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1:15 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
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were ‘active’ throughout 2016 election
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘100 percent certain’ on Trump-Cohen
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
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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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.
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
Washington Post:
‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Native American leader of Michigan: ‘Mob mentality’ in students was ‘scary’
Associated Press:   U.S. diocese, school apologize after students mock Indigenous demonstrator
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: ABC News, CNN and Political Wire
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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 …
Los Angeles Times:   Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Only with Nancy’: How Schumer and Pelosi stuck together on the shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrats ‘willing to talk about’ pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’
Discussion: CBS News, Axios and Roll Call
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
Daniel González / Arizona Republic:
Dreamers call Trump's offer to extend DACA for border-wall funding unacceptable  —  The head of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition on Saturday rejected President Donald Trump's proposal to extend an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” …
Discussion: Splinter, IJR and Townhall
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base
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Discussion: Power Line
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
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