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10:25 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  —  It's time for Steve King to go.  He should resign his seat in the U.S. House.  A new election should be held for voters in Iowa's 4th Congressional District to choose a replacement.  —  After near-universal condemnation from both sides of the political aisle …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Republicans finally noticed Steve King's bigotry. What about Trump's?
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Shutdown's Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth  —  WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the United States economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Trump's economists doubled projections …
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.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Brexit vote: British Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal, leaving withdrawal from E.U …
Discussion: The Guardian
The Daily Beast:
Theresa May's Brexit Deal Walloped in Biggest Parliamentary Defeat in British History
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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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: Townhall, Daily Wire and Althouse
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Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
‘El Chapo’ trial witness tells of alleged $100 mln bribe to Pena Nieto
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 accused Sirius XM radio and Fox Nation host David Webb of benefitting from …
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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
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Trump invites moderate Dems to WH for shutdown meeting — but some decline  —  President Donald Trump has invited some more moderate House Democrats to the White House Tuesday to discuss border security and how to end the partial government shutdown, but at least two of the invited members do not plan to attend.
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Justin Sink / Bloomberg:   Trump's Attempt to Bypass Democratic Leaders on Wall Falls Flat
Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans Gay Employees And Kids  —  The school discriminates against LGBTQ people in its job application and says LGBTQ kids aren't welcome.  —  Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and USA Today
Elizabeth Dexheimer / Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Said Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall Street  — Socialist Democrat recommended for House finance committee  — 29-year-old New Yorker has called for breakup of biggest banks  —  Wall Street, get ready for a lot more scrutiny from U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Discussion: Axios
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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 …
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 …
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.
TMZ.com:
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Loved Trump's Fast Food, Can't Wait to Come Back!  —  Donald Trump's fast food plan worked ... because Clemson's star QB Trevor Lawrence tells TMZ Sports he LOVED the President's McDonald's spread at the White House and can't wait to do it again!
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand launches presidential exploratory committee  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand launched a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday night, joining the crowded Democratic hunt to win the White House in 2020.  —  The New York Democrat, a longtime advocate for women in politics …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
William Barr tries to clean up his Clinton comments — but stumbles into a new Mueller problem  —  A newly released email makes clear Barr thought Clinton probes were more warranted than Mueller's collusion probe.  —  Attorney general nominee William P. Barr's comments about special counsel …
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Mediaite
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
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
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 …
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: ABC News and Bloomberg
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Adam Schiff hiring full-time team to investigate Trump's Russia connections  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman hiring more investigators to revive House Russia probe  —  Acting AG Matt Whitaker agrees to testify before House on Feb. 8 South Florida official claims Rashida Tlaib might 'blow …
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Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Adam Schiff makes specialty hires for reopened Russia probe
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
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi shuts outspoken critic out of Judiciary slot  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exacted revenge against one of her most outspoken detractors Tuesday night, blocking Rep. Kathleen Rice from landing a seat on the high-profile House Judiciary Committee.  —  Pelosi lobbied for other members …
Discussion: Political Wire
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Sherrod Brown Is Taking His Possible Presidential Campaign To The Early Primary States  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is taking a big step toward running for president, with plans to visit the all-important early voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke's immigration plan: No wall but no specifics  —  EL PASO — In a digital ad that recently went viral, Beto O'Rourke tore into President Trump's desired border wall with soaring footage of the Rio Grande Valley and an explanation of what the wall would do: cut off access to the river …
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 …
Sarah Aziza / New Yorker:
The Saudi Government's Global Campaign to Silence Its Critics  —  Mohammed bin Salman's effort to burnish his image as a modernizing force of liberal reform knows no boundaries.  —  On the morning of August 18, 2017, Rana deboarded her Saudia Airlines flight in Munich, Germany, bleary-eyed and clutching a small leather bag.
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 …
 
 
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Tom Perkins / Detroit Metro Times:
Interim MSU President John Engler says Larry Nassar victims are ‘enjoying’ the ‘spotlight’
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Dan Levin / New York Times:
‘The Shutdown Makes Me Nervous’: Young People Caught Up in Impasse
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Congress Wants Info: Former Top FBI Lawyer Being Investigated For Leaks
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad
Discussion: Power Line
Foreign Policy:
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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
The Daily Beast:
Why Conservative Media and the Far Right Love Tulsi Gabbard for President
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 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
American ISIS member detained in Syria says he ‘wanted to go see exactly what the group was about’
Dan Avery / NBC News:
New York to become 15th state to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’
Discussion: IJR, Gothamist and Joe.My.God.
NEWS.com.au:
Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Feds say ‘star’ DEA agent abroad stole millions
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
The polar vortex has fractured, and the eastern U.S. faces a punishing stretch of winter weather
Scott Lincicome / The Bulwark:
A Failure to Adjust
Discussion: National Review
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census