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3:35 PM ET, January 20, 2019

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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.
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
GOP senator: Trump's ‘straw man proposal’ not meant to become law
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
‘I would not rule out a wall in certain instances’ …
Discussion: Breitbart, Axios and The Hill
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Only with Nancy’: How Schumer and Pelosi stuck together on the shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Los Angeles Times:   Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse
Gabby Orr / Politico:   Mark Meadows, Trump whisperer
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrats ‘willing to talk about’ pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’
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 …
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.
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 . . .”
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 …
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 …
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.
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How the media convinces us we're all outraged — even when no one cares  —  I'm outraged.  You're outraged.  They're all outraged.  We're all outraged!!!  Except, what if we're not?  —  The Associated Press reported that Gillette's new toxic-masculinity ad caused an “online uproar.”
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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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
The Week:
A vulture swoops down on Gannett
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
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian offensive against rebel enclave more likely after al-Qaeda-linked fighters take control
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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
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Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95
Discussion: Power Line
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Discussion: Algemeiner.com