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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: Taylor Marsh and Hullabaloo
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.
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
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Washington as Unruly Sandbox: Squabbles, Antics and Tantrums
Discussion: Washington Post, IJR and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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: electionlawblog.org
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, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Democrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor  —  Democrats will seek a revote on a measure to reopen the government after a Thursday vote devolved into an argument on the House floor.  —  Chaos broke out after Republicans blasted Democrats for passing …
Discussion: Splinter
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Herman Wong / Washington Post:
Congressman who yelled ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ apologizes to Latino colleague
Discussion: The Week and Roll Call
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:   Democrat responds to being told ‘go back to Puerto Rico’ on House floor
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
GOP Rep. Jason Smith apologizes for telling Democrats to ‘go back to Puerto Rico’
Discussion: Breitbart and Roll Call
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, NB Blog and TheBlaze
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David French / National Review:
Karen Pence, Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, Part of a Christian Ministry?
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump administration separated thousands more migrants than previously known, federal watchdog says
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.
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Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:   Ukrainian Oligarch Scrutinized by Robert Mueller Was a Giuliani Client
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.
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Anastasia Vashukevich / The Moscow Times:   Model Who Claimed Trump Secrets Detained at Moscow Airport
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Senate GOP mulling rules change to speed up confirmations of Trump nominees  —  Senate Republicans are again considering using a controversial procedural maneuver to change how the chamber handles presidential nominations — a move that would significantly speed up processing of President Trump's nominees …
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Gabby Orr / Politico:   ‘When are we going to start up again?’ Conservatives want Trump to act on judicial nominees
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 …
Michael Burke / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress  —  Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) announced Thursday that he is resigning from Congress to take a job in the private sector.  —  “Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use …
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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 …
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.
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.
Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Drug smugglers bring 700 lbs of cocaine into US, then flee into Mexico across border with no physical barrier  —  BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — Border Patrol agents said they confiscated more than 700 lbs. of cocaine on Thursday just miles from the Rio Grande river.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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U.S. Department of Justice:   Prominent Global Law Firm Agrees to Register as an Agent of a Foreign Principal
 
 
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Reuters:
Treasury's Mnuchin declines to testify before House panel on shutdown
Discussion: Informed Comment
Washington Post:
FBI, federal agents see cases hampered, lives rattled as shutdown continues
Washington Post:
State Dept. employees ordered back to work as Trump nixes Pelosi trip and Davos delegation, citing shutdown
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
‘We Came to Take You to Riyadh’: Khashoggi Killing Detailed in New Book
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:
Four former Fed chairs call for US carbon tax
The Bulwark Podcast:
The 1970s Roots of Trumpism
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Double Amputee Gets Prosthetic Arm Back—But Still Faces Deportation
Summer Concepcion / Associated Press:
Judge Blocks Wisconsin GOP's Early-Voting Restrictions
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Rudderless West  —  We are drifting, in the absence of mind …
Tess Nichol / Slate:
Why Is All of New Zealand Obsessed With This Drunken, Littering, Rowdy Tourist Family?
Discussion: Sputnik International
Timothy P. Carney / The American Conservative:
Why Ex-Churchgoers Flocked to Trump
Lilliana Mason / Politico:
Many Voters Think Trump's a Self-Made Man. What Happens When You Tell Them Otherwise?