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11:35 AM ET, January 20, 2019

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James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, Explains What His City Stands For  —  I don't know who the young man in the MAGA hat in this photo is.  And I don't care to know.  —  His name, which the internet will inevitably turn up, really doesn't matter.  It matters to his parents, of course—and to his teachers.
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Washington Post:
‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him  —  The images in a series of videos that went viral on social media Saturday showed a tense scene near the Lincoln Memorial.  —  In them, a Native American man steadily beats his drum …
Adam Forrest / The Independent:
MAGA hat boy's mother blames ‘black Muslims’ for her son harassing Native American man  —  Parent claims musician ‘drummed in his face’ while ‘black Muslims yelled profanities’  —  The mother of a boy filmed harassing a Native American man along with his friends at a rally in Washington DC has blamed …
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Native American leader of Michigan: ‘Mob mentality’ in students was ‘scary’  —  For years, Native American advocate Nathan Phillips of metro Detroit has been fighting for the rights of indigenous people.  —  On Friday, his battle gained national attention, as social media videos captured …
Associated Press:   U.S. diocese, school apologize after students mock Indigenous demonstrator
Max Londberg / Cincinnati.com:
CovCath faces backlash after video of incident at Indigenous Peoples March surfaces
Los Angeles Times:
Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse  —  In offering a compromise of sorts to end the partial government shutdown, President Trump invited the American public to join him Saturday in an exercise of blame-shifting.  People should resist the impulse to hold anyone …
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
In Trump's Immigration Announcement, a Compromise Snubbed All Around  —  WASHINGTON — Immigrant advocates denounced it as cruel.  The conservative right howled that it was amnesty.  —  What President Trump billed on Saturday as a compromise to end the country's longest government shutdown pleased neither …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
GOP senator: Trump's ‘straw man proposal’ not meant to become law
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Axios
Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Speech
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A ‘Non-Starter’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Inside the Mueller team's decision to dispute BuzzFeed's explosive story on Trump and Cohen  —  When a BuzzFeed reporter first sought comment on the news outlet's explosive report that President Trump had directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, the spokesman for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III treated …
NBC News:
Giuliani: Trump Tower Moscow negotiations ‘as far as October, November’ 2016  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, says that negotiations over Trump Tower Moscow likely went up to the 2016 election, during an interview with Meet the Press.
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Trump's Slippage in Support is Real  —  The president is losing support—not just among independents, but from his evangelical and white-male base, too.  —  The veteran and shrewd New York political operative Bruce Gyory, who's always worth listening to, writes:  —  Wanted to drop you a note.
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘100 percent certain’ on Trump-Cohen  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, said Sunday he is “100 percent certain” that Trump never asked Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.  —  Speaking about the president to Chuck Todd on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Giuliani said …
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren's Early Stroke of Genius  —  CLAREMONT, N.H.—Elizabeth Warren wants the look on her face to be funny.  It's somewhere between stern and confused and disappointed, complete with fists briefly on her hips, like she's playing a mom in a commercial who just found an adorable kid making a mess on the floor.
Washington Post:
The man who stood behind Trump  —  After his laugh was heard around the country, Joe Davidson is wondering: “I'm a good person.  Isn't that what people say about me?”  —  A man on his way to see President Trump was speeding along a two-lane highway when his phone rang.  —  “Yes ma'am . . .”
Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Blackface video roils elite Brooklyn private school  —  Two white students in blackface jumped and gibbered like monkeys in an allegedly racist video that stunned classmates and parents at an elite Brooklyn private school, the Daily News has learned.
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
‘I will stand up for what I believe in’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says — but what she believes quickly changed as she moved from House to Senate  —  When Kirsten Gillibrand moved left on guns in 2009, she did it fast.  —  The moderate Democrat from Upstate New York had just been appointed to the Senate and liberals were in uproar.
Discussion: ABC News
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Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at Women's March in Iowa: ‘We would change everything’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base  —  Former White House political strategist Karl Rove warned Senate Republicans in a meeting this week not to become overly reliant on their conservative base as they head into what could be a tough 2020 presidential election.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Axios:
Trump is so obsessed with cable news that his staff prints off chyrons to show him post-speech  —  For all his media bashing, President Trump sees the White House as the greatest show on earth and obsesses over the staging — micromanaging his own lighting, and constantly consuming the coverage …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Trump-Kim February Summit Expected to Take Place in Vietnam
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Seeking Help, Family Breaks Silence on American Missing in Syria
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian offensive against rebel enclave more likely after al-Qaeda-linked fighters take control
Yaniv Kubovich / Reuters:
Russia Says Israel Behind Thwarted Attacking Targeting Airport in Syria's Damascus
Grace Kenny / gofundme.com:
Nathan Phillips scholarship fund
 Earlier Items: 
Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95
Discussion: Power Line
CNN:
An expensive lesson in hubris for the United States
Discussion: Army Times
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Harrison Smith / Washington Post:
Tony Mendez, ‘Argo’ spy who smuggled U.S. hostages out of Iran during crisis, dies at 78
Discussion: NPR
Kate Aronoff / The Intercept:
Henry Cuellar's Policy Preferences Could Destroy the World. But Then Again, He's a Really Nice Guy.
theepochtimes.com:
Trump Continues to Prepare the Battlefield
Associated Press:
Arizona: Four women convicted after leaving food and water in desert for migrants
Discussion: Axios