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1:15 PM ET, January 23, 2019


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CBS News:
Pelosi has edge over Trump on budget negotiations, CBS News poll shows  —  Seven in 10 Americans don't think the issue of a border wall is worth a government shutdown, which they say is now having a negative impact on the country.  But partisans don't want their own side to budge …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Poll: Shutdown, Russia drive Trump to all-time high disapproval  —  President Donald Trump's disapproval rating is at an all-time high amid a historically long partial government shutdown and concerns about the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's position is weakening fast.  Here's how Democrats can exploit that.  —  The forces arrayed behind President Trump in the government shutdown fight are now sending out decidedly conflicting signals.  Some want Trump to dig in more firmly behind the xenophobic nationalism symbolized by his wall …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Disapproval Hits Record High Amid Government Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Associated Press:
Giuliani's media blitz draws ire of Trump and some allies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Screaming.  He's So Mad at Rudy”: Giuliani's Fate Is Uncertain After Botched Interviews  —  As Giuliani's unforced errors pile up, former West Wing officials and 2016 campaign veterans are privately debating what's gone wrong with Rudy.  —  Every time Rudy Giuliani opens his mouth …
Discussion: Splinter, Contemptor, Raw Story and CNN
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump exasperated by gaffe-prone Giuliani  —  Rudy Giuliani has a growing list of enemies in the White House — which now includes his boss, President Donald Trump.  —  Trump was apoplectic after a pair of weekend media interviews by his personal lawyer, in which Giuliani said that the president …
USA Today:
Trump pursued a deal in Russia and hid it from voters
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump's lies on his business dealings in Russia were a profound betrayal of voters
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
A “go big” idea to end the shutdown  —  A new immigration idea has been circulating over the past 24 hours at senior levels inside the White House and on Capitol Hill: Give a path to green cards to the 700,000 current DACA recipients, three sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
House Democrats probe how Jared Kushner got security clearance  —  The probe was launched “in response to grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump administration,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings.  —  The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:
White House Economist Says Economy May Not Grow In First Quarter  —  Kevin Hassett says growth could be ‘very close to zero’ if shutdown continues  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration's top economist said Wednesday that the U.S. economy may not grow at all in the first quarter if the partial government shutdown continues.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's use of security clearances
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump's top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Trump-Era Overcorrection  —  It was like a scene out of left-wing protest literature: a group of white, parochial-school boys in “Make America Great Again” gear taunting an American Indian protester, jeering and laughing, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after attending the anti-abortion March for Life.
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy  —  A gay student who was barred by the Covington diocese from speaking at his 2018 graduation, is “not surprised” by the Covington Catholic High School video.
Jason Williams /   Who knew? Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Gawker 2.0 Implodes as Its Only Reporters Quit  —  The new site's only two full-time writers exited Wednesday in protest of editorial director Carson Griffith's offensive remarks about everything from race to penis size.  —  Gawker 2. is blowing up on the launchpad just two weeks after the site's …
Dan Witters / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Four-Year High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. adult uninsured rate stood at 13.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Americans' reports of their own health insurance coverage, its highest level since the first quarter of 2014.
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Medicare For All Looks Good In New Poll, But There's A Big Asterisk
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:   The Uninsured Rate Is The Highest It's Been In 5 Years
Sarah Kliff / Vox:   Under Trump, the number of uninsured Americans has gone up by 7 million
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Biden's Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground  — A speech by Joe Biden in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan.  — Mr. Biden, who earned $200,000 for the speech, stunned Democrats and elated Republicans by praising Mr. Upton …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves 2 Posts After Aide Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, facing blowback from a lawsuit claiming she fired an aide who said she was sexually assaulted by a supervisor at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation …
Nicole Goodkind / Newsweek:
Federal Employees Going Through ‘a Little Bit of Pain’ but Border Wall Is ‘Bigger Than’ Them Says Lara Trump  —  The 800,000 furloughed federal employees and 400,000 working without pay due to the government shutdown over $5 billion dollars in funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border are going through …
Associated Press:   The Latest: Trump urges Republicans to ‘stick together’
Cathleen Decker / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg joins the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination  —  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has signaled for months that he would try to leap from local to presidential politics, announced Wednesday that he will join the burgeoning cast of Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Pete Buttigieg Thinks All the 2020 Democrats Are Too Old
Discussion: CNN, LGBTQ Nation and Axios
Alex French / The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’  —  Over the past two decades, Bryan Singer's films—The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, four of the X-Men movies—have earned more than $3 billion at the box office, putting him in the top tier of Hollywood directors.
