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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 …
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
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.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The MAGA hat-wearing teen at the center of a viral video firestorm isn't sorry  —  Nick Sandmann, the student seen standing face to face with a Native American elder in footage that went viral over the weekend, spoke about what happened on Today.  —  Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic …
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.
Discussion: National Review, NBC News and Raw Story
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's liaison to Congress eyeing exit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
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.
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Medicare For All Looks Good In New Poll, But There's A Big Asterisk  —  Some of the most popular counter-arguments make voters skittish.  —  Americans are pretty keen on the idea of creating a new government-run insurance program, or at least expanding an existing one …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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, The Week and Axios
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.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Gawker 2.0 Implodes as Its Only Reporters Quit  —  The new site's only two full-time writers exited Wednesday in protest of editorial director Carson Griffith's offensive remarks about everything from race to penis size.  —  Gawker 2. is blowing up on the launchpad just two weeks after the site's …
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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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
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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Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Wheels of Justice Are Grinding to a Halt  —  FBI agents have lost irreplaceable sources.  Joint Terrorism Task Force officers can't get into the bureau's computer systems.  Federal investigations are being stymied by a lack of resources.  The partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day …
Discussion: Beloit Daily News
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is being the adult in the room on the shutdown
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 …
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 …
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
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
WH Bashes Media: 'Never Seen People So Happy To Destroy A Kid's Life'  —  During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubled down on the White House's support for the Covington Catholic student by slamming the media for its coverage of the incident.
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
White House Economist Says Economy May Not Grow In First Quarter  —  Kevin Hassett says growth could be ‘very close to zero’ if shutdown continues  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration's top economist said Wednesday that the U.S. economy may not grow at all in the first quarter if the partial government shutdown continues.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
For two years, Trump has been undermining American democracy.  Here's a damage report.  —  Can U.S. democracy survive when between 35 and 45 percent of the population cheers a president who behaves like an autocrat?  —  When Donald Trump took office two years ago, I and many others began sounding …
Dan Witters / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Four-Year High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. adult uninsured rate stood at 13.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Americans' reports of their own health insurance coverage, its highest level since the first quarter of 2014.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Love a candidate but don't think she can win?  You've been infected with Pundititis.  —  The night Elizabeth Warren won reelection, Krista Magnuson started showing symptoms.  —  Magnuson, a 41-year-old political junkie, had come to Warren's victory party in downtown Boston that November evening to celebrate the swelling blue wave.
 
 
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Jeffries defends characterization of Trump as ‘grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Magazine publisher Condé Nast said it would put all its titles behind paywalls by the end …
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
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
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Bloomberg:
Fed to Probe Deutsche Bank Over Suspicious Danske Cash
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Mitch Smith / New York Times:
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Lili Bayer / Politico:
Commission raises concerns about ‘golden’ visa, passport schemes
 Earlier Items: 
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
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt ... until agents bit
Sean Roman Strockyj / New York Post:
New York law is an open invitation to home invaders
Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez and liberal freshmen join Oversight Committee