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7:05 PM ET, January 23, 2019

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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
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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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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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 …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:   Pelosi responds: No State of the Union for Trump unless the shutdown ends
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
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Cohen postpones House testimony, blames Trump “threats”
Anita Kumar / Politico:   White House takes ‘haphazard’ approach to Dem oversight
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.
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Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump's top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely
Jason Williams / Cincinnati.com:   Who knew? Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate
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 …
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Ana Vanessa Herrero / New York Times:
Maduro Cuts Ties with U.S. After Trump Recognizes New Leader in Venezuela  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela scrapped all diplomatic ties with the United States on Wednesday and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave, ordering them out with a derisive …
CNBC:
Maduro says Venezuela is breaking relations with US, gives American diplomats 72 hours to leave country
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
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
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Nothing justifies what the Covington students did
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Wednesday that would reopen most of the government currently closed during the partial shutdown.  —  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) went to the Senate floor to ask for consent …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘It just looks bad.’ Some Democrats pressuring leadership to end shutdown stalemate.
Discussion: ABC News, Vox, Daily Wire 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 …
CNN:
BuzzFeed to cut 15% of staff in new round of layoffs  —  New York (CNN)BuzzFeed is preparing to announce a significant round of layoffs, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The coming contraction is the latest example of digital media companies having to make cutbacks in a difficult operating environment.
Discussion: New York Times
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Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed to Cut 15% of Its Workforce
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: NPR and Hit & Run
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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.
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YouTube:   Onesie-wearing Beto O'Rourke sings The Ramones in newly unearthed video
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?
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 …
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, NB Blog and Mediaite
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker's case for a border wall: At my house, they keep ‘critters out’  —  The final moments of Rep. Adam Kinzinger's interview on MSNBC might not have been so jarring if he had not spent the preceding 10 minutes talking about the need for Republicans and Democrats to communicate better …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Furloughed government workers will be owed $6 billion in back pay by end of this week
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Rose McGowan Rips Her Lawyers for Joining Harvey Weinstein's Defense
Discussion: Page Six and The Guardian
Kyle Blaine / CNN:
A married gay man is running for president. That's a big deal.
Discussion: ABC News, Advocate and WTKR-TV
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Giuliani's missteps frustrate Trump but underscore the unique role he plays for the president
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Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
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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
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's book, The Two-Income Trap, explained
Discussion: Althouse
Alex French / The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’  —  Over the past two decades …