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9:10 AM ET, January 16, 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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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
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
NBC News Tells Staffers Not To Call Steve King's Racist Remarks Racist (UPDATE: NBC Changes Guidance)
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 …
Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ 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.
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The school that hired Karen Pence requires applicants to disavow gay marriage, trans identity  —  The school where Vice President Pence's wife, Karen Pence, has accepted a part-time job teaching art requires potential employees to affirm certain religious beliefs that seek to exclude homosexual …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
Emily Heil / Washington Post:   Second lady Karen Pence to teach art at a Virginia elementary school
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times.  What Was Said Is a Mystery.  —  WASHINGTON — The first time they met was in Germany.  President Trump took his interpreter's notes afterward and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone.  Later that night, at a dinner …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Hoping to keep his seat and wary of angering the base, McConnell defers to Trump on the shutdown  —  During former President Barack Obama's tenure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., first as the Senate minority leader and later majority leader, assumed the mantle of lead policy maker and negotiator for his party.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘The gang concept almost never works’: Senators struggle to end shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval.  The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump's hotel.  —  Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile's value and give it a huge new chunk of the cellphone market.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi gets revenge against one of the Dem rebels  —  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 …
Lili Bayer / Politico:
German minister says UK should be given more time on Brexit  —  Berlin is signaling that London should be given more time to figure out its position after the crushing rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by the House of Commons.  —  “The first conclusion I can draw …
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BBC:
Brexit: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat
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: ABC News and Axios
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
New court filing indicates prosecutors have extensive details on Manafort actions not yet made public  —  Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III have intensively scrutinized Paul Manafort's activities after President Trump's election — including after Manafort was criminally charged …
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Wall Street Journal:   Jerome Corsi, Target of Mueller Probe, Says Stepson Faces Subpoena
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Islamic State claims blast in U.S.-patrolled city in Syria; monitoring group, local media report casualties  —  BEIRUT — The Islamic State claimed responsibility Wednesday for a suicide blast in Syria's U.S.-patrolled city of Manbij, marking the first such attack since President Trump …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Firms  —  WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership and the administration on Tuesday to side with Democrats in a showdown over sanctions on Russia, underscoring the political sensitivity …
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
WeWork's CEO Makes Millions as Landlord to WeWork  —  Adam Neumann has bought properties and leased them to his co-working startup, sparking conflict of interest concerns  —  For more than two months after employees at International Business Machines Corp. moved into a Manhattan building managed …
Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Chris Christie torches Jared  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie settles scores in “Let Me Finish,” a memoir out Jan. 29 from Hachette Books, writing that President Trump “trusts people he shouldn't, including some of the people who are closest to him.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“He's not a guy who likes a plan”: How Trump takes his strategic cues from Mike Tyson  —  When a frustrated adviser once tried to convince President Trump to consider a strategic plan, the president launched into a story about his friend Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Talk show host calls out black commentator for his “white privilege”  —  “White privilege” is a dubious concept.  It's typically invoked in lieu of reasoned rebuttal.  Often, it's akin to an ad hominen argument.  —  The concept first gained currency on college campuses.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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Pew Research Center:
Most Border Wall Opponents, Supporters Say Shutdown Concessions Are Unacceptable  —  Partisan divide on whether shutdown is ‘very serious’ problem  —  With the partial shutdown of the federal government in its third week, both opponents and supporters of expanding the U.S.-Mexico border …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Abrams and Gillum target Trump in 2020  —  Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum — two of the Democratic Party's breakout candidates of 2018, despite losing their elections for governor of Georgia and Florida — are looking to parlay their near-success into the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate  —  A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.  —  Members of the Sackler family …
Discussion: The Week
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Sets New Record for Polarization  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The average 79-percentage-point difference between Republicans' and Democrats' job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his second year in office is the largest Gallup has measured in any presidential year to date.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Is AOC the Future of Politics?  Is Trump?  —  Do these two represent the future of politics?  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donald Trump could not be more different as people.  Old vs. young; glamorous vs. fat; making ends meet vs. ultra-rich; democratic-socialist vs. populist-conservative.
Mike Pence / USA Today:
Democrats refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdown  —  As the partial government shutdown continues, President Trump tweeted about the new caravan heading for the southern border.  Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story. … CONNECT  —  America has a national security …
Discussion: Townhall
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
My Mother Worked to Make America Great.  She Lived to See Trump Make It Worse.  —  No, she was no president or business titan.  She was just a fierce woman of the greatest generation who embodied and lived values that will long outlast Trump.  —  BEAST INSIDE
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Fox News Insider:
Tucker Carlson Battled Obama Adviser Over Trump Bashing NATO, Russia  —  Tucker Carlson debated an Obama foreign policy adviser over whether it is a civic offense to consider withdrawing the United States from NATO or discussing whether the alliance should be altered.
Discussion: twitchy.com
 
 
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Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg Met With Puerto Ricans About ‘West Side Story’ Concerns
Discussion: Daily Wire
Washington Post:
The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of life
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Trump's tales about gagged women are misleading Americans about human trafficking, experts say
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Gillibrand's 2020 path: 'Women are pissed off and they're fired up'
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
De Blasio pitches plan to seize private property of problem landlords, opponents cry ‘communism’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Aziza / New Yorker:
The Saudi Government's Global Campaign to Silence Its Critics
Dan Levin / New York Times:
‘The Shutdown Makes Me Nervous’: Young People Caught Up in Impasse
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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 and The Moderate Voice
David French / National Review:
The FBI's Counterintelligence Investigation of Trump Was Prudent and Proper
Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:
The IRS is recalling 46,000 workers to handle tax returns
Discussion: Splinter
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Just Handed a Big, Unanimous Victory to Workers. Wait, What?
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Did the Wall Street Journal Fall for a Prank Directed at Laura Loomer?
Discussion: Newsweek
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Feds say ‘star’ DEA agent abroad stole millions
Discussion: RT