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12:20 PM 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 …
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 …
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: Politico and Political Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Washington Post:
Graham urges Trump to reopen government — but declare national emergency if border deal remains elusive  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President Trump should agree to reopen the government and continue trying to hammer out a deal with Democrats on funding …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
Kris Schneider / ABC News:   Durbin to Trump: ‘Put an end to this shutdown and put everything on the table’
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer 'don't want to reach a solution …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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.
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see ‘Hamilton’ as shutdown drags on  —  Despite a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend — with their families and lobbyists …
Peter Marks / Washington Post:   An emotional opening for ‘Hamilton’ in Puerto Rico …
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 …
Alia Al-Hathloul / New York Times:
My Sister Is in a Saudi Prison.  Will Mike Pompeo Stay Silent?  —  The United States secretary of state is visiting Riyadh — but political prisoners are not on his agenda.  —  Ms. Hathloul is the sister of the jailed Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul.
Globe and Mail:   By granting asylum to Saudi woman, Canada shows its moral leadership
Washington Post:
William Barr's confirmation hearing expected to be a battle over Mueller's future  —  Two years of simmering tension between the White House, the Justice Department and Congress will culminate in Tuesday's confirmation hearing of William P. Barr to be the next attorney general …
Discussion: Politico
Lindsey Graham: Trump is “not going to give in” on border wall  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested that President Trump reopen the federal government “for a short period of time” to see if Congress can reach a deal to fund a border wall during an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” …
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Ron Johnson would ‘hate to see’ a national emergency
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Elijah Cummings talks to 60 Minutes in first interview as House Oversight Committee chairman
Elise Herron / Willamette Week:
Larson was banned for a reply to former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone's tweet condemning police violence.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
She Accused Him Of Rape. Text Messages Proved It Was A Lie.
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Infowars Must Turn Over Internal Documents to Sandy Hook Families, Judge Rules
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
In A Private Meeting, Kirsten Gillibrand Signaled She Will Run For President
Kimberly Ross / RedState:
Senator Tim Scott Excoriates the GOP For Being Silent on Rep. Steve King & Racism in Blistering Op-Ed
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Guardian and Mediaite
The Guardian:
Blind date: ‘I left my knickers at a house party we crashed’
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
John Lasseter's return proves that Hollywood still does not understand the damage he did