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11:05 AM ET, January 11, 2019

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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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Molly Prince / The Daily Caller:
Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Slapped With A Fine For Not Providing Proper Workers' Comp
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.
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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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
Washington Post:
Trump administration lays groundwork to declare national emergency to build wall
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown drags toward 3 weeks, without an inch of progress
Discussion: East Bay Times and CNN
Mike McKinnon III / KUSI-TV:
CNN requests KUSI for local view on the border, declines our reporter after finding out wall works  —  SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Thursday morning, CNN called the KUSI Newsroom asking if one of our reporters could give them a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
San Diego TV station: CNN declined our ‘local view’ because of reports on wall effectiveness
Discussion: twitchy.com and Observer
John Burnett / NPR:   Border Patrol Makes Its Case For An Expanded ‘Border Barrier’
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.
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 …
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US approved thousands of child bride requests  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.
Discussion: Axios
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
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Mark Landler / New York Times:   Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Feeds, Washington Post and New Republic
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Presidential Emergency
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Huawei Executive Is Charged With Espionage in Poland  —  Detention follows a U.S. push to dissuade allies around the world from using Huawei gear  —  Polish authorities detained and charged a local sales director of Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese national, with conducting high-level espionage …
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Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
Poland arrests Huawei, Orange executives on suspicion of spying
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
How Steve King's Idiotic and Odious Words Help the Left Destroy Western Civilization  —  In his comments to the Times, King equated Western civilization, which belongs to all of us, with white people only.  And that's just what the hard left wants people to think.  —  Matt Lewis
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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.”
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. …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Will the Media Be Trump's Accomplice Again in 2020?  —  We have a second chance.  Let's not blow it.  —  “Pocahontas” won't be lonely for long.  —  As other Democrats join Elizabeth Warren in the contest for the party's presidential nomination, President Trump will assign them their own nicknames …
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 …
Jack Andrews / Dailystar.co.uk:
EXCLUSIVE: The Rock slams snowflakes as ‘looking for reasons to be offended’  —  THE world's biggest movie star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has body slammed Britain's growing snowflake culture.  —  He “laid the smackdown” on PC softies in an exclusive chat with the Daily Star.
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.
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Sherrod Brown plans Iowa trip as top aide accelerates 2020 prep
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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.
The Trace:
Documents Show NRA and GOP Candidates Coordinated Ads in Key Senate Races  —  The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican candidates in at least three recent high-profile Senate races, according to Federal Communications Commission records.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joe.My.God.
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Former Defense Executive to Be Named Deputy National Security Adviser  —  Charles Kupperman, a former Reagan administration official, fills the role previously held by Mira Ricardel  —  WASHINGTON—A former defense contracting executive and Reagan administration official will be named …
Kerry Justich / Yahoo:
Influencer says she was on a ‘tapas and cocaine’ diet to stay thin — here's why that's not healthy  —  Ruby Tuesday Matthews is opening up about how she maintained a slim figure before having her two children — and said it all came down to  —  cocaine, black coffee and cigarettes.
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Is a Portland Professor Being Railroaded by His University for Criticizing Social-Justice Research?  —  Last fall, it was revealed that a trio of researchers, the philosopher Peter Boghossian, the mathematician James Lindsay, and the medieval-studies independent scholar Helen Pluckrose …
Neil Vigdor / Hartford Courant:
Paul Manafort resigns from Connecticut bar ahead of misconduct hearing  —  Rather than face a disbarment hearing in his native Connecticut, beleaguered Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned his law license.  —  In a Superior Court filing in Hartford Wednesday …
 
 
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Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
.gov security falters during U.S. shutdown
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump: H-1B visa changes are coming
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Air traffic controllers get their first shutdown pay stub: $0.00
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
News of the News: How Khashoggi Was Used by the Media
New York Times:
What Trump Could Learn From His Shutdown
Discussion: USA Today and thenewamerican.com
 Earlier Items: 
Philly.com:
AT&T says it'll stop selling location data amid calls for federal investigation
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.
Martin Matishak / Politico:
‘The secretary barely testified’: Pelosi rebukes Mnuchin after Russia sanctions meeting