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2:20 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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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
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A few Republicans defend Article I of the Constitution. So far, Romney isn't one of them.
Discussion: CNN
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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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:   House Democrats ready subpoena for testimony from Acting Attorney General Whitaker
Reuters:
Trump AG nominee Barr will let Mueller finish Russia probe: Graham
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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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: Talking Points Memo, Raw Story 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.
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Hill
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Democrats Focus on Shutdown's Cost and Steer Away From Trump's Wall  —  WASHINGTON — When Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California stepped to a microphone last week and pronounced President Trump's border wall “an immorality,” most Democrats cheered and nodded their heads.
Discussion: Politico
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Democrats' Response to Trump Speech Outdraws President in Early Numbers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and USA Today
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:   Donald Trump Jr. Says Border Wall Is Like A Zoo Fence Protecting You From Animals
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Is John Kasich Still A Republican?  He Won't Quite Say.  —  The Ohio governor is spending his final days in office reflecting on his legacy, fussing with his Instagram, and FaceTiming Arnold Schwarzenegger.  What's next?  “Bread's in the oven.”  —  When Mitt Romney unleashed …
VICE News:
Exclusive: How Parkland created a rush to arm teachers and school staff across the country  —  Eleven months after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead, a state commission of grieving parents, law enforcement leaders, mental health experts …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
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: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and TheBlaze
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
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
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Forget the wall. Trump is the national security crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
Jayme Deerwester / USA Today:
TSA union: Officers quitting over shutdown, posing threat to passenger safety
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws
Discussion: Shakesville
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Trump tried to play a normal president on television. The result was very strange.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Turning Point Dissidents Turn on ‘Snowflake’ Founder and Fox News Darling Charlie Kirk
Discussion: Splinter
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Presidential address: The one word Trump didn't say
Discussion: Mediaite and Breaking News USA
Rachel Rizzo / Politico:
What's Worse Than Brexit? This.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Trump Gets Instant Fact-Check From Fox News' Shepard Smith After Oval Office Speech
Discussion: Raw Story