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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.
Lauretta Brown / Townhall:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Responds to Criticism From Joe Lieberman: ‘New Party, Who Dis?’
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Left-wing group creates fund to oust Texas Democrat from Congress
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.
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.
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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Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
U.S. military announces start of Syria troop withdrawal
Discussion: Mother Jones
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Purge We Need  —  It's past time for the GOP to expel the mouth-breathers and bigots who are ruining the party.  —  Tarrant County's GOP got it half right Thursday night.  —  In a closed door session, the party's precinct chairs voted 139-49 to reject an attempt to oust one of its vice chairmen …
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Freedom Caucus members tell Trump to back off wall emergency  —  A core group of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus is urging President Donald Trump against the explosive step of declaring a national emergency to build his wall.  —  Multiple Republicans in the conservative group …
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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. …
Discussion: VICE News, IJR, abc11.com and Balloon Juice
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HuffPost:
Thousands Of Federal Workers Just Missed Their First Paycheck
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Air traffic controllers get their first shutdown pay stub: $0.00
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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NBC News:
Trump could take billions from disaster areas to fund wall
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
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.
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
A Seattle TV station aired doctored footage of Trump's Oval Office speech.  The employee has been fired.  —  On Tuesday night, an estimated 43.3 million Americans hunkered down to watch President Trump make an Oval Office pitch for his border wall.  With the federal government shutdown stretching …
National Review:
Dump Steve King  —  Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) has made a habit of flirting with the noxious fringe in matters pertaining to culture, race, and immigration, but he inarguably crossed over the line — the border? — in comments published Thursday by the New York Times.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Most Americans Call Shutdown ‘Embarrassing’ As It's Set To Become Longest In History  —  Three-quarters of Americans say the government shutdown, now tied for the longest in U.S. history, is “embarrassing for the country,” including a majority of Republicans, a new NPR/Ipsos poll finds.
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump's Hannity interview reveals a president out of touch with reality  —  He can't explain what he's trying to do or why.  —  A Sean Hannity interview with President Donald Trump is always a curious spectacle: The interviewer has disavowed journalistic ethics, and the subject has no compunction …
Associated Press:
Federal work at Superfund sites suspended during shutdown  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents …
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.”
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 …
Candace Taylor / Wall Street Journal:
Golf-Home Owners Find Themselves in a Hole  —  Lawsuits pile up and fairways fall into disrepair as younger Americans shun golf, leaving behind homeowners who paid a premium for life on the links  —  When Mitch Steller first moved into his house on a lush 117-acre golf course in Southern California …
Oprah.com:
OPRAH WINFREY HOSTS LIVE EVENT FROM TIMES SQUARE IN NYC ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5  —  Inspiring One-on-One Conversations with Guests Including Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan, Beto O'Rourke, Melinda Gates and Lisa Borders  —  COMING SOON: Tickets will go on sale this Monday, January 14 at 10a EST.
Discussion: Deadline and Joe.My.God.
Kris Frieswick / Wall Street Journal:
In a House With 16 Bathrooms, There Are Lots of Choices  —  The proportion of homes with 10 or more bathrooms has nearly doubled in the past decade, as wealthy owners of luxury megamansions see an abundance of toilets as a covetable amenity  —  If he were so inclined, Alessandro Giacometti …
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
theepochtimes.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Transcripts of Lisa Page's Closed-Door Testimonies Provide New Revelations in Spygate Scandal  —  Transcripts of two closed-door testimonies by Lisa Page, the former assistant general counsel at the FBI, have provided new insights into the actions of the FBI, DOJ, and others …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
John McWhorter / The Atlantic:
Trump's Typos Reveal His Lack of Fitness for the Presidency  —  They suggest not just inadequate manners or polish, but inadequate thought.  —  The president of the United States has many faults, but let's not ignore this one: He cannot write sentences.  If a tree falls in a forrest …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows ‘no evidence of remaining disease,’ Supreme Court says  —  A supreme interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg  —  Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery from surgery is “on track” but she will miss oral arguments next week, the Supreme Court announced Friday.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
The Latest: 911 caller: Teen said suspect killed her parents
Discussion: The Week
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Is the President Making Middle School Worse?
Discussion: Althouse and Raw Story
Neil Vigdor / Hartford Courant:
Paul Manafort resigns from Connecticut bar ahead of misconduct hearing
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
.gov security falters during U.S. shutdown
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Former Defense Executive to Be Named Deputy National Security Adviser
Discussion: CNN
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump: H-1B visa changes are coming
Discussion: Associated Press
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
News of the News: How Khashoggi Was Used by the Media
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 Earlier Items: 
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.