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11:45 AM ET, January 23, 2019

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Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Lawyer Said There Were “No Plans” For Trump Tower Moscow.  Here They Are.  —  Trump's lawyer claims the Moscow tower was barely more than a notion.  “There were no drafts.  Nothing in the file.”  Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News tell a different story.
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Associated Press:
Giuliani's media blitz draws ire of Trump and some allies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility …
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Mediaite
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Screaming.  He's So Mad at Rudy”: Giuliani's Fate Is Uncertain After Botched Interviews  —  As Giuliani's unforced errors pile up, former West Wing officials and 2016 campaign veterans are privately debating what's gone wrong with Rudy.  —  Every time Rudy Giuliani opens his mouth …
Discussion: Splinter, Contemptor, Raw Story and CNN
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump exasperated by gaffe-prone Giuliani  —  Rudy Giuliani has a growing list of enemies in the White House — which now includes his boss, President Donald Trump.  —  Trump was apoplectic after a pair of weekend media interviews by his personal lawyer, in which Giuliani said that the president …
USA Today:
Trump pursued a deal in Russia and hid it from voters  —  Rudy Giuliani vs Chris Cuomo again on CNN...this time it's over collusion.  Veuer's Nick Cardona has that story.  —  Candidate misled voters about ‘nothing to do with Russia.’ He signed a Trump Tower Moscow letter on the day of a presidential debate: Our view
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump's lies on his business dealings in Russia were a profound betrayal of voters
Discussion: Daily Wire
CBS News:
Pelosi has edge over Trump on budget negotiations, CBS News poll shows  —  Seven in 10 Americans don't think the issue of a border wall is worth a government shutdown, which they say is now having a negative impact on the country.  But partisans don't want their own side to budge …
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Poll: Shutdown, Russia drive Trump to all-time high disapproval  —  President Donald Trump's disapproval rating is at an all-time high amid a historically long partial government shutdown and concerns about the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Disapproval Hits Record High Amid Government Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy  —  A gay student who was barred by the Covington diocese from speaking at his 2018 graduation, is “not surprised” by the Covington Catholic High School video.
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Jason Williams / Cincinnati.com:
Who knew?  Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate  —  The nationwide firestorm surrounding Covington Catholic has brought to light that one of the Greater Cincinnati high school's most prominent graduates happens to be President Trump's top White House attorney.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
A “go big” idea to end the shutdown  —  A new immigration idea has been circulating over the past 24 hours at senior levels inside the White House and on Capitol Hill: Give a path to green cards to the 700,000 current DACA recipients, three sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.
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Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:   White House Economist Says Economy May Not Grow In First Quarter
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   House Democrats probe how Jared Kushner got security clearance
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's liaison to Congress eyeing exit
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
The Uninsured Rate Is The Highest It's Been In 5 Years  —  The Affordable Care Act brought the share of Americans without health insurance to a historic low.  Things have changed since Donald Trump became president.  —  About 7 million fewer Americans had health insurance at the end …
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Medicare For All Looks Good In New Poll, But There's A Big Asterisk
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Biden's Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground  — A speech by Joe Biden in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan.  — Mr. Biden, who earned $200,000 for the speech, stunned Democrats and elated Republicans by praising Mr. Upton …
The Daily Beast:
Gawker 2.0 Implodes as Its Only Reporters Quit  —  Gawker 2.0 is blowing up on the launchpad just two weeks after the site's first group of new staffers came aboard.  —  On Wednesday morning, the site's only two full-time writers—former Vanity Fair writer Maya Kosoff and former Cosmopolitan …
Nicole Goodkind / Newsweek:
Federal Employees Going Through ‘a Little Bit of Pain’ but Border Wall Is ‘Bigger Than’ Them Says Lara Trump  —  The 800,000 furloughed federal employees and 400,000 working without pay due to the government shutdown over $5 billion dollars in funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border are going through …
Cathleen Decker / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg joins the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination  —  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has signaled for months that he would try to leap from local to presidential politics, announced Wednesday that he will join the burgeoning cast of Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Pete Buttigieg Thinks All the 2020 Democrats Are Too Old
Discussion: CNN, LGBTQ Nation and Axios
Alex French / The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’  —  Over the past two decades, Bryan Singer's films—The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, four of the X-Men movies—have earned more than $3 billion at the box office, putting him in the top tier of Hollywood directors.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bill Clinton Is Writing a Book About His Post-Presidential Life  —  Former President Bill Clinton is writing a new book about his post-presidential life, according to people familiar with the project, which was also confirmed by his spokesman.  —  While Mr. Clinton has been out of public office …
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Who is the prototypical rich person?  —  I recommend this op-ed by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.  Not because I agree with its recommendation of super high tax rates on the rich, but because it makes clear the perspectives and motives of the Left.  —  In the standard economic approach …
Discussion: New York Times
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Trump-Era Overcorrection  —  It was like a scene out of left-wing protest literature: a group of white, parochial-school boys in “Make America Great Again” gear taunting an American Indian protester, jeering and laughing, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after attending the anti-abortion March for Life.
