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3:50 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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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.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Bipartisan Senate group presses Trump to end shutdown  —  Senators in both parties are racing to deliver a letter to President Donald Trump indicating that if the government reopens, they are willing to work on a border security package with the president, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:   Nancy Pelosi Might Have Just Blown Up the State of the Union. And That's OK.
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: Vox, New York Times and Foreign Affairs
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   Mike Pence Says ‘ISIS Has Been Defeated’ Hours After Deadly Bombing Kills American Troops
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
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.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The theatrical shutdown
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.”
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: Raw Story and Boing Boing
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump advisers are cynically feeding his raging ego, and we're all the victims
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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The Daily Beast:
Deripaska's Rusal Flouts Sanctions Pledge With New Kremlin Stooge
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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: Billboard
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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 …
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 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
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, Daily Kos, Vox and Politico
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Exactly How Bad Is Trump At Making Deals?  Even Worse Than You Think.  —  The shutdown stalemate highlights how the president's strategies contradict best practices, negotiation experts explain.  —  There is an actual art (and science) to deal making.  And after three-plus weeks of government shutdown …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Gizmodo, more at Techmeme »
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump's bloody hand injury attracts armchair doctors  —  The White House told POLITICO that the president, who is due for his annual physical, suffered a minor injury.  —  President Donald Trump is often called thin-skinned.  It's usually not meant literally.
Discussion: Splinter, The Root, Joe.My.God. and The Week
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Players' Tribune:
To My Alabama Family  —  C … Those are the five commandments of Alabama football.  Those are the five commandments that have been instilled in me, and that have defined me, for the past three years.  And as I write this letter, I find myself drawing on those commandments one more time.
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 IJR
 
 
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Trish Turner / ABC News:
Senators nearing subpoena for Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney, in probe of Russian election interference
Danielle McNally / Marie Claire:
Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Play ‘How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker?’
Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Bush's ‘Axis of Evil’ Is Now Pence's ‘Wolf Pack of Rogue States’
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Steve King's Fall Offers Three Lessons for Conservatives
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
How Is It OK for CNN to Hire Possible Presidential Contender John Kasich?
Discussion: twitchy.com
TMZ.com:
‘To Catch a Predator’ Host Chris Hansen Arrested Over Bounced Checks
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Republicans sanctioned Steve King.  Why won't Democrats even criticize Rashida Tlaib for promoting anti-Semitism?
Discussion: Washington Times and twitchy.com
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Puzder / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders' minimum wage proposal is irrelevant thanks to Trump's pro-growth policies
PEER:
CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT COLLAPSE AT EPA
Discussion: Vox, CNN and Joe.My.God.
Alexander Avilov / The Moscow Times:
Official Data Vastly Underestimates Russian Emigration - Report
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Kelli Ward's husband accused of spitting on Martha McSally supporter
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Kate O'Neill / Wired:
Facebook's ‘10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval Sets New Record for Polarization
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Hoping to keep his seat and wary of angering the base, McConnell defers to Trump on the shutdown
Discussion: twitchy.com and Daily Kos