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Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Lawyer Said There Were “No Plans” For Trump Tower Moscow.  Here They Are.  —  Trump's lawyer claims the Moscow tower was barely more than a notion.  “There were no drafts.  Nothing in the file.”  Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News tell a different story.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump exasperated by gaffe-prone Giuliani  —  Rudy Giuliani has a growing list of enemies in the White House — which now includes his boss, President Donald Trump.  —  Trump was apoplectic after a pair of weekend media interviews by his personal lawyer, in which Giuliani said that the president …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Screaming.  He's So Mad at Rudy”: Giuliani's Fate Is Uncertain After Botched Interviews  —  As Giuliani's unforced errors pile up, former West Wing officials and 2016 campaign veterans are privately debating what's gone wrong with Rudy.  —  Every time Rudy Giuliani opens his mouth …
Associated Press:
Giuliani's media blitz draws ire of Trump and some allies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility …
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and The Week
USA Today:
Trump pursued a deal in Russia and hid it from voters  —  Rudy Giuliani vs Chris Cuomo again on CNN...this time it's over collusion.  Veuer's Nick Cardona has that story.  —  Candidate misled voters about ‘nothing to do with Russia.’ He signed a Trump Tower Moscow letter on the day of a presidential debate: Our view
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump's lies on his business dealings in Russia were a profound betrayal of voters  —  THERE HAS been a welter of news reports, denials, statements and retractions in the past week concerning President Trump's pursuit of a major real estate deal in Russia during the 2016 campaign, so perhaps some clarification is in order.
Discussion: Daily Wire and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Disapproval Hits Record High Amid Government Shutdown
Discussion: The Guardian
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy  —  A gay student who was barred by the Covington diocese from speaking at his 2018 graduation, is “not surprised” by the Covington Catholic High School video.
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Jason Williams / Cincinnati.com:
Who knew?  Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate  —  The nationwide firestorm surrounding Covington Catholic has brought to light that one of the Greater Cincinnati high school's most prominent graduates happens to be President Trump's top White House attorney.
Nick Robins-Early / HuffPost:
House Intelligence Committee Looking Into Tweet About Viral MAGA Hat Teen Video
Nicole Goodkind / Newsweek:
Federal Employees Going Through ‘a Little Bit of Pain’ but Border Wall Is ‘Bigger Than’ Them Says Lara Trump  —  The 800,000 furloughed federal employees and 400,000 working without pay due to the government shutdown over $5 billion dollars in funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border are going through …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
A “go big” idea to end the shutdown  —  A new immigration idea has been circulating over the past 24 hours at senior levels inside the White House and on Capitol Hill: Give a path to green cards to the 700,000 current DACA recipients, three sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's liaison to Congress eyeing exit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work.  That could delay tax refunds.  —  Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expected absences to surge …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Axios
Cathleen Decker / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg joins the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination  —  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has signaled for months that he would try to leap from local to presidential politics, announced Wednesday that he will join the burgeoning cast of Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and Political Wire
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Pete Buttigieg Thinks All the 2020 Democrats Are Too Old  —  Pete Buttigieg, the Millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will formally launch an exploratory committee on Wednesday and make official the presidential run he's been not-so-subtly edging toward for the past year and a half.
Discussion: Axios and LGBTQ Nation
New York Times:
Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown  —  Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills on Shutdown  — With dueling votes planned for Thursday, the Senate will finally move off the sidelines a month into the partial government shutdown.  — Both measures face long odds …
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Associated Press:   Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate
Bloomberg:   Trump's Elusive Terms on Border Deal Cloud Path to End Shutdown
Alex French / The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’  —  Over the past two decades, Bryan Singer's films—The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, four of the X-Men movies—have earned more than $3 billion at the box office, putting him in the top tier of Hollywood directors.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
‘Unacceptable’: Coast Guard's top officer criticizes lack of payment in government shutdown  —  The Coast Guard's top admiral said Tuesday that members of the armed forces should not be expected to shoulder the burden of the partial government shutdown, citing the “anxiety and stress” …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Here's a better chant for Trump's base than ‘build the wall’
Washington Post:
‘Knock them in the teeth.’ How Trump turns crises into leverage.  —  The 800,000 federal workers who are expected to miss their second paycheck in the coming days are the most extreme example yet of a negotiating tactic President Trump has used repeatedly since taking office.
