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10:45 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
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
Associated Press:   Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before Congress Next Month
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 …
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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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rubio: Are You Ready For President Kamala Harris Declaring A National Emergency Over Climate Change?
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding, CNBC and The Week
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
White House Looking Into Diverting Army Corps Funds to Build Wall
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump directs Army Corps of Engineers to find money to help fund border wall: Sources
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics  —  Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for Anti-Immigrant Politics  —  The Iowa congressman, who has been denounced as a white supremacist, wrote the playbook on white identity politics and many of the issues that are ascendant in the G.O.P.
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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?”
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Steve King's White Supremacy Comments Send Conservatives Running
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Steve King's White Nationalism Is Deeply Un-American
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural  —  WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America's 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Never been more depressed’: Trump kills Graham effort to end shutdown  —  President Donald Trump has rejected a plan proposed by a bloc of Senate Republicans who had hoped to break an impasse over the government shutdown, leaving Congress and the White House with little obvious way out of the extended battle over Trump's border wall.
Discussion: Axios, The Week, Townhall, CNN, TheBlaze and Breitbart
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Martin Matishak / Politico:
‘The secretary barely testified’: Pelosi rebukes Mnuchin after Russia sanctions meeting
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems eye legal challenge as Trump threatens national emergency
Discussion: Townhall
The Intercept:
Progressives Fought for Key Committee Spots, but Centrist New Dems Came Out on Top  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez failed in her long-shot bid for a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, according to an announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday evening.
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Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Ocasio-Cortez passed over for influential House committee
Discussion: Newsday, Breitbart and Daily Wire
Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined by state for failing to carry workers' comp coverage
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:   Ocasio-Cortez may take on Wall Street, fellow Democrats on finance panel
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 …
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:
“I Felt Dirty”: Former Employees Of The Veteran Crowdfunding Trump's Wall Say He Pushed Fake News To Get Rich  —  “He never wanted the truth.  It was all just for clicks, and the more inflammatory, the better,” a former employee said.  “I felt dirty writing the stuff.”
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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Erica Newland / Washington Post:
I worked in the Justice Department.  I hope its lawyers won't give Trump an alibi.  —  Erica Newland is a counsel for the nonprofit group Protect Democracy and a former attorney adviser in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.  —  President Trump said Thursday that he will …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
White House Memo: At White House, Empty Desks and Unpaid Bills as Trump Shows No Sign of Relenting  —  At White House, Empty Desks and Unpaid Bills  —  The pain of the partial government shutdown bit into all corners of America — even the White House, where there is often very little sympathy …
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 …
Scott Sonner / Nevada Public Radio:
Harry Reid: Renewed But Ready to Rumble?  —  Harry Reid retired a little more than two years ago after serving decades in elected office, lastly as a U.S. senator who helped President Barack Obama get the Affordable Care Act through Congress.  —  He's been out of the limelight since, undergoing cancer treatment.
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Harry Reid pushing for more UFO research
Alan Butterfield / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘I killed JonBenét Ramsey!’  Convicted pedophile Gary Oliva has confessed to the murder of six-year-old pageant princess in prison letters to his friend - claiming it was ‘an accident’  — Gary Oliva, 54, has long been a suspect in the murder of JonBenét Ramsey …
New York Times:
Farm Country Stood by Trump.  But the Shutdown Is Pushing It to Breaking Point.  —  DENVER, Colo. — In Georgia, a pecan farmer lost out on his chance to buy his first orchard.  The local Farm Service Agency office that would have processed his loan application was shut down.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
‘The story keeps changing’: Trump falsely asserts he never promised Mexico would directly pay for the border wall  —  It was a foundational promise of Donald Trump's historic presidential campaign: Mexico would pay for his 2,000-mile border wall.  But as he desperately fights for $5.7 billion …
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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.
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Great Issue of Our Time...  ...is whether, as a people, we are too dumb to sustain a democracy.  This question arises often; for me, most recently, upon seeing this Daily Mail headline: “Twitter user stuns the internet with math that proves one 18-inch pizza has more in it than TWO 12-inch helpings.”
Discussion: Daily Mail
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.
Politico:
Gillibrand plans first Iowa visit  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pursuing a trip to Iowa next weekend, three sources with knowledge of the potential 2020 contender's planning told POLITICO.  —  The New York Democrat, who just won reelection to her Senate seat last November …
Wall Street Journal:
Early Withdrawal Will Lead to More Terrorism  —  A recent lull in attacks is welcome, but it seems to have made American leaders complacent.  —  America has a new counterterrorism policy: retrenchment.  Declaring victory over ISIS, the Trump administration seeks to bring home the modest number …
Albany Times Union:
Gillibrand reps lease 5,000 square foot Troy building  —  Kenneth C. Crowe II and and Diego Mendoza-Moyers January 10, 2019  —  Campaign representatives for Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand signed a lease for a 5,000 square foot space in downtown Troy, according to a local Democratic operative …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Fusion GPS-Linked Group Worked With Tech Company Tied To Russian ‘False Flag’ Operation  — A non-profit group linked to Fusion GPS has ties to a cybersecurity firm recently implicated in a self-described “false flag” operation in the Alabama Senate race.  — The Democracy Integrity Project …
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
 
 
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS News in Talks to Hire Former Sen. Jeff Flake
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Washington Post:
The Washington Post launches Arabic- language Global Opinion page
Arjun Singh Sethi / CNN:
Congress, turn a spotlight on hate
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
FEMA Suspends Disaster-Related Contracts Due to Shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Newsom promises unemployment insurance to California's federal workers
Discussion: Townhall
Toby Young / Spectator:
The unending war against masculinity and men
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CNN:
Murdered journalists were tracked by police with shadowy Russian links, evidence shows
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Kroger Manager Accused of Racial Profiling After Calling Cops On Black Teens Buying Snacks
Discussion: The Root and theGrio
David French / National Review:
Defenses of Trump's Emergency Declaration Defy the Plain Language and Clear Intent of the Law
Discussion: Hullabaloo