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10:40 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.
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 …
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Feinstein presses Trump's AG nominee to protect Mueller
Discussion: Breitbart and Balloon Juice
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Republicans need to condemn Trump's brazen bigotry
Discussion: The Week, Fox News, Roll Call and CNN
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:
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.
John Santucci / ABC News:   President Donald Trump's inaugural fund spent lavishly at his DC hotel, new docs show
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
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 …
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
The Media's Trump-Russia Death Spasms  —  This week's confirmation hearings for William Barr, the former U.S. attorney general nominated by President Trump to serve in that post once again, are expected to focus mostly on the most powerful man in Washington, D.C.: Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
New York Times:
Donald Trump: The Russia File
Discussion: CNN, Hullabaloo and The Week
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump amps up Dem pressure campaign
Discussion: Political Wire
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump to Help Choose New World Bank President
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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Republicans are losing the shutdown blame game — and they can't do anything about it  —  (CNN)Imagine going to bed every night, having the same nightmare, waking up, hoping you will sleep peacefully the next night and then having the nightmare again.  Over and over again.  For 24 days and counting.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
President Trump's extravagant, $3,000, 300-sandwich celebration of Clemson University  —  In an administration overstuffed with bizarre moments and unusual events, Monday night's celebration of the Clemson University Tigers at the White House nonetheless made a mark.
Associated Press:   Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV hosts
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
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
New York Times:
Brexit Vote: Parliament Debates E.U. Withdrawal Plan
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues  —  Jamie Dimon, the J.P. Morgan Chase CEO who has been bullish on the U.S. economy, said that the government shutdown could wipe out growth from the world's biggest economy.
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Is This the Year for a Redistricting Revolution?  —  LOS ANGELES—Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger agree: Neither thinks Donald Trump has any business being anywhere near the White House, but the main political issue they're going to focus on for the next two years is redistricting reform.
California governor faces first major test navigating PG&E bankruptcy waters  —  SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, entering his second week in office, faces a major test of his leadership after PG&E said Monday it intends to declare bankruptcy — a development that will demand …
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Missing in action McConnell suggests no shutdown deal in sight  —  Good morning and welcome to the 25th day of the government shutdown.  Tips, stories, furloughed?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  On The Hill  —  M.I.A. MITCH: The man who declared …
Discussion: Politico, The Week and National Review
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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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The Trouble With the ‘Green New Deal’
Financial Times:
Congo voting data reveal huge fraud in poll to replace Kabila
Sam Baker / Axios:
The ongoing government shutdown is affecting the FDA's ability to review new drugs
Discussion: Raw Story and STAT
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Mideast Strategy
Micah L. Sifry / New Republic:
Resistance Training  —  Since Donald Trump became president …
Jeff Carlson /
McCabe's FBI Tried to Re-engage Christopher Steele After Comey Was Fired
Bruce Haring / Deadline:
‘Family Guy’ Is Phasing Out Jokes About Gay People, Executive Producers Say
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
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Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Giant Food Stores will place robotic assistants at 172 locations, company says
Discussion: Mashable
Washington Post:
Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Welcome to the Stephen Colbert primary
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