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New York Times:
Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia  —  WASHINGTON — There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.
The Daily Beast:
Mueller Probes an Event With Nunes, Flynn, and Foreign Officials at Trump's D.C. Hotel  —  Devin Nunes has been a pitbull for the president, growling at the prosecutors investigating Trumpworld.  Now an event that Nunes himself attended is under Mueller's microscope.
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Barr sent or discussed controversial memo with Trump lawyers  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General nominee William Barr shared a controversial memo last year with nearly all of President Donald Trump's lawyers concluding that an aspect of special counsel Robert Mueller's case could be “fatally misconceived,” Barr acknowledged Monday.
Discussion: KTLA
CNN:
Trump's legal team rebuffed request for Mueller interview in recent weeks  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal team rebuffed special counsel Robert Mueller's request in recent weeks for an in-person session with Trump to ask follow-up questions.  —  The request was made after Trump's …
Luke Barr / ABC News:
AG nominee Barr promises he won't interfere with Mueller as confirmation hearing set to begin
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Steve King Faces Loss of House Committee Seats Over White Supremacy Remark  —  House Republican leaders will try to remove Representative Steve King of Iowa from the powerful Judiciary Committee and his other panel assignments on Monday night as the party officials scrambled to appear tough …
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Missing in action McConnell suggests no shutdown deal in sight
Discussion: Politico, National Review and Roll Call
Washington Post:
Trump and lawmakers paralyzed over shutdown as both sides remain dug in
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:   McCarthy strips Steve King of committee assignments after accusations he backed white supremacy
Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King's inflammatory remarks roil a GOP already struggling on race
New York Times:
At Trump's Inauguration, $10,000 for Makeup and Lots of Room Service  —  WASHINGTON — Private donors put up $107 million to usher Donald J. Trump into office in style two years ago, and it is now clear just how enthusiastically his inaugural committee went to town with it.
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John Santucci / ABC News:   President Donald Trump's inaugural fund spent lavishly at his DC hotel, new docs show
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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Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: John Kasich joins CNN as contributor  —  Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining CNN as a contributor, serving as an analyst across the network, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told his team Tuesday morning.  —  The big picture: The 66-year-old Kasich, a former U.S. House member …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Associated Press
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump to Help Choose New World Bank President  —  WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter and senior adviser, will play a role in helping to select the next head of the World Bank, the White House said Monday.  —  Ms. Trump, who had been rumored to be a contender …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump amps up Dem pressure campaign
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Mediaite and Daily Wire
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
‘Senior Trump Official’ On Shutdown: ‘We Do Not Want Most Employees To Return’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Goodbye, New York.  Adam Moss Is Leaving the Magazine He Has Edited for 15 Years.  —  Adam Moss, whose visual savvy and ear for the zeitgeist made him one of the leading magazine editors of his generation, said on Tuesday that he would step down from New York magazine, his canvas for the past 15 years.
The Sun:
BREX FROM THE DEAD Theresa May will force SECOND vote on her Brexit deal despite facing huge defeat  —  Allies claim that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Theresa May last minute help after saying the EU could grant extra concessions if MPs shoot down the her deal
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New York Times:
Brexit Vote: Parliament to Decide on E.U. Withdrawal Plan
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 …
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Obstruction Is Collusion  —  The revelation that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether President Donald Trump is compromised by or working for the Russian government is beyond disturbing.  To deepen the unease, another report disclosed that Trump went to …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump: The Russia File
Discussion: CNN, LewRockwell and The Week
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Trump administration doubles estimate of shutdown cost to economy from original forecast: Source  — The original estimate that the partial shutdown would subtract 0.1 percentage point from growth every two weeks has now been doubled to a 0.1 percentage point subtraction every week, according to a Trump administration official.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Joe Lieberman Called Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE a National Security Threat.  Now He's a Lobbyist for It.  —  The former Senator says he can better serve his new client precisely because he was once a critic.  —  Betsy Woodruff  —  Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator …
Discussion: Raw Story
Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump has boxed himself in on the shutdown with nowhere to go  —  (CNN)New polling indicates that President Donald Trump does not have a winning option to get out of this partial government shutdown, and his position is deteriorating.  —  Let's start with the most important fact when it comes …
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Pentagon to send more active-duty troops to southwest border  —  President Trump once said Mexico would pay directly for a wall; now he says his trade deal would do it.  But experts say that's a long shot.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will send a fresh deployment …
Discussion: CNN and Townhall
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Associated Press:
Pentagon agrees to extended role on Mexico border mission
Discussion: ABC News
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Facebook, fighting off skeptics, plans to invest $300 million in journalism programs  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook says it is making by far its biggest investment yet into struggling sectors of the news industry.  —  On Tuesday the company is announcing a three-year commitment …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Conservative writer Jerome Corsi says Mueller has summoned his stepson to testify before grand jury  —  The stepson of conservative writer Jerome Corsi has been summoned by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before a grand jury, according to Corsi, a sign that Mueller's team remains focused …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Associated Press
Bill de Blasio / Washington Post:
Yes, Democrats can deliver on big, progressive ideas  —  The writer, a Democrat, is mayor of New York City.  —  When a party loses a national election to someone such as President Trump, it's time to rethink everything.  But with just a year from the Iowa caucuses, I'm worried some of our leaders …
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Leaks, Cancer-Causing Dust: L-Train Plan Similar to Cuomo's Was Rejected Over Safety  —  The key to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's surprise decision this month to call off the L-train shutdown is a new repair plan that relies on mounting subway cables to the tunnel wall — a less disruptive approach …
The Hill:
GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House  —  Republicans are crafting an early strategy to take back the House in 2020, zeroing in on districts carried by President Trump that recently flipped to Democrats and starting a recruitment process that will have a heavy emphasis on female candidates.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Old land deal quietly haunts Mick Mulvaney as he serves as Trump's chief of staff
Washington Post:
The shutdown is giving some Trump advisers what they've long wanted: A smaller government
Discussion: The Daily Beast
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Shuttered IRS Is Sending Automated Warnings of Asset Seizures, With Nobody to Call to Stop Them
Discussion: Boing Boing