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7:15 PM ET, January 17, 2019

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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  —  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 …
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.
Discussion: Politico and Boing Boing
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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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 and Talking Points Memo
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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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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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
Associated Press:
Congressman who worked on Trump's PA campaign is resigning
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico, Joe.My.God. and CNN
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Top Obama White House lawyer made false statements To DOJ about Manafort-related work  — The Justice Department is alleging that the former Obama White House general counsel made ‘false and misleading’ statements regarding consulting work done for Ukraine.
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal
Wall Street Journal:   Skadden Arps Settles With DOJ Over Work With Manafort for Ukraine
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
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.
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
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 …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Trump Isn't Even Trying to Convince Voters on the Shutdown
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 and KTLA
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Tess Nichol / Slate:
Why Is All of New Zealand Obsessed With This Drunken, Littering, Rowdy Tourist Family?  —  As the world plunges into chaos, you could be forgiven for thinking New Zealand, a bolthole for the super-wealthy operating under the stewardship of the nicest lady in politics, is simply trucking along serenely.
Discussion: Sputnik International
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.
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 …
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.
Laura Rozen / Al-Monitor:
US assesses its Iran policy not working  —  US President Donald Trump speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 17, 2019.  —  WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump administration conducted a preliminary internal assessment of its Iran …
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 …
CNN:
How Kirsten Gillibrand went from pushing for more deportations to wanting to abolish ICE  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joins race for president  —  (CNN)With Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entering the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday, her dramatic shift on the issue of immigration over the past decade …
Washington Post:
Rebuking Trump, over 130 House Republicans challenge plans to lift sanctions against Putin ally  —  In a rebuke to the Trump administration, 136 Republicans joined House Democrats Thursday to oppose a Treasury Department plan to lift sanctions against companies controlled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 
 
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