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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and IJR
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.
Washington Post:
Trump's prime-time address on the border wall shutdown, annotated  —  President Trump delivered his first prime-time Oval Office address as president on Tuesday.  It was about a ten-minute speech in which he addressed his demand for border-wall funding that has led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government for more than two weeks.
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and Mother Jones
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Voters blame Trump, GOP for shutdown  —  President Donald Trump faces a tall task in his Oval Office address on Tuesday night: convincing voters outside of his political base that there is an urgent crisis at the nation's southern border, that a wall along the border is necessary to solve it …
ABC News:
Fact Check: Trump's prime-time speech on the government shutdown  —  President Donald Trump is holding court front and center tonight to deliver remarks from the Oval Office in the hopes of convincing the American public and skeptical lawmakers that there is a crisis at the southern border.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump's Not-So-Bully Pulpit
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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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 …
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
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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Politico:   Full text: Pelosi and Schumer respond to Trump's immigration speech
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
On Capitol Hill, prime-time speeches only pushed parties further apart
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Althouse and Politico
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 …
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.
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
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
National Review:
The Crisis at the Border  —  T  —  here is indeed a simmering crisis at our southern border.  —  It is not an influx of terrorists, and Trump administration representatives have tripped themselves up by trying to make the numbers show large numbers of suspected terrorists caught at the border.
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.
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
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 …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jordan Peterson, Others Urge Portland State Not to Punish Peter Boghossian for ‘Grievance Studies’ Hoax  —  “It's hard to avoid the conclusion that if the rules forbid it, it's the rules, not the researchers, that have gone wrong.”
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
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.
Dara Lind / Vox:
“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the only speech Trump knows how to give  —  Most politicians know how to strike more than one note.  Trump does not.  —  In retrospect, it's unclear why America should have expected anything from President Trump's Tuesday night primetime speech …
Discussion: New York Times and The Atlantic
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 …
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 …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook  — Galaxy owners take to Twitter to complain about permanent app  — Pre-install deals are common, but privacy concerns are rising  —  Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Operatives Used Misleading Facebook Pages To Suppress GOP Turnout In Midterms  — Democratic operatives, led by a former Obama official, bought ads on misleading Facebook pages to suppress GOP turnout in the midterm elections.  — The pages appear to be designed to give …
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Highway and transit projects grind to a halt as the shutdown continues  —  Highway construction projects across the country have been jeopardized by the federal shutdown as state officials hesitate to authorize projects planned for 2019 without the assurance of federal funding.
 
 
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