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6:10 PM ET, January 10, 2019

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CNN:
Exclusive: Robert Mueller met with Trump's pollster  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller sought information directly last year from one of Donald Trump's campaign pollsters who is also a former business associate of Paul Manafort's.  —  Mueller's team met with pollster Tony Fabrizio …
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CNN:
As Robert Mueller writes his report, a potential battle brews over obstruction of justice  —  Washington (CNN)As special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, investigators have focused on conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Political Wire
CNBC:
Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen will testify at House Oversight Committee before entering prison  — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will testify at the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7, he said.  — Cohen is due to begin a three-year prison term …
Discussion: CCN, Raw Story, VICE News and Shakesville
New York Times:
Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress About Work for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, has agreed to testify before the House Oversight …
Associated Press:   Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before Congress Next Month
NBC News:
Test of steel prototype for border wall showed it could be sawed through  —  NBC News obtained a photo showing results of a test on a steel wall prototype.  —  President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as …
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NBC News:
Trump could take billions from disaster areas to fund wall  —  Under the proposal, Trump could dip into money set aside to fund civil works projects all over the country including storm-damaged areas of Puerto Rico.  —  President Donald Trump has been briefed on a plan that would use …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Trump administration lays groundwork to declare national emergency to build wall  —  The White House has begun laying the groundwork for a declaration of national emergency to build President Trump's border wall, including searching for unused money in the Army Corps of Engineers budget …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics  —  Years before President Trump forced a government shutdown over a border wall, triggering a momentous test of wills in Washington, Representative Steve King of Iowa took to the House floor to show off a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.
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Justin Wise / The Hill:
Steve King asks how terms ‘white nationalist’ and ‘white supremacist’ became offensive  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is questioning how terms such as “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive in the U.S.  —  “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
The Bulwark Podcast:   All the King's Men  —  On today's Bulwark podcast, Jonathan V. Last …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rubio: Are You Ready For President Kamala Harris Declaring A National Emergency Over Climate Change?  —  Does anyone care about long-term consequences for precedents set in the short term any more?  I thought this argument died when Harry Reid pursued the nuclear option in the Senate to allow Barack Obama to stack the DC Circuit.
Discussion: The Week and CNBC
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David French / National Review:
Defenses of Trump's Emergency Declaration Defy the Plain Language and Clear Intent of the Law
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Molly Ball / TIME:   Trump and Pelosi Are Locked in Their First Battle. Neither Can Afford to Lose
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump threatens national emergency as negotiations at standstill
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Breitbart
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Air traffic controllers, working without pay, ramp up shutdown pressure
Discussion: The Atlantic and Joe.My.God.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats will object to Senate adjourning amid shutdown  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) plans to object to the Senate adjourning for the week Thursday afternoon amidst a 20-day government shutdown, according to Senate sources.  —  Kaine and his fellow Senate Democrats want to ratchet up pressure …
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CNN:
McConnell blocks Senate Democrats move to reopen government  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to get the chamber to vote on spending bills to reopen the government on day 20 of the ongoing partial shutdown.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump White House urging allies to prepare for possible RBG departure  —  The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger …
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Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's past comments raise questions about Supreme Court retirement
Discussion: Daily Wire and TMZ.com
Paul Seamus Ryan / Just Security:
Trump Campaign in Legal Jeopardy Over Manafort's Sharing Data with Russian Agent  —  According to a court filing earlier this week, former 2016 Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian citizen with ties to Russian intelligence.
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump: I never said Mexico would ‘write out a check’ for border wall  —  President Donald Trump said Thursday that he never promised Mexico would literally write a check to pay for a border wall — even though his 2016 presidential campaign said it had a plan to make Mexico fork over the cash.
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
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The Seattle Times:
Q13 FOX staffer fired after TV station airs altered Trump video  —  A staffer at local FOX affiliate Q13 has been fired after the station aired what appears to be a doctored video of President Trump's Tuesday night speech from the Oval Office.  —  A staffer at local FOX affiliate Q13 …
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Texas landowners prepare wall fight; Trump to visit border  —  HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way.
Doug Sovern / KCBS 740AM:
Kamala Harris Ready To Enter Race For President, Sources Say  —  She's Finalizing Plans For Bay Area Rally To Announce Candidacy  —  Sen. Kamala Harris has decided to run for president in 2020 and will announce her candidacy on or around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, probably at a campaign rally in Oakland …
Kendra Pierre-Louis / New York Times:
Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds  —  Scientists say the warming of the world's oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that the vast majority of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends up stored there.
