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11:20 AM ET, January 16, 2019

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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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Wesley Morgan / Politico:   U.S. troops killed in blast in Syria
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
US troops killed in bomb blast in northern Syria
Discussion: New York Times and WTKR-TV
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Islamic State claims blast in U.S.-patrolled city in Syria; monitoring group, local media report casualties
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg:
Four Americans Killed in Islamic State Attack in Syria, Official Says
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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.  —  Pelosi said the partial shutdown …
Discussion: Washington Post
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi gets revenge against one of the Dem rebels  —  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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Hoping to keep his seat and wary of angering the base, McConnell defers to Trump on the shutdown
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:   Damage inflicted by shutdown shaves off projected US economic growth on Day 26
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:
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Deripaska's Rusal Flouts Sanctions Pledge With New Kremlin Stooge
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Belarusan model who touted evidence of Trump-Russia ties pleads guilty in Thailand
Discussion: Political Wire
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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Michael Gors / siouxcityjournal.com:
OUR OPINION: Steve King should resign
Discussion: IJR, Axios and Reuters
Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ 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
Discussion: Mediaite and LGBTQ Nation
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.
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why would William Barr take this job?  The answer should alarm Trump.  —  It was William P. Barr's confirmation hearing.  But it was Robert S. Mueller III's affirmation hearing.  —  President Trump had nominated Barr to be his new attorney general to shield him from Mueller's hoax of a rigged witch hunt.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
William Barr tries to clean up his Clinton comments — but stumbles into a new Mueller problem
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“He's not a guy who likes a plan”: How Trump takes his strategic cues from Mike Tyson  —  When a frustrated adviser once tried to convince President Trump to consider a strategic plan, the president launched into a story about his friend Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Kelli Ward's husband accused of spitting on Martha McSally supporter  —  Former U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward's husband was accused of spitting in the eye of one of her former volunteers because the volunteer subsequently supported her former political foe, Martha McSally, police records obtained Tuesday show.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Sets New Record for Polarization  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The average 79-percentage-point difference between Republicans' and Democrats' job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his second year in office is the largest Gallup has measured in any presidential year to date.
Discussion: Washington Post
Kate O'Neill / Wired:
Facebook's ‘10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?  —  If you use social media, you've probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year.  —  WIRED OPINION
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Politico
Alexander Avilov / The Moscow Times:
Official Data Vastly Underestimates Russian Emigration - Report  —  At least six times more Russians are leaving the country than officially estimated, a comprehensive study conducted by the Proekt news outlet said on Wednesday.  —  Proekt's report highlights discrepancies between official data …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
New court filing indicates prosecutors have extensive details on Manafort actions not yet made public  —  Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III have intensively scrutinized Paul Manafort's activities after President Trump's election — including after Manafort was criminally charged …
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Wall Street Journal:   Jerome Corsi, Target of Mueller Probe, Says Stepson Faces Subpoena
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Is AOC the Future of Politics?  Is Trump?  —  Do these two represent the future of politics?  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donald Trump could not be more different as people.  Old vs. young; glamorous vs. fat; making ends meet vs. ultra-rich; democratic-socialist vs. populist-conservative.
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, Politico and Common Dreams
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Abrams and Gillum are likely 2020 kingmakers  —  Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum — two of the Democratic Party's breakout candidates of 2018, despite losing their elections for governor of Georgia and Florida — are looking to parlay their near-success into the defeat of Donald Trump in 2020.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
The Russians know exactly what Putin and Trump talked about, but we probably won't find out for decades  —  MOSCOW — The United States has no detailed record of President Trump's five face-to-face interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the past two years, The Washington Post reported last week.
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Trump's tales about gagged women are misleading Americans about human trafficking, experts say  —  WASHINGTON—U. S. President Donald Trump has been painting a wildly inaccurate picture of human trafficking in his effort to sell a border wall that would not make a meaningful difference …
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
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
 
 
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Michelle Obama's ‘Becoming’ has the longest run atop Amazon since ‘Fifty Shades’
Discussion: The Root
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Beto, Bernie and Biden Keep Iowa-Caucus Democrats in Suspense
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump administration calling nearly 50,000 back to work, unpaid, as shutdown drags on
Discussion: Gizmodo, CityLab and What The Fuck …
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants' Worth Of Pollution By 2050
Discussion: Common Dreams
Bloomberg:
Russia's Lavrov Mocks Suggestion That Trump Worked for the Kremlin
Discussion: Politico
Financial Times:
America has never worried about financing its priorities
Discussion: AOL and InsideSources
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump blasts Democrats, points to border wall construction elsewhere in the world
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Pence / USA Today:
Democrats refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdown
Discussion: Townhall
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg Met With Puerto Ricans About ‘West Side Story’ Concerns
Discussion: Daily Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘The gang concept almost never works’: Senators struggle to end shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Gillibrand's 2020 path: 'Women are pissed off and they're fired up'
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Talk show host calls out black commentator for his “white privilege”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
Elizabeth Dexheimer / Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Said Poised to Join Panel Overseeing Wall Street
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Just Handed a Big, Unanimous Victory to Workers. Wait, What?
Discussion: National Review and Above the Law