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2:40 PM ET, January 19, 2019


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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump expected to propose DACA-TPS immigration compromise  —  President Trump plans to use remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room on Saturday afternoon to propose a notable immigration compromise, according to sources familiar with the speech.
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Trump to offer temporary protections for undocumented ‘dreamers’ in exchange for $5.7 billion for border wall, GOP officials say  —  BREAKING NEWS: The president is expected to detail the proposal to Democrats in a rare Saturday address at 4 p.m. It comes as the record-breaking government shutdown entered its 29th day.
Discussion: The Guardian, CNN and The Daily Caller
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 …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Support DACA Protections for More Wall Funding  —  The president is scheduled to make an announcement on the budget impasse at 4 p.m.  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is planning on Saturday to support protections from deportation for some undocumented immigrants in the U.S. in exchange …
Dallas Morning News:   Protect Dreamers and build the wall, and we can all win
Mueller's BuzzFeed statement is a reckoning for journalism in the age of Trump  —  Last night's rare on-the-record statement from the Mueller team is a reckoning that journalism had coming: Amid some of the most impressive reporting of our lifetimes, there's plenty of questionable coverage in this shock-a-minute era.
Peter Carr Speaks  —  Yesterday, Mueller's spox Peter Carr issued a statement vaguely denying Thursday's Buzzfeed story claiming that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie. … Clearly, there are parts of the story that are correct, in that they provide specific details that match the vague ones Mueller himself has released.
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 …
Trump says grateful to Mueller for BuzzFeed statement
Discussion: Political Wire
Vincent Schilling / Indian Country Today:
Outrage as non-Native youth wearing #MAGA hats taunt and disrespect Native elder  —  Native Twitter has gone ablaze as a Native American elder singing the AIM Song in Washington DC during the Indigenous Peoples March was ridiculed, taunted and mocked by a group of non-Native youth.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
“Would you like to speak to the president?”  —  PARIS — “Would you like to speak to the president?”  —  That was about the last question I expected from a stranger on a Friday night in Paris.  —  I was at a brasserie in the Latin Quarter, enjoying dinner with James McAuley, the Post's Paris correspondent.
Discussion: Raw Story
Beto O'Rourke:
I had been to Ulysses, Kansas once before, briefly.  —  Mike and I were driving back to Texas from New York in the summer of 1998.  I had bought a used truck in Long Island for a thousand dollars, put my worldly possessions in the back and we drove the 2,200 miles to El Paso.  One of the funnest times in my life.
New York Times:
As Beto O'Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style  —  For a moment in August, an event hall in Texas teemed with hope, taquitos and unity.  —  It was a border-town stop for Beto O'Rourke's Senate campaign, but another Democratic politician commanded particular attention …
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:   Why was Beto O'Rourke a national phenomenon while Stacey Abrams wasn't?
David Siders / Politico:   Beto O'Rourke's road trip drives home his message
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
A black R&B artist hoped singing for Trump would build ‘a bridge.’ It derailed her career instead.  —  Chrisette Michele is singing to nearly empty concert halls.  She says she's finding a new path to happiness.  —  GLENSIDE, Pa. — Chrisette Michele held hands with her band members during a final prayer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Attempts to steal fuel from Mexican pipeline set off massive fireball, killing at least 66  —  MEXICO CITY — At least 66 people were killed when a fuel pipeline exploded outside Mexico City, unleashing a massive fireball after residents tapped into the duct to steal buckets of gasoline, officials said Saturday.
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21
Discussion: The Week
POLITICO Playbook: Inside Trump's immigration play  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE PRESIDENT will make a “major announcement,” in his words, at 3 p.m. today from the Diplomatic Reception Room.  The speech is being closely held at the White House.  But here are some broad strokes we've picked …
Wall Street Journal:   Justice Department's Reversal on Online Gambling Tracked Memo From Adelson Lobbyists
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Useful idiots, Kristof edition  —  Lo these many years since the Russian Revolution and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the New York Times is still doing public relations for Communism.  The most recent example — I find it almost unbelievable — is Nicholas Kristof's January 18 Times column …
PBS NewsHour:
Why many stores can't accept food stamps during the shutdown  —  While so far there have been no major lapses in benefits for the nearly 39 million people who depend on food stamps amid the partial government shutdown, 2,500 retailers around the country are unable to take any form of SNAP EBT payments.
Harry Enten / CNN:
More Americans pessimistic about Trump's presidency than any presidency in last 25 years  —  (CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is John Tesh's “Roundball Rock” from the NBA on NBC.  —  Poll of the week: A Pew Research Center poll released this week finds that 29% of Americans …
Discussion: Pew Research Center, IJR and Townhall
Brad Slager / RedState:
The Latest Company Social Fiasco: Johnnie Walker Stepping on a Rake for Women's March  —  One day corporations may learn how social activism is bottom line averse.  —  Hot on the heels of the toxic masculinity razor commercial debacle another corporate political decision has reared up.
Discussion: Instapundit and
Max Londberg /
CovCath faces backlash after video of incident at Indigenous Peoples March surfaces  —  Covington Catholic High School faced backlash on social media Saturday morning after video was posted and widely shared showing a tense incident involving indigenous marchers and a group of young men in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
‘Please, listen to us’: What it's like being female at America's biggest economic conference  —  ATLANTA — Every January, 13,000 economists gather for a weekend of networking, research sharing and fun.  It's the marquee event of the year for economists, and, at first glance …
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Washington Post:
Thousands gather for third Women's March after year of controversy
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ga. lawmaker who defended Klan named to House post on eve of King Day
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Syrian girl disfigured by bomb attack refused US visa under Trump travel ban
Discussion: Raw Story
David Rogers / Politico:
When Congress debated border security without having a total meltdown
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia's lone black statewide official sits out Robert E. Lee tribute
Discussion: theGrio
Janosch Delcker / Politico:
Markus Söder elected chief of Merkel's Bavarian allies
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Shaffer / Raleigh News & Observer:
A green-card holder voted illegally 3 times in NC. The judge scolds election officials.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Beware the permanent exclusive
Jeff Carlson /
Transcripts of Former Top FBI Lawyer Detail Pervasive Abnormalities in Trump Probe
The Onion:
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The shabbiest U.S. president ever is an inexpressibly sad specimen