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11:35 AM 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 …
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 Bloomberg
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 …
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.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media's Angry Response To President Trump's Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short  —  The Democrats' theme for the evening was ‘facts, not fear.’ Many major media also adopted the same theme.  —  A humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border must be addressed, President Donald Trump told …
Discussion: NPR, New York Times, Politico and The Week
John F. Harris / Politico:   Trump's Not-So-Bully Pulpit
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Who Paid for the Prime-Time Wall Debate? The American Viewer
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
7 Takeaways From President Trump's Oval Office Address
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“There Is No Endgame”: White House Aides Fear Trump Has Turned the Border Wall into His Alamo
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 …
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
Andrew Prokop / Vox:   Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein is reportedly headed out the door. What does it mean for Mueller?
Allan Smith / NBC News:   Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed
Washington Post:
Rod Rosenstein expected to leave the Justice Department if attorney general nominee is confirmed …
Discussion: Splinter
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A few Republicans defend Article I of the Constitution. So far, Romney isn't one of them.
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:   White House tries to hold jittery GOP in line on shutdown
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
One more Russian contact: Here's why it matters  —  The Post reports, “Paul Manafort shared 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate the FBI has said has ties to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing.”  We learned about the confab between Donald Trump's …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Not-So-Pretty Fine Print of the ‘Green New Deal’
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
New York Times:
Manafort Accused of Sharing Trump Campaign Data With Russian Associate
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: The Hill
Jayme Deerwester / USA Today:
TSA union: Officers quitting over shutdown, posing threat to passenger safety  —  As the partial government shutdown continues, federal workers might miss this week's paychecks.  The federal agency tasked with guaranteeing U.S. airport security acknowledged an increase in the number of its employees calling off work.
The Daily Beast:
TSA Officers Are Already Quitting Over the Shutdown, Union Says
Discussion: CBS News
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
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 …
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
The G.O.P.'s Plan to Take Down Beto: Unleash the Bernie Bros  —  Republicans are digging into O'Rourke's voting record and Big Oil ties in an attempt to isolate him from progressives.  —  In the run-up to Texas's closely watched Senate election, Republicans' attempts to smear Beto O'Rourke centered …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Breitbart
David Siders / Politico:
‘Not a whole lot of red lights’: Beto O'Rourke leaning toward 2020 run
Freddy Gray / Spectator USA:
Wrinkled, white, and wrong — this is the face of the Democratic party  —  Ignore the colorful and fresh-faced Democrats filling up your social media feed.  The new face of their party is the same as the old one.  It is a white, wrinkled face that no amount of plastic surgery can reconfigure.
Discussion: Breitbart and NTK Network
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
‘Chuck and Nancy’ present a united front in challenging Trump on border wall
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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.
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Trump tried to play a normal president on television.  The result was very strange.  —  Every day, the comedian Megan Amram tweets “Today was the day Donald Trump finally became president.”  It's a joke both on the people who hoped that Trump might grow into his office, and on the president himself …
Two women charged with assault on transgender person at Glenwood South bar  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Two women have been charged with assaulting a 29-year-old transgender person in a bathroom at a popular Glenwood South bar last month.  —  According to investigators, the victim was inside …
Discussion: Raw Story, TheBlaze and The Daily Beast
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
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws  —  The British analytics company employed by the Trump campaign has been fined for refusing to disclose to an American voter how much data they held on him and how they used it.  —  Nico Hines
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that's in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Turning Point Dissidents Turn on ‘Snowflake’ Founder and Fox News Darling Charlie Kirk  —  Memes included an altered photo of founder Charlie Kirk's face. … Campus conservative group Turning Point USA and its founder, Fox News darling Charlie Kirk, had a problem.
Discussion: Splinter
Public Policy Polling:
North Carolina Looks Like Battleground Once Again For 2020  —  PPP's first North Carolina poll of the 2020 cycle finds the state is likely to once again be a key battleground for President next year.  Voters in the state are closely divided on Donald Trump but split narrowly against him …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Forget the wall.  Trump is the national security crisis  —  Sarah Kendzior is the author of The View From Flyover Country and the co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation.  —  On December 22, 2018, the second-longest shutdown of the federal government in United States history began.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump has never known how to work with Congress  —  Two months after announcing his candidacy for the presidency, Donald Trump arrived at the Iowa State Fair in a “Trump"-emblazoned helicopter.  Over an hour-and-a-half, he pushed through the fairgrounds, surrounded by a clot of admirers and curious Iowans.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
New York mayor to unveil plan guaranteeing paid time off, aiming for a first
Discussion: Splinter, WPIX 11 New York and MSNBC
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Democrats Start Investigative Gears, but Slowly
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The question Trump's border wall speech didn't answer: Why now?
Daniel Gordis:
The American ‘Zionist’ assault on Israel
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Restoration of voting rights by felons marks shift in Florida
Discussion: Townhall
Rachel Rizzo / Politico:
What's Worse Than Brexit? This.
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jordan Peterson, Others Urge Portland State Not to Punish Peter …
Washington Post:
The partisan warrior leading the White House's shutdown response
New York Times:
On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’
Dara Lind / Vox:
“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the only speech Trump knows how to give
National Review:
The Crisis at the Border
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Australians Have More Fun  —  What we can learn from “Canada in a thong.”
Discussion: Splinter
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook