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10:55 AM ET, January 22, 2019


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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  —  On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's lawyers, made a startling admission to the Times and NBC's “Meet the Press” that Trump had been involved in discussions to build a Trump Tower Moscow throughout …
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Why Rudy Giuliani's Trump Tower Moscow comments were the real news bombshell this weekend  —  It's easy to lose sight of what truly matters in this Russia investigation.  And, to be fair, only Robert Mueller truly knows.  But lost in the buzz around the BuzzFeed story, was a bombshell floated by Trump's own lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Donald Trump Jr. blames Michael Cohen for Moscow project
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
NBC News:   Emin Agalarov, Russian singer linked to Trump family, cancels upcoming North American tour
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter  —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between a Native American elder and a group of high school students wearing Make America Great Again hats.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
If You Still Think Nick Sandmann's Smile Is Proof of Racism, You're Seeing What You Want to See  —  In the nearly two hours of video footage that greatly elucidate what happened between a group of boys from Covington Catholic High School and Native American veteran Nathan Phillips …
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Covington Catholic High students in blackface at past basketball game  —  This won't help Kentucky student Nick Sandmann's case.  —  A photo said to be featuring Covington Catholic High School students clad in blackface during a 2015 basketball game made the rounds on Twitter Monday morning amid …
Louisville PR firm played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy  —  This video clip went viral, throwing Covington Catholic into the national spotlight.  Longer video has since emerged showing how the incident started.  —  CONNECT  —  In the hours after video clips showed Covington …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, RT and NB Blog
Melissa Reinert /
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 …
Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Trump restrictions on transgender troops in military to go into effect as legal battle continues  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Trump's broad restrictions on transgender people serving in the military to go into effect while the legal battle continues in lower courts.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Towleroad Gay News
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
DACA program that protects young undocumented immigrants not likely to get Supreme Court review this term  —  The Supreme Court is not likely to review during its current term the program that shields young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Supreme Court revives Trump's transgender military ban  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender people while court challenges continue.  —  The high court split 5-4 in allowing …
Discussion: RedState
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.
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Joni Ernst says she turned down chance to be Donald Trump's vice-president  —  The Iowa senator Joni Ernst has stated she turned down the opportunity to be Donald Trump's vice-president because she believed her husband Gail “hated any successes I have”.  —  In an affidavit filed as part …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Political Wire
Tom Elliott / Grabien News:
Ocasio-Cortez on Millennials: 'We're Like the World Is Going to End in 12 Years if We Don't Address Climate Change'  —  ‘At some point these chronic realities do reach a breaking point’  —  The world is going to end in 12 years unless the government takes action, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
Discussion: Althouse, Instapundit and Breitbart
Mike Allen / Axios:
AOC, Beto: The 7 letters disrupting politics
Discussion: Politico
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Absolutely out of control’: Cliff Sims's book depicts life in Trump's White House  —  President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry, as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.  He held the remote control …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Russian Oligarch and Allies Could Benefit From Sanctions Deal, Document Shows  —  WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration announced last month that it was lifting sanctions against a trio of companies controlled by an influential Russian oligarch, it cast the move as tough on Russia and on the oligarch …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Joe.My.God.
Leaked audio records allegedly show how Oleg Deripaska's associates plotted the arrest …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tax Hike Idea Is Not About Soaking the Rich  —  It's about curtailing inequality and saving democracy.  —  Mr. Saez and Mr. Zucman are economics professors at the University of California, Berkeley,  —  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has kick-started a much-needed debate about taxes.
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
US banker with ties to Putin's inner circle sought access to Trump transition: Sources  —  Nine days after Donald Trump won the presidency, as scores of supporters clamored for meetings with his transition team, the Hollywood producer of “The Apprentice,” Mark Burnett, reached …
Alison Bowen / Chicago Tribune:
It started when he couldn't grasp a pen.  Diagnosed with ALS at 37, former Obama staffer hopes to use campaign skills to raise funds for a cure.  —  Brian Wallach, who has been diagnosed with ALS, and his wife, Sandra Abrevaya, are launching I Am ALS, which they hope leads to a better understanding …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Greenland's Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say  —  Greenland's enormous ice sheet is melting at such an accelerated rate that it may have reached a “tipping point,” and could become a major factor in sea-level rise around the world within two decades, scientists said in a study published on Monday.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘The floors are going to buckle’: Iowa prepares for the mother of all caucuses  —  Bracing for record turnout and fearful of a repeat of the chaos that marred the 2016 caucuses, Iowa Democrats are racing to implement some of the most significant changes in the history of the first-in-the-nation event.
House Democrats turbocharge committee probes of Trump  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have quietly tweaked a rule on taking secret depositions that is likely to give a boost to their investigations of President Donald Trump, his personal finances and his administration.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Fox News:
Five reasons Kamala Harris is the brand-new 2020 Democratic Party frontrunner  —  It may seem presumptuous to declare that freshman Senator Kamala Harris of California, who has been in office for only two years, is the most likely Democrat to be nominated for president next year.
Adam Forgie / KUTV-TV:
Provo man facing terrorism charge after making mass shooting threat targeting females  —  According to a probable cause statement,27-year-old Provo resident Christopher Cleary posted the following threat on Facebook:  —  “All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that.
Discussion: CBS Denver
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Why does the left still associate with Louis Farrakhan?  —  When and how did it become acceptable to be an anti-Semite?  When did it become okay to socialize with and even praise a Jew hater?  I am referring, of course, to Louis Farrakhan, who spouts the most vile things about Jews yet retains …
Discussion: The Stanford Daily
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP has become the pro-Russia party  —  Once upon a time, Ayn Rand-reading, red-baiting Republicans denounced Soviet Russia as an evil superpower intent on destroying the American way of life.  —  My, how things have changed.  —  The Grand Old Party has quietly become the pro-Russia party …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
The Babylon Bee:
Press That Sicced Mob On Teenagers Based On 10-Second Video Clip Unsure Why Some People Call Them ‘Fake News’
Nicholas Frankovich / National Review:
An Apology  —  Early Sunday morning, I posted a “strongly worded” …
Discussion: American Greatness and Instapundit
Associated Press:
MLK holiday offers stage for Democratic hopefuls
Tyler Silvy / Greeley Tribune:
Rep. Lori Saine says blacks, whites lynched in ‘nearly equal numbers’ for being Republican
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: GOP reaches landmark agreement to juice small-dollar fundraising
Discussion: CNN and
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
Dutch surgeon wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
Does Journalism Have a Future?
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Biden Expresses Regret for Support of Crime Legislation in the 1990s