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1:55 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?  —  Making the click-through worthwhile: Do we want the FBI launching counterintelligence investigations of presidents and other elected officials on its own authority?  Who asked the Gillette corporation to lecture America's men about good behavior?
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and Chicks On The Right
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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Murray Waas / NYR Daily:   Matthew Whitaker: the Ethical Mire of Trump's Top Law Officer
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  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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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: Raw Story
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Congress prepares to cancel next week's recess if shutdown drags on
Discussion: Breitbart
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Missing in action McConnell suggests no shutdown deal in sight
Discussion: Politico, The Week and National Review
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
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.
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 and Breitbart
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The Trouble With the ‘Green New Deal’  —  It's hard to recall a Washington idea that has rocketed to prominence as quickly as the “Green New Deal,” rookie Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's radical proposal to decarbonize the American economy.
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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: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
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 »
Michael Baggs / BBC:
Gillette faces backlash and boycott over ‘#MeToo advert’  —  A Gillette advert which references bullying, the #MeToo movement and toxic masculinity has split opinion online.  —  The razor company's short film, called Believe, plays on their famous slogan “The best a man can get”, replacing it with “The best men can be”.
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Susannah Bryan / Sun-Sentinel:
Hallandale commissioner: Muslim congresswoman might ‘blow up’ Capitol Hill  —  Hallandale Beach Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub posted a comment on Facebook suggesting Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib might “blow up” Capitol Hill.  (South Florida Sun Sentinel file) South Florida Sun Sentinel
Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
Roku adds Infowars six months after other platforms ban channel  —  Roku may have given itself a brand safety issue.  The streaming service has added Infowars, the live show hosted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as a channel.  Jones was in the news on Jan. 11 for losing a legal battle …
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.
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: TheStreet
 
 
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Bradley Jones / Pew Research Center:
Democratic and Republican House members on average represent similar numbers of federal workers
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Kim Reynolds to propose constitutional amendment lifting felon voting ban in Condition of the State
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Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Nairobi attack: hotel gunmen in armed standoff with police
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Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues
Brian Stelter / CNN:
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
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