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2:40 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Covington Catholic High students in blackface at past basketball game
Louisville PR firm played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy
Laura Wagner / The Concourse:
Don't Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes
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 …
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. …
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.
Reuters:   Trump seeks to move ahead with big speech despite Pelosi shutdown concerns
Carmin Chappell / CNBC:
John Kerry told an audience at Davos that President Donald Trump should resign
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.
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
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:
Supreme Court will review gun restrictions for first time in nearly a decade
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
DACA program that protects young undocumented immigrants not likely to get Supreme Court review this term
Associated Press:
Supreme Court revives Trump's transgender military ban
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Trump restrictions on transgender troops in military to go into effect as legal battle continues
Supreme Court again takes no action on DACA, leaving policy in effect for now
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
AOC, Beto: The 7 letters disrupting politics
Discussion: Bloomberg, Splinter and Breitbart
Katie Galioto / Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez says she gives ‘zero’ f—s about pushback from Democrats
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 …
POLITICO Playbook PM: Unpaid, uncertain and unmoored: Inside the White House  —  NEW ... HOT DOC ... HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM Republicans — ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) — have sent a letter to MICHAEL COHEN'S attorney, expressing concern …
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and The Week
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
FBI union warns: Shutdown is delaying criminal, counter-terrorism, child trafficking cases  —  A union representing FBI agents says the partial government shutdown has delayed criminal, counterterrorism, and counter-intelligence operations, and it has also intruded on investigations related to child trafficking.
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Shutdown slows FBI's counterterrorism and gang investigations
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Kamala Harris Raised $1.5 Million in First 24 Hours After Announcing Candidacy  —  California Democrat's funds came from 38,000 donors, including $1 million in first 12 hours  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. Kamala Harris raised $1.5 million from 38,000 donors online in the 24 hours after announcing …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Kamala Harris raises $1.5 million in first 24 hours
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
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
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 …
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: CBS News
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
A Woman to Vanquish Trump
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why Trump's border wall is not just a wall
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Lanny Davis pushed Cohen to testify before Congress, GOP lawmakers say
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Why Not Bloomberg?  —  A mad Democratic party may be in …
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Furloughed Workers Forced to Loan Uncle Sam Money for Expenses
Anna Staver / Denver Post:
Colorado lawmaker Lori Saine claims blacks, whites were lynched in “nearly equal numbers” …
Discussion: Political Wire and Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
For $29, This Company Swears It Will ‘Brainwash’ Someone on Facebook
Discussion: Meaww
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
El Chapo Trial Suggests Trump's Wall Would Do Little to Stop Drug Smuggling
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he told Sarah Sanders ‘not to bother’ with press briefings
Discussion: Washington Post
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
New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tax Hike Idea Is Not About Soaking the Rich
Alison Bowen / Chicago Tribune:
It started when he couldn't grasp a pen. …