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2:15 AM ET, January 22, 2019

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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
“Even if He Did Do It, It Wouldn't Be a Crime”: Rudy Giuliani on President Trump  —  On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's lawyers, made a startling admission to the Times and NBC's “Meet the Press” that Trump had been involved in discussions to build a Trump Tower Moscow throughout …
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and Fox News Insider
Kara Scannell / CNN:   Emin Agalarov cancels US concert tour after not reaching testimony deal with Mueller and Congress
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Giuliani walks back statements on Trump Tower Moscow talks
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
Fox News:
Giuliani says his team communicated with Mueller's team on BuzzFeed News article, agreed much of it false
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: Snopes.com
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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter  —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats.
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.
Courier-Journal:
Louisville PR firm played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy  —  This video clip went viral, throwing Covington Catholic into the national spotlight.  Longer video has since emerged showing how the incident started.  —  CONNECT  —  In the hours after video clips showed Covington …
Discussion: New York Times and TheBlaze
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.
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Twitter Allows ‘Verified’ Calls for Violence Against Conservative High School Kids
Julie Irwin Zimmerman / The Atlantic:
I Failed the Covington Catholic Test
Hunter Hooligan / The Cut:
Staring Down the Smug Face of American Violence
Discussion: HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
Pardes Seleh / Mediaite:
Journalists and Celebs Rush to Delete Tweets Slamming MAGA-Hat Kids
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 The Week
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Meduza.io:
Leaked audio records allegedly show how Oleg Deripaska's associates plotted the arrest of the ‘sex trainers’ who claimed to have ‘RussiaGate’ dirt on him  —  Opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny announced on Monday that he has learned about recordings …
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.
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump is trying to make himself look thinner with altered Facebook photos: report
Alison Bowen / Chicago Tribune:
It started when he couldn't grasp a pen.  Diagnosed with ALS at 37, former Obama staffer hopes to use campaign skills to raise funds for a cure.  —  Brian Wallach, who has been diagnosed with ALS, and his wife, Sandra Abrevaya, are launching I Am ALS, which they hope leads to a better understanding …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Biden Expresses Regret for Support of Crime Legislation in the 1990s  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Monday he made a mistake in supporting the tough-on-crime drug legislation of the 1980s and 1990s, expressing regret in particular over a bill …
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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
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: CNN and electionlawblog.org
Nicholas Frankovich / National Review:
An Apology  —  Early Sunday morning, I posted a “strongly worded” (Rich Lowry's description) condemnation of the conduct, seen far and wide on video, of a group of high-school students at the conclusion of the March for Life on Friday afternoon.  I was preachy and rhetorically excessive, and I regret it.
Discussion: American Greatness and Instapundit
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP has become the pro-Russia party  —  Once upon a time, Ayn Rand-reading, red-baiting Republicans denounced Soviet Russia as an evil superpower intent on destroying the American way of life.  —  My, how things have changed.  —  The Grand Old Party has quietly become the pro-Russia party …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
Does Journalism Have a Future?  —  In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face.  —  The wood-panelled tailgate of the 1972 Oldsmobile station wagon dangled open like a broken jaw, making a wobbly bench on which four kids could sit, eight legs swinging.
Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:
Democrats Should Police Hate on Their Side of the Aisle, Too  —  Republicans disciplined Steve King, but Democrats have rewarded Ilhan Omar despite her anti-Semitism.  —  When Republicans finally acted to disassociate their caucus from Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) because of his extremism …
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Bari Weiss / New York Times:   Ilhan Omar and the Myth of Jewish Hypnosis
 
 
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The Babylon Bee:
Press That Sicced Mob On Teenagers Based On 10-Second Video Clip Unsure Why Some People Call Them ‘Fake News’
Associated Press:
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Trump voters now blame him for the government shutdown
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Robert A. Caro / New Yorker:
The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives
Discussion: Althouse
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
Kremlin accused of laying false trail linking Sergei Skripal to ex-MI6 officer behind Trump dossier