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11:55 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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How the Times Reported the F.B.I. Counterintelligence Investigation Into President Trump: An Interview with the Journalist Adam Goldman  —  On Friday evening, the Times reported that, days after President Trump fired the F.B.I. director James Comey, on May 9, 2017, the Bureau opened …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The longest shutdown ever  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE INVESTIGATIONS — BOMBSHELL — NYT'S ADAM GOLDMAN, MIKE SCHMIDT and NICK FANDOS: “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia”: “In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Jeff Hauser / HuffPost:
Prosecute Donald Trump To The Full Extent Of The Law  —  Want Americans to feel like the country is fair?  Think the rule of law is important?  Prosecute powerful people when they commit crimes.  Even people who worked for a president.  Even a former president.
New York Times:
Trump Pulls Back From Declaring a National Emergency to Fund a Wall  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has stepped back from declaring a national emergency to pay for a border wall, under pressure from congressional Republicans, his own lawyers and advisers, who say using it as a way out of …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Trump Organization hires former White House ethics lawyer to handle Hill investigations
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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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 …
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
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CNN:
Michael Cohen's big day may not be about Russia
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:   What don't we know about the Russia investigation?
Ian Livingston / Washington Post:
D.C.-area forecast: Snow develops later today, with at least several inches likely tonight through Sunday  —  * Winter storm warning for immediate D.C. metro area and south 4 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday |  Winter weather advisory for northern areas 4 p.m Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday *
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 …
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
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Are Democrats Testing a Future Strategy against Amy Coney Barrett?  —  One way to understand the Democratic opposition to the judicial nomination of Brian Buescher over his membership in the Catholic group the Knights of Columbus is as a test run in preventing their worst nightmare …
Discussion: Power Line
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Outrageous Assault on the Knights of Columbus
Discussion: GetReligion
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 …
Enjoli Francis / ABC News:
Drone captures California man surfing with dolphins  —  Breathtaking drone video of a pod of friendly, playful dolphins joining a surfer as he took to the waves near the coast of Ventura, California, is making the rounds on social media and bringing smiles — and wow's — to viewers.
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
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.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
'You couldn't spend a dime?':  Jay Inslee ticks off the wrong state  —  When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee heads to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire later this month to test the 2020 waters, he might want to consider adding an apology tour.
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Free Beacon
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.
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
T.S.A. Agents Refuse to Work During Shutdown, Raising Fears of Airport Turmoil  —  The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect air travel as a growing number of security agents are refusing to work for no pay.  —  So far, the impact on passengers has been relatively limited.
Discussion: Fortune and Raw Story
 
 
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Erica Doyle Higgins / The Sun:
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Stephen F. Hayes / Washington Post:
The country needs a Republican to challenge Trump in 2020
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TYT Network:
Christian Group Reported Expenses for Having Russians at National Prayer Breakfast
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump wants to bypass Congress on Medicaid plan
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Washington Post:
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Konstantin von Hammerstein / Spiegel Online:
Trump's Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany
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