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6:00 PM ET, January 23, 2019


 Top Items: 
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Shutdown drags Trump approval to yearlong low  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall.  That's according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's position is weakening fast. Here's how Democrats can exploit that.
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and New York Times
Washington Post:
Pelosi tells Trump: No State of the Union address in the House until government is opened  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will not allow President Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the House chamber next week, writing to him on Wednesday afternoon that he can give …
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Explore Alternatives After Pelosi Says No State of the Union Until Shutdown Ends  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said he would look for alternative venues for his State of the Union address on Tuesday, appearing to capitulate after Speaker Nancy Pelosi again told …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:   Pelosi responds: No State of the Union for Trump unless the shutdown ends
Franco Ordoñez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Immigration advocates to meet with Pence on deal to protect Dreamers, end shutdown
Discussion: CNN
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 and Mediaite
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.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Cohen postpones House testimony, blames Trump “threats”
Tim Mak / NPR:   House Oversight Panel Launches Inquiry Into White House Security Clearances
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Cohen Postpones House Testimony Over Trump's ‘Threats Against His Family’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
White House seeks list of programs that would be hurt if shutdown lasts into March  —  White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has pressed agency leaders to provide him with a list of the highest-impact programs that will be jeopardized if the shutdown continues into March and April, people familiar with the directive said.
Discussion: Political Wire
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump's top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely
Washington Post:
Venezuelan opposition leader declares himself president; U.S. promptly recognizes him as interim president  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday faced the gravest challenge to his authority since assuming power in 2013, as the U.S.-backed opposition claimed …
Ana Vanessa Herrero / New York Times:
Outraged Maduro Cuts Ties with U.S. After Opposition Leader Declares Himself Venezuela's President  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela cut diplomatic ties with the United States on Wednesday and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country …
Maduro says Venezuela is breaking relations with US, gives American diplomats 72 hours to leave country
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
Francisco Toro / Caracas Chronicles:   Juan Guaidó Claims the Presidency: How Will This Play Out?
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Top Dem: We would support $5.7B for a ‘smart wall’  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday said Democrats would be willing to provide $5.7 billion in border security funding to end the shutdown if the money is used for measures like a “smart wall.”
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘It just looks bad.’ Some Democrats pressuring leadership to end shutdown stalemate.
Discussion: ABC News, Vox, Sara A. Carter and Politico
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 …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Nothing justifies what the Covington students did  —  There were a few lessons I only needed to learn once when I lived in New York City from 1990 to 2007.  Never have the bagel-cart guy put sugar in your coffee (it'll be too sweet).  Never hail-a-cab-while-black on an Uptown avenue (they usually don't stop).
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Five people shot dead at SunTrust Bank in Florida, suspect in custody  —  The Highlands County sheriff's office said a SWAT team stormed the bank after negotiations failed and the suspect “eventually surrendered.”  —  A suspected gunman was in custody Wednesday after five people were shot dead …
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run and TheBlaze
Jeff Weiner / Sun-Sentinel:
‘Several down’ after shooting, hostage situation at SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida, reports say
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Here's Video of Beto O'Rourke Singing “Blitzkrieg Bop” in a Sheep Mask and Onesie  —  By now, most people who follow national politics have probably heard that Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from El Paso who is contemplating a run for president, once played bass in a punk rock band called Foss.
YouTube:   Onesie-wearing Beto O'Rourke sings The Ramones in newly unearthed video
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
Covington Catholic Teen on ‘Fox & Friends’: Blackface Is ‘School Spirit’  —  'We haven't been able to wear black paint because of the video, but I know the kids meant nothing by it,' one senior explained to Steve Doocy.  —  Covington Catholic High School's increasing notoriety has only pushed it further into the mud.
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost, The Daily Banter and The Root
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 …
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 …
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire Ken Griffin Buys America's Most Expensive Home for $238 Million  —  The record-breaking purchase of a New York City penthouse is the latest in a string of multimillion-dollar real-estate deals by the hedge-fund manager  —  Billionaire Ken Griffin, who is becoming almost as known …
Discussion: Curbed NY and Mother Jones
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Billionaires in Davos hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70% tax on the rich  —  When billionaire chief executive Michael Dell was asked on Wednesday whether he would support a proposal put forth by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to tax millionaires at a 70 percent tax rate …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Sometimes 280 characters just aren't enough.  The social media mogul takes on his critics — and tries to explain who he really is  —  When Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006, he had no idea he and his colleagues were creating …
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Week, Mashable, Mediaite and NB Blog
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Grants South Carolina Foster Care Agencies Authority to Discriminate Against Jewish and Muslim Families  —  The Trump administration on Wednesday made a quiet move that opens the door for the religious right to use the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act to discriminate …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Kamala Harris's Logo Is a Disaster.  Here's Why.  —  Does bad graphic design doom good candidates?  Or do lousy candidates inspire bad graphic design?  —  Back in 2016, I was pretty bullish on Marco Rubio's presidential prospects—right up until the moment I saw this:  —  The candidate's name in lower case?
New York Times:
He Reported on Facebook.  Now He Approaches It With Caution.  —  Nick Confessore, an investigative reporter who has written about social media and data privacy, has changed his tech habits after what he has learned. … You've written a lot about data privacy and the misuse of people's online data.
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Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker's case for a border wall: At my house, they keep ‘critters out’
Discussion: Political Wire
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Liberals Outpaced Conservatives in ‘Dark Money’ Midterm Spending
Discussion: Politico and NTK Network
Mark Harris / The Guardian:
How Elon Musk's secretive foundation hands out his billions
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Wesley Morris / New York Times:
‘Green Book’ and ‘Miss Daisy’ Fuel a Racial Fantasy. Mookie Knew Better.
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
Verizon Media, HuffPost's Parent Company, Announces Sweeping Layoffs
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Man in New York to Start a ‘Race War’
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Sen. Joni Ernst denies ex-husband's allegation that she had an affair, says she is ‘a survivor’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's book, The Two-Income Trap, explained
Discussion: Althouse
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Who is the prototypical rich person?
Discussion: New York Times
Alex French / The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’  —  Over the past two decades …
Cathleen Decker / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg joins the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination