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9:40 AM 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 …
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 …
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
Vincent Schilling / Indian Country Today:
Outrage as non-Native youth wearing #MAGA hats taunt and disrespect Native elder
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.
Here's Trump's latest offer to end the shutdown — and why Democrats aren't interested  —  The “deal” Trump is offering on immigration and DACA, explained.  —  President Donald Trump just blinked on the government shutdown.  But his standoff with congressional Democrats doesn't appear to be headed to a resolution anytime soon.
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
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’
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
FAIL: Only 10,000 Are Expected At This Year's Women's March Following Anti-Semitism Scandal
Discussion: The Daily Beast and TheBlaze
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Elizabeth Warren's Early Stroke of Genius  —  The Massachusetts Senator announced she was running for president on New Year's Eve—and then had the field largely to herself.  —  CLAREMONT, N.H.—Elizabeth Warren wants the look on her face to be funny.  It's somewhere between stern and confused …
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.
Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95  —  Nathan Glazer, one of the country's foremost urban sociologists, who became most closely identified with the circle of disillusioned liberals known as the neoconservatives, died on Saturday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 95.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base  —  Former White House political strategist Karl Rove warned Senate Republicans in a meeting this week not to become overly reliant on their conservative base as they head into what could be a tough 2020 presidential election.
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Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
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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.
 Earlier Items:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Associated Press:
Arizona: Four women convicted after leaving food and water in desert for migrants
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
As Beto O'Rourke Weighs 2020 Run, Democrats Chafe at His Go-It-Alone Style
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Useful idiots, Kristof edition
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
A black R&B artist hoped singing for Trump would build ‘a bridge.’ It derailed her career instead.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Beast and Raw Story