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11:25 AM ET, January 18, 2019

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BuzzFeed News:
President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen 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 …
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Buzzfeed News Bombshell Reporter: No We Have Not Seen the Evidence Supporting Our Report  —  Anthony Cormier is one of the two investigative reporter at BuzzfeedNews who co-authored the bombshell report published Thursday night — a report which claimed President Donald Trump directed …
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Trump, Cohen, and Buzzfeed: Is This the Big One?  —  If the new Buzzfeed report is true, the legal debates about Trump and obstruction just got blown out of the water.  —  Buzzfeed News is reporting, based on the testimony of two anonymous law enforcement sources, that special counsel Robert Mueller …
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Congress to probe report that Trump directed lawyer to lie
Discussion: National Review and POLITICUSUSA
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Cohen bombshell could significantly change Mueller debate
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
14 Republican senators are on-record holding a president accountable for obstruction: Bill Clinton
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers to Investigate Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie to Congress
Discussion: Chicks On The Right and Mediaite
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:   Did Russian developers give Trump a $1 million payment on the Moscow Trump Tower contract?
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 …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Security concerns created by Trump's disclosure will delay Afghanistan trip, Pelosi says  —  A day after President Trump canceled military flights for a planned congressional trip to Afghanistan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abandoned her plans to travel instead on commercial flights due to security concerns.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump White House reportedly sought to put Pelosi ‘in her place’
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.
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster  —  As the longest government shutdown in American history lurches toward its fifth week, a grim but growing consensus has begun to emerge on Capitol Hill: There may be no way out of this mess until something disastrous happens.
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 …
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Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Behold the Democrat Politician Protection Act
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Unto the Breach  —  An open letter to those considering a Trump primary.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brett McGurk / Washington Post:
Trump said he beat ISIS.  Instead, he's giving it new life.  —  The president decided to withdraw U.S. forces without consulting allies or understanding the facts on the ground.  —  On Dec. 17, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked for an important call with me and a few …
Discussion: Political Wire
CBC News:
Twins get some ‘mystifying’ results when they put 5 ancestry DNA kits to the test  —  Chief geneticist at a popular ancestry company admits it's ‘kind of a science and an art’  —  One set of identical twins, two different ancestry profiles.  —  At least that's the suggestion …
Nicole Weisensee Egan / The Daily Beast:
Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?  —  Dozens of college-age men dead from ‘accidental’ drownings—but a team of retired detectives say the boys were drugged and killed by a shadowy gang with a sinister symbol.  —  On the evening of Dec. 15, 2016, Dakota James called his friend Shelley in a panic.
Dara Lind / Vox:
Even with the shutdown, the Trump administration is still suing to take land for the border wall  —  Most federal lawsuits have been postponed due to shutdown — except where a delay would compromise “the safety of human life.”  —  President Donald Trump hasn't yet gotten Democrats to acquiesce …
Discussion: ABC News
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Ted Hesson / Politico:
DOJ hiring attorneys to handle property seizures for border wall
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Axios:
Exclusive: Former aide describes in new book how Trump demanded names of leakers  —  President Trump was frustrated about leaks — specifically leaks attributed to “White House officials” — that were critical of him.  —  Behind the scenes: Cliff Sims, a young White House communications aide …
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump touts story about finding ‘prayer rugs’ along border  —  President Donald Trump on Friday sought to prop up his administration's claims that migrants who enter the U.S. illegally at the southern border don't come from only Mexico and Central America, in an attempt to justify his demands for a border wall.
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and VICE News
Herman Wong / Washington Post:
Congressman who yelled ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ apologizes to Latino colleague  —  A Republican congressman apologized for shouting “Go back to Puerto Rico” on the House floor on Thursday, said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), who Democrats had believed was the target of the verbal attack.
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Democrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor
Discussion: Splinter
 
 
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Foreign Policy:
Zimbabwe Crackdown Saps Hopes of Reform
Discussion: KAJ-TV and Just Security
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have a history. If he runs, it may come back to haunt him.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Court rules against Planned Parenthood in Texas ‘sting videos’ case, bringing it a step closer to getting defunded
Discussion: RedState and NB Blog
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Republican Senators Skip Vote on Key Pro-Life Legislation
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
3 of the Americans killed in bomb blast in northern Syria identified
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Talks between US, NKorea take place in Sweden
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Lackluster Democratic Field
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Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
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Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
How the shutdown will inflict lasting damage
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Vice President Says Outrage Over Wife Karen Pence's Discriminatory School Is ‘Offensive’
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Drug smugglers bring 700 lbs of cocaine into US, then flee into Mexico across border with no physical barrier
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
So, I Got an Email From Matthew Whitaker's Wife