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9:25 PM ET, January 14, 2019

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New York Times:
Steve King Faces Loss of House Committee Seats Over White Supremacy Remark  —  House Republican leaders will try to remove Representative Steve King of Iowa from the powerful Judiciary Committee and his other panel assignments on Monday night as the party officials scrambled to appear tough …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Republican leaders move to strip Rep. Steve King of his committee assignments over comments about white nationalism  —  House Republican leaders on Monday moved to strip Rep. Steve King of his committee assignments over his recent comments about white nationalism.
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:
House GOP strips Rep. Steve King of committee assignments
Discussion: Breitbart and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:   Rep. Steve King's inflammatory remarks roil a GOP already struggling on race
James Arkin / Politico:   Romney calls on Steve King to resign after white supremacy remarks
NPR:   How Damaging Are Rep. King's Comments To The GOP?
Emma Ockerman / VICE News:
Democrats are about to punish GOP Rep. Steve King for his “rabid racism”
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire and Washington Post
Associated Press:   GOP Rep. King loses committee posts over racial remarks
The Daily Beast:
Mueller Probes an Event With Nunes, Flynn, and Foreign Officials at Trump's D.C. Hotel  —  Devin Nunes has been a pitbull for the president, growling at the prosecutors investigating Trumpworld.  Now an event that Nunes himself attended is under Mueller's microscope.
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CNN:
Trump's legal team rebuffed request for Mueller interview in recent weeks  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal team rebuffed special counsel Robert Mueller's request in recent weeks for an in-person session with Trump to ask follow-up questions.  —  The request was made after Trump's …
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
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 …
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
Matthew Choi / Politico:
White House spokesman Raj Shah will join lobbying firm
Discussion: Splinter
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Raj Shah Out As White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
David French / National Review:
Lawless Federal Judges Are Winning Their War against the Trump Administration  —  Sunday's injunction against Trump-administration religious-freedom rules is nothing but judicial #Resistance.  —  It's déjà vu all over again.  A federal judge has blocked a lawful Trump-administration policy …
Discussion: Townhall
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:   Judge blocks Trump effort to roll back birth control mandate nationwide
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Second federal court blocks Trump's contraception rule
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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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.
Discussion: Splinter
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.
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 …
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 …
Daniel Moritz-Rabson / Newsweek:
Right-Wing Activist Laura Loomer Allegedly Trespasses at Nancy Pelosi's California House to Stage Protest  —  Right-wing activist Laura Loomer reportedly jumped the fence around House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's California house on Monday and set up a tent to protest, according to a Daily Beast reporter.
Discussion: Townhall, RedState and Washington Press
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Welcome to the Stephen Colbert primary  —  (CNN)Iowa.  New Hampshire.  Donor enclaves on the coasts.  And... the Ed Sullivan Theater?  —  Yes, the home of Stephen Colbert's “Late Show” is proving to be a key stop for Democrats who are positioning themselves for 2020 presidential bids.
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 …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Old land deal quietly haunts Mick Mulvaney as he serves as Trump's chief of staff  —  INDIAN LAND, S.C. — Mick Mulvaney was a young businessman and budding politician 11 years ago when he became co-owner of a company that wanted to build a strip mall near a busy intersection in this upscale bedroom community outside Charlotte, N.C.
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
The shutdown is giving some Trump advisers what they've long wanted: A smaller government  —  President Trump has cast the shuttering of federal agencies as a standoff over his plan to build a wall on the southern border.  But for many White House aides and allies, the partial shutdown …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
China's Annual Trade Surplus With U.S. Hits Record Despite Trump's Tariff Offensive  —  China posted a trade surplus of $323.32 billion with the U.S. in 2018  —  BEIJING—China's trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record last year, as robust American demand for Chinese goods undercut …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
 
 
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
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Scott DiSavino / Reuters:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Guardian
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Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Shutdown tests farmers' loyalty as Trump visits their annual convention
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders
Discussion: Hot Air and Portland Mercury
Jamie O'Grady / The Cauldron:
So, What Really Happened To The Cauldron?
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Nika Shakhnazarova / The Sun:
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Discussion: Mashable
New York Times:
It's Time for T.S.A. Workers to Strike
Discussion: National Review