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9:25 AM ET, January 24, 2019

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Denver Post:
Sen. Cory Gardner to break with Republicans on Trump's wall — it's the right thing to do  —  Colorado senator's spokesman says Gardner intends to vote for clean funding bill that would open the government with no border-security strings attached.  —  Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner's …
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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.
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.
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 …
CNN:
Trump says he won't give State of the Union during shutdown after being disinvited by Pelosi  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump made a concession to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Thursday, agreeing to not give a State of the Union address until after the government shutdown standoff has ended.
CNN:
White House confirms President Trump sent letter to Kim Jong Un  —  (CNN)The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  —  Press secretary Sarah Sanders, in a short statement to reporters, said, “The President responded to Chairman Kim's letter.”
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown, Day 34: Two new dynamics
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Top Dem: We would support $5.7B for a ‘smart wall’
Discussion: Splinter, Politico and Common Dreams
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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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Says He'll Delay Speech Until After Shutdown, as Democrats Draft Border Security Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said late Wednesday that he would deliver his State of the Union address once the federal government reopens, capping a day of brinkmanship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Here's why Trump isn't budging on his border wall
Associated Press:   Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Explore Alternatives After Pelosi Says No State of the Union Until Shutdown Ends
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival's power claim  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging …
Discussion: USA Today
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Associated Press:   Venezuela's Guaido leaps from back-bench to center stage
Reuters:   Maduro isolated as Latin American nations back Venezuela opposition leader
Los Angeles Times:
As protesters fill streets of Venezuela, Trump recognizes opposition leader as rightful president
Discussion: twitchy.com
Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:
Continuing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Venezuela
Discussion: EURACTIV.com
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 …
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Annie Karni / New York Times:   For Journalists, Covering the Shutdown Is Business as Usual (Kind Of)
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters see shutdown as bigger problem than border situation  —  Most voters consider the partial government shutdown a major problem or, even worse, an emergency, according to a new Fox News Poll.  —  After a 33-day stalemate over the funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall …
Discussion: Townhall and The New Neo
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A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
Trump's Loyal Senate Republicans  —  They're crippling the party and bucking the voters because they're afraid of President Trump.  —  Republicans in Congress are sticking by President Trump in his shutdown debacle and don't try to talk them out of it.  To hell with the bad polling …
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
‘Will work for pay’: Furloughed federal workers stage sit-in outside senators' offices; 12 arrested
Discussion: Vox
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.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed, HuffPost latest to feel pinch in faltering digital news economy
Discussion: Townhall
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
BuzzFeed Plans Layoffs as It Aims to Turn Profit
Discussion: Breitbart
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story  —  On Friday, January 18, a group of white teenage boys wearing MAGA hats mobbed an elderly Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, chanting “Make America great again,” menacing him, and taunting him in racially motivated ways.
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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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Stefanos Chen / New York Times:   At $238 Million, It's the Highest-Price Home in the Country
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?
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
This Time It's Russia's Emails Getting Leaked  —  The Russian oligarchs and Kremlin apparatchiks spared by Wikileaks in the past will not be so lucky this week, when transparency activists drop a massive archive of leaked docs.  —  Russian oligarchs and Kremlin apparatchiks may find …
The Daily Beast:
Ex-Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Calls on President to End Shutdown  —  Former White House chief of staff John Kelly, along with four other former Homeland Security secretaries, has called on President Trump to end the partial government shutdown in order to ensure national security.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Why the 2020 Democratic primary could turn into ‘Lord of the Flies’  —  Top party insiders see a real possibility that superdelegates could play a role at a brokered convention.  —  WASHINGTON — The 2020 Democratic presidential race has just begun, but party insiders and strategists …
 
 
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Seth Wickersham / ESPN:
Clashing in Cleveland: How Hue Jackson, Jimmy Haslam and Baker Mayfield collided
Brian Faler / Politico:
‘Extraordinarily angry and very upset taxpayers’: IRS faces chaotic tax season amid shutdown
Reuters:
France says it expects Iran-EU trade mechanism to be established in ‘coming days’
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
What Makes This Standoff Worse Than Other Government Shutdowns
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why do people such as Lindsey Graham come to Congress?
The Babylon Bee:
Snopes Introduces New ‘Factually Inaccurate But Morally Right’ Fact Check Result
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Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Trump's Transgender Military Ban and Lessons from a Lifetime of Gender-Policing
Discussion: New York Times and Mashable
Neal Broverman / Advocate:
The Defense Dept. Is About to Fire More Than 13,700 Trans People
Alyssa Milano / The Wrap:
Red MAGA Hats Are the New White Hoods - Let's Take a Stand (Commentary)
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Federal workers affected by partial shutdown to be billed for dental, vision coverage
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's border wall obsession frustrates conservative activists
Discussion: Talking Points Memo