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5:20 PM ET, January 23, 2019

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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's position is weakening fast. Here's how Democrats can exploit that.
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
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.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Root
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Nothing justifies what the Covington students did
Jason Williams / Cincinnati.com:   Who knew? Trump's top White House attorney is Covington Catholic High School graduate
Ed Condon / Catholic News Agency:
Updated: Nathan Phillips rally protesters attempted to disrupt Mass at DC's National Shrine
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump's top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy
Washington Post:
Pelosi tells Trump: No State of the Union address in the House until government is opened  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will not allow President Trump to deliver the State of the Union in the House chamber next week, writing to him on Wednesday afternoon that he can give …
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The White House:
A Letter from the President to Speaker Pelosi  —  Speaker of the House of Representatives  —  Dear Madam Speaker:  —  Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union.
New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Explore Alternatives After Pelosi Says No State of the Union Until Shutdown Ends
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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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Ana Vanessa Herrero / New York Times:
Outraged Maduro Cuts Ties with U.S. After Opposition Leader Declares Himself Venezuela's President  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela cut diplomatic ties with the United States on Wednesday and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country …
CNBC:
Maduro says Venezuela is breaking relations with US, gives American diplomats 72 hours to leave country
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
Francisco Toro / Caracas Chronicles:   Juan Guaidó Claims the Presidency: How Will This Play Out?
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
House Democrats probe how Jared Kushner got security clearance  —  The probe was launched “in response to grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump administration,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings.  —  The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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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.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Cohen postpones House testimony, blames Trump “threats”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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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Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:   White House Economist Says Economy May Not Grow In First Quarter
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
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: The Last Refuge
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Shutdown expected to continue as federal workers' woes grow
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘It just looks bad.’ Some Democrats pressuring leadership to end shutdown stalemate.
Discussion: ABC News, Vox and Sara A. Carter
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves 2 Posts After Aide Says She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, facing blowback from a lawsuit claiming she fired an aide who said she was sexually assaulted by a supervisor at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation …
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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Sheila Jackson Lee Will Step Down As Chair Of The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Week
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 …
Jeff Weiner / Sun-Sentinel:
‘Several down’ after shooting, hostage situation at SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida, reports say  —  Orlando Sentinel  —  An armed man who fired shots inside a Sebring, Florida, SunTrust Bank branch — which reportedly left multiple people injured — has surrendered after a standoff, authorities said.
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Doha Madani / NBC News:   Five people shot dead at SunTrust Bank in Florida, suspect in custody
Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  Sometimes 280 characters just aren't enough.  The social media mogul takes on his critics — and tries to explain who he really is  —  When Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006, he had no idea he and his colleagues were creating …
Discussion: The Week, Mashable, NB Blog and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Curbed NY and Mother Jones
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Grants South Carolina Foster Care Agencies Authority to Discriminate Against Jewish, Muslim Families  —  The Trump administration on Wednesday made a quiet move that opens the door for the religious right to use the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act to discriminate …
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Medicare For All Looks Good In New Poll, But There's A Big Asterisk  —  Some of the most popular counter-arguments make voters skittish.  —  Americans are pretty keen on the idea of creating a new government-run insurance program, or at least expanding an existing one …
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 …
 
 
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
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Alex French / The Atlantic:
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