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11:45 AM ET, January 19, 2019


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Washington Post:
In a rare move, Mueller's office denies BuzzFeed report that Trump told Cohen to lie about Moscow project  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office on Friday denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators had gathered evidence showing President Trump directed his former lawyer …
Mueller's BuzzFeed statement is a reckoning for journalism in the age of Trump  —  Last night's rare on-the-record statement from the Mueller team is a reckoning that journalism had coming: Amid some of the most impressive reporting of our lifetimes, there's plenty of questionable coverage in this shock-a-minute era.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN And MSNBC Repeatedly Floated Impeachment Over Disputed BuzzFeed Report  —  CNN and MSNBC collectively used the word “impeach” nearly 200 times on Friday before the Special Counsel's office disputed a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News.  —  According to a Daily Caller review …
Fox News:
Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie
New York Times:
Mueller Statement Disputes Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie
Impeachment inquiry is the right idea right now
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump expected to propose DACA-TPS immigration compromise  —  President Trump plans to use remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room on Saturday afternoon to propose a notable immigration compromise, according to sources familiar with the speech.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Right Scoop
Trump plans to make Democrats an offer to end shutdown, not declare national emergency, in Saturday speech, official says  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump plans to offer Democrats another proposal to end the shutdown when he addresses the nation from the White House on Saturday afternoon …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Theater of the absurd’: How the shutdown's bleakest week unfolded for Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department's Reversal on Online Gambling Tracked Memo From Adelson Lobbyists  —  Analysis sent to Justice Department argued that 2011 opinion that helped online gambling was wrong  —  The legal reasoning behind the Justice Department's unusual reversal this week of an opinion …
POLITICO Playbook: Inside Trump's immigration play  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE PRESIDENT will make a “major announcement,” in his words, at 3 p.m. today from the Diplomatic Reception Room.  The speech is being closely held at the White House.  But here are some broad strokes we've picked …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
“Would you like to speak to the president?”  —  PARIS — “Would you like to speak to the president?”  —  That was about the last question I expected from a stranger on a Friday night in Paris.  —  I was at a brasserie in the Latin Quarter, enjoying dinner with James McAuley, the Post's Paris correspondent.
Beto O'Rourke:
I had been to Ulysses, Kansas once before, briefly.  —  Mike and I were driving back to Texas from New York in the summer of 1998.  I had bought a used truck in Long Island for a thousand dollars, put my worldly possessions in the back and we drove the 2,200 miles to El Paso.  One of the funnest times in my life.
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Attempts to steal fuel from Mexican pipeline set off massive fireball, killing at least 66  —  MEXICO CITY — At least 66 people were killed when a fuel pipeline exploded outside Mexico City, unleashing a massive fireball after residents tapped into the duct to steal buckets of gasoline, officials said Saturday.
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold.
Discussion: The Week
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Trump says he'll make “major announcement” about border  —  President Trump said on Twitter that he will be making a “major announcement” about the southern border and the government shutdown on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.  —  “I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis …
Dallas Morning News:   Protect Dreamers and build the wall, and we can all win
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The shabbiest U.S. president ever is an inexpressibly sad specimen  —  Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications.  Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse.
Washington Post:
Thousands gather for third Women's March after year of controversy  —  Thousands of women from across the country gathered in the nation's capital Saturday morning for the third annual Women's March on Washington.  —  Organizers wrote in a permit application weeks ago that they expected hundreds …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia's lone black statewide official sits out Robert E. Lee tribute  —  RICHMOND — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, only the second African American elected to statewide office in Virginia, briefly bowed out of his duties in the state Senate on Friday in protest of a tribute to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Why was Beto O'Rourke a national phenomenon while Stacey Abrams wasn't?  —  One was a three-term congressman known for once playing in a punk band, riding a skateboard and giving an answer about structural racism that went viral.  —  The other was the leader of her party in a Deep South state …
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ga. lawmaker who defended Klan named to House post on eve of King Day  —  House Speaker David Ralston Friday named as one of his committee chairs a state representative who opposed the erection of a statue to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the State Capitol and said the Ku Klux Klan made “people straighten up.”
Discussion: Political Wire
The Onion:
Harry Enten / CNN:
More Americans pessimistic about Trump's presidency than any presidency in last 25 years  —  (CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is John Tesh's “Roundball Rock” from the NBA on NBC.  —  Poll of the week: A Pew Research Center poll released this week finds that 29% of Americans …
Discussion: Pew Research Center, IJR and Townhall
David Rogers / Politico:
When Congress debated border security without having a total meltdown  —  Yes, it seems a distant memory amid all the heated rhetoric over the government shutdown.  But it wasn't so long ago that Democrats and Republicans could have a reasoned debate over funding border security.
Jeff Carlson /
Transcripts of Former Top FBI Lawyer Detail Pervasive Abnormalities in Trump Probe  —  Former top FBI attorney James Baker admitted to House lawmakers in October last year that the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia was riddled with abnormalities.
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration  —  Both parties are to blame for this embarrassing impasse.  Yet a sensible solution may be possible.  —  As the U.S. government shutdown approaches the one-month mark, one thing has become abundantly clear: Few politicians in Washington …
New York Times:
Americans Killed in Syria Were No Strangers to War  —  The four Americans who were killed by a suicide bomber in Syria on Wednesday were no strangers to America's war zones overseas.  —  One was a top military linguist who worked closely with the National Security Agency and was on her eighth deployment.
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Syrian girl disfigured by bomb attack refused US visa under Trump travel ban
Janosch Delcker / Politico:
Markus Söder elected chief of Merkel's Bavarian allies
Josh Shaffer / Raleigh News & Observer:
A green-card holder voted illegally 3 times in NC. The judge scolds election officials.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Brian Kahn / Earther:
TV News Coverage of Climate Change Somehow Got Even Worse Last Year
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
When the World Opened the Gates of China
NBC News:
50,000 Coast Guard retirees at risk of not receiving pension checks during shutdown
France 24:
Same old elite? Macron's ‘revolution’ fails with fed up French
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Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Why can't Trump make deals? No one trusts him anymore
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Showboat: billionaire NFL team owner installs Imax cinema on superyacht
Discussion: USA Today and
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Mnuchin Flew to L.A. on Private Jet of Billionaire Michael Milken
Discussion: Raw Story