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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
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Michael Gors / siouxcityjournal.com:
OUR OPINION: Steve King should resign  —  It's time for Steve King to go.  He should resign his seat in the U.S. House.  A new election should be held for voters in Iowa's 4th Congressional District to choose a replacement.  —  After near-universal condemnation from both sides of the political aisle …
Discussion: Axios
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
NBC News Tells Staffers Not To Call Steve King's Racist Remarks Racist (UPDATE: NBC Changes Guidance)  —  The news organization issued further guidance Tuesday afternoon, saying that it was, in fact, fair to describe King's comments that way.  —  UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. Shortly after this story …
Washington Post:
Republicans finally noticed Steve King's bigotry. What about Trump's?
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Shutdown's Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth  —  WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the United States economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Trump's economists doubled projections …
Discussion: Mediaite
Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans Gay Employees And Kids  —  The school discriminates against LGBTQ people in its job application and says LGBTQ kids aren't welcome.  —  Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, started at a job this week teaching art at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia.
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The school that hired Karen Pence requires applicants to disavow gay marriage, trans identity  —  The school where Vice President Pence's wife, Karen Pence, has accepted a part-time job teaching art requires potential employees to affirm certain religious beliefs that seek to exclude homosexual …
Emily Heil / Washington Post:   Second lady Karen Pence to teach art at a Virginia elementary school
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Lili Bayer / Politico:
German minister says UK should be given more time on Brexit
BBC:
Brexit: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat
Washington Post:
Brexit vote: British Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal, leaving withdrawal from E.U …
Discussion: The Guardian
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Talk show host calls out black commentator for his “white privilege”  —  “White privilege” is a dubious concept.  It's typically invoked in lieu of reasoned rebuttal.  Often, it's akin to an ad hominen argument.  —  The concept first gained currency on college campuses.
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Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN Analyst Accuses Black Conservative Radio Host Of ‘White Privilege’
Discussion: Instapundit
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi shuts outspoken critic out of Judiciary slot  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exacted revenge against one of her most outspoken detractors Tuesday night, blocking Rep. Kathleen Rice from landing a seat on the high-profile House Judiciary Committee.  —  Pelosi lobbied for other members …
Elizabeth Dexheimer / Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Said Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall Street  — Socialist Democrat recommended for House finance committee  — 29-year-old New Yorker has called for breakup of biggest banks  —  Wall Street, get ready for a lot more scrutiny from U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Republicans Break Ranks Over Move to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Firms  —  WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership and the administration on Tuesday to side with Democrats in a showdown over sanctions on Russia, underscoring the political sensitivity …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and Putin Have Met Five Times.  What Was Said Is a Mystery.  —  WASHINGTON — The first time they met was in Germany.  President Trump took his interpreter's notes afterward and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone.  Later that night, at a dinner …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Gillibrand's 2020 path: 'Women are pissed off and they're fired up'  —  Soon after Kathleen Matthews jumped into a crowded Democratic congressional primary in Maryland in 2016, she received an unsolicited check.  It was from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's political group, weighing in early on Matthews' behalf.
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Pew Research Center:
Most Border Wall Opponents, Supporters Say Shutdown Concessions Are Unacceptable  —  Partisan divide on whether shutdown is ‘very serious’ problem  —  With the partial shutdown of the federal government in its third week, both opponents and supporters of expanding the U.S.-Mexico border …
Discussion: Politico
Fox News Insider:
Tucker Carlson Battled Obama Adviser Over Trump Bashing NATO, Russia  —  Tucker Carlson debated an Obama foreign policy adviser over whether it is a civic offense to consider withdrawing the United States from NATO or discussing whether the alliance should be altered.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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The Daily Beast:
Why Conservative Media and the Far Right Love Tulsi Gabbard for President
Discussion: Vox, RT and American Greatness
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans stand with McConnell on the sidelines of shutdown fight  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  Mitch McConnell paused as he searched for the words to sum up the early days of 2019.  —  “So, I would say this is a little bit of a …
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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: Townhall, Daily Wire and Althouse
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
William Barr tries to clean up his Clinton comments — but stumbles into a new Mueller problem  —  A newly released email makes clear Barr thought Clinton probes were more warranted than Mueller's collusion probe.  —  Attorney general nominee William P. Barr's comments about special counsel …
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 …
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
My Mother Worked to Make America Great.  She Lived to See Trump Make It Worse.  —  No, she was no president or business titan.  She was just a fierce woman of the greatest generation who embodied and lived values that will long outlast Trump.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“He's not a guy who likes a plan”: How Trump takes his strategic cues from Mike Tyson  —  When a frustrated adviser once tried to convince President Trump to consider a strategic plan, the president launched into a story about his friend Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.
Discussion: Raw Story
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Sherrod Brown Is Taking His Possible Presidential Campaign To The Early Primary States  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is taking a big step toward running for president, with plans to visit the all-important early voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Abrams and Gillum target Trump in 2020  —  Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum — two of the Democratic Party's breakout candidates of 2018, despite losing their elections for governor of Georgia and Florida — are looking to parlay their near-success into the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020.
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.
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.
Discussion: Splinter
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate  —  A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.  —  Members of the Sackler family …
Discussion: The Week
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Trump invites moderate Dems to WH for shutdown meeting — but some decline  —  President Donald Trump has invited some more moderate House Democrats to the White House Tuesday to discuss border security and how to end the partial government shutdown, but at least two of the invited members do not plan to attend.
Washington Post:
The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of life  —  Three weeks of no pay and lots of uncertainty has changed how aerospace engineer Robert Sprayberry thinks about his job.  He joined the Federal Aviation Administration a decade ago because it promised him a stable career with steady hours.
 
 
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Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Trump's tales about gagged women are misleading Americans about human trafficking, experts say
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
De Blasio pitches plan to seize private property of problem landlords, opponents cry ‘communism’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Aziza / New Yorker:
The Saudi Government's Global Campaign to Silence Its Critics
Tom Perkins / Detroit Metro Times:
Interim MSU President John Engler says Larry Nassar victims are ‘enjoying’ the ‘spotlight’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and AOL
Dan Levin / New York Times:
‘The Shutdown Makes Me Nervous’: Young People Caught Up in Impasse
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
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Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad
Discussion: Power Line and The Moderate Voice
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Foreign Policy:
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David French / National Review:
The FBI's Counterintelligence Investigation of Trump Was Prudent and Proper
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Did the Wall Street Journal Fall for a Prank Directed at Laura Loomer?
Discussion: Newsweek
NEWS.com.au:
Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Feds say ‘star’ DEA agent abroad stole millions
Discussion: RT