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6:05 PM ET, January 15, 2019

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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 …
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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
Jonathan S. Tobin / New York Post:
Pelosi, Democrats should discipline Tlaib's anti-Semitism
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Examiner
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Steve King's Racist Remarks and Divisive Actions: A Timeline
The Hill:
Democrats turn down White House invitation for shutdown talks  —  No Democrats will attend a lunch on Tuesday with President Trump designed to reach an agreement to end the government shutdown and fund a border wall, the White House said.  —  Trump had invited several moderate House Democrats …
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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's tweet about “hamberders” illustrates just how effortlessly he lies  —  Trump boasted about serving the Clemson football team 300 burgers.  Since then, the number has grown exponentially.  —  While not as significant as his lies about the situation at the southern border or his dealings with Russia …
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.
TMZ.com:
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Loved Trump's Fast Food, Can't Wait to Come Back!
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:   Trump's Attempt to Bypass Democratic Leaders on Wall Falls Flat
Associated Press:   Trump's burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV hosts
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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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 …
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Washington Post:   Brexit vote: British Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal, leaving withdrawal from E.U …
The Daily Beast:
Theresa May's Brexit Deal Walloped in Biggest Parliamentary Defeat in British History
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: Althouse
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Brendan Pierson / Reuters:   ‘El Chapo’ trial witness tells of alleged $100 mln bribe to Pena Nieto
Emily Saul / New York Post:   El Chapo paid $100M bribe to ex-Mexican president: secretary
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.
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 …
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.
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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 mistakenly accused Sirius XM radio host …
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
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Acting Attorney General Whitaker to testify before Congress in February  —  Embattled acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before Congress on Feb. 8, setting up dual blockbuster hearings that week as House Democrats launch their much-awaited oversight into Donald Trump's presidency.
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Washington Post:
Barr fields questions on Mueller probe, independence from Trump at attorney general confirmation hearing
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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Jon Levine / The Wrap:   MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe’ Ratings Surged 12 Percent in 2018 as Fox News and CNN Declined
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: John Kasich joins CNN as contributor
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
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 …
Discussion: Vox, Politico, Common Dreams, IJR and Raw Story
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.
Matthew Sheffield / The Hill:
Poll: A majority of Americans support raising the top tax rate to 70 percent  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her Republican critics have both called her proposal to dramatically increase America's highest tax rate “radical” but a new poll released Tuesday indicates that a majority of Americans agrees with the idea.
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
The polar vortex has fractured, and the eastern U.S. faces a punishing stretch of winter weather  —  Forecasts call for a very cold and stormy pattern, just underway, to peak in a few weeks  —  The swirling winds tens of thousands of feet high in the sky above the Arctic — the dreaded polar vortex …
NEWS.com.au:
Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue  —  Parents of the trapped Thai cave boys were told their boys were being taught to swim to freedom, but really they were handcuffed and drugged.  —  Thai boys reunited with their families1:15
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NBC News:
American ISIS member detained in Syria says he ‘wanted to go see exactly what the group was about’  —  A Muslim convert, Warren Christopher Clark, who is being held in Kurdish custody, told NBC News in an exclusive interview that he does not regret throwing in his lot with ISIS.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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 …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
Why Conservative Media and the Far Right Love Tulsi Gabbard for President
Discussion: Salon
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell rebukes King, mum on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post and IJR
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Feds say ‘star’ DEA agent abroad stole millions
Brandon Morse / RedState:
A Virtue Signaling Nancy Pelosi Is STILL Receiving Pay When Federal Workers Aren't, And Trump Wonder Why
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
‘Vino Vixen,’ alleged blacklist creator, leaves State
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Lincicome / The Bulwark:
A Failure to Adjust
Discussion: National Review
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Did Robert Mueller Find Evidence of Collusion Yet?
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run and RT
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller files status report highlighting cooperation by key witness
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Annie Karni / New York Times:
White House Considering Indra Nooyi to Head World Bank
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Goodbye, New York. Adam Moss Is Leaving the Magazine He Has Edited for 15 Years.
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »