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5:15 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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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 …
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.
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Everyone is still wrong about the Covington kids
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
Democracy Now:
“I Was Absolutely Afraid”: Indigenous Elder on “Mob Mentality” of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C.
Discussion: Splinter, The Concourse and AOL
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 …
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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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Unpaid, uncertain and unmoored: Inside the White House
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
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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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
Discussion: twitchy.com
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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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
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.
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
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Trump's health secretary refuses Democrats' request to testify on separated kids  —  HHS Secretary Alex Azar has declined a request to testify on the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border, angering House Democrats who accused the administration of …
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.
Matthias Gafni / Mercury News:
“5 minutes of sheer terror”: Hackers infiltrate East Bay family's Nest surveillance camera, send warning of incoming North Korea missile attack  —  Fake ICBM missile warning over Nest system sends East Bay family into panic  —  ORINDA — Laura Lyons was preparing food in her kitchen Sunday …
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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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
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