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4:55 AM ET, January 11, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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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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 …
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
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
Why Rosenstein's departure will help restore the rule of law at the Justice Department
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:   White House Looking Into Diverting Army Corps Funds to Build Wall
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump directs Army Corps of Engineers to find money to help fund border wall: Sources
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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Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined by state for failing to carry workers' comp coverage … ALBANY - The campaign for new Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has made helping the working class and poor her top priority, was fined by the state for not carrying workers' compensation coverage for a month last year.
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Ocasio-Cortez passed over for influential House committee
Discussion: Newsday, Breitbart and Daily Wire
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:   Ocasio-Cortez may take on Wall Street, fellow Democrats on finance panel
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.”
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: Townhall, The Week, TheBlaze, CNN, Breitbart and Axios
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Martin Matishak / Politico:
‘The secretary barely testified’: Pelosi rebukes Mnuchin after Russia sanctions meeting  —  The Treasury secretary said he was ‘somewhat shocked’ by the remarks following a briefing about lifting sanctions on three Russian companies.  —  House Democrats excoriated Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and Axios
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems eye legal challenge as Trump threatens national emergency
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
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Associated Press:   Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before Congress Next Month
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Steve King under fire after embrace of white supremacy  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) faces a potential censure motion from congressional Democrats and splintering support among Republicans after using racist language in a New York Times interview, questioning when the terms “white nationalist …
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Justin Wise / The Hill:
Steve King asks how terms ‘white nationalist’ and ‘white supremacist’ became offensive
Alex Samuels / The Texas Tribune:
Tarrant County GOP's vice-chairman survives recall vote over his religion  —  County party officials overwhelmingly rejected attempts to remove Shahid Shafi because he's Muslim.  The 139-49 vote came after the state's top Republican officials denounced the failed move to oust the trauma surgeon.
Laura Rozen / Al-Monitor:
Pompeo's Cairo speech panned as ‘tone-deaf,’ ‘hyper-partisan,’ ‘offensive’  —  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to students at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 10, 2019.  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's stridently partisan speech in Cairo today chiding …
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Haaretz:   FULL TEXT: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo's Speech at the American University in Cairo
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.
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 …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Newsom promises unemployment insurance to California's federal workers  —  SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed Thursday that thousands of federal workers in California who are furloughed in the partial government shutdown will be made “quickly eligible” for unemployment insurance …
Discussion: ABC News and Townhall
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Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
‘Pay the workers, furlough Trump’: Federal workers rally at White House for end to shutdown
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Splinter
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:   Harry Reid pushing for more UFO research
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS News in Talks to Hire Former Sen. Jeff Flake  —  The moderate former congressman from Arizona was spotted at the network's Manhattan office on Friday.  —  After retiring from the U.S. Senate last week, Jeff Flake is still looking for his “next thing.”  It might just be at CBS News …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
FEMA Suspends Disaster-Related Contracts Due to Shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story
Toby Young / Spectator:
The unending war against masculinity and men
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
‘The story keeps changing’: Trump falsely asserts he never promised Mexico would directly pay for the border wall
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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CNN:
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Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Media had no problem calling it a border ‘crisis’ in 2014 under Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Kroger Manager Accused of Racial Profiling After Calling Cops On Black Teens Buying Snacks
Discussion: The Root and theGrio
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
What Real Border Security Looks Like
National Review:
No to an Emergency  —  President Trump says he is considering declaring …
Kendra Pierre-Louis / New York Times:
Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds