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7:25 PM ET, January 22, 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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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
“Even if He Did Do It, It Wouldn't Be a Crime”: Rudy Giuliani on President Trump
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Covington Scissor  —  Welcome to another controversy algorithmically designed to tear America apart.  —  In a short story published last October, “Sort by Controversial,” Scott Alexander imagines a Silicon Valley company that accidentally comes up with an algorithm to generate what it calls a “Scissor.”
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Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Everyone is still wrong about the Covington kids  —  Your opinion on the Covington Catholic fracas depends on the angle you choose to see it from.  Literally.  —  A clash captured on video among a group of white MAGA-wearing schoolboys, a Native American activist and a handful …
Melissa Reinert / Cincinnati.com:
Nathan Phillips rejects Jeff Ruby's offer to ‘break bread’ with CovCath students  —  Nathan Phillips has turned down Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby's invitation to “break bread and make amends” with Covington Catholic High School students.  —  On Monday, Ruby offered to fly Phillips …
Jennifer Edwards Baker / WXIX-TV:
CovCath, Diocese release statement following school closure Tuesday  —  PARK HILLS, KY. - (FOX19) - Covington Catholic High School and the Diocese of Covington released a statement about the progress of the investigation into the incident at the March For Life 2019 event.
James Varney / Washington Times:   Vietnam Veteran status of Native American at center of viral encounter in D.C. in question
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown  —  Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills on Shutdown  — Most Republicans remain united behind President Trump's insistence that any legislation to reopen the government include money for a border wall.  — But most Democrats are opposed …
Des Moines Register:
Divorce filing: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst says her husband physically attacked her  —  Years before her divorce, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst was assaulted by her husband after she confronted him about his alleged affair with their daughter's babysitter, she wrote in court filings.
Discussion: The Week
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump preparing two State of the Union speeches for different audiences: Sources  —  President Donald Trump is preparing for two different State of the Union speeches - one a more traditional address delivered to Congress in the House chamber or some other location in D.C. …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Congress agitates to end relentless shutdown  —  There's a flurry of movement to end the shutdown on both sides of the Capitol, but no signs that either President Donald Trump or GOP and Democratic leaders are budging enough to end the standstill now on its 32nd day.
Fox News:
White House planning to proceed with State of the Union, but details up in the air after Pelosi threat  —  The White House is still planning to move ahead with next week's scheduled State of the Union address, but the details remain up in the air after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly urged …
Sara Murray / CNN:
Mueller wants to know about 2016 Trump campaign's ties to NRA  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign's relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.  —  “When I was interviewed by the special counsel's office …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Builds a National Platform, but a District Office?  Not Open Yet  —  [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]  —  In three short weeks in office, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shaped a national conversation on taxation …
Discussion: CNN
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Media Matters for America:
MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt: Joe Biden has “transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
Discussion: Mediaite
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Top diplomat for European affairs resigns from State Department  —  A. Wess Mitchell, the top diplomat in charge of European affairs, will resign from the State Department next month, creating a key vacancy at a time when European leaders are questioning President Trump's commitment to historic alliances.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Unpaid, uncertain and unmoored: Inside the White House
CNN:
Power struggle paralyzes ‘irrelevant’ White House press shop  —  Washington (CNN)White House press briefings, in steady decline even before the partial government shutdown, have now ground to a halt as a prolonged power struggle among President Donald Trump's aides leads to a muddled messaging strategy …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Revives Ban on Transgender Military Service  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the Trump administration's policy of barring most transgender people from serving in the military.  In a brief, unsigned order, the justices lifted nationwide injunctions that had blocked the policy.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to quickly take up census citizenship question
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's phony ‘compromise’ has now been unmasked as a total sham  —  President Trump and his allies have spent days talking up the idea that his new proposal to reopen the government constitutes a “compromise.”  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to bring the proposal …
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Bloomberg:   McConnell to Allow Votes on Competing Bills to End Shutdown
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change  — Storms, floods, drought and heat waves worry largest companies  — Merck, Apple, Home Depot also see new revenue opportunities  —  Bank of America Corp. worries flooded homeowners will default on their mortgages.
