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1:50 PM ET, January 22, 2019


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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.
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 …
Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
The Drumbeat of the Mob  —  Programming note: Aside from Tucker tonight, I'll be here tomorrow, Tuesday, for another Clubland Q&A taking questions from Mark Steyn Club members live around the planet at 4pm North American Eastern Standard Time/9pm Greenwich Mean Time.
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
Laura Wagner / The Concourse:
Don't Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes
Jennifer Edwards Baker / WXIX-TV:
CovCath, Diocese release statement following school closure Tuesday
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: Associated Press and Breitbart
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 …
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
DACA program that protects young undocumented immigrants not likely to get Supreme Court review this term
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will review gun restrictions for first time in nearly a decade
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Trump restrictions on transgender troops in military to go into effect as legal battle continues
Associated Press:
Supreme Court revives Trump's transgender military ban
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Pete Williams / NBC News:   Supreme Court allows Trump administration to enforce transgender military ban
Supreme Court again takes no action on DACA, leaving policy in effect for now
Discussion: Mother Jones
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, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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.
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. …
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set to introduce bill that would end shutdown  —  The nation returned on Tuesday from a holiday weekend to a government still shut down, 32 days after the costly political impasse began.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to introduce …
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Centrist Dems urge Pelosi to break shutdown stalemate
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 …
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.
Public Policy Polling:
Trump Polling At Only 41-42% Against Possible Democratic Foes  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that at the midway point of Donald Trump's term as President, he's a clear underdog for reelection.  —  Trump gets just 41 or 42% in head to head match ups against 7 likely Democratic candidates for President.
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 …
Lanny Davis pushed Cohen to testify before Congress, GOP lawmakers say  —  Two top Republicans said on Tuesday that Michael Cohen's spokesman Lanny Davis told the committee that he “pushed” Cohen to testify before the House Oversight Committee.  —  “This was my idea; nobody else's,” …
House Democrats turbocharge committee probes of Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he told Sarah Sanders ‘not to bother’ with press briefings  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings anymore, and tried to blame the media for the increasingly rare events.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Fox News:
Five reasons Kamala Harris is the brand-new 2020 Democratic Party frontrunner
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Furloughed Workers Forced to Loan Uncle Sam Money for Expenses  — Thousands of workers aren't getting reimbursed for work travel  — Credit card bills add insult to injury for unpaid workers  —  As if going without pay during the monthlong partial government shutdown isn't enough …
Cody Derespina / Fox News:
Fox News anchor Bret Baier and family in car crash, released from hospital  —  Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his family are “banged up, but alive” after a “major” car crash in Montana on Monday morning, Baier said in a statement Tuesday.  —  Though Baier and his family were taken to the hospital …
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why Trump's border wall is not just a wall
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Shutdown slows FBI's counterterrorism and gang investigations
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. May Have to Rethink Its Approach to North Korea
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Washington Post:
American charged by Russia with espionage was handed classified material, lawyer says
Discussion: NPR
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's phony ‘compromise’ has now been unmasked as a total sham
Discussion: CBS News
Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Colorado lawmaker Lori Saine claims blacks, whites were lynched in “nearly equal numbers” …
Discussion: Political Wire and Splinter
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
For $29, This Company Swears It Will ‘Brainwash’ Someone on Facebook
Discussion: Meaww
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Trial Suggests Trump's Wall Would Do Little to Stop Drug Smuggling
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Jerome Corsi Adds Washington Post, Jeff Bezos To Lawsuit Against Mueller
Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape allegations, reports say
Discussion: Breitbart, Associated Press and AOL
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
Call-Out Conservatives Join the Left's Lynch Mob
New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tax Hike Idea Is Not About Soaking the Rich
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Why does the left still associate with Louis Farrakhan?
Discussion: The Stanford Daily
Alison Bowen / Chicago Tribune:
It started when he couldn't grasp a pen. …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Absolutely out of control’: Cliff Sims's book depicts life in Trump's White House