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1:50 PM ET, January 20, 2019

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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 …
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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.
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, Hullabaloo and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: The Week
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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Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
The Catholic Bonfire At The Stake  —  Good morning from Dublin.  It is really interesting to observe US public controversies from outside the American bubble.  I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man …
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, Explains What His City Stands For  —  [Please see Updates at the end of this post.]  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.
Washington Post:
‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him
Associated Press:   U.S. diocese, school apologize after students mock Indigenous demonstrator
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
GOP senator: Trump's ‘straw man proposal’ not meant to become law  —  A Republican senator who encouraged President Donald Trump to pursue a compromise with congressional Democrats to end the partial government shutdown described the White House's offer this weekend as “a straw man proposal” that is not intended to become law.
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Los Angeles Times:   Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
‘I would not rule out a wall in certain instances’ …
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A ‘Non-Starter’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 . . .”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
The Week:
A vulture swoops down on Gannett  —  The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web:  —  The Gannett chain was the most voracious acquirer of local papers in the news business, said Brooke Sutherland at ­Bloomberg.  Now “the hunter has become the hunted.”
 
 
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Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Beto O'Rourke, Jimmy Carter, And The Power Of Love
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
Dreamers call Trump's offer to extend DACA for border-wall funding unacceptable
Discussion: Splinter, IJR and Townhall
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Beware the Furies, President Trump
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mark Meadows, Trump whisperer
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
Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Blackface video roils elite Brooklyn private school
 Earlier Items: 
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
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
‘I will stand up for what I believe in’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Grace Kenny / gofundme.com:
Nathan Phillips scholarship fund
Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95
Discussion: Power Line
Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Speech