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12:20 PM 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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Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined by state for failing to carry workers' comp coverage
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.
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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Bob Bauer / The Atlantic:
What Someone Needs to Explain to Trump About ‘National Emergencies’
Discussion: Feeds, Washington Post and New Republic
Washington Post:
Trump administration lays groundwork to declare national emergency to build wall
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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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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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
Discussion: Mother Jones
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. …
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Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Air traffic controllers get their first shutdown pay stub: $0.00
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Mediaite
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.
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miamiherald:
As shutdown keeps TSA screeners home, Miami's airport is closing off a terminal
Discussion: USA Today
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
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Is the President Making Middle School Worse?
Discussion: Althouse and Raw Story
Larry O'Connor / Washington Times:
January 2019: When media fact-checkers finally jumped the shark
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
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
New York Times:
What Trump Could Learn From His Shutdown
Discussion: USA Today and thenewamerican.com
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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.