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7:55 PM ET, January 16, 2019

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump Concerning the State of the Union Address
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump signs bill giving federal workers back pay
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule SOTU because of shutdown
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
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:
Top HUD official's departure follows disagreements over housing policy and Puerto Rico disaster funds  —  A top Department of Housing and Urban Development official is leaving the agency Thursday following disagreements with other members of the Trump administration over housing policy …
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump advisers are cynically feeding his raging ego, and we're all the victims
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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
New York Times:
Will We Ever See Mueller's Report on Trump?  Maybe.  —  WASHINGTON — The swirl of speculation surrounding the Russia investigation often assumes that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will release a report of his findings that will serve as the definitive explanation …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Democrats' capitulation to William Barr  —  It's no secret that William P. Barr is very likely to be confirmed as the next U.S. attorney general.  But Democrats' handling of his confirmation hearing Tuesday was curious, at best — as if they didn't fully appreciate how he was parsing the most important questions they asked.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and LGBTQ Nation
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 …
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CNN:   Effort to ease Russian sanctions boosted by former Louisiana senator
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime, The Nation and Daily Kos
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Sebastian Gorka / American Greatness:
The FBI Has Become Too Dangerous
Discussion: Bloomberg, 1A and Washington Post
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.
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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Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Pence declares ‘ISIS has been defeated’ on the same day as deadly Syria attack
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.
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WGCL-TV:
BREAKING: Man charged for alleged plan to attack White House
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:
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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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.”
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump could announce a second summit with North Korean leader within days  —  President Trump could announce a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as soon as Friday, following an expected meeting at the White House with a North Korean envoy, U.S. and Asian diplomats said Wednesday.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
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The Intercept:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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