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11:05 AM ET, January 14, 2019

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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and East Bay Times
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Interpreter from Trump-Putin summit may be forced into congressional spotlight  —  Only one American was a firsthand witness to President Donald Trump's summit last summer with Russian President Vladimir Putin: veteran State Department translator Marina Gross.
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump To Jeanine Pirro: Times' FBI Investigation Article ‘Most Insulting Ever’
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Axios and The Atlantic
Washington Post:   Revelations about Manafort's 2016 interactions with Russian associate show special counsel's …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Officials wish Trump denial was more forceful
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Kremlin Blessed Russia's NRA Operation, U.S. Intel Report Says  —  When Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin's brought NRA bigwigs to Moscow, it wasn't a rogue mission.  It was okayed from the very top, according to a report reviewed by The Beast.  —  Betsy Woodruff
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 …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib photographed with pro-Hezbollah activist who says Israel has no right to exist  —  Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., was photographed with a Palestinian activist who praised the terrorist group Hezbollah, said Israel did not have the right to exist …
New York Times:
Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton's Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon officials are voicing deepening fears that President Trump's hawkish national security adviser, John R. Bolton, could precipitate a conflict with Iran at a time when Mr. Trump …
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Washington Post:
‘They screwed this whole thing up’: Inside the attempt to derail Trump's erratic Syria withdrawal
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Tulsi Gabbard once touted working for anti-gay group that backed conversion therapy  —  (CNN)Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in the early 2000s touted working for her father's anti-gay organization, which mobilized to pass a measure against same-sex marriage in Hawaii and promoted controversial conversion therapy.
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.
Jessica Schneider / CNN:
Mueller should be allowed to finish report, AG nominee William Barr says  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General nominee William Barr said that, if confirmed, he would let special counsel Robert Mueller finish his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and believes the results should be made public.
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WSB-TV:
Atlanta passenger gets gun through TSA, alerts officials in Japan he still has it  —  ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned that a man carried a gun through the TSA checkpoint at Atlanta's airport and carried it all the way through to his destination: Tokyo.
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David French / The Atlantic:
The Unmanning of Conservatism  —  In Trump's view of masculinity, cheap shots replace bravery and hostility replaces honor.  —  Donald Trump wants everyone to know that he's a tough guy.  In 2017, the congressional candidate Greg Gianforte “body-slammed” the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump: 'I'm not looking to' declare national emergency over border fight  —  President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to rule out — at least for now — declaring a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, setting aside one of the White House's leading options for ending the 24-day partial government shutdown.
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Hold Trump Responsible For Government Shutdown, New Polls Show  —  The latest surveys find the public increasingly concerned about the standoff and unhappy with everyone in Washington.  —  Most Americans hold President Donald Trump responsible for the partial government shutdown …
Discussion: The Root, Contemptor and Townhall
Washington Post:
First snowstorm of 2019 packs a wallop: How much snow fell and how it happened  —  The long-duration storm dumped 6 to 12 inches, enough to set some records  —  This was not a heavy snowstorm of typical origin — not a nor'easter, which most often delivers the memorable snow events such as …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
How ‘traditional masculinity’ hurts the men who believe in it most  —  My grandfather is traditionally masculine in most senses of the word: He was a soldier, then a bait-shop owner, then a garbage collector; he rose before dawn most days of his life and I never heard him complain about it.
Discussion: The Federalist
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Bernie Sanders staffs up for 2020  —  Bernie Sanders is adding firepower to his political team ahead of a potential 2020 campaign, locking down digital alumni who were key to his surprise performance in 2016 and recruiting the media production company that helped launch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to prominence.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
Hedge-Fund-Backed Media Group Prepares Bid for Gannett  —  Digital First Media has taken 7.5% stake in USA Today publisher, seeks other bids  —  A hedge-fund-backed media group known for buying up struggling local papers and cutting costs is planning to make an offer for USA Today publisher …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What Happens When Elizabeth Warren Sells Out to Powerful Interests?  —  Last September, I wrote about Elizabeth Warren's smart platform, which has harnessed the most politically attractive elements of the populist agenda while avoiding the most politically vulnerable parts.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
The Truth About the Gig Economy  —  The workforce is getting Uberized.  The gig economy is taking over the world.  Independent contractor jobs are the new normal.  In the post-recession years, this became conventional wisdom, as more and more Americans took jobs—well, “jobs” …
John R. Kasich / USA Today:
Republican Party is mired in the 1950s and ignores today's America at its peril  —  Republicans need to break their own self-made mold of being naysayers instead of doers.  It means designing solutions that actually solve problems.  —  CONNECT  —  It's a new year and almost two decades …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
2020 Republican Primary Power Rankings  —  Get ready for the Trump primary!  —  Since 1964, nine sitting presidents have stood for re-election.  —  Five of them were challenged in the primaries.  —  If 2020 obeys the normal rules of political physics, President Trump will face a primary challenger.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Compelled to work without pay, federal employees sue Trump, accusing him of violating 13th Amendment  —  A group of federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown are likening the predicament to involuntary servitude in a lawsuit filed last week …
 
 
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
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Ian Geoghegan / Politico:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Marisa Kendall / Mercury News:
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NBC News:
Federal worker forced to ration insulin because of government shutdown
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Associated Press:
Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states