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3:00 PM ET, January 13, 2019


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CNN Poll: Trump bears most blame for shutdown  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Amid the longest government shutdown in US history, a majority say Donald Trump bears more responsibility for it than the Democrats in Congress, and the President's disapproval rating has climbed five points since last month, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
Discussion: AOL, Political Wire and New York Times
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 …
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer 'don't want to reach a solution …
Discussion: Politico
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
Trump, GOP blamed for shutdown; no crisis seen but fewer oppose wall (POLL)
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Graham urges Trump to reopen government — but declare national emergency if border deal remains elusive
Discussion: East Bay Times, Mediaite and Breitbart
Kris Schneider / ABC News:   Durbin to Trump: ‘Put an end to this shutdown and put everything on the table’
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival  —  WASHINGTON — So it has come to this: The president of the United States was asked over the weekend whether he is a Russian agent.  And he refused to answer.  —  The question, which came from a friendly interviewer …
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 …
Will Bunch /
Bernie Sanders is the leader America needs now.  Just NOT by running for president in 2020  —  It was never going to break through the loud pot-banging of the 24/7 TV-news cycle — not in a week when the president of the United States is facing credible allegations that he's doing Russia's bidding …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
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 …
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump  —  McCarthy on the Russia investigation: I really think that the investigation was about Trump from the beginning  —  On Friday night, the New York Times published what was clearly intended to be a blockbuster report that …
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News Insider
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia  —  President Donald Trump avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior after he fired James Comey …
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Republican uncovered secret FBI debate over Trump motivation for Comey firing during House questioning
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
The FBI can't neutralize a security threat if the president is the threat  —  But Mueller — and Congress — could pick up where counterintelligence hits its limits.  —  The FBI, according to the New York Times, opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether President Trump …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:   Report on the Trump FBI Investigation
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   Ocasio-Cortez whines about criticism by Daily Caller
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’  —  STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Chancellor Bernie Patterson's message to his campus was blunt: To remain solvent and relevant, his 125-year-old university needed to reinvent itself.  —  Some longstanding liberal arts degrees …
George Will / National Review:
Referenda Delenda Est  —  Brexit shows how direct democracy can be dangerous  —  “In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done.”  — Winston Churchill, 1946  —  During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's …
James Randerson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn: We will do ‘everything’ to prevent no-deal Brexit
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 …
Discussion: and
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Old, young, liberal, centrist: Democrats will have no end of choices for president in 2020 … There are fresh faces and old hands.  Thirty-somethings and senior citizens.  Billionaires and at least one person still paying off student loans.  A skateboarder, a brewery founder and a coffee magnate are all taking a look.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Congress now interested in that other Trump Tower once planned for Russia  —  Two Congressional aides told NBC News Trump's proposed Moscow development with Aras Agalarov is drawing new scrutiny from House and Senate investigators.  —  WASHINGTON — Before Donald Trump's lawyer was pitching …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Spanks the First Brat  —  WASHINGTON — Two men, sons of immigrants, rising to be the head of their own empires, powerful forces in their ethnic communities.  Both dapper and mustachioed with commanding personalities.  And both wielding a potent influence on the children …
Discussion: Althouse, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Discussion: Politico, CBS News, IJR and The Daily Caller
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Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Alia Al-Hathloul / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
William Barr's confirmation hearing expected to be a battle over Mueller's future
Discussion: Politico
Make no mistake — this is a GOP shutdown
Discussion: Splinter
Greg Grandin / The Intercept:
The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Rick Scott chased the Hispanic vote and got it
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
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Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
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