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2:40 PM 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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's and Pompeo's weird non-denials about Trump working for Russia  —  Pompeo's may actually be more telling — especially now that Trump has denied it … It's been about 60 hours since it was first reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an inquiry into whether President Trump was working for Russia.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and Joe.My.God.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Kasich expected to join CNN or MSNBC as early as this week: report  —  Former Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) may be joining a major cable news network as early as this week, according to CNBC.  —  The business news network, citing unidentified sources close to Kasich, reported Monday that he has …
John R. Kasich / USA Today:   Republican Party is mired in the 1950s and ignores today's America at its peril
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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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.
Michael Knowles / Fox News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation
Discussion: twitchy.com
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Attorney General Nominee Promises to Allow Mueller to Finish His Work  —  WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, promised on Monday that he would allow the special counsel to continue his investigation, seeking to allay Democrats' fears that he might shut down the inquiry.
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CNN:   Attorney General nominee says Mueller should be allowed to finish report
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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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New York Times:
Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton's Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran
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
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 …
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
Kelly Yamanouchi / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hartsfield-Jackson security lines more than an hour long amid federal shutdown  —  Security lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport stretched more than an hour long Monday morning, causing travelers to miss flights amid the partial federal shutdown.
Discussion: Politico
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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.
Judith Kohler / Denver Post:
Big win for oil and gas industry: Colorado Supreme Court reverses Appeals Court ruling in Martinez case  —  Ruling says state regulators correct to balance development with public health, environmental impacts … In a big win for the oil and gas industry, the Colorado Supreme Court …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump backs off national emergency with no end to shutdown in sight  —  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.
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
U.S. ambassador in Berlin warns Germans about Russian gas pipeline, triggering applause elsewhere  —  American ire over German reliance on Russian natural gas imports shows no signs of letting up, and over the weekend, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador in Berlin, issued a warning …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TheStreet
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn't want you to read  —  A scathing internal Navy probe into the 2017 collision that drowned seven sailors on the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald details a far longer list of problems plaguing the vessel …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Raj Shah Out As White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary  —  He joins the growing list of Trump administration officials to exit in recent months.  —  Raj Shah has left his role as White House principal deputy press secretary, becoming the latest of several Trump administration officials to depart in recent months.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Democrats' desire to subpoena interpreters in Trump, Putin meetings raises ethical questions  —  A bombshell Washington Post report that revealed over the weekend that President Trump had seized interpreter notes from a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin reignited Democrats' desire …
Discussion: ABC News, Mother Jones and The Atlantic
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 Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Want to Run on Issues in 2020.  But Does Beating Trump Matter Most?  —  WASHINGTON — Medicare for All.  A federal jobs guarantee.  The “Green New Deal.”  No Super PAC money.  No mass deportations.  —  And, of course, a candidate who can beat President Trump — right?
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono deserve scorn for effort to establish an anti-Catholic religious test  —  Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in a very crowded field.  Maybe the need to distinguish herself drove her to take the lead on anti-Catholicism.
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.
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.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
 
 
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
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