Discussion: The Week
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump is being the adult in the room on the shutdown
Discussion: IJR, Inside Higher Ed and CNBC
Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez and liberal freshmen join Oversight Committee  —  The House Oversight Committee is adding a group of progressive flamethrowers to its ranks.  —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) …
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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:   No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this ain't World War II
Sara Murray / CNN:
Mueller wants to know about 2016 Trump campaign's ties to NRA  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign's relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.  —  “When I was interviewed by the special counsel's office …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Russell Baker, Times Columnist and Celebrated Humorist, Dies at 93  —  Russell Baker, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose whimsical, irreverent “Observer” column appeared in The New York Times and hundreds of other newspapers for 36 years and turned a backwoods-born Virginian …
Discussion: WTKR-TV and KTLA, more at Mediagazer »
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Colin Campbell / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore-raised Pulitzer Prize winner Russell Baker dies at 93
Discussion: NPR
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Love a candidate but don't think she can win?  You've been infected with Pundititis.  —  The night Elizabeth Warren won reelection, Krista Magnuson started showing symptoms.  —  Magnuson, a 41-year-old political junkie, had come to Warren's victory party in downtown Boston that November evening to celebrate the swelling blue wave.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
For two years, Trump has been undermining American democracy.  Here's a damage report.  —  Can U.S. democracy survive when between 35 and 45 percent of the population cheers a president who behaves like an autocrat?  —  When Donald Trump took office two years ago, I and many others began sounding …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Campaign workers demand minimum wage, progressive culture from 2020 Dems  —  Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care.
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Washington Post:
Sen. Bernie Sanders changes his message to black voters: ‘Racism is alive’
Discussion: Politico
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
WH Bashes Media: 'Never Seen People So Happy To Destroy A Kid's Life'  —  During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubled down on the White House's support for the Covington Catholic student by slamming the media for its coverage of the incident.
Scott Stedman:
IC Expert CEO Andrey Rozov behind mysterious purchase of NY building tied to Felix Sater and Aras Agalarov  —  Scott StedmanBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  The CEO of the developer of Trump Tower Moscow was behind a mysterious New York real estate transaction in late 2015 …
Discussion: The Guardian
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - January 2019: The Public On Next Steps For The ACA And Proposals To Expand Coverage  —  Ashley Kirzinger , Cailey Muñana, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Key Findings:  — Half of the public disapproves of the recent decision in Texas v. United States …
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Commission raises concerns about ‘golden’ visa, passport schemes  —  The European Commission on Wednesday published a report criticizing schemes that allow foreign citizens to “buy” EU residency or citizenship through investment.  —  The schemes — dubbed “golden visas” and “golden passports” …
 
 
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Dan Witters / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Four-Year High
Discussion: CNBC
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Unrest roils Venezuela amid new push to topple Maduro
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Trump said he would ‘love’ her in his administration. Pam Bondi cashed out for K Street instead
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Bloomberg:
Fed to Probe Deutsche Bank Over Suspicious Danske Cash
Discussion: Raw Story
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Fear of Kobach and 2020 ‘disaster’ drive Pompeo recruitment, say GOP strategists
Discussion: NBC News
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs
Natalie Nanasi / Slate:
The Trump Administration Quietly Changed the Definition of Domestic Violence and We Have No Idea What For
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
James Randerson / Politico:
UK's ex-EU ambassador: Brexiteers like ‘snake oil salesmen’
John Solomon / The Hill:
How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt ... until agents bit
Sean Roman Strockyj / New York Post:
New York law is an open invitation to home invaders
Audrey McNamara / The Daily Beast:
Four Accused of Plotting to Attack Muslim Community
Discussion: Splinter
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change
Discussion: Washington Post and Mashable
CNN:
Power struggle paralyzes ‘irrelevant’ White House press shop