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10:15 AM ET, January 19, 2019


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Washington Post:
In a rare move, Mueller's office denies BuzzFeed report that Trump told Cohen to lie about Moscow project  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office on Friday denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators had gathered evidence showing President Trump directed his former lawyer …
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.
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
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.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN And MSNBC Repeatedly Floated Impeachment Over Disputed BuzzFeed Report  —  CNN and MSNBC collectively used the word “impeach” nearly 200 times on Friday before the Special Counsel's office disputed a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News.  —  According to a Daily Caller review …
New York Times:
Mueller Statement Disputes Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie
Washington Post:
Michael Hayden and Neal Katyal: The House should investigate impeaching Trump
Impeachment inquiry is the right idea right now
Trump plans to make Democrats an offer to end shutdown, not declare national emergency, in Saturday speech, official says  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump plans to offer Democrats another proposal to end the shutdown when he addresses the nation from the White House on Saturday afternoon …
Discussion: Denver Post, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
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 …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Theater of the absurd’: How the shutdown's bleakest week unfolded for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Graham criticizes Trump canceling Pelosi trip as ‘inappropriate’
Discussion: Power Line, VICE News and RedState
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Americans Killed in Syria Were No Strangers to War  —  The four Americans who were killed by a suicide bomber in Syria on Wednesday were no strangers to America's war zones overseas.  —  One was a top military linguist who worked closely with the National Security Agency and was on her eighth deployment.
Stars & Stripes:
Green Beret, Navy linguist, SEAL-turned-DIA civilian among Americans killed in ISIS-claimed bombing in Syria
The Onion:
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Why was Beto O'Rourke a national phenomenon while Stacey Abrams wasn't?  —  One was a three-term congressman known for once playing in a punk band, riding a skateboard and giving an answer about structural racism that went viral.  —  The other was the leader of her party in a Deep South state …
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.
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold.
Dallas Morning News:
Protect Dreamers and build the wall, and we can all win  —  The government shutdown is in its fourth week, with no end in sight because our leaders in Washington don't seem to want an end that doesn't amount to political humiliation of the opposition.  —  But imagine for a moment …
Janosch Delcker / Politico:
Markus Söder elected chief of Merkel's Bavarian allies  —  BERLIN — Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies on Saturday handed the leadership of their party to state premier Markus Söder, who promised to usher in a new era of cooperation with the chancellor's party.
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ga. lawmaker who defended Klan named to House post on eve of King Day  —  House Speaker David Ralston Friday named as one of his committee chairs a state representative who opposed the erection of a statue to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the State Capitol and said the Ku Klux Klan made “people straighten up.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration  —  Both parties are to blame for this embarrassing impasse.  Yet a sensible solution may be possible.  —  As the U.S. government shutdown approaches the one-month mark, one thing has become abundantly clear: Few politicians in Washington …
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
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke's road trip drives home his message  —  His musings might be mocked but he's generating a torrent of media coverage.  —  Beto O'Rourke is five states into his stream-of-consciousness road trip across the American Southwest, unaccompanied as he drops into a small-town diner for cobbler …
David Rogers / Politico:
When Congress debated border security without having a total meltdown  —  Yes, it seems a distant memory amid all the heated rhetoric over the government shutdown.  But it wasn't so long ago that Democrats and Republicans could have a reasoned debate over funding border security.
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 …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia's lone black statewide official sits out Robert E. Lee tribute  —  RICHMOND — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, only the second African American elected to statewide office in Virginia, briefly bowed out of his duties in the state Senate on Friday in protest of a tribute to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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 …
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Syrian girl disfigured by bomb attack refused US visa under Trump travel ban  —  Exclusive: Marwa al-Shekh Ameen, 16, was denied a visa in December after doctors in Germany encouraged her to get treatment in the US  —  A 16-year-old Syrian refugee who was disfigured in a bomb attack on her home …
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Josh Shaffer / Raleigh News & Observer:
A green-card holder voted illegally 3 times in NC. The judge scolds election officials.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Brian Kahn / Earther:
TV News Coverage of Climate Change Somehow Got Even Worse Last Year
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
When the World Opened the Gates of China
France 24:
Same old elite? Macron's ‘revolution’ fails with fed up French
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi
Discussion: CNN and Joe.My.God.
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
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
Susan Pompeo's travels during shutdown anger some diplomats, sources say
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Jen Kirby / Vox:
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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
Erin Heffernan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis newscaster apologizes for inserting slur into Martin Luther King Jr.'s name on air
Discussion: WTVR-TV, theGrio and The Root
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Showboat: billionaire NFL team owner installs Imax cinema on superyacht
Discussion: USA Today and
Ben Adler / NPR:
Defying Trump Administration, Calif. Offers Federal Workers Unemployment Benefits
Discussion: IJR, The Democrats and Politico