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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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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 …
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 …
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump Concerning the State of the Union Address
Washington Post:   ‘She wields the knife’: Pelosi moves to belittle and undercut Trump in shutdown fight
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
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
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 …
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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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:   Senate Democrats fail to stop Trump administration from lifting sanctions on firms linked to Putin friend
CNN:   Effort to ease Russian sanctions boosted by former Louisiana senator
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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WSB-TV:   Forsyth County man charged with plot to attack White House, FBI says
WGCL-TV:
BREAKING: Man charged for alleged plan to attack White House
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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Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shareblue Media
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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Ivan Pentchoukov / theepochtimes.com:
EXCLUSIVE: In Closed-Door Testimony, Papadopoulos Identified Alleged Spy in Trump Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sebastian Gorka / American Greatness:
The FBI Has Become Too Dangerous
Discussion: Bloomberg, 1A 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.
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The Onion:   Fox News Debuts Premium Channel For 24-Hour Coverage Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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.
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and LGBTQ Nation
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
North Korean spy chief's visit to Washington shrouded in mystery  —  On Thursday night, North Korea's spy chief will arrive in Washington for his planned meetings with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to South Korean news reports and administration sources.
Discussion: KAJ-TV and The Diplomat
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Washington Post:
Trump could announce a second summit with North Korean leader within days
John Solomon / The Hill:
FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased  —  When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI's Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Shutdown Is Hurting Trump's Approval Rating.  But Will It Hurt Him in 2020?  —  The partial government shutdown is beginning to drag on President Trump's approval rating, which is at its lowest point in months.  As of early Wednesday evening, his approval rating was 40.2 percent …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Lawsuit Claims Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Retaliated Against A Staffer Who Planned To Sue The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Over An Alleged Rape  —  The woman, identified by a pseudonym, claimed in a lawsuit that she was raped by a former employee of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders  —  Why a brave Democrat should make the case for vastly expanding immigration.  —  The internet expands the bounds of acceptable discourse, so ideas considered out of bounds not long ago now rocket toward widespread acceptability.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House passes disaster relief bill to fund government through Feb. 8  —  The House passed a Democratic-backed emergency disaster relief bill on Wednesday that includes an amendment funding the federal government through early February.  —  The bill passed in a 237-187 vote …
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 …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Lauren Walsh / WBMA-TV:
Jeff Sessions: Do the right thing everyday and usually things work out, but not always  —  For the first time since former United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions returned home to Alabama after being fired, he gave ABC 33/40 an exclusive interview.  —  We talked with Sessions after Monday's inaugural activities in Montgomery.
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 …
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.”
Eliana Larramendia / ABC News:
Michael Cohen fears Trump rhetoric could put his family at risk: Sources  —  Michael Cohen is having reservations about his highly anticipated public appearance before Congress next month, fearing that President Donald Trump's frequent diatribes against him could put his family in danger, according to sources close to Cohen.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Have Aliens Found Us?  A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua  —  On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as “a red and extremely elongated asteroid.”
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 …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Trump's burger fête was a masterpiece
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Washington Post:
Fake editions of The Washington Post handed out at multiple locations in D.C.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump advisers are cynically feeding his raging ego, and we're all the victims
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
The Intercept:
Amid Internal Investigation Over Leaks to Media, the Center for American Progress Fires Two Staffers
James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
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