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12:40 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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
Linda Chavez / The Bulwark:
There Is a Crisis at the Border. Trump Created It.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Vox and Hit & Run
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media's Angry Response To President Trump's Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short
Discussion: NPR, Politico, New York Times and The Week
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump's Oval Office Address Was Classic Stephen Miller
Discussion: CNN
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump's Not-So-Bully Pulpit
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein is reportedly headed out the door.  What does it mean for Mueller?  —  Rosenstein will reportedly leave voluntarily once a new attorney general is confirmed.  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and ABC News
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
Reuters:
Trump AG nominee Barr will let Mueller finish Russia probe: Graham  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, has said he will allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Political Wire
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed
Discussion: Vox and Politico
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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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
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 …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Not-So-Pretty Fine Print of the ‘Green New Deal’
Discussion: CNN, New Yorker and Mediaite
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.
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The Daily Beast:
TSA Officers Are Already Quitting Over the Shutdown, Union Says
Discussion: CBS News
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals  —  Critics slammed the president's son over the Instagram message.  —  Donald Trump Jr. is getting called out for an Instagram message he posted that compared the proposed border wall to a zoo fence.
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
House Dems to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. first in Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Proud Boy Accused of Murdering ‘Lizard’ Brother With Sword  —  Prosecutors say Buckey Wolfe was convinced his sibling 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
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, Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: CityLab, NPR and middleeastmonitor.com
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart, TalkLeft and Althouse
WRAL-TV:
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
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
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Jeff, MacKenzie Bezos Say They're Divorcing After 25 Years  —  Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years.  —  “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue …
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
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
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Powell's strategy to rebuild confidence in U.S. central bank has gone awry  —  Jerome Powell's goal since he became Chairman of the Federal Reserve has been to keep a low profile and rebuild trust and confidence in the U.S. central bank — among lawmakers and the public.
 
 
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Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
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Hank Berrien / Daily Wire:
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Discussion: Salon, New York Times and IJR
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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Freddy Gray / Spectator USA:
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Discussion: Breitbart and NTK Network
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Presidential address: The one word Trump didn't say
Discussion: Breaking News USA
Rachel Rizzo / Politico:
What's Worse Than Brexit? This.
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’
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Australians Have More Fun  —  What we can learn from “Canada in a thong.”
Discussion: Splinter