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4:55 PM ET, January 17, 2019

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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base  —  While the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, President Trump's approval rating is down, and there are cracks showing with his base.  —  A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds Trump's approval rating down and his disapproval rating up from a month ago.
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PBS NewsHour:
57 percent of voters say they won't support Trump in 2020  —  With the 2020 presidential election already underway, 57 percent of registered voters said they would definitely vote against President Donald Trump, according to the latest poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist.
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Wall Street Journal:
Poll-Rigging for Trump and Creating @WomenForCohen: One IT Firm's Work Order  —  Behind the scenes, Michael Cohen hired RedFinch Solutions, then allegedly stiffed it—and his boss  —  In early 2015, a man who runs a small technology company showed up at Trump Tower to collect $50,000 …
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Congressman Tom Marino:
Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Tom Marino (PA-12) released the following statement announcing his resignation from the United States House of Representatives.  —  Rep. Marino said the following:  —  “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress.
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Michael Burke / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress
Associated Press:
Congressman who worked on Trump's PA campaign is resigning
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart, CNN and Joe.My.God.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani just contradicted nearly all the Trump team's past collusion denials  —  This is at least the 10th time the denials have been watered down.  It might be the most significant rollback.  —  President Trump's legal spokesman Rudolph W. Giuliani on Wednesday night appeared to grant …
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump postpones Pelosi's trip ‘due to shutdown’ after she called for State of the Union delay  —  In the increasingly personal standoff between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president on Thursday said he was postponing her use of a military plane for an official trip to Belgium …
Discussion: Townhall, Power Line, CNN and Breitbart
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Washington Post:
Trump says he's canceling Pelosi's foreign trip a day after she asked him to delay his State of the Union speech
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants  —  A Q&A with Twitter's CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he'd do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists.  —  A conversation with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey can be incredibly disorienting.
Chicago Tribune:
3 Chicago cops acquitted of covering up Laquan McDonald's killing in unprecedented code-of-silence trial  —  The trial of former Detective David March, ex-Officer Joseph Walsh and Officer Thomas Gaffney.  The officers are accused of covering up for Jason Van Dyke, who fatally shot Laquan McDonald while on duty in October 2014.
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Pew Research Center:
Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues  —  Among Republicans, Gen Z stands out in views on race, climate and the role of government  —  No longer the new kids on the block, Millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
So, I Got an Email From Matthew Whitaker's Wife  —  In her message, Marci Whitaker says the Mueller investigation is “wrapping up” and that the government shutdown is affecting her family's ability to earn a living.  —  On Monday, Dahlia Lithwick and I wrote an article in Slate arguing …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
GOP Congressmen Meet With Accused Holocaust-Denier Chuck Johnson  —  The two Republican lawmakers say they didn't know about the alt-right troll's past.  —  Notorious alt-right figure and accused Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson met with two Republican lawmakers in Congress on Wednesday.
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Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
2 GOP Lawmakers Host Chuck Johnson, Holocaust-Denying White Nationalist
Lara Bazelon / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’  —  The senator was often on the wrong side of history when she served as California's attorney general.  —  Ms. Bazelon is a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Trump Is Unifying Democrats Instead of Consolidating His Base  —  The other day, I asked a House Democratic member who has been in D.C. for a few years, if he thought that Democrats would find themselves battling their own ‘Tea Party’ insurgency.  Would the forces led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez soon …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Isn't Even Trying to Convince Voters on the Shutdown
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Democratic group to launch ads targeting six GOP senators over shutdown  —  A Democratic group plans to launch a television advertising campaign criticizing six Republican senators for the partial government shutdown, escalating the political battle as the standoff reached its 27th day.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House rebukes Trump for easing Russia sanctions
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Trump is fraying nerves inside the Pentagon  —  Washington (CNN)Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump is fueling unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety inside the Pentagon.  In private conversations over the past month, many of them unsolicited, more than a dozen key military officers …
Discussion: Defense One, Raw Story, KTLA and WGNO
Wall Street Journal:
Skadden Arps Settles With DOJ Over Work With Manafort for Ukraine  —  Law firm to register as lobbyists for a foreign government in connection with that work  —  A top Wall Street law firm caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has agreed to turn over $4.6 million …
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal
Michael Levenson / BostonGlobe.com:
As they head to Harvard, Gary Cohn and Heidi Heitkamp criticize shutdown  —  Gary Cohn, President Trump's former top economic adviser, and Heidi Heitkamp, a former Democratic senator from North Dakota, got to know one another when he was president of Goldman Sachs and she was on the Senate Banking Committee.