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House passes bills to fund Transportation Dept., HUD, Agriculture  —  The Democratic-led House passed a standalone spending measure Thursday to provide funding for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and other agencies.  —  The House voted 244-180 to approve the clean funding measure.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and POLITICUSUSA
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
The ‘doomsday’ scenario: Here's what happens if the shutdown drags on  —  Economists warn that a catastrophe is in the making if the partial government closure continues for weeks or months.  —  The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown lasts “months or even years …
Discussion: The Democrats
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Mnuchin to brief Congress on plan to ease sanctions on Russian oligarch  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to appear on Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon at the request of top House Democrats to answer questions about the Treasury Department's plans to lift sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
What Real Border Security Looks Like  —  Republicans and Democrats should agree to build an Israeli-style “smart fence.”  —  ON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER — Other than the Korean Peninsula's DMZ, there's probably no border in the world as fraught with the potential for sudden violence as this one, known locally as the Blue Line.
Carol Kuruvilla / HuffPost:
Evangelical Pastor Defends Trump's Border Plan: ‘Heaven Itself Is Gonna Have A Wall’  —  Robert Jeffress cited the Bible on “Fox & Friends” to support the president's plans for a border wall — but not all Christians agree.  —  An evangelical preacher is using the Bible …
Discussion: PRRI
Scarce / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
On 1958 TV Show, Confidence Man ‘Trump’ Promises To Build A Wall To Save The World  —  A 1958 TV western predicted it all.  If we'd only listened...  A television western from 1958 was said to have “predicted Donald Trump”, and the clips from it continue to make the rounds, a full two years after Trump got elected.
Kurt Repanshek / National Parks Traveler:
Joshua Tree National Park To Close For Cleanup, Repairs To Vandalism, Illegal Roads  —  Illegal roads, cut down Joshua trees, and damaged federal property, along with the need to clean up garbage, prompted Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith to announce Tuesday that the park …
Ciara McCarthy / Victoria Advocate:
Farenthold resigns as Calhoun Port Authority lobbyist … Calhoun Port Authority Board Chairman Randy Boyd, middle left, speaks with Port Director Charles Hausmann before a special meeting May 24 in Point Comfort.  During the meeting, the board voted 3-3 to fire Blake Farenthold.
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Police Issue Warrant for Soccer Superstar Ronaldo's DNA in Rape Case  —  After discovering DNA on dress of alleged victim, Las Vegas police want to know if it matches Ronaldo's  —  Authorities in Las Vegas have issued a warrant to obtain the DNA of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo …
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed News:
Here's Trump Allies' Plan To Meddle In The 2020 Democratic Primary  —  The pair of outside groups tied closely to President Donald Trump has retained the top Republican opposition group in an effort to smother Democrats seeking to challenge him — and perhaps even help pick his 2020 challenger.
Discussion: Shakesville and Raw Story
Justin Wise / The Hill:
O'Rourke talks border during Instagram video at dentist  —  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) recorded his trip to the dentist on Thursday to showcase his hygienist's experiences growing up near the southern border.  —  “So I'm here at the dentist and we're going to continue our series …
 
 
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National Review:
No to an Emergency  —  President Trump says he is considering declaring …
Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast:
Pompeo Ignores Saudi Crimes—and U.S. History—in Middle East Speech
KGBT:
Historic Cine El Rey sign welcoming President Trump to the Valley
Discussion: Mediaite
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’
Washington Post:
Federal judge criticizes prosecutors over increase in illegal immigration cases
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Trump Nominates Andrew Wheeler As Permanent EPA Administrator
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Exclusive: Pentagon preparing options to build border wall as Trump weighs emergency declaration
Discussion: Political Wire
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
AWFUL!  Star CNN Contributor Ana Navarro Files Nails on Live TV as Guest Discusses Murders by Illegal Aliens (VIDEO)
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Polls: Voters Oppose Trump On Shutdown By Wide Margins In Key 2020 Senate States
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Raw Story and Politico
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
White House Intervened in Case of Trump's Casino Pal Steve Wynn
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Rick Scott blindsides DeSantis on his way out
Discussion: Splinter and The Daily Caller
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 5 Corners Of The 2020 Democratic Primary