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5:25 PM ET, January 14, 2019

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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, Daily Kos and WGNO
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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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: Talking Points Memo and Daily 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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Michael Knowles / Fox News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation  —  The majority of American Millennials identify as socialist, according to surveys by both Reason-Rupe and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.  That's the bad news.  The good news is that just 32 percent of Millennials can define socialism.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is freaking out the news media. And it's working for her.
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders  —  A bipartisan group of rank-and-file senators are planning to hold discussions on how to end the weeks-long government shutdown, with talks between congressional leaders and the White House at a standstill.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Both parties aim to woo defectors as shutdown drags on
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Pompeo: Trump Admin Will Help Iranian People Take ‘Control of Their Capital’  —  SecState appeals to Iranian public to rein in expansionist Islamic regime  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Following meetings with top Saudi Arabian leaders in the country's capital on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Pompeo's enabling of Trump comes with a big cost
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Ivanka Trump to Help Pick World Bank Chief But Isn't a Contender  —  Ivanka Trump is helping manage the U.S. nomination of a new leader of the World Bank, the White House said Monday.  —  President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser will work with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
White House: Ivanka Trump not under consideration for World Bank chief
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, abc7ny.com, Boing Boing and KTLA
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.
Anti-Defamation League:
White Supremacists Cheer, Jeer Steve King  —  White supremacists have long been enamored of Rep. Steve King, (R-IA).  They love his anti-immigrant, nativist rhetoric and his embrace of extreme right-wing groups and individuals that promote white nationalism.
Washington Post:
Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds  —  An alarming study shows massive East Antarctic ice sheet already is a significant contributor to sea-level rise  —  Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks …
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 Solomon / The Hill:
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Raj Shah Out As White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
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Judith Kohler / Denver Post:
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
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Rick Noack / Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador in Berlin warns Germans about Russian gas pipeline, triggering applause elsewhere
Discussion: Bloomberg
John R. Kasich / USA Today:
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David French / The Atlantic:
The Unmanning of Conservatism  —  In Trump's view of masculinity …
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