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5:15 PM 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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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
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.
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.
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
If Trump Told Cohen to Lie, Impeachment Is Coming  —  AS THE GOVERNMENT shutdown neared the one-month mark, the political landscape shifted under Washington's feet Thursday night, dramatically and perhaps permanently altering the path of our nation's politics.
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.
CNN:
What court filings tell us about BuzzFeed's Trump-Cohen allegations  —  Buzzfeed: Sources say Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)There are a handful of distinct areas where reporting from BuzzFeed's bombshell lines up with court records, including the charging documents …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Political Wire and Townhall
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Buzzfeed News Bombshell Reporter: No We Have Not Seen the Evidence Supporting Our Report
Andrew Egger / The Bulwark:
Trump, Cohen, and Buzzfeed: Is This the Big One?
Discussion: CNN, The Week and RedState
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Democrats demand investigation after report that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress
NBC News:
Impeachment seems much more likely after Thursday's bombshell report
Discussion: CNN, AOL and Raw Story
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump White House reportedly sought to put Pelosi ‘in her place’  —  One of the most striking aspects of Donald Trump's petty decision to cancel House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Afghanistan is the degree to which it was lacking in any sense of proportionality.
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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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster
Discussion: Althouse
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House pushes long odds strategy for wall
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and American Greatness
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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.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Federal Courts, Running Out of Money, Brace for Shutdown's Pain  —  WASHINGTON — The federal courts are running out of money as the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight, raising concerns that the legal system will be significantly hobbled if the standoff is not resolved soon.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and CNN
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: What the shutdown tea leaves tell us
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 …
Washington Post:
The inside story of The Post's role in global efforts to free Jason Rezaian from Iran. … Kate Woodsome is the supervising editor of the Op-Ed video team.  Before joining The Washington Post in 2017, she managed a live global affairs program on Al Jazeera English.
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Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:   ‘Their job is to scare me’: Jason Rezaian describes first terrifying hours inside Iranian prison
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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: CNN, KAJ-TV and Task & Purpose
David Byler / Washington Post:
The really scandalous part of Michael Cohen's poll-fixing efforts  —  On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, tried to rig online “polls” in favor of Trump.  The story isn't the latest nefarious revelation to emerge from Cohen's downfall.
Discussion: WORLD, The Week and Raw Story
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McConnell's unwavering stand on the wall boosts his 2020 election prospects  —  An electronic billboard, sponsored by the Democratic Coalition, shown Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Nicholasville, Ky. McConnell, who is up for re-election in 2020 in a state where Trump tends to be more popular than he is …
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 …
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: The Week
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: CNN and KTLA
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Doug Jones Risks His Alabama Senate Seat Over the Shutdown and the Wall  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — After Doug Jones scored an upset win in the Alabama Senate race in 2017, elated Democrats nationwide dreamed of winning in other deeply red corners of the country.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
 
 
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Why can't Trump make deals? No one trusts him anymore
Erin Heffernan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis newscaster apologizes for inserting slur into Martin Luther King Jr.'s name on air
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Post:
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
R. Kelly Dropped by RCA Records After Documentary Furor
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
AEI names Robert Doar as new president as conservative movement tries to find its way in Trump era
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
DNC: Target of Russia cyberattack after 2018 midterms
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Fired Mic Staffers Go to War With Bustle Over Unfinished Stories
Associated Press:
Iran's FM mocks John Bolton with ‘10-year challenge’
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have a history. If he runs, it may come back to haunt him.