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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.
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:   House 2020: Our initial ratings
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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Associated Press:
Congressman who worked on Trump's PA campaign is resigning  —  Tom Marino, a five-term Republican congressman who helped steer Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania, said Thursday that he is resigning just days into a new term.  —  In a statement, Marino …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Joe.My.God.
Michael Burke / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress
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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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Rudy Giuliani's disastrous CNN interview created more problems for Trump  —  In a stunning revelation, Giuliani conceded that Trump's campaign manager may have colluded with Russia.  —  President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani …
New York Times:
Giuliani Backpedals on Statement About Trump Aides and Collusion
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
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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Nahal Toosi / Politico:   State Department calling employees back to work during the shutdown
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.
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.
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: Raw Story, Defense One, WGNO, KTLA and FOX59
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump cancels Pelosi's trip ‘due to shutdown’ after she called for State of the Union delay  —  President Donald Trump responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday with a letter of his own, announcing he was canceling her trip to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan in apparent retaliation …
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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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Bruce Ohr Testimony Undercuts Adam Schiff's Defense Of FBI
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Jon Lockett / The Sun:
THE IRON DUKE Prince Philip, 97, in car crash leaving him ‘conscious but very shocked and shaken’ after Land Rover he was driving flips near Queen's Sandringham estate  —  The Duke of Edinburgh, who was driving at the time, was not injured in the nasty crash near Babingley which left his 4x4 on its side
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House rebukes Trump for easing Russia sanctions  —  The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to block the Trump administration from lifting sanctions on a Russian oligarch with deep ties to Vladimir Putin.  —  The effort, a joint resolution of disapproval …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Beast
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.
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler Downplays Climate Threat At Testy Confirmation Hearing  —  The former coal lobbyist's view of climate change hasn't changed much over the last two years.  —  Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist chosen by President Donald Trump to serve as the next Environmental …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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 …
Lilliana Mason / Politico:
Many Voters Think Trump's a Self-Made Man.  What Happens When You Tell Them Otherwise?  —  You probably think you know who Donald Trump is.  Most Americans do.  For decades, he's been in the public eye—first as a flamboyant real estate developer, then a reality TV star, then a political performer …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Isn't Even Trying to Convince Voters on the Shutdown  —  A government shutdown that most Americans oppose, on behalf of a border wall that most Americans oppose, might be the logical end point for a president and a political party that appears more and more unconcerned about attracting support from a majority of the public.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
A New Right-Wing Smear Campaign Targets a Former FBI Official to Distract From Russia Scandal  —  The politics of personal destruction meet a Trumpian conspiracy theory—and it involves me  —  What happens when the politics of personal destruction intersect with a Trumpian conspiracy theory?
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 …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Rudderless West  —  We are drifting, in the absence of mind and will, toward a moment of civilizational self-negation.  —  In August 1990, George H.W. Bush met Margaret Thatcher in Aspen right after Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.  The pair resolved not to allow Iraq's “naked aggression” to stand, and it did not.
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
‘Disrespectful’: Google Employees Melt Down Over The Word ‘Family’  — Google employees melted down after the word “family” was used in a company presentation, documents obtained by TheDCNF show.  — Employees were upset that the word was used in a way that links families with children, which they argued was homophobic.
 
 
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