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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already making enemies in the House Democratic Caucus — and some of its members are mounting an operation to bring the anti-establishment, democratic socialist with 2.2 million Twitter followers into the fold.
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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.
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.
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 …
Bob Bauer / The Atlantic:
What Someone Needs to Explain to Trump About ‘National Emergencies’  —  When the recently arrived White House counsel Pat Cipollone took up his post, he could have had no illusions that the president he served would make his professional life easy.  Just weeks into the job …
Discussion: New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Presidential Emergency
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
White House Looking Into Diverting Army Corps Funds to Build Wall
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Exclusive: Trump team should be allowed to ‘correct’ final Mueller report, says Giuliani  —  Rudy Giuliani says President Trump's legal team should be allowed to “correct” special counsel Robert Mueller's final report before Congress or the American people get the chance to read it.
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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
Discussion: Contemptor and Hullabaloo
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 …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
At White House, Empty Desks and Unpaid Bills as Trump Shows No Sign of Relenting  —  WASHINGTON — As the partial government shutdown took hold over the holidays, President Trump seemed to express wonder at being alone in the White House with little but the cheeriness of heavily armed guards …
Discussion: CNN, The Week, Associated Press and TheBlaze
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown drags toward 3 weeks, without an inch of progress
Discussion: East Bay Times and CNN
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump White House urging allies to prepare for possible RBG departure
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The International Crisis of Donald Trump  —  While Washington melts down over the government shutdown, the worst-case scenario for the President's foreign policy has actually happened.  —  Congressional committees, like the priorities of the politicians who run them, change with the times.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:   Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home
Aaron David Miller / Politico:
Pompeo's Speech vs. Trump's View of the World
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Steve King couldn't be more wrong about ‘Western civilization’  —  One horrible untruth unites today's far left and far right: the idea that “whiteness” isn't a skin color but a moral, political and social cause.  The far left wants to attack whiteness and undo it for the injustices it has supposedly caused.
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Associated Press:
US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of back and forth over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pullout American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday the process of withdrawal has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements.
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Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:   U.S. military announces start of Syria troop withdrawal
Hollie Silverman / CNN:
Due to TSA absences, Miami airport will temporarily close one terminal early for 3 days  —  How does the government shutdown affect you?  —  (CNN)Miami International Airport will close a terminal early for three days because of a shortage of Transportation Security Administration screeners, airport spokesman Greg Chin said Thursday.
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.”
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Kamala Harris in the Senate  —  California senator gains prominence by grilling Trump officials, laying the groundwork for a likely 2020 presidential run  —  California senator gains prominence by grilling Trump officials, laying the groundwork for a likely 2020 presidential run
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Trump plan would improve current border situation  —  One remarkable feature of the debate over the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border is how little some commentators seem to know about what the Trump administration is doing.  Pundits regularly get facts wrong.  Talking heads engage in passionate arguments over dubious premises.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Mike McKinnon III / KUSI-TV:
CNN requests KUSI for local view on the border, declines our reporter after finding out wall works
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
John Burnett / NPR:   Border Patrol Makes Its Case For An Expanded ‘Border Barrier’
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Gillibrand Hires New Aide, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has hired a communications director for an expected presidential campaign, a sign that she is all but certain to join the race against President Trump and that her entry may be imminent.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Sherrod Brown plans Iowa trip as top aide accelerates 2020 prep
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
Poland arrests Huawei, Orange executives on suspicion of spying: report  —  Polish security officials arrested two telecoms executives on suspicion of working with Chinese intelligence services, local media reported Friday.  —  One suspect is a Chinese national working for Huawei …
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Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
Now on Craigslist, Facebook: Household items from furloughed workers trying to make ends meet  —  A federal worker in Morgantown, W.Va., took to Facebook this week to sell welding tools, left behind by his deceased father-in-law.  Another, a die-hard Star Wars fan in Woodbridge, Va. …
Philly.com:
AT&T says it'll stop selling location data amid calls for federal investigation  —  AT&T said Thursday that it will stop selling its customers' location data to third-party service providers after a report this week said the information was winding up in the wrong hands.
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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.
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.
Clare Foran / CNN:
Current shutdown ties record for longest government shutdown in US history  —  Where can't you travel during the shutdown?  —  Washington (CNN)The ongoing partial government shutdown hit a new milestone on Friday by matching the record for the longest government shutdown in US history.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Democrats will object to Senate adjourning amid shutdown
 
 
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Colleen Long / Associated Press:
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Will the Media Be Trump's Accomplice Again in 2020?
The Trace:
Documents Show NRA and GOP Candidates Coordinated Ads in Key Senate Races
Discussion: Mother Jones
WV MetroNews:
Manchin considering running for Governor... again
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans plotting to oppose Trump in 2020 waiting for Mueller and June before pulling trigger
Steven Kull / Washington Post:
Americans don't want Trump's border wall. This is what they want instead.
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
‘Pay the workers, furlough Trump’: Federal workers rally at White House for end to shutdown
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS News in Talks to Hire Former Sen. Jeff Flake
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Great Issue of Our Time...  ...is whether, as a people …
Discussion: Daily Mail
Martin Matishak / Politico:
‘The secretary barely testified’: Pelosi rebukes Mnuchin after Russia sanctions meeting
Toby Young / Spectator:
The unending war against masculinity and men