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2:50 PM ET, January 21, 2019

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Julie Irwin Zimmerman / The Atlantic:
I Failed the Covington Catholic Test  —  Like many people who spend too much time on Twitter, I watched with indignation Saturday morning as stories began appearing about a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial between students from Covington Catholic High School and American Indians from the Indigenous Peoples March.
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Hunter Hooligan / The Cut:   Staring Down the Smug Face of American Violence
New York Times:
Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video Between Native American Man and Catholic Students
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
A tribal elder and a high school junior stood face to face, and the world reacted
Discussion: CNN, Cincinnati.com and Raw Story
CNN:
Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School junior, regarding incident at the Lincoln Memorial
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Kamala Harris Joins Democratic Presidential Field  —  Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and barrier-breaking prosecutor who became the second black woman to serve in the United States Senate, declared her candidacy for president on Monday, joining an increasingly crowded …
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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How Kamala Harris Could Win The 2020 Democratic Primary
Discussion: Washington Post, Splinter and AOL
Politico:
‘Heart of the Democratic Party’: Black voters in S.C. see first candidate push
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Sen. Kamala Harris announces she will run for president in 2020
HuffPost:
Kamala Harris Is Running For President In 2020
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris enters 2020 presidential race
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico, The Week and Daily Kos
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner  —  President Donald Trump's social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics.  And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump marks MLK day with two-minute memorial visit  —  President Donald Trump made a brief appearance Monday at Washington's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the civil rights icon with a wreath on the federal holiday bearing his name.  —  The president, accompanied …
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David Barden / HuffPost:
Lady Gaga Slams Mike Pence: He's ‘The Worst Representation’ Of Christianity
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TMZ.com and AOL
CNN:   Pence's shocking use of Martin Luther King's words
Wall Street Journal:
Cohen Threatened CNBC That Trump Would Sue After 2014 Poll Disappointment  —  Future president also complained to network over ‘business leader’ ranking after fixer tried to rig online survey  —  Donald Trump and his then-attorney Michael Cohen pressured CNBC in 2014 to place …
Discussion: Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Trump voters now blame him for the government shutdown  —  MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. — Two years ago, Jeff Daudert was fed up with politics.  He wanted to shake up the status quo.  He didn't mind sending a message to the establishment — and, frankly, he liked the idea of a disruptive president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Apologizes for Accidental Graphic Saying Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Dead  —  Fox & Friends apologized on Monday after briefly airing a graphic suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead.  —  As the show came back from commercials, they briefly showed a graphic of Ginsburg with the caption 1933-2019.
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows  —  With its silly swipes at AOC, the American political establishment is once again revealing its blindness to its own unpopularity  —  One of the first things you learn covering American politicians is that they're not terribly bright.
Robert A. Caro / New Yorker:
The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives  —  On a Presidential paper trail.  —  I. Mr. Hathway  —  In 1959, when I went to work for Newsday, on Long Island, the paper had a managing editor named Alan Hathway, who was an old-time newspaperman from the nineteen-twenties.
Discussion: Althouse
NBC News:
Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more  —  The Kim regime has never admitted the existence of the Sino-ri Missile Operating Base.  A new report says it's one of many undisclosed sites.  —  WASHINGTON — With a second U.S.- North Korea nuclear summit looming …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Book by Former Staff Member Describes a White House ‘Out of Control’  —  John F. Kelly, as White House chief of staff, presented himself as the man leading a charge of “country first, president second.”  The attorney general suggested administering lie-detector tests to the small group …
Discussion: AOL and Mediaite
Eli Watkins / CNN:
10% of TSA employees called out Sunday as shutdown continues  —  Washington (CNN)The Transportation Security Administration said one in 10 of its employees scheduled to work Sunday took the day off, with many employees citing “financial limitations” preventing them from working.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Splinter
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:   U.S. Airport Screener Absences Triple as Shutdown Continues
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans all but surrender to Trump on wall despite shutdown's toll  —  One month into a historic government shutdown, Republican senators are standing staunchly behind President Trump's demand for money to build a border wall, even as the GOP bears the brunt of the blame …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Trump ‘never spoke’ with Michael Cohen about false testimony, Rudy Giuliani says in latest Moscow deal twist  —  President Trump did not speak with Michael Cohen before he testified falsely before Congress about plans to develop a skyscraper in Moscow during the 2016 campaign …
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Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
Kremlin accused of laying false trail linking Sergei Skripal to ex-MI6 officer behind Trump dossier  —  Russian intelligence created a false trail linking the double agent Sergei Skripal to the former MI6 officer behind the Trump dossier before carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack, the Telegraph has been told.
Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chico's mass overdose highlights severe new phase of opioid epidemic  —  The first victim was outside the house, sprawled on a patio beside the garage.  His friends were already performing CPR when Chico police got to the scene.  —  The others are inside, they told police.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Chris Christie says Trump hired “riffraff”  —  Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, writes in his forthcoming memoir — “Let Me Finish,” out Jan. 29 — that President Trump filled his administration with “riffraff” instead of canny players who could help …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
France fines Google nearly $57 million for first major violation of new European privacy regime  —  Google has been fined nearly $57 million by French regulators for violating Europe's tough new data-privacy rules, marking the first major penalty brought against a U.S. technology giant since …
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Laura Kayali / Politico:
France hits Google with €50 million fine for GDPR violation
Pardes Seleh / Mediaite:
Journalists and Celebs Rush to Delete Tweets Slamming MAGA-Hat Kids  —  You can delete your old tweets, but the internet is forever.  At least, that's what the Screenshot Bot tells us.  —  Over the past 24 hours, journalists and public figures on Twitter have deleted previous posts slamming …
 
 
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Emin Agalarov cancels US concert tour after not reaching testimony deal with Mueller and Congress
Discussion: Washington Post
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Theresa May drops post-Brexit £65 fee for EU citizens
Discussion: Associated Press
BBC:
Egypt TV host Mohamed al-Ghiety jailed for interviewing gay man
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Debate builds over making Mueller report public
Fabiola Sanchez / Associated Press:
Venezuela puts down mutiny by national guard unit
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Ilhan Omar and the Myth of Jewish Hypnosis
Beto O'Rourke / Beto O'Rourke:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Washington Post:
President Trump made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance
Discussion: Hullabaloo and WREG-TV
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Fox News' Restraint on Buzzfeed Paid Off, and Should Be a Lesson to Other Outlets
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China's Annual Economic Growth Rate Is Slowest Since 1990
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Larry Elliott / The Guardian:
World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam
Discussion: Oxfam America and Common Dreams