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4:40 PM ET, January 10, 2019


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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 …
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: Raw Story
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 …
Eric Avram / ABC News:
Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Congress in February  —  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, has accepted an invitation to testify in an open session before Congress next month.  —  “I look forward to having the privilege …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and The Gateway Pundit
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he knew nothing about Manafort sharing polling data with Russian associate
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
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.
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?”
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Gets A Primary Challenger
Discussion: Roll Call and Splinter
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 …
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: The Week and CNBC
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump threatens national emergency as negotiations at standstill
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Manu Raju / CNN:
Facing gridlock, GOP senators seek big immigration deal to end shutdown
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Air traffic controllers, working without pay, ramp up shutdown pressure
Discussion: The Atlantic and Joe.My.God.
Molly Ball / TIME:   Trump and Pelosi Are Locked in Their First Battle. Neither Can Afford to Lose
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 …
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's past comments raise questions about Supreme Court retirement
Discussion: Daily Wire and
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Daily Caller
Todd Herman /
Was video of President Trump's Tuesday address doctored?
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 …
For Trump, Storming Out of a Meeting Is a Signature Ploy
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
David French / National Review:
Defenses of Trump's Emergency Declaration Defy the Plain Language and Clear Intent of the Law
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Signal
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 …
CBS News:
Kamala Harris set to toss hat into presidential ring: Sources
Discussion: Roll Call, and Mediaite
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.
Justin Wise / The Hill:
O'Rourke talks border during Instagram video at dentist  —  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) recorded his trip to the dentist on Thursday to showcase his hygienist's experiences growing up near the southern border.  —  “So I'm here at the dentist and we're going to continue our series …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Althouse
David Siders / Politico:
'So, I'm here at the dentist': Beto O'Rourke livestreams teeth-cleaning
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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: Sputnik International and PRRI
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Trump Nominates Andrew Wheeler As Permanent EPA Administrator  —  The former coal lobbyist and longest-serving acting chief in the EPA's history is set to become its 15th administrator.  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency …
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Police Issue Warrant for Soccer Superstar Ronaldo's DNA in Rape Case  —  After discovering DNA on dress of alleged victim, Las Vegas police want to know if it matches Ronaldo's  —  Authorities in Las Vegas have issued a warrant to obtain the DNA of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo …
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
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!
Kurt Repanshek / National Parks Traveler:
Joshua Tree National Park To Close For Cleanup, Repairs To Vandalism, Illegal Roads  —  Illegal roads, cut down Joshua trees, and damaged federal property, along with the need to clean up garbage, prompted Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith to announce Tuesday that the park …
Discussion: Axios
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: Breitbart and Hullabaloo
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: Shakesville and Raw Story
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 …
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Washington Post:
Federal judge criticizes prosecutors over increase in illegal immigration cases
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Fed chair Powell predicts no recession in 2019
Discussion: Axios
Ciara McCarthy / Victoria Advocate:
Farenthold resigns as Calhoun Port Authority lobbyist
Associated Press:
AP sources: Gillibrand eyes Troy, NY, for 2020 campaign base
Discussion: Political Wire
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Barr to meet with more Dems after Klobuchar says she was denied visit
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Exclusive: Pentagon preparing options to build border wall as Trump weighs emergency declaration
Discussion: Political Wire
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
AWFUL!  Star CNN Contributor Ana Navarro Files Nails on Live TV as Guest Discusses Murders by Illegal Aliens (VIDEO)
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Financial Times' Agenda Pulls Quotes From ‘Les Moonves’ Interview He Denied Ever Happened
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Polls: Voters Oppose Trump On Shutdown By Wide Margins In Key 2020 Senate States
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How an Experimental Billion-Dollar Privacy Lawsuit Could Clobber Facebook
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump's Wall Could Cost Him in 2020
Discussion: CNN
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Rick Scott blindsides DeSantis on his way out
Discussion: Splinter and The Daily Caller
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 5 Key Constituencies Of The 2020 Democratic Primary