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Jennifer Edwards Baker / WXIX-TV:
CovCath, Diocese release statement following school closure Tuesday  —  PARK HILLS, KY. - (FOX19) - Covington Catholic High School and the Diocese of Covington released a statement about the progress of the investigation into the incident at the March For Life 2019 event.
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David French / National Review:
Covington Catholic Is the Terrible Sequel to the Kavanaugh Case  —  Conservative parents look at liberal hate and think, “They could do that to my son.”  —  Over the last 72 hours, I've been asking myself a simple question: What would happen if a group of Black Israelites had spent an hour taunting my son's high-school football team?
Discussion: Hot Air and twitchy.com
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 …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter
Democracy Now:
“I Was Absolutely Afraid”: Indigenous Elder on “Mob Mentality” of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C.
Discussion: The Concourse, Splinter and AOL
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump preparing two State of the Union speeches for different audiences: Sources  —  President Donald Trump is preparing for two different State of the Union speeches - one a more traditional address delivered to Congress in the House chamber or some other location in D.C. …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Centrist Dems urge Pelosi to break shutdown stalemate  —  A group of centrist House Democrats, eager to end the shutdown and sick of political posturing, is pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to counter President Donald Trump's immigration proposal with her own potential compromise.
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and IJR
Fox News:
White House planning to proceed with State of the Union, but details up in the air after Pelosi threat  —  The White House is still planning to move ahead with next week's scheduled State of the Union address, but the details remain up in the air after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly urged …
Carmin Chappell / CNBC:
John Kerry told an audience at Davos that President Donald Trump should resign
Reuters:   Trump seeks to move ahead with big speech despite Pelosi shutdown concerns
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.
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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 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez: I give ‘zero’ f—s about pushback from other Democrats  —  Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) in an interview late Monday said she gives “zero” f—s about criticism she's received from members of her own party.  —  “Now, congresswoman …
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Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
The Young Left's Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez says she gives ‘zero’ f—s about pushback from Democrats
Discussion: twitchy.com
Mike Allen / Axios:
AOC, Beto: The 7 letters disrupting politics
Discussion: Bloomberg, Splinter and Breitbart
Charles Homans / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted.  But at What Cost?  —  The president whom the Senate Republican leader helped elect has turned out to be the one thing he can't control.  —  At sunrise, there it was: a red-tailed hawk, its gyre widening over the United States Capitol building …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
CNN:
Power struggle paralyzes ‘irrelevant’ White House press shop  —  Deconstructing Trump's claims on building a wall  —  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 …
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:   Former Aide Depicts Chaotic Decision-Making Process in Trump White House
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Senate Leaders Reach Deal That Offers Possible Path to Reopen Government  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown: one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall …
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox News anchor Baier, family in car crash, released from hospital  —  Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his family were in a car accident while vacationing in Montana on Monday, which CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert described as serious.  —  “We just found out that he and his family …
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Cody Derespina / Fox News:
Fox News anchor Bret Baier and family in car crash, released from hospital
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Virginia Kruta / The Daily Caller:   Bret Baier And Family Recovering After Car Accident, Baier Will Anchor Show Tuesday
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.
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's phony ‘compromise’ has now been unmasked as a total sham  —  President Trump and his allies have spent days talking up the idea that his new proposal to reopen the government constitutes a “compromise.”  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to bring the proposal …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and CBS News
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Why Not Bloomberg?  —  A mad Democratic party may be in Republicans' interest, but a reasonable one is in the nation's interest.  —  As all veterans of an eighth-grade typing class know: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.  Now that Michael Bloomberg has settled on one, he should get to it.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will review gun restrictions for first time in nearly a decade
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
Discussion: Deadline and Shakesville
 
 
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Alia Wong / The Atlantic:
America's Teachers Are Furious
Discussion: Capital & Main and Denver Westword
Matthias Gafni / Mercury News:
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Jared Kushner plans Trump's peace push before heat of 2020 race
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris raises $1.5 million in first 24 hours
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Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
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Public Policy Polling:
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