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11:40 AM ET, January 15, 2019

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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.
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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.
Murray Waas / NYR Daily:   Matthew Whitaker: the Ethical Mire of Trump's Top Law Officer
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans need to condemn Trump's brazen bigotry
Jackson Richman / JNS.org:
Democratic National Committee drops partnership with Women's March  —  This development comes amid accusations of anti-Semitism within the movement's leadership, causing many organizations to drop their support of the this year's march, scheduled for Jan. 19.  —  Spread the word. Help JNS grow! Share now:
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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Jonathan S. Tobin / New York Post:
Pelosi, Democrats should discipline Tlaib's anti-Semitism
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Examiner
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Missing in action McConnell suggests no shutdown deal in sight
Discussion: Politico, The Week and National Review
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration cannot put a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Friday in a boost to proponents of counting immigrants.  —  In a 277-page decision …
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Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
New York federal judge blocks Trump on the 2020 census
Washington Post:
Federal judge rules against Trump administration's push for citizenship question on 2020 Census …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV hosts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Junk food for athletes?  President Donald Trump's offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV hosts.
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New York Times:
At Trump's Inauguration, $10,000 for Makeup and Lots of Room Service  —  At Trump's Inauguration, the Money Flowed Like Never Before  —  New details of spending on Mr. Trump's inaugural two years ago show that it roughly doubled that of his immediate predecessors.
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
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump amps up Dem pressure campaign
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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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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.
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Associated Press:
The Latest: Al-Shabab claims Nairobi hotel complex attack  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):  —  The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for the attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi and says its members are still fighting inside.
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Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Nairobi attack: hotel gunmen in armed standoff with police
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know about Kamala Harris  —  A trip through the life and career of the California senator as she gears up for a probable presidential run  —  1. As both a district attorney and state attorney general, Harris pushed for a new statewide law …
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Colin Reed / Fox News:   Here's why Kamala Harris is my early bet to win the 2020 Democratic presidential primary
Bradley Jones / Pew Research Center:
Democratic and Republican House members on average represent similar numbers of federal workers  —  As the longest federal government shutdown in the nation's history continues, it's not just around the nation's capital that government workers have been affected.
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The Hill:   GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House
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 Debates E.U. Withdrawal Plan
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ricochet:
Gillette: The Best a Questioning, Cishet, Non-Binary Ally Can Get  —  Jon Gabriel, Ed.  —  Gillette has had a rough few years.  The former shaving hegemon has seen its market share plummet due to a resurgence in classic “wet shaving,” online razor subscription services, and the popularity of beards.
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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.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Adam Schiff makes specialty hires for reopened Russia probe  —  Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have wasted no time in beefing up the investigative staff dedicated to continuing the committee's work on its semi-dormant Russia probe, even as the committee's new membership is still taking shape.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
William Barr, Trump's Attorney General Nominee, Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp’  —  Under Attorney General William Barr, 310 Haitian immigrants became prisoners of the world's first detention camp for refugees with HIV.  Now, a key Democratic senator wants answers.  —  Scott Bixby
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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Financial Times:
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