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6:50 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 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 …
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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CNN:
4 Americans killed in Syria attack. ISIS claims responsibility
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Islamic State claims blast in U.S.-patrolled city in Syria; monitoring group, local media report casualties
Discussion: Foreign Affairs, New York Times 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
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, 1A and Washington Post
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 …
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Marty Steinberg / CNBC:   Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group and creator of the index fund, dies at age 89
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 …
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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
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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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
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CNN:   Effort to ease Russian sanctions boosted by former Louisiana senator
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Steve King says he was just defending ‘Western Civilization.’ That's racist, too.  —  After years of making racist statements and promoting racist policies, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) may finally have gone too far.  In a recent interview, he told the New York Times, “White nationalist …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Cumming man threatened to attack White House, authorities say  —  Federal authorities on Wednesday announced a terrorist case against a metro Atlanta resident accused of plotting to destroy the White House and other Washington D.C. government buildings.
Discussion: WXIA-TV, Daily Wire and Breitbart
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 …
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
Ann Coulter justifies shutdown: A wall is worth more than ‘the Yosemite gift shop being open’  —  Ann Coulter said that Donald Trump will be “dead in the water” if he fails to build his proposed border wall, applying more pressure to a president who, some say, has continued to keep …
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 …
New York Times:
Goldman's Tactic in Huge Malaysian Fraud Case: Smear an Ex-Partner  —  They sound like the ingredients of a pulpy thriller: Bigamy.  Secret religious conversions.  A doctorate from a mail-order diploma mill.  Affairs with powerful women.  —  The sordid list — a mixture of facts …
 
 
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Andrew Putz / MinnPost:
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Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
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Discussion: LifeNews.com
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Says Student Debt Is Hurting U.S. Housing Market
Tara McKelvey / BBC:
Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China
Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
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Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Exactly How Bad Is Trump At Making Deals? Even Worse Than You Think.
TMZ.com:
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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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