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6:10 PM ET, January 16, 2019

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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Nancy Pelosi uninvites Trump from the State of the Union until the shutdown is over  —  She also says he can deliver it in writing if he wants.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has uninvited President Donald Trump from delivering the State of the Union address because of the partial government shutdown …
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Stephen Miller was writing SOTU to blame Democrats for shutdown — until Nancy Pelosi pulled the rug out: report  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may have thrown a wrench into President Donald Trump's primetime plan to blame Democrats for the shutdown.  —  Citing security concerns on Wednesday …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump Concerning the State of the Union Address  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter today to President Trump suggesting that the delivery of the State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress be delayed until government re-opens.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule SOTU because of the shutdown
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:   Nancy Pelosi Might Have Just Blown Up the State of the Union. And That's OK.
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump signs bill giving federal workers back pay
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Rick Gates Tells Mueller About Trump Team's Dealings With Israeli Intelligence Firm  —  Psy Group delivered plans for ‘social media manipulation’ in 2016 and the special counsel is digging in as part of his probe into Mideast influence.  —  Rick Gates, the former campaign aide to Donald Trump …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Boing Boing and Raw Story
Reuters:
Four U.S. troops reported among 16 dead in north Syria attack  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed U.S. troops in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said group was defeated there and he would pull out all American forces.
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U.S. Central Command:
Explosion Kills Four in Manbij
Discussion: VICE News
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Islamic State claims blast in U.S.-patrolled city in Syria; monitoring group, local media report casualties
Discussion: New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Vox and IJR
Beto O'Rourke:
A lot of big trucks rolling down Pancake Blvd and there aren't any sidewalks.  Gloomy early morning sky in Liberal Kansas.  Snow melt on the side of the road where I'm running.  I find a vacant lot to cut through to another street, also busy and without sidewalks.
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David Siders / Politico:
Beto skips town while his brain trust sketches 2020 plans
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Fake editions of The Washington Post handed out at multiple locations in D.C.  —  Fake editions of The Washington Post claiming that President Trump was leaving office were handed out Wednesday morning at multiple locations in Washington, D.C.  —  The print papers — dated May 1, 2019 …
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Fake editions of Washington Post falsely claim Trump steps down
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Federal agency ‘improperly’ ignored constitutional concerns before allowing Trump to keep lease to his hotel, internal watchdog says  —  The General Services Administration “ignored” concerns that President Trump's lease on a government-owned building — the one that houses his Trump International Hotel …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, Axios and Joe.My.God.
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Washington Post:
General Services Administration ‘ignored’ …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eliza Collins / USA Today:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use  —  WASHINGTON - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dances outside her office, solicits instant-pot recipes and gets into fights on Twitter.  Soon you may see other Democrats taking a page from her social media playbook.
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The Onion:   Fox News Debuts Premium Channel For 24-Hour Coverage Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
FiveThirtyEight:
Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science.  Take One That Isn't.  —  Compare your results to those of your friends and family.  —  What's your personality, and what can it tell you about your true self?  Those questions have launched a thousand online personality quizzes.
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful  —  IT WOULD BE rather embarrassing for Donald Trump at this point if Robert Mueller were to declare that the president isn't an agent of Russian intelligence.  —  THE PATTERN OF his pro-Putin, pro-Russia, anti-FBI …
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Sebastian Gorka / American Greatness:
The FBI Has Become Too Dangerous
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and 1A
Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Chris Christie torches Jared  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie settles scores in “Let Me Finish,” a memoir out Jan. 29 from Hachette Books, writing that President Trump “trusts people he shouldn't, including some of the people who are closest to him.”
