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5:55 PM ET, January 12, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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.
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: The longest shutdown ever
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
Washington Post:
‘In the White House waiting’: Inside Trump's defiance on the longest shutdown ever  —  When President Trump made a rare journey to the U.S. Capitol last week, he was expected to strategize about how to end the government shutdown he instigated.  Instead, he spent the first 20-odd minutes delivering a monologue about “winning.”
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.
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CBS News:
Julián Castro announces he is running for president in 2020
Discussion: Breitbart
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Former HUD secretary Julián Castro joins 2020 Democratic presidential field
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Amanda Sakuma / Vox:
Megyn Kelly wanted to be the next Oprah.  Her split with NBC shows why that may never happen.  —  Kelly is taking the reminder of her $69 million contract with her.  —  Megyn Kelly has officially split with NBC, taking the reminder of her $69 million contract with her …
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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
The Guardian:
Blind date: ‘I left my knickers at a house party we crashed’  —  What happened when Joanne, 24, barista, met Morgan, 24, children's social worker?  —  What were you hoping for?  —  A fun evening on the Guardian's dime!  —  First impressions?  —  Cute, chatty and early.  —  What did you talk about?
New York Times:
Who Is MacKenzie Bezos?  —  Her divorce from the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has made this novelist, and her private life, a public fascination.  —  In her 25 years of marriage to Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Bezos has been a loyal ambassador for Amazon, the company that made her and her husband the richest couple in the world.
Discussion: The Guardian and Althouse
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
John Lasseter's return proves that Hollywood still does not understand the damage he did  —  It is so reassuring to discover that David Ellison's recent decision to hire former Pixar chief, Disney executive and billionaire frat house-atmosphere generator John Lasseter to head his company, Skydance Animation, was not one he made lightly.
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 …
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.
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.
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 *
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: Washington Free Beacon and CNBC
New York Times:
V.A. Seeks to Redirect Billions of Dollars Into Private Care  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers, setting the stage for the biggest transformation of the veterans' medical system in a generation.
Yahoo News:
Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting says she won't come to U.S. to fight charges  —  The Russian lawyer who played a key role in  —  the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Trump campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr., tells Yahoo News she won't return to the United States to face charges …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kimberly Ross / RedState:
Senator Tim Scott Excoriates the GOP For Being Silent on Rep. Steve King & Racism in Blistering Op-Ed  —  U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, left, speaks to the media during a news conference as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley looks on at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Guardian
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.
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.
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 …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
The GOP must stamp out the seeds of hatred before it's too late  —  Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.”  —  The left has wrongly tarred conservatives as racists for decades.
 
 
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Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
Justice officials were briefed months ago on allegations against McCrae Dowless, operative …
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Southern Poverty Law Center Quietly Joins the Roster of Big Groups Walking Away from the Women's March
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown
Discussion: twitchy.com and CBS News
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
It's Official: The Partial Government Shutdown Is The Longest In U.S. History
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Melissa Jeltsen / HuffPost:
Domestic Violence Shelters Are Cutting Services Because Of The Shutdown
New York Times:
Trump Claims There Is a Crisis at the Border. What's the Reality?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Is Hard to Define Politically. Maybe That's the Point.
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
A McCain staffer and an institution within the institution bids farewell to the Senate
James Griffiths / MIT Technology Review:
When Chinese hackers declared war on the rest of us
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
New York Times:
Trump Pulls Back From Declaring a National Emergency to Fund a Wall
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
He helped U.S. troops and fled Afghanistan. CBP detained him in Houston, an advocacy group said.
New York Times:
Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee
Discussion: Gizmodo
New York Times:
Mercurial Trump Has Made Path Out of Shutdown Much Harder to Find
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money