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9:45 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.
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
After Viral Video, Families of Covington Are Swiftly Circling to Protect Their Boys  —  COVINGTON, Ky. — On Friday night, all anyone at Covington Catholic High School was talking about was that their star Colonels basketball team had unexpectedly lost to the rival St. Xavier Bombers, 55-45.
Laura Wagner / The Concourse:
Don't Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes  —  Two days ago, video was posted online that pretty much everyone who saw immediately recognized for what it was—footage of white teens taunting and harassing a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Discussion: CNN, UPI and HuffPost
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 …
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Covington Catholic High students in blackface at past basketball game  —  This won't help Kentucky student Nick Sandmann's case.  —  A photo said to be featuring Covington Catholic High School students clad in blackface during a 2015 basketball game made the rounds on Twitter Monday morning amid …
Discussion: and HuffPost
Hunter Hooligan / The Cut:
Staring Down the Smug Face of American Violence
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and CNN
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Giuliani Says His Moscow Trump Tower Comments Were ‘Hypothetical’  —  President Trump's personal lawyer on Monday walked back the timeline he had offered a day earlier on when negotiations ended with Russian officials about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, calling his comments “hypothetical” and not intended to convey facts.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Giuliani walks back statements on Trump Tower Moscow talks
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Emin Agalarov cancels US concert tour after not reaching testimony deal with Mueller and Congress
Discussion: FOX 61
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Trump ‘never spoke’ with Michael Cohen about false testimony, Rudy Giuliani says in latest Moscow deal twist
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Daily Caller
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Absolutely out of control’: Cliff Sims's book depicts life in Trump's White House  —  President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry, as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.  He held the remote control …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Biden Expresses Regret for Support of Crime Legislation in the 1990s
Associated Press:
MLK holiday offers stage for Democratic hopefuls  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.
William Cummings / USA Today:
California Sen. Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential bid on ‘Good Morning America’
Discussion: ABC News and
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: GOP reaches landmark agreement to juice small-dollar fundraising  —  President Donald Trump's political team and top Republican officials have reached a landmark agreement to reshape the party's fundraising apparatus and close the financial gap that devastated them in the midterms.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Greenland's Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say  —  Greenland's enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point,” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:   Democrats Should Police Hate on Their Side of the Aisle, Too
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
Dutch surgeon wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case  —  Ruling will ensure doctors no longer judged by Google on fitness to practise, lawyer says  —  A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling.
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.
Tyler Silvy / Greeley Tribune:
Rep. Lori Saine says blacks, whites lynched in ‘nearly equal numbers’ for being Republican  —  A Colorado representative said black people and white people were lynched in nearly equal numbers for being Republican in the post-Reconstruction era.  —  Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone …
Discussion: Raw Story
John Lott / Fox News:
BuzzFeed and me - The incredible thing the site's CEO did using my name without permission  —  BuzzFeed, a popular “news” website, has once again been shamed for publishing fake allegations against Donald Trump.  BuzzFeed's anonymously sourced report claimed that President Trump ordered his former lawyer …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
If Trump's ‘walls are closing in,’ they're moving very slowly  —  On Friday night, Fox News's Ed Henry, guest-hosting the 7 p.m. show “The Story,” threw a cocked elbow at the mainstream media.  Seizing on a day of discussion over BuzzFeed's disputed report that President Trump …
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Nicholas Frankovich / National Review:
An Apology  —  Early Sunday morning, I posted a “strongly worded” …
Discussion: Instapundit
Jon Ward / Vanity Fair:
“The Son of a Bitch Is Going to Run”: Kennedy, Carter, and the Last Time a Powerful Politician …
Huileng Tan / CNBC:
China's economy grew 6.6% in 2018, the lowest pace in 28 years
Discussion: DAWN.COM, and Breitbart
Washington Post:
10 percent of TSA workers called out Sunday as shutdown continues
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
Does Journalism Have a Future?
Laura Paddison / HuffPost:
26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People
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
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
China grants Ivanka Trump five trademarks as White House continues trade negotiations with Beijing
Discussion: Associated Press, Joe.My.God. and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
David Barden / HuffPost:
Lady Gaga Slams Mike Pence: He's ‘The Worst Representation’ Of Christianity
Pardes Seleh / Mediaite:
Journalists and Celebs Rush to Delete Tweets Slamming MAGA-Hat Kids
Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chico's mass overdose highlights severe new phase of opioid epidemic
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
Kremlin accused of laying false trail linking Sergei Skripal to ex-MI6 officer behind Trump dossier
NBC News:
Report finds another undisclosed North Korea missile site, says there are 19 more