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8:40 AM ET, January 12, 2019

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New York Times:
F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia  —  F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working For Russia  — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials were alarmed by the president's behavior.
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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion?  On the New York Times's Latest Bombshell  —  Shortly before the holidays, I received a call from New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt asking me to meet with him about some reporting he had done.  Schmidt did not describe the subject until we met up …
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:   What don't we know about the Russia investigation?
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020  —  (CNN)Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she will run for president in 2020.  —  “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones during an interview slated …
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard to run for president
Discussion: Althouse, BuzzFeed News and Townhall
The Daily Beast:
GoFundMe Border Wall Campaign Implodes, Turns to Kris Kobach and Sheriff Clarke  —  The wall won't build itself.  —  A decorated veteran who raised more than $20 million to finance construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border has announced that he will instead use the money to finance …
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NBC News:
Behind the viral #GoFundTheWall fundraiser, a rising conservative star and a shadowy email harvesting operation  —  Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, has operated fake news websites and fundraisers to build a lucrative email list.  —  The GoFundMe fundraiser that promised …
BuzzFeed News:   GoFundMe Is Refunding All $20 Million In Donations To Build Trump's Wall After The Plans Changed
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Cristina Alesci / CNN:   Trump Organization hires former White House ethics lawyer to handle Hill investigations
CNN:
Michael Cohen's big day may not be about Russia
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Organization Hires Lawyer to Oversee Responses to Democrats' Investigations
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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New York Times:
It's Final: Megyn Kelly and NBC Part Ways.  And She Will Be Paid in Full.  —  After a drawn-out negotiation period, NBC and Megyn Kelly have formally agreed to part ways.  —  The network and the onetime cable news star reached a final agreement on Friday, nearly three months after she wondered aloud …
Discussion: Deadline
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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
Ivanka Trump is reportedly under consideration to lead The World Bank  — Ivanka Trump is one of the names being considered to replace The World Bank's outgoing president, Jim Yong Kim, the Financial Times reported Friday.  — Before joining the White House, she worked as a vice president of acquisitions at the Trump Organization.
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Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
There's a way to know if Russia threw the election to Trump  —  The revelation that President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with a suspected Russian agent is a political bombshell.  But it also reminds us just how many gaps remain in our understanding …
Laura Bassett / HuffPost:
Conservative Men Are Obsessed With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Science Tells Us Why.  —  Conservatives respond to fear more strongly than liberals do, says one neuroscientist who studies political anxiety.  —  Conservatives' bizarre, escalating obsession with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Frets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Could Enter 2020 Race
Discussion: Hot Air
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Border Patrol union deleted 2012 webpage opposing border wall  —  A union that represents Border Patrol agents recently deleted a webpage that said building walls and fences along the border to stop illegal immigration would be “wasting taxpayer money.”  —  The deleted webpage, posted in 2012 …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Motherboard and Raw Story
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump seeks to enlist a key surrogate in political fight over his wall — Border Patrol agents
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
Katy Tur / NBC News:
Senate intel committee grilling ex-Trump campaign members in Russia probe  —  Investigators asked former Trump aide Sam Nunberg about the president's business dealings and how he formulated his policies toward Moscow.  —  Senate intelligence committee investigators are interviewing former members …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
He helped U.S. troops and fled Afghanistan.  CBP detained him in Houston, an advocacy group said.  —  KABUL — A former interpreter for U.S. troops in Afghanistan was detained Friday in Houston's international airport with his family and threatened with deportation to Kabul …
PBS NewsHour:
Evaluating Trump's economic policies, 2 years in  —  How have Trump's economic policies fared during the first two years of his term?  Paul Solman sits down with the president's top economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, to discuss recent stock market volatility, the Federal Reserve, tariffs …
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David DeBolt / Mercury News:
Entire East Bay Express editorial staff laid off on Friday  —  Publisher Stephen Buel, Editor Robert Gammon remain  —  OAKLAND — In a devastating blow to the East Bay's alternative weekly newspaper, the East Bay Express on Friday laid off one-third of total employees, including its entire editorial staff except Editor Robert Gammon.
Megan Garnache / WTKR-TV:
Trump expected to ditch career diplomat, nominate Scott Taylor as Qatar ambassador  —  The White House is expected to pull the nomination of an experienced career diplomat for US ambassador to Qatar and instead tap former one-term Virginia congressman Scott Taylor, multiple sources familiar with the situation tell CNN.
Konstantin von Hammerstein / Spiegel Online:
Trump's Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany  —  Since arriving in Berlin as U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell has flouted diplomatic conventions and attempted to interfere in domestic politics.  He has since become politically isolated in the German capital.  —  Photos
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Whenever her father beat her, or bound her wrists and ankles to punish her for perceived disobedience, the Saudi teenager dreamed of escape, she said.  —  As desperate as she was to leave, however …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Appears to Swipe at Outnumbered For Trashing NYC: Crime is Low and ‘Streets Are Clean’  —  Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is used to offering fact-checks of President Donald Trump on his show.  But on Friday, he appeared to issue a fact-check of his own colleagues …
Discussion: Contemptor
Tiana Clark / BuzzFeed News:
This Is What Black Burnout Feels Like  —  The truth is, I don't feel like I am allowed to be tired.  —  My great-great-grandmother, Freelove, named after her mother's master, was a single parent with twelve children in Lenoir, North Carolina.  During the Great Depression …
New York Times:
Mercurial Trump Has Made Path Out of Shutdown Much Harder to Find  —  WASHINGTON — Officially, Republicans blame Democrats for what is now the longest government shutdown in the nation's history.  Privately, many concede, the stalemate over President Trump's demand for a border wall …
 
 
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Christian Group Reported Expenses for Having Russians at National Prayer Breakfast
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
John Bolton calls Venezuela's Maduro an “illegitimate” leader
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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Are Democrats Testing a Future Strategy against Amy Coney Barrett?
Hollywood Reporter:
LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test
Discussion: Breitbart
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump wants to bypass Congress on Medicaid plan
Washington Post:
‘Could you make these guys essential?’: …
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
When you read Kamala Harris's book, you'll come away with one thought
Discussion: CNN
Bill Mears / Fox News:
Ginsburg absence shakes court: White House makes preparations, coming weeks seen as key
Discussion: Daily Wire
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
The Shutdown Has Foggy Bottom in a Funk
Discussion: New York Times, Axios and CNN
Washington Post:
A new migrant caravan is forming in Central America, with plans to leave next week
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars, Alex Jones
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Joe.My.God.
Bill Pascrell Jr / Washington Post:
Why is Congress so dumb?  —  We lawmakers dumped our in-house experts.
Discussion: Washington Monthly