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10:25 AM ET, January 20, 2019


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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 …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March  —  They were Catholic high school students who came to Washington on a field trip to rally at the March for Life.  —  He was a Native American veteran of the Vietnam War who was there to raise awareness at the Indigenous Peoples March.
Associated Press:
U.S. diocese, school apologize after students mock Indigenous demonstrator  —  ‘We extend our deepest apologies,’ school says after video emerges of students taunting Indigenous elder  —  A diocese in Kentucky has apologized after videos emerged showing students from an all-male Catholic …
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 …
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.
Max Londberg /
CovCath faces backlash after video of incident at Indigenous Peoples March surfaces
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 …
Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Speech  —  San Francisco — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement in advance of the President's address:  —  “Democrats were hopeful that the President was finally willing to re-open government and proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border.
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
It's All About the Wall  —  Bismarck said that politics is the art of the possible.  It looks like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and other Democrats regard politics as the art of intransigence.  —  In his brief remarks Saturday on border security …
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A ‘Non-Starter’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Caller
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump offers immigration compromise to end partial shutdown; Dems cool to offer
Discussion: Daily Wire
Associated Press:
Democrats aren't buying Trump's shutdown-ending ‘compromise’
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at Women's March in Iowa: ‘We would change everything’
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian offensive against rebel enclave more likely after al-Qaeda-linked fighters take control  —  BEIRUT — Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria have in recent days forced their rivals' surrender in the country's final rebel-held pocket, cementing control while increasing the likelihood …
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.
Yaniv Kubovich / Reuters:
Russia Says Israel Behind Thwarted Attacking Targeting Airport in Syria's Damascus  —  Israeli army intercepts missiles over Golan Heights  —  Russia on Sunday claimed that Israel was behind an attack thwarted by the Syrian military earlier in the day which targeted an airport in south eastern Damascus.
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.
Julia Belluz / Vox:
The Ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo is moving toward a major city.  That's not good.  —  With at least 680 cases, it's already the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history.  —  At least 680 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95
Discussion: Power Line
An expensive lesson in hubris for the United States
Discussion: Army Times
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Trump Continues to Prepare the Battlefield
Associated Press:
Arizona: Four women convicted after leaving food and water in desert for migrants
Discussion: Axios
Brad Slager / RedState:
The Latest Company Social Fiasco: Johnnie Walker Stepping on a Rake for Women's March
Discussion: and Instapundit
New York Times:
As Beto O'Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money