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12:00 AM ET, January 19, 2019


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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
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.
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.
Fox News:
Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday issued an extraordinary statement disputing a bombshell news report that claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about the timing of discussions over a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
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
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi
Discussion: CNN and Joe.My.God.
David Byler / Washington Post:
The really scandalous part of Michael Cohen's poll-fixing efforts
Discussion: WORLD, Spectator USA and East Bay Times
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.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Theater of the absurd’: How the shutdown's bleakest week unfolded for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Trump plans to make Democrats an offer to end shutdown, not declare national emergency …
Discussion: Denver Post and Raw Story
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Graham criticizes Trump canceling Pelosi trip as ‘inappropriate’
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump White House reportedly sought to put Pelosi ‘in her place’
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 …
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Trump says he will make a ‘major’ announcement on Saturday about border and shutdown  —  President Donald Trump said he will make a “major” announcement on Saturday about the border and ongoing government shutdown.  —  The president did not provide any further details on what he would discuss …
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
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Beware the permanent exclusive  —  Bloomberg Businessweek spent more than a year reporting on an alleged breach of U.S. computer infrastructure by China — a hardware hack supposedly affecting Apple, Amazon, Supermicro and nearly 30 other companies.  That story was published on Oct. 4 under the headline …
The Onion:
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Don't Give Up on the Women's March  —  It's January during the Trump years, which means it's time to talk about the fractured Women's March.  This year, controversy surrounds charges of anti-Semitism, most pointedly against Tamika Mallory, one of the four national co-chairs (along with Linda Sarsour …
Debbie Wasserman Schultz / USA Today:
Why I refuse to walk with the Washington 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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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: WTVR-TV, The Root and theGrio
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
Stars & Stripes:
Green Beret, Navy linguist, SEAL-turned-DIA civilian among Americans killed in ISIS-claimed bombing in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — The ISIS-claimed bombing of a restaurant in Syria on Wednesday killed an Army Green Beret with four children, a former Navy SEAL working for the Pentagon's intelligence agency …
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.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
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
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 …
Fran Brennan / NTK Network:
2020 WATCH: Gavin Newsom Is Running Facebook Ads in Ohio, Florida & Other Swing States  —  From January 12 to 16, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ran Facebook ads that were focused on list building in Ohio, Florida, and other swing states.  —  The newly sworn-in governor of California …
NBC News:
50,000 Coast Guard retirees at risk of not receiving pension checks during shutdown  —  It's a shame that Congress and the president “can't see the pain and damage they're causing to thousands of people,” one Coast Guard retiree said to NBC News.  —  The 50,000 retired members of the U.S. Coast Guard …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Brian Kahn / Earther:
TV News Coverage of Climate Change Somehow Got Even Worse Last Year  —  That Sunday morning TV news shows suck is not exactly a secret.  But they've reached a new level of suck when it comes to climate change.  —  Despite Chuck Todd spending a whole episode of Meet the Press talking climate …
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
When the World Opened the Gates of China  —  Was it a mistake for the U.S. to allow China to join the World Trade Organization?  Assessments of the 2001 deal often determine positions in today's bitter trade debate.  —  With a congressional vote looming in the spring of 2000 …
France 24:
Same old elite?  Macron's ‘revolution’ fails with fed up French  —  Jean-Baptiste Moreau, a farmer who splits his time between parliament and his cow sheds, thought he would be part of the solution to France's political problems when he was elected.  —  The 41-year-old won a seat in parliament …
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Stephanie Nolasco / Fox News:
‘Forrest Gump’ star Gary Sinise says he's dedicated to honoring wounded veterans: ‘We can never do enough’
Discussion: IJR and WTKR-TV
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Anti-vaxxers are among the WHO's top 10 global health threats, and Ebola fake news is killing people
Discussion: RT, Friendly Atheist and Daily Wire
Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
Susan Pompeo's travels during shutdown anger some diplomats, sources say
Discussion: Hullabaloo and KAJ-TV
Jen Kirby / Vox:
9 experts on Theresa May's “Plan B” and what's next for Brexit
Baltimore Sun:
Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as site for headquarters for potential presidential campaign
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McConnell's unwavering stand on the wall boosts his 2020 election prospects
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
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Wm. Moyer / Washington Post:
D.C. restaurant fined $7,000 after asking transgender woman for ID before letting her use bathroom
Washington Post:
The inside story of The Post's role in global efforts to free Jason Rezaian from Iran.
$11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
Washington Post:
U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for some of its privacy violations
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC poll shows a deeply divided Georgia and tough numbers for Kemp