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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 …
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Heather Caygle / Politico:   'Feel like I'm going to strangle you': Shutdown breaks Congress' spirit
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
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, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Dan Abrams: This Has Been ‘The Worst 48 Hours For Trump So Far’ in the Russia Probe  —  “I'm going to make a big statement here,” said Mediaite founder Dan Abrams on SiriusXM Thursday.  —  And indeed, he did.  —  At the outset of his daily show on SiriusXM's POTUS channel …
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New York Times:
Rudy Giuliani Backs Off Remarks on Potential Collusion by Trump Aides  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani backtracked on Thursday from a surprising assertion he had made a night earlier that left open the possibility that Trump campaign aides might …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani just contradicted nearly all the Trump team's past collusion denials
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Clue in Mueller filing suggests Manafort kept working on topic of interest to Russia after indictment
Discussion: Politico and Boing Boing
CNN:
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 …
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘When are we going to start up again?’ Conservatives want Trump to act on judicial nominees
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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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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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal  —  Civil settlement resolves Department of Justice national security inquiry into violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act  —  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has entered into a settlement agreement …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama White House lawyer made false statements To DOJ about Manafort-related work
Discussion: New York Times
Wall Street Journal:   Skadden Arps Settles With DOJ Over Work With Manafort for Ukraine
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and CNN
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Isn't Even Trying to Convince Voters on the Shutdown
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Democrat responds to being told ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ on House floor  —  Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) said a Republican telling him to “go back to Puerto Rico” sounded like the equivalent of “go back to where you came from.”  —  During a House vote on re-opening the government Thursday …
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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Hoyer Calls Out GOP After Member Told Rep. Cardenas To ‘Go Back To Puerto Rico’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Behold the Democrat Politician Protection Act  —  Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, is majority leader of the U.S. Senate.  —  For the past two years, our united Republican government drained money and power from Washington and returned it to states, communities and families.
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
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.
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?
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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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Joe.My.God.
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.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
What I meant when I said there was no collusion  —  “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign!  Or between the people in the campaign. ...  I said the president of the United States — there is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed …
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, Shakesville and KTLA
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.
NBC News:
Activist who met with congressmen about ‘DNA’ posted about black ‘violence gene’  —  Alt-right activist Chuck Johnson has shown a steady interest in genetics and links he draws between DNA, race, intellect and criminality.  —  An alt-right activist who met with two Republican congressmen to discuss …
Washington Post:
State Dept. employees ordered back to work as Trump nixes Pelosi trip and Davos delegation, citing shutdown  —  The State Department ordered its employees to return to work next week, saying it has found money to cover a half month in salary, as the Trump administration continued to grapple …
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.
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.
 
 
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USA Today:
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