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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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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule SOTU because of the shutdown  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address — or deliver it in writing — as long as the government remains shut down.  —  The president was set to give his annual speech to Congress on Jan. 29.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Nancy Pelosi Might Have Just Blown Up the State of the Union.  And That's OK.  —  In 1974, the Watergate investigation was blowing up around the White House, and Congress looked well on its way to impeaching President Richard Nixon.  But on January 30 it all came to a standstill as Nixon walked …
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.
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump signs bill giving federal workers back pay
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Stephen Miller was writing SOTU to blame Democrats for shutdown — until Nancy Pelosi pulled the rug out: report
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., Raw Story and Boing Boing
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
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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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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Billboard
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The Onion:   Fox News Debuts Premium Channel For 24-Hour Coverage Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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.
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.”
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
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: Axios
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Washington Post:
General Services Administration ‘ignored’ …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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 …
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
WeWork's CEO Makes Millions as Landlord to WeWork  —  Adam Neumann has bought properties and leased them to his co-working startup, sparking conflict of interest concerns  —  For more than two months after employees at International Business Machines Corp. moved into a Manhattan building managed …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Pursuing Criminal Case Against Huawei for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets  —  Probe involves allegations that Huawei stole robot phone-testing technology from T-Mobile  —  Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China's Huawei Technologies Co …
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
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.
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Only Obama Had Done the Things Obama Actually Did  —  Matt Stoller, who has repeatedly dismissed the Obama administration as a failure, tells the New York Times that candidates who sound like Obama will face suspicion from voters.  “We tried that and it didn't work,” Stoller said.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
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
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 …
Juan Escalante / HuffPost:
Donald Trump's Shutdown Tantrum Isn't Actually About The Border Wall  —  For the past three weeks, we have watched and heard as the president shut down the government while making a weak attempt to sell his border wall to the nation.  In a televised primetime speech that was broadcasted last week …
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 …
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 …
Trish Turner / ABC News:
Senators nearing subpoena for Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney, in probe of Russian election interference  —  A key Senate panel is moving closer to issuing a subpoena for Michael Cohen, the president's former personal attorney and fixer, as part of its ongoing investigation …
Danielle McNally / Marie Claire:
Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Play ‘How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker?’  —  2020 presidential campaign is already here  —  . And while the field is sure to be broad (and bloated), when it comes to true contenders, two names are consistently on the lips of every talking head: Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand.
 
 
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