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9:30 AM ET, January 18, 2019

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BuzzFeed News:
President Trump Directed His Attorney 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 in an investigation of the matter.
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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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
14 Republican senators are on-record holding a president accountable for obstruction: Bill Clinton  —  On Aug. 5, 1974, shortly after losing a case at the Supreme Court, the administration of Richard Nixon released an Oval Office recording that it had kept secret to that point.
Discussion: Vox, National Review and Raw Story
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
The circular firing squad: Mueller targets turn on each other  —  Rudy Giuliani sent an unmistakable message Wednesday night: It's everyone for themselves.  —  During a CNN interview, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer blurted out that the only person he knows about who didn't collude with Russia was Trump himself.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers to Investigate Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie to Congress
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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 …
Mitch McConnell / Washington Post:
Behold the Democrat Politician Protection Act
Discussion: The Week and electionlawblog.org
Washington Post:   Senate GOP mulling rules change to speed up confirmations of Trump nominees
Gabby Orr / Politico:   ‘When are we going to start up again?’ Conservatives want Trump to act on judicial nominees
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
PICTURE: Trump Returns CODEL Luggage to Pelosi's Office  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's luggage has been returned to the halls of congress by cart, according to a picture sent to the Washington Free Beacon by a snap-happy tipster.  —  The picture shows the luggage were returned to Pelosi on “military liaison” marked carts.
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The Daily Beast:
What Trump Just Wrecked by Canceling Pelosi's Trip to Afghanistan  —  'We're still gathering information just like you,' one Pentagon official told The Daily Beast.  ‘We are trying to figure out what is going on.’  —  For more than three weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her staff …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Guardian
New York Times:
Trump Hits Back at Pelosi, Threatening Her Trip to See Troops
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 …
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.
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, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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.
Herman Wong / Washington Post:
Congressman who yelled ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ apologizes to Latino colleague  —  A Republican congressman apologized for shouting “Go back to Puerto Rico” on the House floor on Thursday, said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), who Democrats had believed was the target of the verbal attack.
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Roll Call
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Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Democrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor
Discussion: Splinter
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Democrat responds to being told ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ on House floor
Discussion: Breitbart and Roll Call
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 …
Associated Press:
Talks between US, NKorea take place in Sweden  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat has arrived in Sweden to take part an unannounced high-level meeting in Stockholm, officials said Friday.  —  Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Vilhelm Rundquist …
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Associated Press:   Second US-North Korea summit the focus of talks
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Vice President Says Outrage Over Wife Karen Pence's Discriminatory School Is ‘Offensive’  —  Mike Pence's wife took a job teaching art at a school that bans LGBTQ families and individuals, HuffPost first reported Tuesday.  —  Vice President Mike Pence defended second lady Karen Pence's decision …
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David French / National Review:
Karen Pence, Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Part of a Christian Ministry?
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
‘Their job is to scare me’: Jason Rezaian describes first terrifying hours inside Iranian prison  —  The author, then The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran, and his wife, Yeganeh, were arrested by Iranian authorities on July 22, 2014.  Jason would spend 18 months in Iran's Evin prison …
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.
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Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Group aiming to draft Beto O'Rourke unveils first 2020 video
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
'Feel like I'm going to strangle you': Shutdown breaks Congress' spirit  —  A dismal mood has descended on Capitol Hill as the shutdown concludes its 27th day.  —  The House speaker and the president are at war.  A bipartisan Senate push to reopen the government failed for a second consecutive week.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Did Russian developers give Trump a $1 million payment on the Moscow Trump Tower contract?  —  Trump's contract required a hefty up-front fee to him from the Moscow developers licensing his brand.  —  The signed contract for a Trump Tower Moscow real estate licensing deal which CNN's Chris Cuomo obtained …
Lee Smith / RealClearInvestigations:
Washington's Foreign-Influence Racket: A Clear and Present Muddle  —  Among the forgotten and ignored laws revived during the Trump era such as the Logan Act and “emoluments clause,” none has been used more effectively against the president's allies than the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Jennifer Scholtes / Politico:
How the shutdown will inflict lasting damage  —  The longest government shutdown in U.S. history will scar the federal bureaucracy and U.S. economy long after the doors are unlocked and workers return.  —  The feds will struggle to dig out of a backlog of hiring and training that's essential …
Anastasia Vashukevich / The Moscow Times:
Model Who Claimed Trump Secrets Detained at Moscow Airport  —  A model from Belarus who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald Trump's election was detained in an airport in Moscow on Thursday after being deported from Thailand, Interfax cited the police as saying.
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Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
Model who claimed U.S.-Russian collusion tape held in Moscow on prostitution charges
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Learning From Cuba's ‘Medicare for All’  —  Many Americans would welcome some traits of the island's free, universal health care system.  —  HAVANA — Claudia Fernández, 29, is an accountant whose stomach bulges with her first child, a girl, who is due in April.
Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News:
3 of the Americans killed in bomb blast in northern Syria identified  —  The Pentagon has identified three of the four Americans killed in a bomb blast in Syria on Wednesday, the deadliest day for American forces in Syria since they entered the country in 2015.  Three other Americans were injured in the attack.
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Ted Hesson / Politico:
DOJ hiring attorneys to handle property seizures for border wall
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Lackluster Democratic Field
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Germany to UK: We will miss you, please stay
Eline Schaart / Politico:
Maas: EU should discuss whether to reopen Brexit deal
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
Deadly Nairobi attack comes as U.S. military ramps up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia
Reuters:
Treasury's Mnuchin declines to testify before House panel on shutdown
Discussion: Informed Comment
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
FBI, federal agents see cases hampered, lives rattled as shutdown continues
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Dan Abrams: This Has Been ‘The Worst 48 Hours For Trump So Far’ in the Russia Probe
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Trump Is Unifying Democrats Instead of Consolidating His Base
Discussion: CNN and Bangor Daily News