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11:55 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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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
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 …
CNN:
Republicans: Cohen lawyer says key topics off-limits for congressional hearing
Discussion: KTLA and Observer
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 …
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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.”
Nick Robins-Early / HuffPost:
House Intelligence Committee Looking Into Tweet About Viral MAGA Hat Teen Video  —  The Twitter account that promoted a video of Covington Catholic High School Students surrounding a Native American man has since been suspended.  —  The House Intelligence Committee has asked Twitter to provide …
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Everyone is still wrong about the Covington kids
Discussion: Rewire.News, CNN and The Daily Caller
David French / National Review:
Covington Catholic Is the Terrible Sequel to the Kavanaugh Case
Discussion: Instapundit and twitchy.com
Melissa Reinert / Cincinnati.com:
Nathan Phillips rejects Jeff Ruby's offer to ‘break bread’ with CovCath students
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: Political Wire
Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez and liberal freshmen join Oversight Committee  —  The House Oversight Committee is adding a group of progressive flamethrowers to its ranks.  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
4 progressive Democrats named to House Oversight Committee
Discussion: Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Media Matters for America:
MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt: Joe Biden has “transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
Discussion: Mediaite
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Ocasio-Cortez Builds a National Platform, but a District Office? Not Open Yet
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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: Axios
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 …
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:
‘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.
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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 …
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
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 and Joe.My.God.
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.
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 …
Jaclyn Cashman / Boston Herald:
Three hard-left women is a recipe for Democratic disaster in 2020  —  Kamala Harris is officially the nail in the coffin for the Democratic Party looking to take back the White House.  The three hard-left progressive women filling up the pool of opponents to take on Trump have sunk their party.
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Public Policy Polling:
Trump Polling At Only 41-42% Against Possible Democratic Foes
Discussion: Althouse
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is being the adult in the room on the shutdown  —  Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.) offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff.  “Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead,” Warner told the president.  It's good advice.
Discussion: IJR, CNBC and Inside Higher Ed
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: Joe.My.God., The Week and Axios
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.
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
House passes bill expressing support for NATO  —  The House passed bipartisan legislation on Tuesday expressing congressional support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  —  The bill, which passed in a 357-22 vote, includes a provision rejecting any efforts made by President Trump …
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Despite Bitcoin's Dive, a Former Soviet Republic Is Still Betting Big on It  —  Tax breaks, land deals and cheap energy have spurred cryptocurrency mining in Georgia, which wants to be a digital data leader.  —  TBILISI, Georgia — For three years, a windowless warehouse on the edge of town …
 
 
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New York Times:
Los Angeles Teachers' Strike to End as Deal Is Reached
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt ... until agents bit
Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders changes his message to black voters: ‘Racism is alive’
Discussion: Politico
Sean Roman Strockyj / New York Post:
New York law is an open invitation to home invaders
Joe Lawlor / Press Herald:
Mills rejects work requirements LePage sought for Medicaid beneficiaries
Rene Marsh / CNN:
Email: TSA makes plea for backup as shutdown drags on
Discussion: Axios and KTLA
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Rachel Kurzius / DCist:
Dan Snyder Buys $100 Million Yacht As D.C. Officials Work To Woo Back His Football Team
Michael Graham / InsideSources:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
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: The Verge and Gizmodo