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11:05 PM ET, January 23, 2019

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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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Washington Post:
‘Master negotiator’ or ‘nonentity’?  Kushner thrusts himself into middle of shutdown debate  —  Jared Kushner spoke up at a recent Oval Office meeting about cutting a deal to end the government shutdown, which has been the latest project for President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
White House officials caught off guard by Pelosi's letter canceling State of the Union address  —  (CNN)White House officials were caught off guard Wednesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally disinviting President Donald Trump from giving his State of the Union address from the House chamber, leaving them scrambling for a response.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Washington Post:
Pelosi tells Trump: No State of the Union address in the House until government is opened  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rescinded her invitation to President Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the House next week — denying him a national platform for the annual speech …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Looks for New Venue for Speech, as Democrats Draft Border Security Plan
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 …
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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Poll: Shutdown, Russia drive Trump to all-time high disapproval
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.
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Washington Post:
Diocese of Covington evacuated after reports of suspicious package
Discussion: The Verge
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Nothing justifies what the Covington students did
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Never Tweet  —  The controversy over the Covington students shows …
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story
Discussion: 1A, The American Conservative and AOL
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: TheBlaze
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Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed to Cut 15% of Its Workforce  —  Layoffs could affect about 250 jobs across the company  —  BuzzFeed is planning to lay off about 15% of its workforce, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company seeks to reorient itself in a shifting digital-media landscape.
Cliff Sims / Vanity Fair:
“She Was a Cartoon Villain Brought to Life”: A Former Trump Aide Recalls Conway's Leaking Tactics in the West Wing Viper's Nest  —  In this exclusive excerpt from Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House, a former Trump aide recalls the leaking, the gossiping …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:   Continuing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Venezuela
CNBC:
Michael Cohen postpones congressional testimony because of threats to family from Trump and Giuliani  — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is postponing his plan to testify before Congress in February because of concerns about his family's safety, according to Lanny Davis, Cohen's advisor.
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
House Democrats probe how Jared Kushner got security clearance
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Anita Kumar / Politico:   White House takes ‘haphazard’ approach to Dem oversight
Tim Mak / NPR:
House Oversight Panel Launches Inquiry Into White House Security Clearances
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Cohen postpones House testimony, blames Trump “threats”
Taylor Garland / Media Releases:
Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots, Flight Attendants Detail Serious Safety Concerns Due to Shutdown  —  Washington, D.C. — On Day 33 of the government shutdown, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Joe DePete …
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.”
Discussion: Politico, Common Dreams and Splinter
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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: Washington Post, VTDigger and TheBlaze
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 …
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Bloomberg:   America's Most Expensive Home Sold to Billionaire Ken Griffin
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Republican Senator Joni Ernst Says She Was Raped in College  — Ernst speaks in first interview since divorce details divulged  — Fourth-ranking Senate Republican up for re-election in 2020  —  Republican Senator Joni Ernst says that she was raped in college by someone she knew …
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?
CNN:
At least 5 people killed at SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, police say  —  (CNN)A gunman who barricaded himself in a SunTrust Bank in Florida killed at least five people in the branch on Wednesday, Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said.  —  The suspect called authorities to say he had entered …
Discussion: WTVR-TV, KFOR-TV, myfox8.com and TheBlaze
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Alyssa Milano / The Wrap:
Red MAGA Hats Are the New White Hoods - Let's Take a Stand (Commentary)  —  “These hats symbolize hate,” actress and activist says  —  Last week, a group of boys engaged with a Native American man beating a tribal drum.  The exchange was caught on video.  And watching that video, each of us saw what we wanted to see.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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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Carrie Severino / National Review:
Neomi Rao's Inflammatory Critics
Discussion: Power Line and The Federalist
Washington Post:
Federal workers affected by partial shutdown to be billed for dental, vision coverage
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Immigration hawks ‘frustrated’ over Trump's border wall obsession
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 The Daily Caller
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Giuliani's missteps frustrate Trump but underscore the unique role he plays for the president
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New York Times:
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Mark Harris / The Guardian:
How Elon Musk's secretive foundation hands out his billions
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Wesley Morris / New York Times:
‘Green Book’ and ‘Miss Daisy’ Fuel a Racial Fantasy. Mookie Knew Better.
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Grants South Carolina Foster Care Agencies Authority to Discriminate …
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves 2 Posts After Aide Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Gawker 2.0 Implodes as Its Only Reporters Quit