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10:00 AM ET, January 10, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and The Week
Bloomberg:
For Trump, Storming Out of a Meeting Is a Signature Ploy  — He has long used dramatic exits as a negotiating tactic  — Trump once walked out on a judge during a divorce proceeding  —  President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly storm out of a meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday shocked some on Capitol Hill.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's one way out  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SHUTDOWN ... DAY 20 ... TRUMP'S ONLY WAY OUT ...  THERE IS AN INCREASING RECOGNITION in the White House and among his most important allies on Capitol Hill that the only way for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP to get movement …
Wall Street Journal:
White House Meeting Started With Sweets, but Quickly Turned Sour  —  Trump and congressional leaders remain at odds over border-wall funding; ‘Bye bye!’  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump opened the latest face-to-face negotiations with lawmakers like he was comforting members of one of his golf clubs.
Discussion: CCN
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Trump Hits the Wall  —  And what's all that sniffling about?  —  We need to look at the bright side of Donald Trump's border wall fixation.  —  Sure, he's shut down the government and thrown the nation into chaos.  But it could be worse.  He could be demanding a fiery moat between us and Canada.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Fox News Insider
New York Times:
Trump Thinks He's His Own Best Messenger. Where Does That Leave Bill Shine?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: The Art of Prolonging a Government Shutdown
Discussion: CNN, Axios and New York Times
National Enquirer:
Married Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Getting Divorce Over Fling With Movie Mogul's Wife  —  The ENQUIRER's blockbuster exclusive of world's richest couple's break-up!  —  The marriage of the world's richest couple is set to explode in all-out war — after billionaire Jeff Bezos was caught cheating …
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TMZ.com:
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Did NOT Have a Prenup so $137 Billion on the Line in Divorce  —  Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos did NOT have a prenuptial agreement so, by all rights, they will split their incredible fortune right down the middle ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ,.
Discussion: Page Six and The Daily Beast
Robert Frank / CNBC:
How much could Mackenzie Bezos get in a divorce?
Discussion: TheStreet
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.
Discussion: The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Gets A Primary Challenger
Discussion: Roll Call and Splinter
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Trump's team had over 100 contacts with Russian-linked operatives, report shows  —  WASHINGTON - Members of President Donald Trump's campaign and transition team had more than 100 contacts with Russian-linked operatives, according to a new report.  —  The milestone illustrates …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
House Democrats now asking questions about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin  —  Mnuchin will give the House a classified briefing Thursday, after a request from the Democratic chairs of the main House investigative panels.  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has agreed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
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CBS News:
Kamala Harris set to toss hat into presidential ring: Sources
Discussion: Roll Call and twitchy.com
Manu Raju / CNN:
Facing gridlock, GOP senators seek big immigration deal to end shutdown  —  (CNN) — Staring at a prolonged government shutdown, Republican senators are privately planning to court Democratic senators on an immigration deal that would give President Donald Trump money for his border wall …
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Alan Cross / The Bulwark:
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Trumpian Theology  —  Do Christians have a moral duty to support Trump, no matter what?  —  Like many Christians, I read Jerry Falwell, Jr's New Year's Day interview with the Washington Post with both my mouth open and my heart racing.  “He can't be saying what I'm reading!”
Discussion: Raw Story and New Yorker
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Top Bernie Sanders 2016 adviser accused of forcibly kissing subordinate  —  On the final night of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2016, Bernie Sanders' staffers went out to a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar in Center City Philadelphia to celebrate and mourn the end of the campaign.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Rick Scott blindsides DeSantis on his way out  —  Scores of 11th-hour appointments by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.  Roadblocks for the new transition team.  A rival inaugural ball.  —  The contentious handoff of the Florida governor's office from Scott to fellow Republican Ron DeSantis …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 5 Key Constituencies Of The 2020 Democratic Primary  —  Over the long course of the Republican presidential nomination process in 2015 and 2016, we frequently featured a diagram called “The Republicans' Five-Ring Circus.”  The chart was based on the idea that the GOP essentially consisted …
Discussion: Political Wire
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
'If there's a concrete wall in front of you, go through it,' Trump said in 2004 speech  —  Donning an emerald green graduation gown, Donald Trump stood grinning on the stage at Wagner College in Staten Island as a faculty member offered a glowing introduction in May 2004: “A New York original.
