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12:45 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: Joe.My.God.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Shutdown Is Hurting Trump's Approval Rating. But Will It Hurt Him in 2020?
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump didn't collude with Russia but can't say if campaign aides did  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he never denied President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, only that the President himself was not involved in collusion.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Crisis
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Bruce Ohr Testimony Undercuts Adam Schiff's Defense Of FBI
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Judge won't dismiss libel suit against Fusion GPS over dossier
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.
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.
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Catherine Thorbecke / ABC News:
Potential 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris shares advice for young women: 'Don't let …
Discussion: twitchy.com
New York Times:
In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown  —  In a West Wing in transition, President Trump is trying to stand firm on the shutdown.  —  White House Redefines Who Is Essential to Get Parts of Government Moving Again  —  The administration is opening …
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: KTLA, Defense One, Townhall and FOX59
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Griffin: Was told by diplomat that Syria attack was ‘direct result’ of US pullout decision
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.
The Hill:
Schumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat  —  Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is recruiting Rep. Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), a rising Democratic star in the House, to run for the Arizona Senate seat long held by John McCain.  —  Schumer and Democratic …
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:   Science advocacy group bids to draft astronaut Mark Kelly for Arizona's 2020 Senate race
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
GOP Congressmen Meet With Holocaust-Denying Troll Chuck Johnson  —  The two Republican lawmakers say they didn't know about the alt-right troll's past.  —  Notorious alt-right figure and Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson met with two Republican lawmakers in Congress on Wednesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Pew Research Center
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:   Generation Z may be most liberal demographic yet
Facebook:
Removing Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.  The two operations we found originated in Russia, and one was active in a variety of countries while the other was specific to Ukraine.
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DFRLab:
Facebook's Sputnik Takedown—Top Takeaways
Discussion: Mother Jones
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
House Judiciary chair says they'll subpoena Mueller report if necessary  —  Barr promises skeptical Democrats he'll be an independent AG  —  (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Wednesday that his panel would subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller's final report if William Barr …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and KAJ-TV
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Kenneth W. Starr / New York Times:
The Integrity of William Barr
Politico:
'She's satin and steel': Pelosi wages war on Trump  —  Her move to derail Trump's State of the Union address underscores her aggressive challenge to the president.  —  Donald Trump may have finally met his match in Nancy Pelosi.  —  As the partial government shutdown grinds on with no end in sight …
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Washington Post:
‘She wields the knife’: Pelosi moves to belittle and undercut Trump in shutdown fight
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration separated thousands more migrants than previously known  —  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.
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.
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 …
Tim Cook / TIME:
You Deserve Privacy Online.  Here's How You Could Actually Get It  —  We all deserve control over our digital lives.  That's why we must rein in the data brokers  —  In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours.  Consumers shouldn't have to tolerate another year …
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 …
Discussion: VICE News and Splinter
CREW:
Presidential Profiteering: Trump's Conflicts Got Worse in Year Two  —  INTRODUCTION  —  President Trump's January 11, 2017 announcement that he would not divest from his interests in the Trump Organization while serving as president caused an ethics uproar.
Stacey Solie / The Daily Beast:
Louis C.K. Jokes About Sexually Harassing Women: 'I Like to Jerk Off, and I Don't Like Being Alone'  —  The disgraced comic, who masturbated in front of comediennes, continued to offend on the latest leg of his new tour.  —  SAN JOSE, California—When Louis C.K. stepped onstage to a standing ovation …
Discussion: East Bay Times, Mediaite and The Week
Erin Mansfield / Tyler Morning Telegraph:
Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert says Steve King raised a fair question  —  A congressman from East Texas says his colleague raised a fair question about Western civilization and is being treated unfairly.  —  U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said that U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democratic leaders fret: Can we keep our big tent in 2020?  —  Progressive activists are emboldened as the 2020 presidential primary season begins, but other Democratic leaders are already questioning whether a nominee chosen by energized liberals can both excite the base and hold onto red-district voters …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Goes MIA in Effort to Win Dems Over in Shutdown Fight  —  The president sold himself as a great deal-maker.  But hardly any Democrat from a district he won has heard from him in weeks.  —  As Donald Trump tries to pass legislation to fund the government and finance the construction of a border wall …
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Everything You Need to Know About Milo and Eric Metaxas  —  Eric Metaxas invited Milo Yiannopoulos on his show because we live in the worst possible timeline.  —  Want to check in on the state of American Christianity?  Look no further than the radio show of pop theologian Eric Metaxas …
 
 
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Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Trump's Tariffs Are Producing Billions, But China Isn't Paying
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump pledges ‘a new era in our missile defense program’
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
White House inches toward allowing Cuban Americans to sue for island properties left behind
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Erin Brodwin / Business Insider:
A controversial startup that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with young blood now claims …
Discussion: AOL
Washington Post:
Nearly 10,000 companies contract with shutdown-affected agencies, putting $200 million a week at risk
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Shutdown has dropped grenade onto Trump's 2020 team
Associated Press:
2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?
 Earlier Items: 
Michael McFaul / Washington Post:
Sorry, but Trump is not ‘tough on Russia’
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Liberals are reading way too much into Trump news stories
Ivan Pentchoukov / theepochtimes.com:
EXCLUSIVE: In Closed-Door Testimony, Papadopoulos Identified Alleged Spy in Trump Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Lawsuit Claims Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Retaliated Against A Staffer Who Planned To Sue …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite