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Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
What happened to Michael Cohen?  Mystery ex-Trump fixer arrives at home with apparent black eye and arm in sling hours after bombshell report that president ordered him to LIE to Congress  — Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arrived at his Manhattan apartment with was treated at a New York hospital with his left arm covered
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Reporter with checkered past comes back with Trump Tower Moscow bombshells for BuzzFeed  —  New York (CNN Business)Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier, two reporters for BuzzFeed News, may have just scored the scoop that, if it is ultimately confirmed, irrevocably changes the course of the Trump presidency.
emptywheel:
Compromise: Before Trump Won His First Primary, Putin Collected His First Receipt  —  In this post, I noted that, while important, the Buzzfeed story on Trump's role in Michael Cohen's lies to Congress did not advance our understanding of how the Trump Tower deal fits into the larger Trump conspiracy with Russia.
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Why Democrats Have Suddenly Started Talking About Impeachment  —  Late Thursday night, BuzzFeed News published a report that, if true, could prove historic: President Donald Trump allegedly directed his then-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a real-estate deal he was pursuing in Moscow during the 2016 election.
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
Mueller's Office Disputes BuzzFeed Report That Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress  —  The office of special counsel Robert Mueller used a rare statement on Friday night to dispute the report by BuzzFeed News that President Trump had instructed his former lawyer to lie to Congress.
David Byler / Washington Post:
The really scandalous part of Michael Cohen's poll-fixing efforts
Discussion: WORLD, Spectator USA and East Bay Times
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Buzzfeed News Bombshell Reporter: No We Have Not Seen the Evidence Supporting Our Report
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
If Trump Told Cohen to Lie, Impeachment Is Coming
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and CNN
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House pushes long odds strategy for wall  —  The White House has a new, long-shot idea for getting President Donald Trump's border wall: persuading the Senate to take up the president's wall request to force a deal with the Democrats, then reopen the government.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   McConnell's unwavering stand on the wall boosts his 2020 election prospects
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Graham criticizes Trump canceling Pelosi trip as ‘inappropriate’
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster
Discussion: Althouse
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Mnuchin Flew to L.A. on Private Jet of Billionaire Michael Milken  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flew from Washington to Los Angeles this month on the private aircraft of Michael R. Milken, the billionaire “junk bond” king who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 1990 and served two years in prison.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: USA Today and Home Page Rotator
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Don't Give Up on the Women's March
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz are looking at him running as an independent for president in 2020  —  Advisers to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz have been exploring the possibility of launching an independent bid for the White House in 2020, according to two people who have been informed of the discussions.
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Republican Congressman: Trump's Border Crisis Is a ‘Myth’  —  A conversation with Texas Rep. Will Hurd, who knows the border better than most of his colleagues  —  WASHINGTON — Congressman Will Hurd of Texas is an increasingly lonely voice in the “build the wall” Republican Party of Donald Trump.
Ben Adler / NPR:
Defying Trump Administration, Calif. Offers Federal Workers Unemployment Benefits  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration has told states they can't offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are required to report to work without pay during the government shutdown.
Discussion: Politico, IJR and The Democrats
Stephanie Maida / Guest of a Guest:
Upper East Side Restaurant Nello Bans Single Women From Eating At The Bar  —  Because, apparently, the owners consider all of us escorts, and they have “special” seating rules for them.  —  And yes, this is as disgustingly ridiculous as it sounds, so let's backtrack.
Discussion: Eater NY and Page Six
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Religious Right Leaders Defend Steve King's Honor, Demand Apology from House GOP Leader McCarthy  —  Religious Right leaders and right-wing activists are rallying in support of embattled Rep. Steve King, who has been under fire since a New York Times story quoted him wondering when terms like …
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Robin Opsahl / Des Moines Register:
Rep. Steve King raising money off controversy from white nationalism, supremacy comments
Bloomberg:
Even College Graduates Can't Afford a Home on the West Coast  — College graduates priced out of some of the biggest job hubs  — But, grads can find affordable housing in many thriving cities  —  College graduates earn a lot of money in San Jose but are still $100,000 short to afford …
Erin Heffernan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis newscaster apologizes for inserting slur into Martin Luther King Jr.'s name on air  —  ST. LOUIS  • A St. Louis newscaster apologized on air Thursday morning, saying that his mispronunciation of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s name that included a racial slur was “not intentional in any way.”
Discussion: KAJ-TV, The Root and theGrio
Variety:
R. Kelly Dropped by Sony Music  —  Sony Music has decided to dissolve its working relationship with R. Kelly, Variety has learned.  —  No external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future, says a source, who added that the company took its time to wade through the issues “responsibly” and avoid legal ramifications.
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
R. Kelly Dropped by RCA Records After Documentary Furor
Discussion: NPR
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll shows a deeply divided Georgia and tough numbers for Kemp  —  Editor's note: For a detailed explanation about how this poll was conducted, see the end of this story.  —  After an intensely partisan race for Georgia governor, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday shows …
Reuters:
$11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice.  —  He could content himself with a jailhouse diet that he said left him perpetually hungry.
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Bush calls on Trump, Democrats to ‘put politics aside’ and end the shutdown  —  Former President George W. Bush on Friday called on President Trump and congressional leaders to “put politics aside” and end the partial government shutdown, which is about to enter its fifth week.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed conservative conspiracy theorist and special counsel witness Jerome Corsi, his attorney told The Hill on Friday.  —  The committee is seeking both an interview and documents from Corsi …
Discussion: CNN and Joe.My.God.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Anti-vaxxers are among the WHO's top 10 global health threats, and Ebola fake news is killing people … Anti-vaxxers are one of the top 10 global health threats.  The World Health Organization identified “vaccine hesitancy” — “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines” …
Discussion: Daily Wire, RT and Friendly Atheist
 
 
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The Onion:
Defiant Pelosi Begins Swimming To Afghanistan After Trump Denies Use Of Government Plane
Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
Susan Pompeo's travels during shutdown anger some diplomats, sources say
Discussion: Hullabaloo and KAJ-TV
The Daily Beast:
John Dowd, President Trump's Old Lawyer, Is Still Whispering in His Ear
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Jen Kirby / Vox:
9 experts on Theresa May's “Plan B” and what's next for Brexit
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court puts off Commerce Department census case for now
Stars & Stripes:
Green Beret, Navy linguist, SEAL-turned-DIA civilian among Americans killed in ISIS-claimed bombing in Syria
Baltimore Sun:
Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as site for headquarters for potential presidential campaign
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Why can't Trump make deals? No one trusts him anymore
 Earlier Items: 
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Showboat: billionaire NFL team owner installs Imax cinema on superyacht
Discussion: USA Today and TMZ.com
Justin Wm. Moyer / Washington Post:
D.C. restaurant fined $7,000 after asking transgender woman for ID before letting her use bathroom
Washington Post:
U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for some of its privacy violations
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: What the shutdown tea leaves tell us
Nicole Weisensee Egan / The Daily Beast:
Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?
Brett McGurk / Washington Post:
Trump said he beat ISIS. Instead, he's giving it new life.
Discussion: WGNO, Task & Purpose and KAJ-TV
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Are We Really Where We Are?”: Trump, Putin, and Washington's Unbelievable New Normal
Discussion: Daily Kos and Spectator USA