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
Impeach Donald Trump  —  On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Key Justice Department officials, including Mueller deputy, knew about dossier  —  Testimony last year before a House task force investigating the Trump-Russia affair confirmed that top Justice Department officials knew about the Trump dossier earlier than first thought …
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
A New Right-Wing Smear Campaign Targets a Former FBI Official to Distract From Russia Scandal
YouTube:
LGBTQ Statement by Tulsi Gabbard … Aloha.  —  In my past I said and believed things that were wrong, and worse, hurtful to people in the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones.  —  Many years ago, I apologized for my words and, more importantly, for the negative impact that they had.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration separated thousands more migrants than previously known, federal watchdog says  —  The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant kids at the border than it previously acknowledged, and the separations began months before the policy was announced, according to a federal audit released Thursday morning.
Bill Todd / US Department of State:
Urgent Message from the Deputy Under Secretary for Management  —  As a national security agency, it is imperative that the Department of State carries out its mission.  We are best positioned to do so with fully staffed embassies, consulates, and domestic offices.
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Hoyer Calls Out GOP After Member Told Rep. Cardenas To ‘Go Back To Puerto Rico’  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) took a few minutes in his concluding floor remarks Thursday to scold a Republican representative who shouted “go back to Puerto Rico!” during Rep. Tony Cardenas's (D-CA) speech on the shutdown.
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Model who claimed U.S.-Russian collusion tape held in Moscow on prostitution charges  —  MOSCOW — A model from Belarus who claimed to have recordings shedding light on the Trump campaign's ties to Russia was detained at a Moscow airport Thursday on prostitution allegations, the police said.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Weighs Lifting China Tariffs to Hasten Trade Deal, Calm Markets  —  New tactic being debated would be aimed at giving Beijing incentives to make long-term concessions  —  U.S. officials are debating ratcheting back tariffs on Chinese imports as a way to calm markets and give Beijing …
Discussion: Breitbart and KAJ-TV
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A Latino Marine veteran was detained for deportation.  Then ICE realized he was a citizen.  —  Richard Kessler, an immigration lawyer in Grand Rapids, Mich., said he was surprised when a woman he had worked with called to tell him that her son, a 27-year-old Marine veteran with mental-health issues …
Bryce Covert / HuffPost:
Democrats' $15 Minimum Wage Bill Is A Big Deal  —  Congressional Democrats, empowered by their new House majority, introduced legislation on Wednesday that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.  It's incredibly significant, both in symbolism and in effect.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Nevada Current
Tess Nichol / Slate:
Why Is All of New Zealand Obsessed With This Drunken, Littering, Rowdy Tourist Family?  —  As the world plunges into chaos, you could be forgiven for thinking New Zealand, a bolthole for the super-wealthy operating under the stewardship of the nicest lady in politics, is simply trucking along serenely.
Discussion: Sputnik International
Russell Worth Parker / New York Times:
I'm Prepared to Talk About the Things I Did in Iraq.  Are People Ready to Listen?  —  In Iraq I had a device called a Phraselator, an unwieldy specimen of 2004 military technology that resembled a cross between a fancy walkie-talkie and an early model PalmPilot.
David French / National Review:
Karen Pence, Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Part of a Christian Ministry?  —  On the intolerant critics of the second lady  —  Karen Pence is a believing Christian woman.  She took a part-time job at a private Christian school.  And this, believe it or not, is a scandal.  Don't believe me?
Discussion: Washington Post, NB Blog, DCist and CNN
 
 
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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The shutdown is breaking government websites, one by one
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
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