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4:25 PM ET, January 20, 2019

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CNN:
BuzzFeed editor and reporter defend scoop  —  Ben Smith and Anthony Cormier say they are confident in their disputed reporting about President Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.  “This will be borne out,” Cormier says.  —  Source: CNN  —  Ben Smith and Anthony Cormier …
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani: ‘So What’ If Trump Talked To Cohen About His Testimony  —  The president's attorney said on Sunday that it's possible the president spoke with his former attorney Michael Cohen prior to Cohen's congressional testimony.  —  Gideon Resnick  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney …
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Giuliani Says Talks for Trump Tower in Moscow Lasted Through 2016 Election  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said on Sunday that discussions about building a Trump Tower in Moscow lasted through the November 2016 election, months longer than previously confirmed.
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.
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘100 percent certain’ on Trump-Cohen
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were ‘active’ throughout 2016 election
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a Native American Veteran  —  Journalists who uncritically accepted Nathan Phillips' story got this completely wrong.  —  Partial video footage of students from a Catholic high school allegedly harassing …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump says he's willing to give ‘amnesty’ in ‘much bigger deal’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  TODAY is the second-year anniversary of the Trump presidency.  —  SHUTDOWN ... DAY 30 ... WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP offered yesterday cannot be rationally viewed as the way to end this standoff.
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Trump offers to limit his border wall to strategic locations  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should give serious consideration to the settlement proposal that President Donald Trump made in his televised address from the White House.  —  Her objection all along has been to building …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump defends immigration proposal against ‘amnesty’ criticism from conservatives  —  President Trump early Sunday sought to sell his new immigration proposal, which includes funding for a wall along the southern border and extended protection for certain immigrant groups, amid pushback from Democrats and hard-line conservatives.
Discussion: ABC News, NBC News, Daily Wire and TheBlaze
Quint Forgey / Politico:
GOP senator: Trump's ‘straw man proposal’ not meant to become law
Discussion: CBS News and CNN
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
‘I would not rule out a wall in certain instances’ …
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and The Hill
Los Angeles Times:   Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse
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 . . .”
Hannes Grassegger / BuzzFeed News:
The Unbelievable Story Of The Plot Against George Soros  —  The glass tower that houses George Soros's office in Manhattan is overflowing with numbers on screens, tracking and predicting the directions of markets around the world.  But there's one that's particularly hard to figure out …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The media's ‘Gotcha!’ hysteria is shameful  —  Imagine that a scientist wanted to conduct an experiment to see if it's true that blind hatred of President Trump has led Democrats and their media handmaidens to go 'round the bend and off the cliff.  —  Such a scientist would inject a damning …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pompeo discussing a run for Kansas Senate seat  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to meet with veteran Republican strategist Ward Baker on Sunday afternoon to discuss a possible 2020 run for the vacant Kansas Senate seat, according to two people familiar with the plans.
Washington Post:
Tulsi Gabbard says she has no regrets about meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said Sunday that she does not regret her 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of using chemical weapons to attack civilians in the country's years-long civil war.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Fire damages Fox, C-SPAN, MSNBC studios  —  A fire Sunday morning in Northwest Washington, D.C., damaged studios for Fox News, C-SPAN and MSNBC, and forced “Fox News Sunday” to relocate its broadcast to a local affiliate's studio.  —  D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that an electrical fire broke …
 
 
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
On eve of MLK Day, Pence says Trump is like Martin Luther King Jr. for ‘inspiring us’ with a border wall
Peterdeadline / Deadline:
Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Discussion: Mashable
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How the media convinces us we're all outraged — even when no one cares
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
This Year Looks A Lot Like The 1976 Democratic Primary. What Does That Mean For 2020?
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
Dreamers call Trump's offer to extend DACA for border-wall funding unacceptable
Discussion: Splinter, IJR and Townhall
Gabby Orr / Politico:
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The Week:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: New York Times
Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Blackface video roils elite Brooklyn private school
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
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Yaniv Kubovich / Reuters:
Russia Says Israel Behind Thwarted Attacking Targeting Airport in Syria's Damascus
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren's Early Stroke of Genius
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
‘I will stand up for what I believe in’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says …
Discussion: ABC News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA