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5:40 PM ET, January 14, 2019

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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell rebukes Rep. King for racial remarks as House Democrats ponder sanctions  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became the highest-ranking Republican to speak out against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) following his racially charged comments, saying that there is 'no place in the Republican Party …
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Congressman Bobby Rush:
Rush Responds to Steve King's Rabid Racism with Censure Resolution  —  WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement announcing that he will be introducing a resolution to formally censure U.S. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) for his pattern of racist and xenophobic statements:
Discussion: Axios, Joe.My.God., The Week, IJR and Daily Kos
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Has Been a Year in the Making  —  Trump rejected several offers on border security, immigration  —  President Trump on Monday said it is up to Congress to end the government shutdown and the impasse over his request for border-wall funding.  Yet Mr. Trump has three times rejected offers …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
House Democrats move to censure Steve King over ‘white supremacy’ remarks  —  House Democrats are rushing to formally punish Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for controversial remarks he made last week that seemingly embraced racist terms, including “white supremacy.”
Noah Rothman / NBC News:
Trump's shutdown gamble now hinges on a wall many Republicans were never truly sold on  —  For two years, the GOP had many opportunities to fund Trump's wall both in part or in whole and it declined on every occasion.  —  On Friday, January 11, a dubious milestone was reached.
Courier-Journal:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is going to Canada for surgery  —  Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery.  —  Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor …
CNN:
Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was ‘following directions’ of Russia  —  (CNN)In the chaotic aftermath at the FBI following Director James Comey's firing, a half-dozen senior FBI officials huddled to set in motion the momentous move to open an investigation into President Donald Trump …
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump's AG nominee: ‘Vitally important’ Mueller finish work  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators at his confirmation hearing “it is vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation …
Discussion: Feeds, The Daily Caller, ABC News and Axios
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Comey Firing
Discussion: Lawfare, twitchy.com and The Atlantic
Senior Trump Official / The Daily Caller:
I'm A Senior Trump Official, And I Hope A Long Shutdown Smokes Out The Resistance  —  The Daily Caller is taking the rare step of publishing this anonymous op-ed at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
‘Senior Trump Official’ On Shutdown: ‘We Do Not Want Most Employees To Return’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Both parties aim to woo defectors as shutdown drags on  —  The White House and Democrats are pushing dueling strategies to reopen the government that target defectors in opposing parties.  —  House Democrats plan to take up a pair of stopgap funding bills this week that would each reopen federal agencies …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
White House: Ivanka Trump not under consideration for World Bank chief
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Rasmussen poll shows Trump with lowest approval in a year  —  A conservative-leaning poll released Monday showed President Trump with his lowest approval ratings in almost a year.  —  The Rasmussen poll found that 43 percent of likely voters polled approve of Trump's job performance …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is freaking out the news media.  And it's working for her.  —  She's been on the job for less than two weeks and already has generated more national press coverage than some members of Congress get in their whole careers.  —  Not that it's been all positive, of course.
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Michael Knowles / Fox News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation
Discussion: twitchy.com
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Second federal court blocks Trump's contraception rule  —  A federal judge in Pennsylvania put a nationwide block on Trump administration rules allowing virtually any employer to deny workers' birth control coverage, one day after a federal judge halted the rules in a smaller group of states.
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David French / National Review:   Lawless Federal Judges Are Winning Their War against the Trump Administration
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
P&G Challenges Men to Shave Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’ in Gillette Ad  —  Spot pegged to #MeToo asks ‘Is this the best a man can get?’  —  Gillette is embracing the #MeToo movement in a new digital ad campaign aimed at men, the latest message from an advertiser attempting to change societal norms.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Pompeo's enabling of Trump comes with a big cost  —  Goodness knows that serving as President Trump's secretary of state is no walk in the park.  The president is famously erratic, except when it comes to mouthing Russian talking points (e.g. throwing doubt on Russian interference in our election …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:   Pompeo: Trump Admin Will Help Iranian People Take ‘Control of Their Capital’
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP's John Kasich is looking to join CNN or MSNBC amid speculation he could run for president in 2020  — Republican John Kasich, who is thinking about running for president in 2020, is likely to announce this week that he will join a major cable news network.