Discussion: Mediaite, POLITICUSUSA, TheBlaze, Slate and KTLA
Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Texas county GOP set to vote this week to remove leader because he is Muslim  —  The Tarrant County Republicans in Texas will vote this week to remove their vice chairman because he is Muslim.  —  Republican Dorrie O'Brien is leading a group of colleagues in an attempt to unseat Shahid Shafi …
Washington Post:
‘This is ridiculous’: Small-business owners can't get loans as shutdown enters Day 20.  —  Brooks Troxler is a small-business owner in North Carolina who's known as “Trox the tech” for his ability to fix any computer problem.  Business is growing and he had big plans to start 2019 by cutting …
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE Might Be Violating Federal Law By Keeping Immigrants Detained During The Shutdown  —  A lengthy government shutdown over border wall funding has potentially put Immigration and Customs Enforcement at risk of violating a more than 100-year-old law that could not only require the release of …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump's Emergency Powers Threat Could End Shutdown Crisis, but at What Cost?  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's repeated threat to declare a national emergency so he can build his border wall without congressional approval has been denounced by Democrats as extreme and an overreach.
Clare Lombardo / NPR:
Virginia Study Finds Increased School Bullying In Areas That Voted For Trump  —  After the 2016 presidential election, teachers around the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling and bullying in their classrooms.  Now, research shows that those stories — at least in one state — are confirmed by student surveys.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
A beefed-up White House legal team prepares aggressive defense of Trump's executive privilege as investigations loom large  —  A beefed-up White House legal team is gearing up to prevent President Trump's confidential discussions with top advisers from being disclosed to House Democratic investigators …
Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
A Memorial for Jamal Khashoggi  —  On Thursday, I will be joining the documentarian Alex Gibney and the former F.B.I. special agent Ali Soufan, along with lawmakers, journalists, human-rights advocates, and friends, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., to honor Jamal Khashoggi …
Brendan Cole / Newsweek:
Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress Defends Trump's Border Wall: ‘Heaven Itself Is Going to Have a Wall Around It’  —  An evangelical preacher who is a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump has said that if a wall is good enough for heaven, then it is good enough for the U.S. southern border.
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Doug Jones Seeks Inquiry Into Misinformation Efforts in Alabama Senate Race  —  Senator Doug Jones, the Democrat who was an unwitting beneficiary of misinformation tactics during a special election in Alabama in 2017, asked the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to investigate the episodes.
James Arkin / Politico:
Presidential dreams pull Democrats away from key Senate races  —  Democrats think they're in position to win back the Senate in 2020.  But some of the party's biggest potential candidates are aiming for the White House instead.  —  The wide open Democratic presidential primary looks set …
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Pastor Who Praised Pulse Nightclub Gunman Resigns After Allegedly Paying for Sex  —  A Baptist minister in Texas who came to national attention in 2016 when he praised the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., resigned from his ministry last week after allegedly using drugs …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
James Randerson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn dodges question on timing of no-confidence vote  —  If MPs vote against the Brexit deal, leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn said he would call a motion of no confidence in the government “at the moment we judge it to have the best chance of success.”
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
You Should Meditate Every Day  —  Sure, it's become a wellness fad.  But it's the best way I've found to keep digital monsters at bay.  —  Because I live in Northern California, where this sort of thing is required by local ordinance, I spent New Year's Day at a meditation center …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds  —  And the finding holds true across party lines  —  Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities.
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
America's Southern Border Isn't Just a Crisis, It's a Disgrace  —  Why have Democrats shut down—or at least partially shut down—the federal government rather than approve partial funding for a wall along the southern border?  President Trump's $5.7 billion request is a trivial sum …
 
 
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Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters:
Cable News Repeats Myth Illegals Commit Less Crime Than Citizens
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Cynical ‘No’ on Immigration
Alex Zimmerman / Chalkbeat:
New York City will offer free eyeglasses to all kindergarteners and first graders
Sen. Ron Wyden / Politico:
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In EU, it's watchdog vs. watchdog
HuffPost:
Trump's Border Crisis Is A Myth
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Alexandra Desanctis / National Review:
Democratic Congresswoman Calls Out Fellow Democrats for ‘Religious Bigotry’
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
The Feds Are Using a Gag Order To Censor a Critique of Its Prosecutions. Bring on the Lawsuits.
Discussion: Cato Institute
The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Angled for a Job Lobbying on Behalf of E-Cigarette Giant Juul
Discussion: Splinter
Brooke Sopelsa / NBC News:
Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill
Discussion: Joe.My.God.