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6:30 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  —  My sibling, Autumn, and I arrived at the rally for the first Indigenous Peoples' March with our hearts full and our spirits high.  After an unexpectedly long journey navigating the public transit schedule from Baltimore, we were eager to join the demonstration.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Vulture Writer on Covington Students: ‘I Just Want These People to Die, Simple as That’  —  Erik Abriss adds that he wishes the same for the families of the students as well  —  Passions were high over the weekend after video emerged seemingly showing students from Kentucky's Covington …
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
A tribal elder and a high school junior stood face to face, and the world reacted
Discussion: Cincinnati.com, CNN and The Federalist
CNN:
Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School junior, regarding incident at the Lincoln Memorial
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.
CNN:
After BuzzFeed article, Trump legal team reached out to Mueller's office, Giuliani says  —  BuzzFeed's scoop: Where is the evidence?  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal team reached out to special counsel Robert Mueller's office Friday morning after BuzzFeed published …
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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
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Trump ‘never spoke’ with Michael Cohen about false testimony, Rudy Giuliani says in latest Moscow deal twist
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Russian Oligarch and Allies Could Benefit From Sanctions Deal, Document Shows  —  WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration announced last month that it was lifting sanctions against a trio of companies controlled by an influential Russian oligarch, it cast the move as tough on Russia and on the oligarch …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump marks MLK day with 2-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 by Vice President Mike Pence …
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CNN:   Pence's shocking use of Martin Luther King's words
Catherine Viz / Campus Reform:
Invoking MLK Day, Notre Dame moves to cover up ‘demeaning’ Christopher Columbus mural  — The president of the University of Notre Dame announced Sunday that it would cover up murals of Christopher Columbus.  —  The president of the University of Notre Dame sent an email to all students Sunday night …
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Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
University of Notre Dame to cover murals of Christopher Columbus
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
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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Politico:
‘Heart of the Democratic Party’: Black voters in S.C. see first candidate push
William Cummings / USA Today:
California Sen. Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential bid on ‘Good Morning America’
Discussion: ABC News and twitchy.com
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
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: Politico, AOL and Mediaite
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:   ‘Absolutely out of control’: Cliff Sims's book depicts life in Trump's White House
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.
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 Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Mike Huckabee: Maybe Ann Coulter Should ‘Run for Office’ If She Can Do Better Than Trump  —  Huckabee accused Coulter of trying to ‘stir up’ Trump's base against him and said she doesn't know what it's like to govern.  —  Matt Wilstein  —  If Ann Coulter is going to dictate the policies …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Ilhan Omar and the Myth of Jewish Hypnosis  —  A conspiracy theory with ancient roots and a bloody history.  —  Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor in the Opinion section.  —  In 2012, during one of Israel's periodic wars with Hamas in Gaza, Ilhan Omar, at the time a 32-year-old nutrition coordinator …
Laura Paddison / HuffPost:
26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People  —  A new economic system is needed to tackle rampant inequality, says a new Oxfam report.  —  The gap between rich and poor is fracturing society, poisoning politics and fueling public anger, according to a new report …
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.
 
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
If Trump's ‘walls are closing in,’ they're moving very slowly
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
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Sil Lai Abrams / The Daily Beast:
When Women's March Leader Tamika Mallory Backed Russell Simmons, She Betrayed Women Like Me
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Biden Expresses Regret for Support of Crime Legislation in the 1990s
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
China grants Ivanka Trump five trademarks as White House continues trade negotiations with Beijing
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and Joe.My.God.
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria
David Barden / HuffPost:
Lady Gaga Slams Mike Pence: He's ‘The Worst Representation’ Of Christianity
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Theresa May drops post-Brexit £65 fee for EU citizens
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Egypt TV host Mohamed al-Ghiety jailed for interviewing gay man
Discussion: TheBlaze and Geller Report
Eli Watkins / CNN:
10% of TSA employees called out Sunday as shutdown continues
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Splinter
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Debate builds over making Mueller report public
National Review:
Why Democrats Said No to Trump's Border Compromise
Washington Post:
President Trump made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China's Annual Economic Growth Rate Is Slowest Since 1990