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2:50 PM 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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why the FBI might've thought Trump could be working for Russia  —  The theory that President Trump is or has been a Russian asset is a popular one among his detractors.  But for the first time, we're learning that it's something the FBI suspected strongly enough to dig into.
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: The longest shutdown ever
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
‘Serial predator’: L.A. writer has been sounding alarm on Ed Buck for over a year  —  Long before a second man died in the political donor's home, writer Jasmyne Cannick has been publishing accounts from his alleged victims.  —  When authorities in Los Angeles found Timothy Dean dead …
Discussion: PinkNews
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
As Trump Sticks With His Wall, His Ratings Stay Stuck in Place  —  The border wall remains popular only with the president's base, and shutting down the government over the issue seems unlikely to win new fans.  —  By insisting on a border wall, President Trump is emphasizing an issue …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Patricia Wald, pathbreaking federal judge who became chief of D.C. Circuit, dies at 90  —  Shortly before she graduated from Yale Law School in 1951, Patricia Wald secured a job interview with a white-shoe Manhattan firm.  The hiring partner was impressed with her credentials …
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
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces Presidential Run  —  Julián Castro, the former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, announced on Saturday that he would run for president, one of the most high-profile Latino Democrats ever to seek the party's nomination.
Melissa Jeltsen / HuffPost:
Domestic Violence Shelters Are Cutting Services Because Of The Shutdown  —  One program, in West Virginia, is rationing food and preparing for layoffs.  —  After almost two months living in a domestic violence shelter in rural West Virginia, a 49-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous …
Lisa Ryan / The Cut:
Megyn Kelly Is Officially Walking Away from NBC With $69 Million  —  After weeks of negotiations, former Today co-host Megyn Kelly is officially leaving NBC - and will be paid out the remainder of her three-year, $69 million contract, CNN reports.  In a Friday statement, the network said …
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Donald Trump Just Cannot Help It  —  The Reichstag fire was at least a fire.  Here, there is smoke and mirrors.  —  Watching the Trump show from the distance afforded by my brief leave of absence has been like watching a frenzy of ants.  It's hypnotic, in part because it appears devoid of meaning.
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 *
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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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 …
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.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
TV station backs off accusation that CNN played politics  —  NEW YORK (AP) — An executive at a San Diego television station that accused CNN of rejecting an appearance by one of its reporters for political reasons conceded Friday he didn't really know why the network turned him down.
Discussion: Contemptor, Mediaite and KUSI-TV
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
A McCain staffer and an institution within the institution bids farewell to Senate  —  They don't make staffers like Joe Donoghue anymore.  —  Donoghue, 49, just ended a more than 31-year run working his way up from the mail room to the pinnacle of power in the U.S. Senate …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ben Widdicombe / New York Times:
Their Warhols Are at the Whitney.  Their Ugly Divorce Is on Display, Too.  —  The tawdry divorce of Libbie and David Mugrabi is not just a tabloid story.  At stake are a trophy townhouse, works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, and the inner-workings of one of the world's most influential art dealer families.
Emma Best / Gizmodo:
The U.S. Government Has Amassed Terabytes of Internal WikiLeaks Data  —  Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.  Shortly before this was made public, the FBI reconfirmed its investigation …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Hard to Define Politically.  Maybe That's the Point.  —  If Senator Kamala Harris's book tour is a preview of her likely presidential campaign, the early signs point to a catchall message meant for Democrats across the spectrum.  —  Speaking Friday night at the 92nd Street Y …
Discussion: Axios and The Atlantic
New York Times:
Trump Claims There Is a Crisis at the Border.  What's the Reality?  —  President Trump has frequently called the situation at the southern border with Mexico a crisis and insists that building his long-promised border wall will fix it.  Here are some of Mr. Trump's most common assertions of a crisis …
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 …
Kalina Oroschakoff / Politico:
Dozens of yellow jacket protesters arrested in France after violent clashes  —  French police made nearly 60 arrests in Paris and dozens more in cities across the country following violent clashes with Yellow Jackets protesters, AFP reported.  —  The Interior Ministry said that 32,000 people …
James Griffiths / MIT Technology Review:
When Chinese hackers declared war on the rest of us  —  Many thought the internet would bring democracy to China.  Instead it empowered rampant government oppression, and now the censors are turning their attention to the rest of the world.  —  Late one Wednesday in March 2015 …
 
 
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Mark Penn / Fox News:
Voters want RESULTS not resistance from new Democratic majority
Discussion: Washington Times
Erica Doyle Higgins / The Sun:
SWARM & BUZZY Huge swarm of locusts descends on Mecca leaving worshippers at Islam's holiest site covered in insects
Discussion: Breitbart
Stephen F. Hayes / Washington Post:
The country needs a Republican to challenge Trump in 2020
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee
Discussion: Gizmodo
TYT Network:
Christian Group Reported Expenses for Having Russians at National Prayer Breakfast
Discussion: Raw Story
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Appears to Swipe at Outnumbered For Trashing NYC: Crime is Low and ‘Streets Are Clean’
Discussion: Contemptor
 Earlier Items: 
David DeBolt / Mercury News:
Entire East Bay Express editorial staff laid off on Friday
Megan Garnache / WTKR-TV:
Trump expected to ditch career diplomat, nominate Scott Taylor as Qatar ambassador
Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
There's a way to know if Russia threw the election to Trump
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Are Democrats Testing a Future Strategy against Amy Coney Barrett?
Katy Tur / NBC News:
Senate intel committee grilling ex-Trump campaign members in Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story
Konstantin von Hammerstein / Spiegel Online:
Trump's Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany
Discussion: Joe.My.God.