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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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Daily Mail:
Ocasio-Cortez fired back with a millennial-friendly zinger whose subtext is that she is the Democrats' futureand Lieberman is its past  —  Just a few weeks into the new Congress, Ocasio-Cortez is already causing heartburn among centrist Democrats who are wary of her unapologetic proposal …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Left-wing group creates fund to oust Texas Democrat from Congress  —  A grass-roots Democratic group that helped power the upset victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has identified a Texas Democrat as its first target ahead of the 2020 congressional primaries — but as of now, Ocasio-Cortez herself is staying neutral.
Lauretta Brown / Townhall:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Responds to Criticism From Joe Lieberman: ‘New Party, Who Dis?’
Kenneth Lovett / New York Daily News:
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign fined by state for failing to carry workers' comp coverage
Tim Scott / Washington Post:
Why are Republicans accused of racism?  Because we're silent on things like this.  —  Tim Scott, a Republican, represents South Carolina in the U.S. Senate.  —  Over the past two years, Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation …
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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.
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.
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 …
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Cruz: 'Schumer-Pelosi response was one of the most frightening things I've seen'
Discussion: Townhall and Politico
Gary Abernathy / Spokesman.com:
The wall is Trump's ‘read my lips’ pledge
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Sold $35 Million Of Real Estate In 2018  —  Donald Trump sold an estimated $35 million worth of real estate while serving in the White House last year, according to a Forbes analysis of local property records and federal filings.  Although the president delegated day-to-day management …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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: Politico and Political Wire
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no remaining cancer, Supreme Court announces
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Amid speculation, Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery ‘on track’
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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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 and TheBlaze
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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: Roll Call
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Oprah Sets Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan & Beto O'Rourke Q&A For NYC
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Bloomberg says he'd self-fund possible 2020 White House bid  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he'll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns.  —  Bloomberg's comments to reporters …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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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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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Presidential Emergency  —  He probably has the legal authority, but it's still a bad precedent.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  With Democrats in Congress refusing to appropriate $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Trump now says he may declare a national emergency.
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
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Bob Bauer / The Atlantic:
What Someone Needs to Explain to Trump About ‘National Emergencies’
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
The worst case scenario for conservatives if Trump invokes emergency powers to build a border wall  —  If President Trump tries to invoke emergency powers to build a border wall and fails in courts, it would be bad for conservatives.  But if he succeeds in court, it would be even worse.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hot Air
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
Associated Press:
Federal workers get $0 pay stubs as shutdown drags on  —  OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Federal workers received pay stubs Friday with nothing but zeroes on them as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Front Page Magazine and Raw Story
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Introducing The Cook Political Report's 2020 Electoral College Ratings  —  Here it is.  Our first pass at the 2020 Electoral College ratings.  These ratings take into consideration the 2016 and 2018 results as well as what we've learned about the political coalitions that currently make-up the Trump and Democratic bases.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Haley Britzky / Axios:
National Air Traffic Controllers Association sues Trump over shutdown  —  The Trump administration is being sued by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for forcing employees to work without pay, NBC News reports.  —  The big picture: On Thursday, air traffic controllers received …
Discussion: Politico
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. …
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 …
 
 
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