Discussion: Mashable
Charles Homans / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted.  But at What Cost?  —  The president whom the Senate Republican leader helped elect has turned out to be the one thing he can't control.  —  At sunrise, there it was: a red-tailed hawk, its gyre widening over the United States Capitol building …
Will Doran / The Charlotte Observer:
Judge denies Mark Harris request to certify his win despite election fraud investigation  —  The state's investigation into alleged election fraud by the Mark Harris campaign will continue, a judge ruled Tuesday morning.  —  Harris is the Republican candidate who appeared to narrowly win …
Discussion: Political Wire, Joe.My.God. and Axios
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's liaison to Congress eyeing exit  —  Shahira Knight, the president's legislative affairs director and a central figure in the White House's shutdown negotiations with Congress, is planning to leave the White House in the coming months, according to four sources familiar with her plans.
CNN:
State Department cancels border security conference due to shutdown over border security  —  Washington (CNN)In the midst of a partial government shutdown stalemate over a border wall, the State Department has had to cancel, for now, an international conference focused on border security — due to that very shutdown.
Kurzius / DCist:
Dan Snyder Buys $100 Million Yacht As D.C. Officials Work To Woo Back His Football Team  —  Dan Snyder, the owner of Washington's football team, has purchased a $100 million superyacht that its builders say will “redefine the boundaries of luxury yacht construction,” including a two-deck Imax theater and a helipad.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News anchor Baier, family in car crash, released from hospital  —  Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his family were in a car accident while vacationing in Montana on Monday, which CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert described as serious.  —  “We just found out that he and his family …
Public Policy Polling:
Trump Polling At Only 41-42% Against Possible Democratic Foes  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that at the midway point of Donald Trump's term as President, he's a clear underdog for reelection.  —  Trump gets just 41 or 42% in head to head match ups against 7 likely Democratic candidates for President.
Discussion: Althouse
Ellie French / VTDigger:
Welch bill would prohibit forcing federal employees to work without pay  —  SOUTH BURLINGTON — Rep. Peter Welch unveiled a “never again” bill Tuesday that would prevent federal employees from being required to work without pay during any current or future government shutdowns.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Campaign workers demand minimum wage, progressive culture from 2020 Dems  —  Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care.
Discussion: The American Mirror
New York Post:
El Chapo planned to flee authorities in his car while naked … He didn't want to be exposed.  —  After Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped authorities by running nude through a secret underground tunnel in 2014, the Mexican drug lord wanted to steal a car — while still butt naked, his former mistress testified Tuesday.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
How Trump Offered NASA Unlimited Funding to Go to Mars in His First Term  —  Donald Trump nearly derailed a televised call to the International Space Station after he got distracted, first by a sudden fantasy of going to Mars before the end of his first term in the White House …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 
 
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Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
How Voting-Machine Lobbyists Undermine the Democratic Process
Hannah Dreier / ProPublica:
Former MS-13 Member Who Secretly Helped Police Is Deported
Rachel Chason / Washington Post:
'You can't be an absolutist': Weighing a 2020 run, Bloomberg talks compromise
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jackson Ryan / CNET:
Scientists teach a robot dog to get back up after they kick it down
New York Times:
For Democrats, South Carolina Already Looms Large for the 2020 Race
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Washington Post:
Democrats and their voters have shifted left as 2020 nears.  They're betting the rest of the country follows.
United States Courts:
Judiciary Has Funds to Operate Through Jan. 31
Discussion: Bloomberg
Sherman Smith / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kris Kobach used state funds to pay for court-ordered class
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Michael Graham / InsideSources:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Bloomberg Law:
Death to Scabby: Trump Labor Counsel Wants Protest Icon Deflated
Discussion: Splinter
K.T. Nelson / VICE:
What I Learned Inside the Lonely, Sad World of QAnon Facebook Groups
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's health secretary refuses Democrats' request to testify on separated kids
Matthias Gafni / Mercury News:
“5 minutes of sheer terror”: Hackers infiltrate East Bay family's Nest surveillance camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo