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12:30 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  —  WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether …
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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 …
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: Townhall and BuzzFeed News
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  —  GoFundMe will refund more than $20 million in donations made by hundreds of thousands of people to an online effort to build President Trump's border wall with Mexico, after the Iraq War veteran behind …
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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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
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:   What don't we know about the Russia investigation?
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Organization Hires Lawyer to Oversee Responses to Democrats' Investigations
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 …
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Cristina Alesci / CNN:
Trump Organization hires former White House ethics lawyer to handle Hill investigations  —  Dems poised to investigate Trump organization  —  (CNN)The Trump Organization has hired a former White House lawyer to assist with congressional inquiries into President Donald Trump's business interests.
Michael C. Bender / Dow Jones Newswires:
White House Contemplates Weeks More of Shutdown
Discussion: Splinter
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, ABC News and VICE News
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Frets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Could Enter 2020 Race
Discussion: Hot Air
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez
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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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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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House economic adviser appears to compare shutdown to ‘vacation’ for furloughed workers
Discussion: ABC News, Splinter and VICE News
Jamiles Lartey / The Guardian:
‘Barely above water’: US shutdown hits black federal workers hardest
Discussion: The Root and Bangor Daily News
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Senate Democrats Call For DOJ Ethics Probe After Whitaker Non-Recusal  —  Senate Democrats sent the letter just days before Attorney General nominee William Barr's confirmation hearing.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  All the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter on Friday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Exclusive: Trump team should be allowed to ‘correct’ final Mueller report, says Giuliani
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 …
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
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.
Washington Post:
Trump backs off national emergency to build border wall as shutdown is set to become longest ever  —  President Trump cast fresh doubt Friday on whether he would declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border, leaving lawmakers waiting for the president's next move …
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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars, Alex Jones  —  Six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a legal victory Friday in their fight against controversial radio and internet personality Alex Jones.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Daily Beast
Financial Times:
Why Jim Yong Kim's move has shaken up the World Bank  —  The day after suddenly announcing that he was ditching the presidency of the World Bank for a Wall Street private equity firm, Jim Yong Kim made an appearance before staff to muster an explanation.  —  In the packed atrium …
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
‘Could you make these guys essential?’:  Mortgage industry gets shutdown relief after appeal to senior Treasury officials  —  After an intense lobbying campaign by the mortgage industry, the Treasury Department this week restarted a program that had been sidelined by the partial government shutdown …
 
 
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Shepard Smith Appears to Swipe at Outnumbered For Trashing NYC: Crime is Low and ‘Streets Are Clean’
Discussion: Contemptor
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
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: Axios, New York Times, CNN and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
A new migrant caravan is forming in Central America, with plans to leave next week
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Pascrell Jr / Washington Post:
Why is Congress so dumb?  —  We lawmakers dumped our in-house experts.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Bloomberg says he'd self-fund possible 2020 White House bid
Discussion: Axios
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump is turning a budget crisis into a constitutional crisis — all for a fool's impulse
Associated Press:
Federal work at Superfund sites suspended during shutdown
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The International Crisis of Donald Trump