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3:20 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: 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
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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Trump's Oval Office Address Was Classic Stephen Miller
Discussion: CNN
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
A growing number of Americans blame Trump for shutdown: Reuters-Ipsos poll
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump's prime-time sales pitch for a border wall didn't change anything in the shutdown fight
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
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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 …
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Graham Says Trump's Attorney General Pick Won't End Mueller Probe
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer calls on Trump to withdraw Barr nomination
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Democrats ready subpoena for testimony from Acting Attorney General Whitaker
Discussion: The Week
Reuters:
Trump AG nominee Barr will let Mueller finish Russia probe: Graham
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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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.
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: New Yorker, Hit & Run, CNN and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump concedes wall is “medieval solution” but says it works  —  President Trump conceded that a wall is a “medieval” solution to the border, but said it still works.  The president made the remarks in his first public appearance since Tuesday night's prime-time address, during a bill signing at the White House.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A few Republicans defend Article I of the Constitution. So far, Romney isn't one of them.
Discussion: CNN
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 Political Wire
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:   FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown
Holly Rosenkrantz / CBS News:
Trump Jr. suggests border wall is like a zoo fence  —  Donald Trump Jr. used Instagram Tuesday night to endorse his father's border wall policy, saying the evidence that a wall works is because they protect people from zoo animals.  —  “You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo?
Discussion: CBS Dallas and CBS Boston
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he has an ‘absolute right’ to declare a national emergency for his border wall
Discussion: Washington Post
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Associated Press:
Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, 1st arrest of Trump era  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran confirmed Wednesday it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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
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: Hot Air, CNN, Breitbart and The Hill
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.
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
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: Shareblue Media
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Critique of Fact-Checking Is Valid  —  Early last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did a bad tweet.  After misreading an article in the Nation on the Pentagon's accounting errors, Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that the Defense Department had wasted enough money …
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
As Challengers Circle, Longtime Queens D.A. Says He Won't Run Again  —  When Richard A. Brown took over as the district attorney in Queens in the early 1990s, murder and violent crime had reached a record high in New York City.  Like most prosecutors in that era, Mr. Brown adopted a tough-on-crime approach …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia  —  Defense Science Board warns military supply system ‘decayed’ and needs rapid upgrading  —  The strategic American military system for moving troops, weapons, and supplies over long distances has decayed significantly …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
 
 
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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.
David Brown / Politico:
New Pentagon chief under scrutiny over perceived Boeing bias
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
Modern Monetary Theory Doesn't Make Single-Payer Health Care Any Easier
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Is John Kasich Still A Republican? He Won't Quite Say.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump formally nominates Andrew Wheeler to head EPA
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Democrats' Response to Trump Speech Outdraws President in Early Numbers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and USA Today
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg:
Hedge Fund Tycoon Robert Mercer's Sheriff's Badge Has Been Revoked
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
House Dems to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. first in Russia probe
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
120 Movies, $13 Billion in Box Office: How Samuel L. Jackson Became Hollywood's Most Bankable Star
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Jayme Deerwester / USA Today:
TSA union: Officers quitting over shutdown, posing threat to passenger safety
Discussion: Common Dreams
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
Daniel Gordis:
The American ‘Zionist’ assault on Israel
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Times
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Turning Point Dissidents Turn on ‘Snowflake’ Founder and Fox News Darling Charlie Kirk
Discussion: Splinter