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8:35 AM ET, January 18, 2019


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BuzzFeed News:
President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project  —  President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.
Trump startled by cozy Barr-Mueller relationship  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The circular firing squad: Mueller targets turn on each other  —  Rudy Giuliani sent an unmistakable message Wednesday night: It's everyone for themselves.  —  During a CNN interview, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer blurted out that the only person he knows about who didn't collude with Russia was Trump himself.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Democrats demand investigation after report that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress  —  Democratic leaders reacted with fury and demanded an investigation late Thursday following a new report that President Trump personally directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
14 Republican senators are on-record holding a president accountable for obstruction: Bill Clinton
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
PICTURE: Trump Returns CODEL Luggage to Pelosi's Office  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's luggage has been returned to the halls of congress by cart, according to a picture sent to the Washington Free Beacon by a snap-happy tipster.  —  The picture shows the luggage were returned to Pelosi on “military liaison” marked carts.
The Daily Beast:
What Trump Just Wrecked by Canceling Pelosi's Trip to Afghanistan  —  'We're still gathering information just like you,' one Pentagon official told The Daily Beast.  ‘We are trying to figure out what is going on.’  —  For more than three weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her staff …
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Trump Hits Back at Pelosi, Threatening Her Trip to See Troops
Washington Post:
McConnell courting Pompeo to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has personally courted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to consider leaving his post to run for the Senate, according to people familiar with the effort, a move …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown.  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill …
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Behold the Democrat Politician Protection Act
Discussion: The Week and
Washington Post:   Senate GOP mulling rules change to speed up confirmations of Trump nominees
Gabby Orr / Politico:   ‘When are we going to start up again?’ Conservatives want Trump to act on judicial nominees
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Democrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor  —  Democrats will seek a revote on a measure to reopen the government after a Thursday vote devolved into an argument on the House floor.  —  Chaos broke out after Republicans blasted Democrats for passing …
Discussion: Splinter
Herman Wong / Washington Post:
Congressman who yelled ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ apologizes to Latino colleague
Discussion: Roll Call and The Week
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:   Democrat responds to being told ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ on House floor
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
GOP Rep. Jason Smith apologizes for telling Democrats to ‘go back to Puerto Rico’
Discussion: Breitbart and Roll Call
Robin Opsahl / Des Moines Register:
Rep. Steve King raising money off controversy from white nationalism, supremacy comments  —  The House has approved a Democratic measure disapproving of Republican Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy.  The nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure, which was approved, 416-1.
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Vice President Says Outrage Over Wife Karen Pence's Discriminatory School Is ‘Offensive’  —  Mike Pence's wife took a job teaching art at a school that bans LGBTQ families and individuals, HuffPost first reported Tuesday.  —  Vice President Mike Pence defended second lady Karen Pence's decision …
David French / National Review:
Karen Pence, Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Part of a Christian Ministry?
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Karen Pence's worldview horrifies me. Her return to work is still a feminist victory.
Discussion: PinkNews, NB Blog and
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.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
'Feel like I'm going to strangle you': Shutdown breaks Congress' spirit  —  A dismal mood has descended on Capitol Hill as the shutdown concludes its 27th day.  —  The House speaker and the president are at war.  A bipartisan Senate push to reopen the government failed for a second consecutive week.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Did Russian developers give Trump a $1 million payment on the Moscow Trump Tower contract?  —  Trump's contract required a hefty up-front fee to him from the Moscow developers licensing his brand.  —  The signed contract for a Trump Tower Moscow real estate licensing deal which CNN's Chris Cuomo obtained …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Trump admin weighed targeting migrant families, speeding up deportation of children  —  A draft plan obtained by NBC News also shows officials wanted to specifically target parents in migrant families for increased prosecutions.  —  WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials weighed speeding …
Debbie Wasserman Schultz / USA Today:
Why I refuse to walk with the Washington Women's March  —  It should not be this difficult to condemn hate speech.  Until national leaders get it right, local marches will carry the mission forward.  —  CONNECT  —  I walked away from the Women's March on Washington two years ago absolutely electrified …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Clue in Mueller filing suggests Manafort kept working on topic of interest to Russia after indictment  —  In a tiny font at the top of the 82nd page of a lengthy document filed in court this week by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is a key clue to his ongoing interest in Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman.
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Ukrainian Oligarch Scrutinized by Robert Mueller Was a Giuliani Client
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
‘Their job is to scare me’: Jason Rezaian describes first terrifying hours inside Iranian prison  —  The author, then The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran, and his wife, Yeganeh, were arrested by Iranian authorities on July 22, 2014.  Jason would spend 18 months in Iran's Evin prison …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Hogan stokes speculation he'll primary Trump in 2020  —  Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is acting a lot like a guy who wants to run against Donald Trump in 2020 — and the president's reelection team is taking notice.  —  The second-term Maryland governor has been implicitly going after Trump in speeches …
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.
Anastasia Vashukevich / The Moscow Times:   Model Who Claimed Trump Secrets Detained at Moscow Airport
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Are We Really Where We Are?”:  Trump, Putin, and Washington's Unbelievable New Normal  —  Regardless of whether Trump ends up making a speech on Capitol Hill on January 29th, the state of the union is not strong, and everyone knows it.  —  Sunday will mark the second anniversary of Donald Trump's Presidency.
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Drug smugglers bring 700 lbs of cocaine into US, then flee into Mexico across border with no physical barrier  —  BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — Border Patrol agents said they confiscated more than 700 lbs. of cocaine on Thursday just miles from the Rio Grande river.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Nia-Malika Henderson / CNN:
Beto's excellent adventure drips with white male privilege  —  (CNN)Imagine this: A 46-year-old former congresswoman and mother of three, who just lost a Senate bid to one of the most despised incumbents, sets off on a road trip adventure to clear her head.  —  She instagrams part of her trip to the dentist.
Discussion: and Sara A. Carter
Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
How the shutdown will inflict lasting damage  —  The longest government shutdown in U.S. history will scar the federal bureaucracy and U.S. economy long after the doors are unlocked and workers return.  —  The feds will struggle to dig out of a backlog of hiring and training that's essential …
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
Deadly Nairobi attack comes as U.S. military ramps up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia  —  NAIROBI — When the Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for this week's 19-hour siege of a Nairobi complex that left at least 21 dead, it said the attack was …
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Learning From Cuba's ‘Medicare for All’
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Germany to UK: We will miss you, please stay
Eline Schaart / Politico:
Maas: EU should discuss whether to reopen Brexit deal
Treasury's Mnuchin declines to testify before House panel on shutdown
Discussion: Informed Comment
Washington Post:
FBI, federal agents see cases hampered, lives rattled as shutdown continues
Washington Post:
State Dept. employees ordered back to work as Trump nixes Pelosi trip and Davos delegation, citing shutdown
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Dan Abrams: This Has Been ‘The Worst 48 Hours For Trump So Far’ in the Russia Probe
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama White House lawyer made false statements To DOJ about Manafort-related work
Discussion: New York Times
Summer Concepcion / Associated Press:
Judge Blocks Wisconsin GOP's Early-Voting Restrictions
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Trump Is Unifying Democrats Instead of Consolidating His Base
Discussion: CNN, Bangor Daily News and The Atlantic
Michael Burke / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress