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12:00 PM ET, January 20, 2019


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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: ABC News, Political Wire and Axios
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
In Trump's Immigration Announcement, a Compromise Snubbed All Around  —  WASHINGTON — Immigrant advocates denounced it as cruel.  The conservative right howled that it was amnesty.  —  What President Trump billed on Saturday as a compromise to end the country's longest government shutdown pleased neither …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Trump makes a DACA offer Democrats can and should refuse  —  In offering a compromise of sorts to end the partial government shutdown, President Trump invited the American public to join him Saturday in an exercise of blame-shifting.  People should resist the impulse to hold anyone …
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Democrats ‘willing to talk about’ pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’
Discussion: CBS News, Axios and Roll Call
Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Speech
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Democrats Reject Trump Border Wall Proposal, Calling It A ‘Non-Starter’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
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 …
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
Native American leader of Michigan: ‘Mob mentality’ in students was ‘scary’
Discussion: and RedState
Associated Press:   U.S. diocese, school apologize after students mock Indigenous demonstrator
Max Londberg /
CovCath faces backlash after video of incident at Indigenous Peoples March surfaces
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 …
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:
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.
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.
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: ‘100 percent certain’ on Trump-Cohen  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, said Sunday he is “100 percent certain” that Trump never asked Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.  —  Speaking about the president to Chuck Todd on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Giuliani said …
Discussion: Splinter and Breitbart
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.”
Ben Chapman / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Blackface video roils elite Brooklyn private school  —  Two white students in blackface jumped and gibbered like monkeys in an allegedly racist video that stunned classmates and parents at an elite Brooklyn private school, the Daily News has learned.
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Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Seeking Help, Family Breaks Silence on American Missing in Syria
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian offensive against rebel enclave more likely after al-Qaeda-linked fighters take control
Yaniv Kubovich / Reuters:
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Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
‘I will stand up for what I believe in’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Barry Gewen / New York Times:
Nathan Glazer, Urban Sociologist and Outspoken Intellectual, Dies at 95
Discussion: Power Line
An expensive lesson in hubris for the United States
Discussion: Army Times
Michelle Alexander / New York Times:
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Harrison Smith / Washington Post:
Tony Mendez, ‘Argo’ spy who smuggled U.S. hostages out of Iran during crisis, dies at 78
Discussion: NPR