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7:25 PM ET, January 14, 2019

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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
McConnell rebukes Rep. King for racial remarks as House Democrats pursue sanction  —  House Democrats prepared to rebuke Rep. Steve King this week as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became the highest-ranking Republican to speak out against the Iowa congressman following his racially charged comments.
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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:
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
King faces onslaught of bipartisan criticism over ‘white supremacy’ remarks
Discussion: Breitbart and Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Senate GOP leader rips Rep. King over white supremacy remark
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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’  —  An unnamed “senior official in the Trump administration” wrote in an anonymous Daily Caller op-ed Monday that the record-breaking 24-day partial government shutdown “is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:   Shutdown Has Been a Year in the Making
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Both parties aim to woo defectors as shutdown drags on
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's shutdown strategy continues to show all the signs of failure  —  To hear Brad Parscale — President Trump's website designer turned campaign manager — tell it, the government shutdown over which Trump so eagerly proclaimed ownership has been an unalloyed success for the president.
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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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
William Barr once warned of need for ‘political supervision’ at Justice Department  —  Attorney General nominee Barr said in 2001 the idea the Justice Department “has to be independent” gained ground after Watergate and risked going too far.  —  WASHINGTON — William Barr …
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:
Bernie Sanders Will Meet With Former Female Staffers About 2016 Campaign Sexism And Harassment  —  Bernie Sanders will meet on Wednesday with women who have said they experienced sexual harassment and gender discrimination while working on his 2016 presidential campaign …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is freaking out the news media. And it's working for her.
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.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
The House Democrats' Colossal Election Reform Bill Could Save American Democracy  —  The Democrats' first order of business as they took control of the 116th Congress was introducing H.R. 1, the colossal “For the People Act.”  This 571-page behemoth of a bill covering voting rights …
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:   New York Has Some of the Worst Voting Laws in the Country. That's About to Change.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Ivanka Trump to Help Select Nominee for World Bank President  —  President Trump's daughter will assist Mnuchin, Mulvaney in the U.S. nomination process  —  President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will help Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney lead …
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
White House: Ivanka Trump not under consideration for World Bank chief
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Iran is at it again: Another American has been taken by the regime  —  Next month Iran will mark 40 years since the founding of the Islamic republic.  But as the regime enters middle age, it continues to partake in many of the same criminal acts that first put it on the international map.
Discussion: The Guardian
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
Richard N. Haass / Project Syndicate:
THE YEAR OF TRUMP?  —  The second truth is that peace negotiations are unlikely to work.  Talks have taken place on and off over the years, but diplomacy is never far removed from facts and trends on the ground.  Both work against a negotiated settlement.  —  The situation on the ground …
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Philadelphia's Soda War  —  A tax on sweetened beverages harms businesses and achieves none of its goals.  —  Philadelphia's outlandish soda tax is what Democratic-party politics looks like when it lets its freak flag fly.  So many classic elements are there: (failed) social engineering and …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
China's Annual Trade Surplus With U.S. Hits Record Despite Trump's Tariff Offensive
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Nikki Wentling / Stars & Stripes:
VA secretary fights notion that government shutdown could lead to veteran suicides
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
You Should Care That Richard Spencer's Wife Says He Abused Her
Discussion: Splinter
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 Rubin / Washington Post:
Pompeo's enabling of Trump comes with a big cost
Robin Marty / TIME:
The Case for Starting an Emergency Abortion Fund
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Shutdown tests farmers' loyalty as Trump visits their annual convention
Discussion: ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Jamie O'Grady / The Cauldron:
So, What Really Happened To The Cauldron?
NBC News:
Two killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya
Discussion: Queerty
Frank Miele / Real Clear Politics:
Trump, Emerson and Questions of Character
Discussion: American Greatness
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Raj Shah Out As White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
New York Times:
It's Time for T.S.A. Workers to Strike
Discussion: National Review
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
Elijah Cummings' new power as House Oversight Committee chairman