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
No. 3 House Democrat floats possible $5.7 billion in border funding  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday raised the possibility of approving $5.7 billion in funding to secure the U.S. border though various means but not by building a wall.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Jeffries defends characterization of Trump as ‘grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’  —  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday defended his characterization of President Trump as the “grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” saying the president had exhibited racially insensitive behavior for decades.
Discussion: Breitbart
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Jeffries says Trump isn't a racist but defends ‘grand wizard’ comparison
Discussion: TheBlaze
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Who is the prototypical rich person?  —  I recommend this op-ed by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.  Not because I agree with its recommendation of super high tax rates on the rich, but because it makes clear the perspectives and motives of the Left.  —  In the standard economic approach …
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work.  That could delay tax refunds.  —  Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expected absences to surge …
Discussion: CNN, KTLA, CBS Baltimore, The Week and Axios
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Wheels of Justice Are Grinding to a Halt  —  FBI agents have lost irreplaceable sources.  Joint Terrorism Task Force officers can't get into the bureau's computer systems.  Federal investigations are being stymied by a lack of resources.  The partial government shutdown, now in its 33rd day …
Discussion: Shakesville and Beloit Daily News
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Isn't it rich? [updated]  —  Ilhan Omar is a national embarrassment to Minnesota.  The embarrassment continues with Omar's tweet in the matter of the abused Covington Catholic high school students.  Here is a quiz for students of defamation law in the context of the current controversy.
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and RedState
Sean Roman Strockyj / New York Post:
New York law is an open invitation to home invaders … There is a reason homeowners can rarely afford to dispense mercy on an overnight invader: Criminal intruders tend to be the dangerous type.  What homeowners don't expect are law enforcers and prosecutors going after them for ­defending themselves and their loved ones.
Washington Post:
‘Knock them in the teeth.’ How Trump turns crises into leverage.  —  The 800,000 federal workers who are expected to miss their second paycheck in the coming days are the most extreme example yet of a negotiating tactic President Trump has used repeatedly since taking office.
Robert Kagan / Foreign Policy:
Springtime for Strongmen  —  The world's authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.  —  The year 2018 was springtime for strongmen everywhere.  It was the year Xi Jinping put an end to collective leadership in China, made himself president for life …
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Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
Record private jet flights into Davos as leaders arrive for climate talk
Discussion: Boing Boing and
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's book, The Two-Income Trap, explained
Discussion: Althouse
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump economic adviser says zero percent growth possible due to shutdown
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
US backtracks on Iran-focused conference in Poland after objections
Peter Baker / New York Times:
At the One-Issue White House, the Standoff Over a Border Wall Displaces Other Priorities
Discussion: The Week
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
U.S. ramping up probe against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks says
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Magazine publisher Condé Nast said it would put all its titles behind paywalls by the end …
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
For two years, Trump has been undermining American democracy. Here's a damage report.
Fed to Probe Deutsche Bank Over Suspicious Danske Cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
WH Bashes Media: 'Never Seen People So Happy To Destroy A Kid's Life'
Discussion: Raw Story
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Fear of Kobach and 2020 ‘disaster’ drive Pompeo recruitment, say GOP strategists
Discussion: NBC News
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Love a candidate but don't think she can win? You've been infected with Pundititis.
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs
Natalie Nanasi / Slate:
The Trump Administration Quietly Changed the Definition of Domestic Violence and We Have No Idea What For
Discussion: Raw Story