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8:05 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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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
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: Political Wire and Hullabaloo
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 …
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: Washington Post, Curbed and 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 …
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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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: CNBC and The Week
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, Axios, CNN, TheBlaze, The Week and Breitbart
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems eye legal challenge as Trump threatens national emergency
Discussion: Townhall
Molly Ball / TIME:   Trump and Pelosi Are Locked in Their First Battle. Neither Can Afford to Lose
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
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: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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
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, Hullabaloo and Breitbart
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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
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.
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
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 …
Giulianna Di Lauro Velez / The Intercept:
I Was Sexually Harassed on Bernie Sanders's 2016 Campaign.  I Will Not Be Weaponized or Dismissed.  —  Last week, my experience, and that of some of my female co-workers, became the focus of a New York Times story on the sexual harassment and sexism that took place in the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Saudi engine of repression continues to run at full speed  —  One hundred days after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pressing ahead with anti-dissident campaigns and remains in regular contact with Saud al-Qahtani, the media adviser whom …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too  —  The “smart home” of the 21st century isn't just supposed to be a monument to convenience, we're told, but also to protection, a Tony Stark-like bubble of vigilant algorithms and internet-connected sensors working ceaselessly to watch over us.
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.
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.
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.
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
Kroger Manager Accused of Racial Profiling After Calling Cops On Black Teens Buying Snacks  —  “I asked him what we did, and he was like, 'We've had problems with people like you before,'” one teen said.  —  A Texas woman is speaking out after she said her teenage sons and nephews …
Discussion: The Root and theGrio
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
Rohini Chaki / Atlas Obscura:
Scientists Are Using CRISPR to Make Spicy Tomatoes  —  The humble tomato is about to get a makeover.  Plant physiologists in Brazil and Ireland are researching how to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to create the world's first spicy tomato.  —  In a paper published in the journal Trends …
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.
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.
National Review:
No to an Emergency  —  President Trump says he is considering declaring an emergency at the border to unlock military funds to build a fence (a.k.a. wall).  —  It's not clear how serious he is, although anonymous White House aides have been quoted saying they believe this will be his ultimate way out of the shutdown fight.
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze, CNN and twitchy.com
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 …
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
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Fact-checking the mob song from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ … An angry mob, having learned that a Beast lives near their village in rural France, 18th century  —  GASTON AND VILLAGERS: We're not safe until he's dead.  —  First off, there are many ways to die that are not directly related to beast attacks!
Washington Post:
Federal judge criticizes prosecutors over increase in illegal immigration cases  —  A federal judge has spoken out against a sharp increase in Northern Virginia in the prosecution of illegal immigrants for reentering the country after deportation.  —  “I hope this is not the start of a pattern …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo, Raw Story and Politico
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed News:
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