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5:55 PM ET, January 22, 2019

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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Covington Scissor  —  Welcome to another controversy algorithmically designed to tear America apart.  —  In a short story published last October, “Sort by Controversial,” Scott Alexander imagines a Silicon Valley company that accidentally comes up with an algorithm to generate what it calls a “Scissor.”
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Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Everyone is still wrong about the Covington kids  —  Your opinion on the Covington Catholic fracas depends on the angle you choose to see it from.  Literally.  —  A clash captured on video among a group of white MAGA-wearing schoolboys, a Native American activist and a handful …
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 …
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.
David French / National Review:
Covington Catholic Is the Terrible Sequel to the Kavanaugh Case
Discussion: Hot Air and twitchy.com
James Varney / Washington Times:   Vietnam Veteran status of Native American at center of viral encounter in D.C. in question
Courier-Journal:
Louisville PR firm played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy
CNN:
Power struggle paralyzes ‘irrelevant’ White House press shop  —  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 President Donald Trump's aides leads to a muddled messaging strategy …
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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. …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Congress agitates to end relentless shutdown  —  There's a flurry of movement to end the shutdown on both sides of the Capitol, but no signs that either President Donald Trump or GOP and Democratic leaders are budging enough to end the standstill now on its 32nd day.
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
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump prepares two versions of State of the Union address as shutdown tensions escalate
Discussion: Shakesville
Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Lawyer Said There Were “No Plans” For Trump Tower Moscow.  Here They Are.  —  Trump's lawyer claims the Moscow tower was barely more than a notion.  “There were no drafts.  Nothing in the file.”  Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News tell a different story.
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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 …
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown  —  Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills on Shutdown  — Most Republicans remain united behind President Trump's insistence that any legislation to reopen the government include money for a border wall.  — But most Democrats are opposed …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Brent Antisdel / CITYVIEW:
Sen. Joni Ernst says she was in an abusive marriage.  Mayor Frank Cownie is raising money for re-election.
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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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.
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 …
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
The Young Left's Anti-Capitalist Manifesto  —  A few months ago a friend wrote me an email with the subject line, “What is Sean McElwee.”  —  This is the kind of question that occurs to a person who spends a lot of time on Twitter.  In 2018, McElwee's tweets seemed to abound in liberal cyberspace.
Discussion: twitchy.com, Politico and IJR
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Media Matters for America:   MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt: Joe Biden has “transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”
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: Daily Kos, Balloon Juice and CBS News
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Bloomberg:   McConnell to Allow Votes on Competing Bills to End Shutdown
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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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
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.
Discussion: Althouse
Will Doran / The Charlotte Observer:
Judge denies Mark Harris request to certify his win despite election fraud investigation  —  The state's investigation into alleged election fraud by the Mark Harris campaign will continue, a judge ruled Tuesday morning.  —  Harris is the Republican candidate who appeared to narrowly win …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change  — Storms, floods, drought and heat waves worry largest companies  — Merck, Apple, Home Depot also see new revenue opportunities  —  Bank of America Corp. worries flooded homeowners will default on their mortgages.
Discussion: Mashable
New York Post:
El Chapo planned to flee authorities in his car while naked … He didn't want to be exposed.  —  After Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped authorities by running nude through a secret underground tunnel in 2014, the Mexican drug lord wanted to steal a car — while still butt naked, his former mistress testified Tuesday.
Sherman Smith / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kris Kobach used state funds to pay for court-ordered class  —  Sherman Smith sherman_news  —  Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach used state funds to pay for continuing law education ordered by a federal court judge for his performance in a voter rights trial last year.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Former Aide Depicts Chaotic Decision-Making Process in Trump White House
Bloomberg Law:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's health secretary refuses Democrats' request to testify on separated kids
Matthias Gafni / Mercury News:
“5 minutes of sheer terror”: Hackers infiltrate East Bay family's Nest surveillance camera …
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Jared Kushner plans Trump's peace push before heat of 2020 race
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
US banker with ties to Putin's inner circle sought access to Trump transition: Sources
Discussion: Deadline and Shakesville