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8:35 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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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:
‘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.
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No State of the Union address in the House until government is opened  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rescinded her invitation to President Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the House next week — denying him a national platform for the annual speech …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
House Democrats probe how Jared Kushner got security clearance
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Trump-Pelosi war just intensified. We're in for two years of crisis.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Mahablog
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:   Pelosi responds: No State of the Union for Trump unless the shutdown ends
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump's top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely
Franco Ordoñez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Immigration advocates to meet with Pence on deal to protect Dreamers, end shutdown
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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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
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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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Francisco Toro / Caracas Chronicles:   Juan Guaidó Claims the Presidency: How Will This Play Out?
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  — Hedge fund billionaire adds NYC penthouse, London mansion  — Manhattan apartment sets American record for priciest property  —  Ken Griffin is showing how a billionaire goes on a shopping spree.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Never Tweet  —  The controversy over the Covington students shows why American journalism should disengage from Twitter.  —  Friends, reporters, fam: It's time we journalists all considered disengaging from the daily rhythms of Twitter, the world's most damaging social network.
Discussion: Patreon, Bloomberg and Splinter
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Nothing justifies what the Covington students did
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.”
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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: TheBlaze
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: USA Today, ABC News, NPR and Hit & Run
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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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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?
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.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Cohen postpones House testimony, blames Trump “threats”  —  President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said that he will postpone his scheduled Feb. 7 testimony before the House Oversight Committee due to “threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani,” …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:   White House takes ‘haphazard’ approach to Dem oversight
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 Lamothe / Washington Post:
A group representing Nathan Phillips wrongly said he served in Vietnam.  Then came the accusations.  —  There's no evidence that he's ever claimed to have served in Vietnam, a representative said  —  Nathan Phillips, the U.S. veteran whose standoff with high school students on the steps …
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
 
 
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Cliff Sims / Vanity Fair:
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Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee secures line of credit for its 2020 Democratic convention bid, clearing last major hurdle
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker's case for a border wall: At my house, they keep ‘critters out’
New York Times:
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Alex French / The Atlantic:
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