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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 …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump's prime-time sales pitch for a border wall didn't change anything in the shutdown fight
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, New York Times, Politico and The Week
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
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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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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Not-So-Pretty Fine Print of the ‘Green New Deal’
Discussion: New Yorker, Hit & Run and CNN
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.
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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
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and USA Today
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Freddy Gray / Spectator USA:
Wrinkled, white, and wrong — this is the face of the Democratic party
Discussion: Breitbart and NTK Network
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 …
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Hank Berrien / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Goes Bonkers After Trump Speech
Discussion: Salon, New York Times and IJR
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
House Dems to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. first in Russia probe  —  House Democrats probing allegations that the Trump presidential campaign worked with Russian operatives to win the 2016 election plan to issue their first subpoena to Donald Trump Jr., according to a top lawmaker.
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:   Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals
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
CNN:
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.
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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
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
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.
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 …
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
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump formally nominates Andrew Wheeler to head EPA  —  President Trump has formally sent Andrew Wheeler's nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Senate for confirmation, the White House announced Wednesday.  —  Why it matters: Wheeler …
Daniel Gordis:
The American ‘Zionist’ assault on Israel  —  Less hubris and more interest in why Israelis think what they do would go a long way to helping this relationship survive  —  “American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup,” a column by Jonathan Weisman announced in the New York Times earlier this week.
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Times
Nicole Hong / Wall Street Journal:
Cocaine Inside Jalapeño Cans and a Tunnel From Mexico to Arizona: Highlights From the El Chapo Trial  —  Mexican drug lord's U.S. trial has detailed the inner workings of a narcotics empire  —  The trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the infamous Mexican drug lord …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Green New Deal Rises Again  —  It was a good idea that didn't catch on in 2007.  Now we're running out of time.  —  Back in 2007, I wrote a column calling for a “Green New Deal,” and I later expanded on the idea in a book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded.”  Barack Obama picked up the theme …
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: IndieWire
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
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Shareblue Media
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
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