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8:05 PM ET, January 13, 2019


 Top Items: 
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 …
Strobe Talbott / Politico:
It's Already Collusion  —  On Friday, the New York Times revealed an FBI investigation whether Candidate Trump had colluded—the word he hates and denies—with Russians to help his campaign.  The next day, the Washington Post probed into President Trump's refusal to let his own government …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset  —  On Friday, the New York Times reported that “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 …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump, Putin and a Test of Presidential Power  —  The FBI worried that Trump was serving Russia's interests.  Turns out, Trump's been burying records of his conversations with Putin.  And he won't give even Fox News a straight answer about any of it.  —  LISTEN TO ARTICLE  —  5:34
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and RedState
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
All signs point the same way: Vladimir Putin has compromising information on Donald Trump  —  Trump's behavior toward Russia has always been a security concern, and the FBI had no choice but to open a counterintelligence operation.  It did its job.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and New York Times
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Lindsey Graham rips FBI over report Trump was suspected Russian agent: 'I don't trust them as far as I can throw them'
Discussion: Mother Jones, AOL and Washington Press
Will Bunch /
Bernie Sanders is the leader America needs now. Just NOT by running for president in 2020
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump dressed down Mulvaney in front of congressional leaders  —  President Trump chastised his new chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, over his handling of shutdown talks, creating an awkward scene in front of congressional leaders of both parties, according to two sources who were present.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Republican uncovered secret FBI debate over Trump motivation for Comey firing during House questioning
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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: Washington Post, AOL and New York Times
CNN:   Make no mistake — this is a GOP shutdown
Washington Post:
Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats for shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds
Washington Post:
Pressure on Senate Republicans to break shutdown impasse grows
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“There isn't a clear path to an exit”: Officials see Washington stuck in shutdown mode  —  I've spent the weekend calling Trump administration and congressional sources to get a read on what's going to happen with the government shutdown.  Nobody could confidently describe the exit ramp, and it seems there's no immediate end in sight.
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Ron Johnson would ‘hate to see’ a national emergency
Discussion: Breitbart
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
House Chairmen Issue Warning After President's Statements on Cohen Testimony  —  Washington D.C. (Jan. 13, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, and the Judiciary …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Press and Axios
Associated Press:
Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not  —  WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the super rich at 70 percent, to produce all of America's power through renewable resources …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Ocasio-Cortez is driving more Twitter conversation than the top 5 news companies combined
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
MacKenzie Bezos and the Myth of the Lone Genius Founder  —  WHEN AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST MacKenzie Bezos and her husband Jeff Bezos, the chief executive and founder of Amazon, announced on Twitter Wednesday they were getting divorced, public discussion over the uncoupling quickly centered …
Discussion: The Guardian and New York Times
Catherine Lucey / Associated Press:
Analysis: Stagecraft won't win shutdown battle for Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Military salutes.  Heaps of contraband.  Oval Office optics.  —  President Donald Trump, who has long put a premium on stagecraft, is discovering he cannot resolve the partial government shutdown simply by putting on a show.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Spanks the First Brat
Discussion: Althouse, Raw Story and Mediaite
Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
They roam public buildings, making videos.  Terrorism experts say they may be dangerous  —  The sun had long set when the two men trudged up to the justice center in Shawnee and peered inside.  They pulled open the door and entered the modern brick building that houses the police department …
Washington Post:
Revelations about Manafort's 2016 interactions with Russian associate show special counsel's intense focus on Russia contacts  —  New revelations about Paul Manafort's interactions with a Russian associate while he was leading President Trump's campaign provide a window into how extensively …
Kris Schneider / ABC News:
Durbin to Trump: ‘Put an end to this shutdown and put everything on the table’  —  As the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he believes President Donald Trump needs to …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Breitbart
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer 'don't want to reach a solution …
Discussion: Politico
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
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NBC News:
Federal worker forced to ration insulin because of government shutdown
Discussion: The Root
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The Clinton-Obama era ends as US Democrats seek a radical new voice
Walker Bragman / The Intercept:
The Union Fight That Defined Beto O'Rourke's City Council Days
Los Angeles Times:
FBI corruption probe goes beyond L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar to include other City Hall figures
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’
New York Times:
Why Autocrats Love Emergencies
Lindsey Graham: Trump is “not going to give in” on border wall
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Elise Herron / Willamette Week:
Larson was banned for a reply to former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone's tweet condemning police violence.
Discussion: Instapundit
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Congress now interested in that other Trump Tower once planned for Russia
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Alia Al-Hathloul / New York Times:
My Sister Is in a Saudi Prison. Will Mike Pompeo Stay Silent?
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Old, young, liberal, centrist: Democrats will have no end of choices for president in 2020
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see ‘Hamilton’ as shutdown drags on
Washington Post:
William Barr's confirmation hearing expected to be a battle over Mueller's future
Discussion: Politico