of Beijing's record on human rights, a cause that had pitted …
 
 
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Harris closes state campaign arm ahead of possible presidential run
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Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Highway and transit projects grind to a halt as the shutdown continues
Dara Lind / Vox:
“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the only speech Trump knows how to give
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The Crisis at the Border
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