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9:35 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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Paulina Dedaj / Fox News:
Trump tells Judge Jeanine Pirro that Dems must ‘come to their senses’ on border security
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
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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 …
Discussion: AOL, Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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: Political Wire, POLITICUSUSA and Axios
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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.
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: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Defense One
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Ocasio-Cortez is driving more Twitter conversation than the top 5 news companies combined  —  Note: Kamala Harris tweets under both a private and a Senate account.  Her total is combined; Data: CrowdTangle; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios  —  A freshman congresswoman who has held office for less …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
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
Discussion: KTLA
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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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Rick Scott chased the Hispanic vote and got it  —  Nine years ago Rick Scott, then a Florida businessman, sat down with a group of self-described jaded Republican strategists to discuss what it would take for him to run for governor.  —  “You are not going to get anywhere with Hispanic voters …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman banned from Walmart after riding cart while drinking wine from Pringles can, police say  —  Police were called to a Texas Walmart after a woman was reportedly drinking wine from a Pringles can and riding an electric cart in the parking lot.  —  Officers responded to a call around 9 …
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
James Randerson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn: We will do ‘everything’ to prevent no-deal Brexit  —  U.K. opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would do “everything we can” to prevent a no-deal Brexit.  —  Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Corbyn said that if MPs reject Theresa May's Brexit deal …
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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Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
She Accused Him Of Rape.  Text Messages Proved It Was A Lie.  —  A college student claimed she was forcibly raped by a man and reported him to police.  Now she's been arrested for filing a false accusation.  —  On Dec. 16, 2018, Nikole P. Tucker reported that she had been forcibly raped …
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.
Greg Grandin / The Intercept:
The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924  —  Since its founding in the early 20th century, the U.S. Border Patrol has operated with near-complete impunity, arguably serving as the most politicized and abusive branch of federal law enforcement — even more so than the FBI during J. Edgar Hoover's directorship.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 
 
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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
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Former HUD secretary Julián Castro joins 2020 Democratic presidential field
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and New York Times
The Guardian:
Blind date: ‘I left my knickers at a house party we crashed’
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
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
V.A. Seeks to Redirect Billions of Dollars Into Private Care
Discussion: New York Post
Ben Widdicombe / New York Times:
Their Warhols Are at the Whitney. Their Ugly Divorce Is on Display, Too.
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
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