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12:50 PM 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 …
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 …
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump calls China “far more honorable” than Pelosi, Schumer  —  President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Thursday that he finds China, a key adversary in his ongoing trade war, “in many ways to be far more honorable” than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump says he ‘never meant Mexico would write a check’ for the wall
Wall Street Journal:
White House Meeting Started With Sweets, but Quickly Turned Sour
Discussion: Washington Post and CCN
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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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Gets A Primary Challenger
Discussion: Splinter
Dave Price / WHOTV:
Governor Reynolds Won't Back Congressman Steve King in 2020 Primary Fight
Discussion: Roll Call
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,.
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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C.J. Ciaramella / Hit & Run:   Kamala Harris' New Book Tries to Massage Her Record as a Prosecutor, But the Facts Aren't Pretty
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he knew nothing about Manafort sharing polling data with Russian associate  —  President Trump said Thursday that he knew nothing about his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, allegedly sharing 2016 presidential campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik …
Discussion: Politico
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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
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump will “probably” declare national emergency absent a deal in Congress  —  President Trump indicated Thursday he will likely declare a national emergency if Congress doesn't reach an agreement to fund his border wall — a move that is sure to set off challenges in the courts if he goes ahead with it.
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 …
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo repudiates Obama Mideast policy, takes aim at Iran  —  CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday as he denounced the former president for “misguided” and “wishful” thinking that diminished America's role …
Discussion: Axios
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Pompeo rips Obama's Middle East ‘mistakes’ in Cairo speech
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 …
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: Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Wall Could Cost Him in 2020  —  President Donald Trump may now be talking more about steel than cement, but his proposed border wall remains the Rosetta Stone for understanding both his conception of the presidency and his political strategy.  —  Nothing better illustrates Trump's …
Discussion: CNN
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How an Experimental Billion-Dollar Privacy Lawsuit Could Clobber Facebook  —  What if law enforcement was outsourced to class action attorneys?  Don't imagine.  It's happening as the Cambridge Analytica scandal becomes Mark Zuckerberg's legal nightmare.  —  Less than one week.
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.
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.
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
John Stanton / BuzzFeed News:
The 8-Year-Old Boy Who Died In Border Patrol Custody Was Healthy When He Left Mexico, Shelter Says  —  JUAREZ, Mexico — An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died last month in Customs and Border Protection custody wasn't sick when he and his father left an immigrant shelter here shortly …
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 …
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
Tom Elliott / Grabien News:
Things Democrats Have Funded that Cost More than the Border Wall  —  Lawmakers have put less thought into other, more expensive projects over the years  —  After President Trump requested $5.7 billion to fund the border wall he campaigned on in 2016, Democrats have dug in …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
The Right's Resistance  —  They are unalterably supportive of Donald Trump's presidency, flawed vessel or not.  —  The reasons offered for why Donald Trump won't win re-election in 2020 continue to pile up.  His approval rating is stuck, seemingly forever, below 45%.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
White House Intervened in Case of Trump's Casino Pal Steve Wynn  —  The move came just before the administration drafted new guidance that could have paid off for the gambling boss, and months before his resignation.  —  In the summer of 2017, the Trump White House asked for a meeting …
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters:
Cable News Repeats Myth Illegals Commit Less Crime Than Citizens  —  Between Monday evening and Wednesday morning, a significant number of journalists and regular commentators across CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox News have cited claims from a handful of flawed studies claiming that illegal immigrants commit crimes …
 
 
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump 'won't go' to Davos if shutdown continues
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Opus Dei priest in major settlement was never officially restricted from ministry, Chicago archdiocese says
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Boing Boing
Melissa Langsam Braunstein / The Federalist:
Only Two Democrat Senators Will Publicly Oppose The Anti-Israel BDS Movement
Discussion: RedState, Vox and Al Jazeera
James Randerson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn dodges question on timing of no-confidence vote
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says
James Arkin / Politico:
Presidential dreams pull Democrats away from key Senate races
Brendan Cole / Newsweek:
Evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress Defends Trump's Border Wall: ‘Heaven Itself Is Going to Have a Wall Around It’
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Zimmerman / Chalkbeat:
New York City will offer free eyeglasses to all kindergarteners and first graders
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
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Clare Lombardo / NPR:
Virginia Study Finds Increased School Bullying In Areas That Voted For Trump
Discussion: Boing Boing
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Pastor Who Praised Pulse Nightclub Gunman Resigns After Allegedly Paying for Sex
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story