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11:55 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 …
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 …
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
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: Talking Points Memo, Vox and Daily Kos
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Trump's Articles of Impeachment Are Writing Themselves, With Echoes of Richard Nixon Growing Stronger
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Mediaite
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
14 Republican senators are on-record holding a president accountable for obstruction: Bill Clinton
Discussion: 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?
Chris Christie / Politico:
How Jared Kushner Tried to Stop Me From Running the Trump Transition
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.
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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.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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: KAJ-TV and Political Wire
Dara Lind / Vox:
Even with the shutdown, the Trump administration is 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
Pew Research Center:
Trump Begins Third Year With Low Job Approval and Doubts About His Honesty  —  Views of economy remain positive, divided by partisanship  —  At the second anniversary of his inauguration, public views of Donald Trump's job performance, as well as his honesty and administration's ethics, are decidedly negative.
Discussion: Political Wire and CNN
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 …
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 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Washington as Unruly Sandbox: Squabbles, Antics and Tantrums  —  WASHINGTON — In a week of White House tantrums and fast-food dinners, of canceled speeches and aborted congressional trips, it seemed fitting that Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, announced …
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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
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Republican Senators Skip Vote on Key Pro-Life Legislation
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Learning From Cuba's ‘Medicare for All’
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
‘Their job is to scare me’: Jason Rezaian describes first terrifying hours inside Iranian prison
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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
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo