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8:10 AM ET, January 13, 2019

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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration  —  President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession …
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Report on the Trump FBI Investigation  —  This is the most astounding evidence of Oval Office criminality since the release of the “smoking gun” tape in 1974.  —  Deep in  —  The New York Times's latest bombshell  —  is one singularly deadly word, a lethal bit of shrapnel aimed directly …
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Trump Doesn't Deny He's a Russian Agent When Asked By Fox News' Jeanine Pirro  —  On Saturday, President Donald Trump called into Jeanine Pirro's Fox News show.  —  During that interview, host Jeanine Pirro asked Trump about a New York Times report that claimed that the FBI opened an investigation …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump touts shutdown plan, but advisers say ‘no one knows what he will do’  —  President Donald Trump said Saturday he was alone in the White House with a plan at the ready to reopen the federal government, but close White House advisers and staff said they remained in the dark about how he would end the three-week partial shutdown.
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
Trump, GOP blamed for shutdown; no crisis seen but fewer oppose wall (POLL)  —  A majority of Americans hold Donald Trump and congressional Republicans mainly responsible for the partial federal shutdown, now the longest in history, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
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Washington Post:
Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds  —  By a wide margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress than congressional Democrats for the now record-breaking government shutdown, and most reject the president's assertion …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
In A Private Meeting, Kirsten Gillibrand Signaled She Will Run For President  —  New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Saturday signaled to a group of about 20 influential women that she will run for president, according to a person familiar with the meeting.  —  Gillibrand made her intentions clear …
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.”
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Associated Press:
Pence's pickle: How to bargain when no one speaks for Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Progress made, said one.  —  Not so, said the other.  —  We'll meet again, said one.  —  Waste of time, said the other.  —  Such has been the life lately of Mike Pence, the loyal soldier dispatched …
Discussion: KTLA
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
White House Sought Options to Strike Iran  —  State and Pentagon officials were rattled by the request  —  WASHINGTON—On a warm night in early September, militants fired three mortars into Baghdad's sprawling diplomatic quarter, home to the U.S. Embassy.  —  The shells—launched …
Discussion: Raw Story and Defense One
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Infowars Must Turn Over Internal Documents to Sandy Hook Families, Judge Rules  —  The families of victims in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School must receive access to internal documents at Infowars, the internet and radio show whose host, Alex Jones, has spread the false claim …
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Peter Marks / Washington Post:
An emotional opening for ‘Hamilton’ in Puerto Rico — not just for Lin-Manuel Miranda but an island still reeling from a storm  —  SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — With Lin-Manuel Miranda once again as its star, the celebrated Broadway hit “Hamilton” opened for business in Puerto Rico this weekend …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown
Discussion: Townhall and twitchy.com
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: The Guardian, Mediaite and WGNO
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Ocasio-Cortez whines about criticism by Daily Caller  —  I have some respect for any 29 year-old who gets herself elected to Congress and builds a national political following, especially when the 29 year-old comes from a modest background.  Sure, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is misguided and ill-informed.
Globe and Mail:
By granting asylum to Saudi woman, Canada shows its moral leadership  —  Bessma Momani is professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs.  She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and author of Arab Dawn: The Demographic Dividend Arab Youth Will Bring.
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.
Discussion: New York Post
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?
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Former HUD secretary Julián Castro joins 2020 Democratic presidential field  —  SAN ANTONIO — Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio who worked in the Obama administration, announced Saturday morning that he is joining the increasingly crowded field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, Axios and New York Times
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CBS News:
Julián Castro announces he is running for president in 2020
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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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
New York Times:
Who Is MacKenzie Bezos?  —  Her divorce from the Amazon founder …
Discussion: The Guardian and Althouse
Yahoo News:
Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting says she won't come to U.S. to fight charges
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Sakuma / Vox:
Megyn Kelly wanted to be the next Oprah. Her split with NBC shows why that may never happen.
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
John Lasseter's return proves that Hollywood still does not understand the damage he did
Ben Widdicombe / New York Times:
Their Warhols Are at the Whitney. Their Ugly Divorce Is on Display, Too.
Melissa Jeltsen / HuffPost:
Domestic Violence Shelters Are Cutting Services Because Of The Shutdown
Discussion: Portland Mercury
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Trump Claims There Is a Crisis at the Border. What's the Reality?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Emma Best / Gizmodo:
The U.S. Government Has Amassed Terabytes of Internal WikiLeaks Data
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Patricia Wald, pathbreaking federal judge who became chief of D.C. Circuit, dies at 90
Tim Fitzsimons / NBC News:
‘Serial predator’: L.A. writer has been sounding alarm on Ed Buck for over a year
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Donald Trump Just Cannot Help It
Kalina Oroschakoff / Politico:
Dozens of Yellow Jacket protesters arrested in France after violent clashes
Discussion: Breitbart and Agence France-Presse
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
As Trump Sticks With His Wall, His Ratings Stay Stuck in Place
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ian Livingston / Washington Post:
D.C.-area forecast: Snow develops later today, with at least several inches likely tonight through Sunday