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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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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 …
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
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
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.
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans stand with McConnell on the sidelines of shutdown fight
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Trump's Attempt to Bypass Democratic Leaders on Wall Falls Flat
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
High drama, few results as Trump warns of ‘long’ shutdown
Discussion: Axios
Pardes Seleh / Mediaite:
CNN Analyst Calls Out Fox News' David Webb On-Air For ‘White Privilege’.  Webb Informs Her He's Black.  —  2019 is so woke that you don't even need to be white to be accused of “white privilege” anymore.  —  CNN analyst Areva Martin accused Sirius XM radio and Fox Nation host David Webb of benefitting from …
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   Talk show host calls out black commentator for his “white privilege”
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN Analyst Accuses Black Conservative Radio Host Of ‘White Privilege’
Discussion: Instapundit
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: Axios
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The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez to join House panel overseeing financial sector
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Washington Post:
Brexit vote: British Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal, leaving withdrawal from E.U …
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
Jackson Richman / JNS.org:
Democratic National Committee drops partnership with Women's March  —  The Democratic National Committee has dropped its partnership in the Women's March over anti-Semitism concerns, according to a Democratic source.  —  This development comes amid accusations of anti-Semitism within …
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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The Daily Beast:
Why Conservative Media and the Far Right Love Tulsi Gabbard for President
Discussion: RT, American Greatness and Salon
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 …
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.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand launches presidential exploratory committee  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand launched a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday night, joining the crowded Democratic hunt to win the White House in 2020.  —  The New York Democrat, a longtime advocate for women in politics …
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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.
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
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
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has zeroed in on at least three new witnesses associated with a conservative commentator connected to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, signaling …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Did the Wall Street Journal Fall for a Prank Directed at Laura Loomer?  —  Laura Loomer, who operated as an anti-Muslim online activist before she was suspended permanently from Twitter, was duped by internet pranksters into believing that her suspension occurred due to alleged lobbying …
Discussion: Newsweek
 
 
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