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11:45 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 …
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Axios:
Donald Trump Jr. blames Michael Cohen for Moscow project
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.
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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 …
Laura Wagner / The Concourse:
Don't Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes  —  Two days ago, video was posted online that pretty much everyone who saw immediately recognized for what it was—footage of white teens taunting and harassing a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
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 …
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 …
Courier-Journal:
Louisville PR firm played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, RT and NB Blog
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump: Coverage of Catholic school students in viral encounter shows media's ‘evil’
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
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 …
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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
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will review gun restrictions for first time in nearly a decade  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will examine New York City's ban on carrying a licensed and unloaded handgun outside the city limits, the first Second Amendment challenge it has accepted in nearly a decade.
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Revives Ban on Transgender Military Service
Discussion: USA Today and Hit & Run
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Lets Trump's Transgender Military Ban Take Effect
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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.
Discussion: Politico
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Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Charles de Gaulle Saw Brexit Coming
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
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
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Mike Allen / Axios:
AOC, Beto: The 7 letters disrupting politics
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez: I give ‘zero’ f—s about pushback from other Democrats
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Meduza.io:
Leaked audio records allegedly show how Oleg Deripaska's associates plotted the arrest …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Call-Out Conservatives Join the Left's Lynch Mob  —  When I first started writing for National Review in 2015, Nick Frankovich was my editor.  He always was kind and professional, offering advice on how I could develop my nascent writing style.  Although we never met in person, he appeared to be cautious and reserved.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Jerome Corsi Adds Washington Post, Jeff Bezos To Lawsuit Against Mueller  — Jerome Corsi has amended his lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller to include The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos and one of the paper's reporters.  — The right-wing conspiracy theorist claims …
 
 
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins
Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape allegations, reports say
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Why does the left still associate with Louis Farrakhan?
Discussion: The Stanford Daily
Adam Forgie / KUTV-TV:
Provo man facing terrorism charge after making mass shooting threat targeting females
Discussion: CBS Denver
Fox News:
Five reasons Kamala Harris is the brand-new 2020 Democratic Party frontrunner
Reuters:
House Democrats turbocharge committee probes of Trump
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“I Have the Same Excitement About This as I Did About Radar”: Maer Roshan, Aughts All-Star …
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Elaine Woo / Washington Post:
Harris Wofford, civil rights activist who helped Kennedy win the White House, dies at 92
Gabriel T. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Shutdown Hits Industries Nationwide
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
‘The floors are going to buckle’: Iowa prepares for the mother of all caucuses
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
ICE Agents Detain Woman Despite ‘High-Risk’ Pregnancy and Deny Her Medication for Days, Immigration Lawyers Say
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP has become the pro-Russia party
Discussion: Raw Story
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 electionlawblog.org