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John R. Kasich / USA Today:   Republican Party is mired in the 1950s and ignores today's America at its peril
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's DC Circuit Nominee — And Reported Supreme Court Contender — Wrote Inflammatory Op-Eds In College  —  WASHINGTON — Neomi Rao — President Donald Trump's pick for a powerful federal judgeship and a reported US Supreme Court contender — wrote a string of op-eds in college …
Bloomberg:
The Next American Car Recession Has Already Started  —  These should be boom times for Detroit.  Unemployment is at a half-century low, gasoline is cheap and auto sales in the U.S. were near record levels last year.  Yet American automakers are closing factories, cutting shifts and laying off thousands of workers.
Nikki Wentling / Stars & Stripes:
VA secretary fights notion that government shutdown could lead to veteran suicides  —  WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs is rebuking the idea that the partial government shutdown, now stretching into its fourth week, could lead to suicides among veterans who are affected by it.
Nika Shakhnazarova / The Sun:
SPIDERS OF MARS Skin-crawling moment hundreds of spiders ‘rain’ from the sky in Brazil leaving terrified residents running for cover  —  The 14-year-old who filmed the incredible moment said it left him ‘stunned and scared’ as the arachnids floated in the air
Discussion: Mashable
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures, With Nobody to Call to Stop Them  —  The letter from the IRS is dated December 24, 2018, the Monday after the start of the government shutdown.  The headline reads, “Notice of intent to seize (levy) your property or rights to property.”
Discussion: Boing Boing
Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Shutdown could cut flights out of Denver International Airport, air traffic controllers say  —  “At this point the federal government is starting to become an unreliable employer.”  —  Show Caption  —  of … Coloradans could be waiting in longer lines for fewer flights …
New York Times:
It's Time for T.S.A. Workers to Strike  —  The shutdown is painful, but it is also an opportunity for labor to take a stand.  —  Ms. Ehrenreich is the author of “Nickel and Dimed” and the founder of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.  Mr. Stevenson is a former labor organizer.
Discussion: National Review
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
No Coincidence Here: Trump's Bezos Attack Was a Valentine to The Enquirer  —  Even by the tweeting habits of the 45th president of the United States, it was a puzzler.  —  Until you examined it.  Then it started to make sense.  —  A Twitter post on Sunday night showed Mr. Trump …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
'A 10 isn't enough': This UCLA gymnast's flawless floor routine just broke the Internet  —  As the first strains of Tina Turner's “Proud Mary” filled the Anaheim Arena on Saturday, Katelyn Ohashi came alive.  —  As she executed a quick body roll with a giant smile plastered across her face …
Jamie O'Grady / The Cauldron:
So, What Really Happened To The Cauldron?  —  Thinking about launching your own media startup?  You might want to consider my crazy story first.  —  Jamie O'GradyBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  The call came in late winter of 2013 from a New York City number I didn't recognize.
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
You Should Care That Richard Spencer's Wife Says He Abused Her  —  Despite the so-called alt-right's attempt to be respectable, violence seems to follow it everywhere — even, allegedly, into Spencer's own home.  —  Nina Kouprianova and Richard Spencer were married during a small ceremony in Niagara Falls in August 2010.
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Richard N. Haass / Project Syndicate:
THE YEAR OF TRUMP?  —  The second truth is that peace negotiations are unlikely to work.
Anti-Defamation League:
White Supremacists Cheer, Jeer Steve King
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Apocalypse Ruth  —  There are some opponents worthy of grudging respect.
Washington Post:
Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Ivanka Trump to Help Pick World Bank Chief But Isn't a Contender
Discussion: Raw Story
John Solomon / The Hill:
Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists
Discussion: USA Today, Breitbart and The Week
Robin Marty / TIME:
The Case for Starting an Emergency Abortion Fund
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
The House Democrats' Colossal Election Reform Bill Could Save American Democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Shutdown tests farmers' loyalty as Trump visits their annual convention
Discussion: ABC News
Frank Miele / Real Clear Politics:
Trump, Emerson and Questions of Character
Discussion: American Greatness
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Harry Reid unplugged — Part II
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Raj Shah Out As White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Judith Kohler / Denver Post:
Big win for oil and gas industry: Colorado Supreme Court reverses Appeals Court ruling in Martinez case
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Democrats' desire to subpoena interpreters in Trump, Putin meetings raises ethical questions
David French / The Atlantic:
The Unmanning of Conservatism  —  In Trump's view of masculinity …