Washington Post:
T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval.  The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump's hotel.  —  Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile's value and give it a huge new chunk of the cellphone market.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia Sanctions  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday narrowly staved off an effort by Democrats to deal the Trump administration's Russia sanctions policy an embarrassing rebuke.  —  Eleven Republicans joined Democrats …
Discussion: Political Wire
Philly.com:
John Bogle, who founded Vanguard and revolutionized retirement savings, dies at 89.  —  John C. Bogle, 89, who revolutionized the way Americans save for the future, championed the interests of the small investor, and railed against corporate greed and the excesses of Wall Street …
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Border rancher: 'We've found prayer rugs out here.  It's unreal'  —  LORDSBURG, N.M. — Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels.
Hussein Kesvani / MEL Magazine:
When YouTube Red-Pills the Love of Your Life  —  What it's like to watch, terrified and helpless, as your partner becomes radicalized by hate on the fringe right  —  Sarah clearly remembers the moment she lost the love of her life to the “Red Pill.”  —  She was sitting inside a dark closet next …
The Intercept:
Amid Internal Investigation Over Leaks to Media, the Center for American Progress Fires Two Staffers  —  The Center for American Progress fired two staffers suspected of being involved in leaking an email exchange that staffers thought reflected improper influence by the United Arab Emirates within …
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 …
New York Times:
Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote in British Parliament  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly survived a vote of no-confidence in Parliament on Wednesday, but the result did little to quell the turmoil gripping the British government over her plan for leaving the European Union …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Steve Carell to Star in Netflix Comedy Based on Trump's ‘Space Force’  —  Picked up straight to series, the show is co-created by the actor and ‘The Office’ boss Greg Daniels.  —  Steve Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels are reuniting for a Netflix series inspired by President Trump's idea …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
When It Comes to Trump and Russia, Should We Apply Hanlon's Razor or Occam's?  —  It's getting harder to believe that this can be explained by stupidity rather than malice.  —  This is, I suppose, an awkward time to bring up razors, since we are in the midst of a heated debate …
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey to Seek Extradition of NBA Player as Feud Escalates  —  Turkey said it would seek the extradition of a prominent NBA player, part of a global hunt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched to capture supporters of a Pennsylvania-based cleric he accuses of fomenting the 2016 coup that nearly swept him from power.
Eric Kohn / IndieWire:
SXSW 2019 Film: 10 Promising Selections, From Robert Rodriguez to Beto O'Rourke  —  This year's Austin gathering is another promising mix of discoveries and proven talent.  Let the buzz start here.  —  The first half of January is always busy in the film community, as Oscar voting comes …
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cancels 2 upcoming events  —  Washington (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not attend scheduled talks in the upcoming weeks in Los Angeles and New York, following her surgery in December, after she missed Supreme Court arguments earlier this month, the event hosts said.
Tara McKelvey / BBC:
Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China  —  US officials say China is trying to influence US policymakers, steal secrets and spy on the US government.  But how?  The story of Kevin Mallory, a man who seemed to lead a typical suburban life in Virginia, provides the answer.
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
Seth Moulton to speak in N.H., restarting buzz he may run for president  —  US Representative Seth Moulton, Democrat of Salem, will travel to New Hampshire in two weeks, sources familiar with the planning tell The Boston Globe.  —  The trip to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump advisers are cynically feeding his raging ego, and we're all the victims  —  Remember when that anonymous administration official caused a political explosion with a clandestine op-ed piece, smuggled out to the public, informing us that there is a heroic internal resistance toiling away …
Discussion: The Mahablog
David Jesse / Detroit Free Press:
John Engler to resign as Michigan State University interim president  —  Larry Nassar survivors and their parents erupted in calls for the Michigan State board to fire John Engler.  “Shame on you,” mother Leslie Miller said.  —  CONNECT  —  John Engler will resign as interim president …
Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
Trump's burger fête was a masterpiece  —  It wasn't quite the Cena Trimalchionis, but the robust, non-sissy feast that the President of the United States laid on for the Clemson Tigers — the college football team that just won the national championship — would in its own way have been the envy of Petronius's diners.
Discussion: Instapundit and CNN
 
 
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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
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New York Times:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Only Obama Had Done the Things Obama Actually Did
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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