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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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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 …
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 …
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
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: The Week and Mediaite
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Understanding the Senate's vote plan
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
CNN:
Republicans: Cohen lawyer says key topics off-limits for congressional hearing
Discussion: Observer and KTLA
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Washington Post:
A viral story spread.  The mainstream media rushed to keep up.  The Trump Internet pounced.  —  The online supporters of the president were ready for a moment like the Covington Catholic controversy.  —  The video, taken from an Instagram account and reposted to Twitter, went viral with the caption …
Nick Robins-Early / HuffPost:
House Intelligence Committee Looking Into Tweet About Viral MAGA Hat Teen Video
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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:   No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this ain't World War II
Media Matters for America:
MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt: Joe Biden has “transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
Discussion: Mediaite
Zachary Basu / Axios:
4 progressive Democrats named to House Oversight Committee
Discussion: Speaker Nancy Pelosi
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Builds a National Platform, but a District Office? Not Open Yet
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and Political Wire
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Pete Buttigieg Thinks All the 2020 Democrats Are Too Old  —  Pete Buttigieg, the Millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will formally launch an exploratory committee on Wednesday and make official the presidential run he's been not-so-subtly edging toward for the last year and a half.
Discussion: Axios
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: The Week and Axios
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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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's liaison to Congress eyeing exit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is being the adult in the room on the shutdown
Discussion: IJR, Inside Higher Ed and CNBC
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
‘Unacceptable’: Coast Guard's top officer criticizes lack of payment in government shutdown  —  The Coast Guard's top admiral said Tuesday that members of the armed forces should not be expected to shoulder the burden of the partial government shutdown, citing the “anxiety and stress” …
Discussion: Indian Country Today, CNN and Mediaite
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Here's a better chant for Trump's base than ‘build the wall’
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Four Accused of Plotting to Attack Muslim Community  —  Police in Greece, New York, have arrested and charged four suspects who allegedly planned to attack a nearby Muslim community.  The four men were each charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of conspiracy.
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Jeff Pegues / CBS News:   4 arrested in plot to attack Muslim community in New York
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 …
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders changes his message to black voters: ‘Racism is alive’  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — With the state capitol behind him and a crowd of hundreds in front of him, Sen. Bernie Sanders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by telling a rare personal anecdote: He was in Washington …
Discussion: Politico
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Campaign workers demand minimum wage, progressive culture from 2020 Dems
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown  —  Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills on Shutdown  — With dueling votes planned for Thursday, the Senate will finally move off the sidelines a month into the partial government shutdown.  — Both measures face long odds …
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: Splinter, The Week and Joe.My.God.
Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore-raised Pulitzer Prize winner Russell Baker dies at 93  —  Former Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent Russell Baker is pictured at his Virginia home in 2012.  (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)  —  Russell Baker, a Baltimore-raised, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist …
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - January 2019: The Public On Next Steps For The ACA And Proposals To Expand Coverage  —  Ashley Kirzinger , Cailey Muñana, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Key Findings:  — Half of the public disapproves of the recent decision in Texas v. United States …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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.
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt ... until agents bit  —  When at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  That's what Hillary Clinton's machine did in 2016, eventually getting the FBI to bite on an uncorroborated narrative that Donald Trump and Russia were trying to hijack the presidential election.
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
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.
 
 
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The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’ … Over the past two decades …
Natalie Nanasi / Slate:
The Trump Administration Quietly Changed the Definition of Domestic Violence and We Have No Idea What For
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Around the globe, Trump's style is inspiring imitators and unleashing dark impulses
James Randerson / Politico:
UK's ex-EU ambassador: Brexiteers like ‘snake oil salesmen’
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Despite Bitcoin's Dive, a Former Soviet Republic Is Still Betting Big on It
Chicago Sun Times:
Alyssa Milano slammed for ‘MAGA hat is the new white hood’ tweet
Joe Lawlor / Press Herald:
Mills rejects work requirements LePage sought for Medicaid beneficiaries
 Earlier Items: 
Rene Marsh / CNN:
Email: TSA makes plea for backup as shutdown drags on
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Kamala Harris Factor
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House passes bill expressing support for NATO
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Ellie French / VTDigger:
Welch bill would prohibit forcing federal employees to work without pay
Discussion: Washington Post
Rachel Kurzius / DCist:
Dan Snyder Buys $100 Million Yacht As D.C. Officials Work To Woo Back His Football Team
CNN:
Power struggle paralyzes ‘irrelevant’ White House press shop