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3:05 PM 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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Did Robert Mueller Find Evidence of Collusion Yet?
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Townhall
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and Daily Kos
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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.
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.
TMZ.com:
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Loved Trump's Fast Food, Can't Wait to Come Back!  —  Donald Trump's fast food plan worked ... because Clemson's star QB Trevor Lawrence tells TMZ Sports he LOVED the President's McDonald's spread at the White House and can't wait to do it again!
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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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.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Barr sent or discussed controversial memo with Trump lawyers
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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New York Times:
Steve King Faces Loss of House Committee Seats Over White Supremacy Remark
Washington Post:
Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, says Steve King should ‘find another line of work’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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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Jonathan S. Tobin / New York Post:
Pelosi, Democrats should discipline Tlaib's anti-Semitism
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Examiner
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
The Democratic Party Drops Its Sponsorship of Women's March Amid Farrakhan Blow-Up
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: Politico, The Root, IJR and Raw Story
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Missing in action McConnell suggests no shutdown deal in sight
Discussion: Politico, Roll Call and The Week
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Congress prepares to cancel next week's recess if shutdown drags on
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:   The Trouble With the ‘Green New Deal’
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
New York federal judge blocks Trump on the 2020 census  —  A federal judge in New York on Monday ruled against the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship question to the 2020 census.  —  Why it matters: Critics argue that the inclusion of a citizenship questions would lead …
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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:   Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census
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
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 …
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
Scott Lincicome / The Bulwark:
A Failure to Adjust  —  We can't blame all of the struggles of the working class on “China Shock.”  —  A debate has erupted, particularly on the right, in response to a recent Tucker Carlson monologue on how “Washington elite” policy choices, in particular international trade liberalization …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
White House Considering Indra Nooyi to Head World Bank  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is considering Indra K. Nooyi, the former chief executive officer of PepsiCo, for the position of World Bank president, according to several people familiar with the process.
Washington Post:
‘The essence of involuntary servitude’: Federal unions sue the Trump administration to get paid for shutdown work  —  BREAKING: A federal judge Tuesday refused to compel the government to pay federal employees who have been forced to work without pay during shutdown.  This article will be updated.
Discussion: RedState, Bloomberg, Althouse and TheStreet
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Former top FBI lawyer James Baker subject of criminal media leak probe, transcript reveals  —  Republican's questions uncovered revelations that FBI leadership debated if Trump was directed by Russians to fire Comey  —  The former top lawyer at the FBI has been under federal investigation …
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.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller files status report highlighting cooperation by key witness  —  Former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates is still cooperating with federal prosecutors on “several ongoing investigations,” according to a status report filed by special counsel Robert Mueller and Gates' defense attorneys on Tuesday.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Political Wire
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 …
 
 
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Rich Noyes / NB Blog:
Networks Trashed Trump With 90% Negative Spin in 2018, But Did It Matter?
Discussion: Washington Times
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
‘Vino Vixen,’ alleged blacklist creator, leaves State
Discussion: Raw Story
Paola Tamma / Politico:
Macron launches national debate in response to protests
Nick Morrow / Human Rights Campaign:
HISTORIC: NY Legislature Passes Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act & Ban on Conversion Therapy
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned
Bradley Jones / Pew Research Center:
Democratic and Republican House members on average represent similar numbers of federal workers
Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
Roku adds Infowars six months after other platforms ban channel
 Earlier Items: 
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Kim Reynolds to propose constitutional amendment lifting felon voting ban in Condition of the State
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues
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 »
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Trump administration doubles estimate of shutdown cost to economy from original forecast: Source
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Leaks, Cancer-Causing Dust: L-Train Plan Similar to Cuomo's Was Rejected Over Safety
Discussion: Gothamist