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8:10 PM ET, January 15, 2019

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Des Moines Register:
The Register's editorial: Steve King should resign for the good of Iowa  —  Some may argue that 4th District voters are getting what they deserve.  But the entire state needs a healthy rural economy.  Low commodity prices and President Trump's tariffs have hit farmers hard.  —  CONNECT
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Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
NBC News Tells Staffers Not To Directly Call Steve King's Racist Remarks Racist  —  “It is ok to attribute to others as in ‘what many are calling racist,’” an email from the standards department reads in part.  —  NBC News' standards department sent an email to staffers Tuesday telling …
Michael Gors / siouxcityjournal.com:   OUR OPINION: Steve King should resign
The Hill:
Democrats turn down White House invitation for shutdown talks  —  No Democrats will attend a lunch on Tuesday with President Trump designed to reach an agreement to end the government shutdown and fund a border wall, the White House said.  —  Trump had invited several moderate House Democrats …
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's tweet about “hamberders” illustrates just how effortlessly he lies  —  Trump boasted about serving the Clemson football team 300 burgers.  Since then, the number has grown exponentially.  —  While not as significant as his lies about the situation at the southern border or his dealings with Russia …
TMZ.com:
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Loved Trump's Fast Food, Can't Wait to Come Back!
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
President Trump's extravagant, $3,000, 300-sandwich celebration of Clemson University
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:   Trump's Attempt to Bypass Democratic Leaders on Wall Falls Flat
Associated Press:   Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV hosts
Jackson Richman / JNS.org:
Democratic National Committee drops partnership with Women's March  —  The Democratic National Committee has dropped its partnership in the Women's March over anti-Semitism concerns, according to a Democratic source.  —  This development comes amid accusations of anti-Semitism within …
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Jonathan S. Tobin / New York Post:
Pelosi, Democrats should discipline Tlaib's anti-Semitism
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Examiner
New York Times:
After Her Brexit Deal Is Crushed in Parliament, Theresa May Faces a No-Confidence Vote  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday suffered a humiliating defeat over her plan to withdraw Britain from the European Union, thrusting the country further into political chaos with only 10 weeks …
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BBC:
Brexit: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat  —  Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.  —  MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March.
Washington Post:   Brexit vote: British Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal, leaving withdrawal from E.U …
The Daily Beast:
Theresa May's Brexit Deal Walloped in Biggest Parliamentary Defeat in British History
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Senator, Joins Democratic Race for President  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an outspoken advocate for women's causes and electing more women to office, is entering the 2020 race for the White House herself, becoming the latest candidate to join what is expected …
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Kirsten Gillibrand forming exploratory committee for 2020 White House run
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand launches presidential exploratory committee
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Exploratory committees, the opening bells of the 2020 campaign, explained
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:   Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand enters the Democrats' 2020 presidential race with a pitch that puts gender front and center
Pardes Seleh / Mediaite:
CNN Analyst Calls Out Fox News' David Webb On-Air For ‘White Privilege’.  Webb Informs Her He's Black.  —  2019 is so woke that you don't even need to be white to be accused of “white privilege” anymore.  —  CNN analyst Areva Martin mistakenly accused Sirius XM radio host …
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN legal analyst Areva Martin accuses David Webb of ‘white privilege’ before learning he's black
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says  —  Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers, according to a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo.
Discussion: Althouse
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Brendan Pierson / Reuters:   ‘El Chapo’ trial witness tells of alleged $100 mln bribe to Pena Nieto
Emily Saul / New York Post:   El Chapo paid $100M bribe to ex-Mexican president: secretary
The Guardian:
Chris Christie accuses Jared Kushner of political ‘hit job’ in explosive new book  —  Exclusive: ex-New Jersey governor, who had prosecuted Kushner's father, was sacked as head of Trump's transition team  —  Chris Christie, who was ousted as chairman of Donald Trump's White House transition team in 2016 …
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Probe Likely to Restrict Michael Cohen's Testimony  —  Trump's former lawyer may be barred from discussing matters related to talks with the special counsel and Manhattan federal prosecutors  —  WASHINGTON—The testimony of Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller files status report highlighting cooperation by key witness  —  Former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates is still cooperating with federal prosecutors on “several ongoing investigations,” according to a status report filed by special counsel Robert Mueller and Gates' defense attorneys on Tuesday.
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Rachael Bade / Politico:   Acting Attorney General Whitaker to testify before Congress in February
Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:
The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returns  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds.  The employees won't be paid.
Discussion: Splinter
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Brian Faler / Politico:   IRS plans to bring back thousands of workers for tax filing season
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Just Handed a Big, Unanimous Victory to Workers.  Wait, What?  —  On Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed a victory to American workers, ruling unanimously that independent contractors who work in transportation may not be forced into mandatory arbitration.
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has zeroed in on at least three new witnesses associated with a conservative commentator connected to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, signaling …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David French / National Review:
The FBI's Counterintelligence Investigation of Trump Was Prudent and Proper  —  Who gave the FBI the power to investigate the president?  The president did.  —  Let's begin with a series of difficult questions.  What should the FBI do when it possesses information that causes trained …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time  —  Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed package to reopen the federal government for a second time in as many weeks on Tuesday.  —  Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent …
Discussion: Politico, Vox, Common Dreams, IJR and Raw Story
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Did the Wall Street Journal Fall for a Prank Directed at Laura Loomer?  —  Laura Loomer, who operated as an anti-Muslim online activist before she was suspended permanently from Twitter, was duped by internet pranksters into believing that her suspension occurred due to alleged lobbying …
Discussion: Newsweek
Washington Post:
‘The essence of involuntary servitude’: Federal unions sue the Trump administration to get paid for shutdown work  —  BREAKING: A federal judge Tuesday refused to compel the government to pay federal employees who have been forced to work without pay during shutdown.  This article will be updated.
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Federal judge sides with Trump, allowing workers to go unpaid during shutdown
Discussion: Bloomberg and ABC News
Brian Stelter / CNN:
John Kasich signs with CNN as senior political commentator  —  (CNN)John Kasich's time as Ohio governor just came to an end.  And his time as a CNN contributor just began.  —  On Tuesday morning CNN announced that Kasich is the newest addition to the network's stable of contributors.
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:   MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe’ Ratings Surged 12 Percent in 2018 as Fox News and CNN Declined
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC Anchor Suggests Trump Is Blackmailing Graham Over ‘Extreme’ Secret  —  MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle implied without evidence Tuesday that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has something to hide and the president is blackmailing him over it.  —  Graham has become one of the President …
NEWS.com.au:
Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue  —  Parents of the trapped Thai cave boys were told their boys were being taught to swim to freedom, but really they were handcuffed and drugged.  —  Thai boys reunited with their families1:15
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook is introducing new rules for employees about discussing politics and religion on its internal Workplace app
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joseph Mwihia / Associated Press:
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The Daily Beast:
Why Conservative Media and the Far Right Love Tulsi Gabbard for President
Discussion: Salon
NBC News:
American ISIS member detained in Syria says he ‘wanted to go see exactly what the group was about’
Associated Press:
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
‘Vino Vixen,’ alleged blacklist creator, leaves State
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Scott Lincicome / The Bulwark:
A Failure to Adjust
Discussion: National Review
Annie Karni / New York Times:
White House Considering Indra Nooyi to Head World Bank
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Adam Schiff makes specialty hires for reopened Russia probe
New York Times:
Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia