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1:20 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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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 …
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.
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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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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Jonathan S. Tobin / New York Post:
Pelosi, Democrats should discipline Tlaib's anti-Semitism … It took far too long, but the breaking point finally came for Republicans.  For years, Rep. Steve King has been pushing the envelope with far-right ideology and racist language targeting immigrants.
Discussion: NB Blog and Washington Examiner
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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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 CNN
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:
Democrats turn down White House invitation for shutdown talks
Discussion: Breitbart
The Hill:   GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House
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
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump amps up Dem pressure campaign
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
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 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 »
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 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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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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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: Raw Story, 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
 
 
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low
Discussion: Axios
Pardes Seleh / Mediaite:
CNN Analyst Calls Out Fox News' David Webb On-Air For ‘White Privilege’.  Webb Informs Her He's Black.
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller files status report highlighting cooperation by key witness
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
Roku adds Infowars six months after other platforms ban channel
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Kim Reynolds to propose constitutional amendment lifting felon voting ban in Condition of the State
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Adam Schiff makes specialty hires for reopened Russia probe
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Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says shutdown could reduce economic growth to zero this quarter if it continues
Associated Press:
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Facebook, fighting off skeptics, plans to invest $300 million in journalism programs
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Is This the Year for a Redistricting Revolution?
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Joe Lieberman Called Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE a National Security Threat.  Now He's a Lobbyist for It.
Discussion: Raw Story