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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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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:
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.
The Hill:
GOP leaders strip Steve King of committee assignments  —  House GOP leaders moved Monday to remove Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from all of his committee assignments following a firestorm over remarks considered racist.  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters …
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:   McCarthy strips Steve King of committee assignments after accusations he backed white supremacy
NPR:   How Damaging Are Rep. King's Comments To The GOP?
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
Emma Ockerman / VICE News:
Democrats are about to punish GOP Rep. Steve King for his “rabid racism”
Discussion: CNN, Axios and Washington Post
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 …
New York Times:
At Trump's Inauguration, $10,000 for Makeup and Lots of Room Service  —  WASHINGTON — Private donors put up $107 million to usher Donald J. Trump into office in style two years ago, and it is now clear just how enthusiastically his inaugural committee went to town with it.
Discussion: Raw Story
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John Santucci / ABC News:
President Donald Trump's inaugural fund spent lavishly at his DC hotel, new docs show  —  President Donald Trump's inaugural committee spent more than $1.5 million at the Trump International Hotel in Washington ahead of his 2017 swearing-in, according to internal documents reviewed by ABC News.
New York Times:
Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia  —  WASHINGTON — There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Barr sent or discussed controversial memo with Trump lawyers  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General nominee William Barr shared a controversial memo last year with nearly all of President Donald Trump's lawyers concluding that an aspect of special counsel Robert Mueller's case could be “fatally misconceived,” Barr acknowledged Monday.
Discussion: KTLA
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John Solomon / The Hill:
Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists
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
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 …
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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New York Times:
With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York
Discussion: Axios
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
New York Has Some of the Worst Voting Laws in the Country. That's About to Change.
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Washington Post:
Trump and lawmakers paralyzed over shutdown as both sides remain dug in
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders
Discussion: Hot Air and Portland Mercury
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Conservative writer Jerome Corsi says Mueller has summoned his stepson to testify before grand jury  —  The stepson of conservative writer Jerome Corsi has been summoned by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before a grand jury, according to Corsi, a sign that Mueller's team remains focused …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Joe Lieberman Called Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE a National Security Threat.  Now He's a Lobbyist for It.  —  The former Senator says he can better serve his new client precisely because he was once a critic.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Pentagon to send more active-duty troops to southwest border  —  President Trump once said Mexico would pay directly for a wall; now he says his trade deal would do it.  But experts say that's a long shot.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will send a fresh deployment …
Discussion: CNN and Townhall
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Associated Press:
Pentagon agrees to extended role on Mexico border mission
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling  —  The Justice Department late Monday issued a legal opinion that could further restrict online gambling even as some states have been moving to embrace it — a restriction long sought by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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, The Week and RedState
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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Jeff Kosseff / USA Today:
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Matthew Choi / Politico:
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Discussion: Splinter
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
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Reuters:
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Scott DiSavino / Reuters:
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Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Splinter
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CNN:
Transcripts detail how FBI debated whether Trump was ‘following directions’ of Russia