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9:45 PM ET, January 20, 2019


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Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a Native American Veteran  —  Partial video footage of students from a Catholic high school allegedly harassing a Native American veteran after the anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. …
New York Times:
Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video Between Native American Man and Catholic Students  —  A fuller and more complicated picture emerged on Sunday of the videotaped encounter between a Native American man and a throng of high school boys wearing “Make America Great Again” gear outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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 …
Discussion: Indian Country Today
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
What makes a liberal want to punch a child?  —  If someone walks up to you and bangs a drum in your face, are you guilty of harassing the drummer?  You might be if you're white and wearing a MAGA hat.  Just a day after rushing to judgment about a BuzzFeed story that claimed President Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart and
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
The Catholic Bonfire At The Stake
POLITICO Playbook: Trump says he's willing to give ‘amnesty’ in ‘much bigger deal’
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.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
BuzzFeed News in Limbo Land  —  This is, in many respects, a golden age for journalism.  —  With a president facing multiple federal and state inquiries — including one into whether a foreign government helped get him elected — the press has come through with some investigative work …
Discussion: Townhall, emptywheel and Mediaite
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Top D.C. lawyers couldn't understand what Rudy was trying to achieve with today's TV interview
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Adam Schiff on “Face the Nation,” January 20, 2019
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani: ‘So What’ If Trump Talked To Cohen About His Testimony
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Hullabaloo
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The media's ‘Gotcha!’ hysteria is shameful
Trump fails to woo Democrats  —  In the 24 hours since Trump offered his immigration proposal, not a single Democrat has publicly expressed openness to it.  —  What they're saying: Senior White House officials told Axios their strategy — conceived largely by Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, CNN and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump defends immigration proposal against ‘amnesty’ criticism from conservatives
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, ABC News and Daily Wire
Alayna Treene / Axios:   The vast majority of freshman House Democrats are not quite ready to impeach Donald Trump
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pompeo discussing a run for Kansas Senate seat
Discussion: RedState, Hullabaloo and CNN
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Gabbard says Democrats share blame in shutdown logjam  —  Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic candidate for president Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday that her party's leadership was not blameless for the partial government shutdown that is now approaching a month, accusing both sides of posturing and refusing to compromise.
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
Heather Caygle / Politico:
‘Only with Nancy’: How Schumer and Pelosi stuck together on the shutdown
Discussion: Raw Story
Holly Rosenkrantz / CBS News:
Gillibrand rejects Trump's immigration offer: “I don't take him on his word on anything”
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and Deadline
Washington Post:
Trump two years in: The dealmaker who can't seem to make a deal  —  Donald Trump was elected president partly by assuring the American people that “I alone can fix it.”  —  But precisely two years into his presidency, the government is not simply broken — it is in crisis …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mark Meadows, Trump whisperer
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
In Business and Governing, Trump Seeks Victory in Chaos  —  Three decades ago, Donald J. Trump waged a public battle with the talk show host Merv Griffin to take control of what would become Mr. Trump's third Atlantic City casino.  Executives at Mr. Trump's company warned that the casino would siphon revenue from the others.
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 …
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.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Giuliani: Discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were ‘active’ throughout 2016 election
Discussion: Mother Jones
Max Boot / Washington Post:
A look back on two dismal years of the Trump administration  —  On Jan. 20, 2017, President Trump delivered a bleak inauguration address that warned of “American carnage.”  He has spent the past two years turning those words into a self-fulfilling prophecy.  So much has happened that it's hard to keep it all straight.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Will Hurd / USA Today:
Republican congressman: My black dad taught me how to handle white supremacist rhetoric  —  As a salesman in Texas, my father was insulted countless times.  I carry his experiences with me when I walk onto the floor of the U.S. House.  —  CONNECT  —  It is unbelievable the number of times …
Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
‘GLOBAL WARMING’ UPDATE: Montreal's Fête Des Neiges (Winter Snow Festival) Cancelled Due To Extreme Cold!  —  Via: global-warming-update-montreals-fete- des-neiges-winter-snow-festival- cancelled-due-to-extreme-cold/  —  GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE …
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Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Discussion: Mashable
Washington Post:
Tulsi Gabbard says she has no regrets about meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Fire damages Fox, C-SPAN, MSNBC studios
Discussion: WTOP
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How the media convinces us we're all outraged — even when no one cares
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed News:
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Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Blackface video roils elite Brooklyn private school
Discussion: New York Times
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