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4:15 PM 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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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
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Has Defeated Himself  —  Well, that was the shortest, most easily resolved national emergency in U.S. history.  Twelve hours ago, the president was preparing to set aside the regular process of law.  By 9 p.m. eastern time?  Not so much.  —  Perhaps somebody pointed …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump's Oval Office Address Was Classic Stephen Miller  —  The young speechwriter has a signature style: blood, gore, and a penchant for provoking rather than persuading the president's adversaries.  —  Almost from the moment the camera blinked on in the Oval Office, it was clear …
Discussion: CNN
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
A growing number of Americans blame Trump for shutdown: Reuters-Ipsos poll
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he has an ‘absolute right’ to declare a national emergency for his border wall
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Post
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals
Holly Rosenkrantz / CBS News:
Trump Jr. suggests border wall is like a zoo fence
Discussion: CBS Dallas and CBS Boston
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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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Democrats ready subpoena for testimony from Acting Attorney General Whitaker
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer calls on Trump to withdraw Barr nomination
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Graham Says Trump's Attorney General Pick Won't End Mueller Probe
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Press
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed
Discussion: Vox, ABC News and Politico
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Talking Points Memo and CNN
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 …
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: Axios and Gizmodo
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:   FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown
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.
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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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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 …
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
He Was Found Not Guilty In Court Of Sexual Assault.  His School Still Expelled Him.  —  A male student accused of sexually assaulting a drunk female student was found not guilty in a court of law, but that didn't stop his university from expelling him over the same accusation.
Discussion: Instapundit
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.”
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.
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A few Republicans defend Article I of the Constitution.  So far, Romney isn't one of them.  —  My suggestion on Tuesday that “now would be a really good time for Mitt Romney to round up a few R's and step forward to say a declaration of emergency would be egregious violation of Constitution and …
Discussion: CNN
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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 …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Elizabeth Warren Knows Something Other Presidential Hopefuls Don't: Exactly Why She's Running For President  —  In Council Bluffs, her mic went dead.  —  “No sound!” someone in the back yelled.  —  “I know!” she yelled back in a laugh, before continuing on with her speech.
Anna North / Vox:
Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari have an opportunity for redemption.  They're squandering it.  —  Their post-#MeToo comedy is a loss for us all.  —  “God, I love being white,” said Louis C.K.  —  “Here's how great it is to be white,” the comedian went on: “I could get in a time machine …
Discussion: Mother Jones and IndieWire
 
 
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Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in Starbucks bathrooms that the company …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia
Discussion: Task & Purpose
David Brown / Politico:
New Pentagon chief under scrutiny over perceived Boeing bias
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Associated Press:
Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, 1st arrest of Trump era
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump formally nominates Andrew Wheeler to head EPA
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg:
Hedge Fund Tycoon Robert Mercer's Sheriff's Badge Has Been Revoked
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Jeff, MacKenzie Bezos Say They're Divorcing After 25 Years
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Powell's strategy to rebuild confidence in U.S. central bank has gone awry
 Earlier Items: 
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
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Forget the wall. Trump is the national security crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
WRAL-TV:
Two women charged with assault on transgender person at Glenwood South bar
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and TheBlaze
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws
Discussion: Shakesville
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Turning Point Dissidents Turn on ‘Snowflake’ Founder and Fox News Darling Charlie Kirk
Discussion: Splinter
Washington Post:
The partisan warrior leading the White House's shutdown response
Discussion: Shareblue Media