Washington Post:
Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work.  That could delay tax refunds.  —  Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expected absences to surge …
Discussion: CNN, CBS Baltimore, KTLA, The Week and Axios
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Here's a better chant for Trump's base than ‘build the wall’  —  “Border security” is a phrase being thrown around a lot in the great standoff over the government shutdown.  The question that should be asked, however, is how best to achieve it.  —  President Trump continues to sell …
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Washington Post:
‘Knock them in the teeth.’ How Trump turns crises into leverage.  —  The 800,000 federal workers who are expected to miss their second paycheck in the coming days are the most extreme example yet of a negotiating tactic President Trump has used repeatedly since taking office.
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
Associated Press:
Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
U.S. ramping up probe against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks says  —  Federal prosecutors have formally approached people in the U.S., Germany and Iceland and pressed them to testify against Assange, according to WikiLeaks.  —  American federal prosecutors have been pressing witnesses in the U.S …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Magazine publisher Condé Nast said it would put all its titles behind paywalls by the end of the year, a move that underscores how critical it has become for major publishers to generate revenue beyond advertising.  —  Condé Nast, which publishes magazines including Vogue …
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
No. 3 House Democrat floats possible $5.7 billion in border funding  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday raised the possibility of approving $5.7 billion in funding to secure the U.S. border though various means but not by building a wall.
Discussion: Political Wire
Sean Roman Strockyj / New York Post:
New York law is an open invitation to home invaders … There is a reason homeowners can rarely afford to dispense mercy on an overnight invader: Criminal intruders tend to be the dangerous type.  What homeowners don't expect are law enforcers and prosecutors going after them for ­defending themselves and their loved ones.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Jeffries defends characterization of Trump as ‘grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’  —  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday defended his characterization of President Trump as the “grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” saying the president had exhibited racially insensitive behavior for decades.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
 
 
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Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
Drone Halts Newark Airport Arrivals
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
High School Teacher Suspended For Showing Fox News Documentary About Due Process In College
Discussion: RedState
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Wheels of Justice Are Grinding to a Halt
Discussion: Beloit Daily News
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
For two years, Trump has been undermining American democracy. Here's a damage report.
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Unrest roils Venezuela amid new push to topple Maduro
Bloomberg:
Fed to Probe Deutsche Bank Over Suspicious Danske Cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
WH Bashes Media: 'Never Seen People So Happy To Destroy A Kid's Life'
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Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Fear of Kobach and 2020 ‘disaster’ drive Pompeo recruitment, say GOP strategists
Discussion: NBC News
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Love a candidate but don't think she can win? You've been infected with Pundititis.
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Commission raises concerns about ‘golden’ visa, passport schemes
Scott Stedman:
IC Expert CEO Andrey Rozov behind mysterious purchase of NY building tied to Felix Sater and Aras Agalarov
Discussion: The Guardian
Natalie Nanasi / Slate:
The Trump Administration Quietly Changed the Definition of Domestic Violence and We Have No Idea What For
Discussion: Raw Story