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1:05 AM ET, January 24, 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: The Week, Raw Story and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Pelosi tells Trump: No State of the Union address in the House until government is opened
CNN:   White House confirms President Trump sent letter to Kim Jong Un
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
House Democrats probe how Jared Kushner got security clearance
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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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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
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 …
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:   ‘Will work for pay’: Furloughed federal workers stage sit-in outside senators' offices; 12 arrested
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 …
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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
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 …
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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Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Nothing justifies what the Covington students did
Washington Post:   Diocese of Covington evacuated after reports of suspicious package
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, Mediaite and Jezebel
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 faced the most direct challenge to his hold on power on Wednesday, when an opposition leader stood in the streets of the capital and declared himself …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump Makes the Right Decision for Venezuela
Discussion: NPR, Hot Air, Common Dreams and RedState
Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:   Continuing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Venezuela
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 and TheBlaze
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 …
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?
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
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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Tim Mak / NPR:
House Oversight Panel Launches Inquiry Into White House Security Clearances
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
The Babylon Bee:
Snopes Introduces New ‘Factually Inaccurate But Morally Right’ Fact Check Result  —  U.S.—Popular fact-checking site Snopes.com confirmed Wednesday they are debuting a new “Factually inaccurate but morally right” fact check result for claims they don't want to debunk because they coincide with Snopes editors' worldview.
Discussion: NB Blog
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
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Trump's Transgender Military Ban and Lessons from a Lifetime of Gender-Policing  —  Last week, I was in a bathroom in a café in Miami Beach.  The café had two separate bathrooms, each with a toilet, a sink, and a locking door.  One was marked “Women” and the other “Men.”
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.
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: NBC News, Sun-Sentinel, WTVR-TV and TheBlaze
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 …
 
 
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Neal Broverman / Advocate:
The Defense Dept. Is About to Fire More Than 13,700 Trans People
Carrie Severino / National Review:
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Discussion: Power Line
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
New York Approves Aid for Undocumented Students in Latest Rebuke to Trump on Immigration
Discussion: Chalkbeat
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
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee secures line of credit for its 2020 Democratic convention bid, clearing last major hurdle
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Rose McGowan Rips Her Lawyers for Joining Harvey Weinstein's Defense
Discussion: Page Six and The Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Blaine / CNN:
A married gay man is running for president. That's a big deal.
Discussion: ABC News, Advocate and The Daily Caller
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Billionaires in Davos hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70% tax on the rich
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:
Why Do the Oscars Keep Falling for Racial Reconciliation Fantasies?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly
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