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3:45 PM ET, January 23, 2019


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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.
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.
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: Mediaite and Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly  —  Today's polls look very similar to when Republicans caved during the 2013 and 1995-96 shutdowns  —  History is not a good predictor of President Trump.  He defies convention in nearly every way.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's position is weakening fast. Here's how Democrats can exploit that.
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Paul Kiernan / Wall Street Journal:   White House Economist Says Economy May Not Grow In First Quarter
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:   Trump's top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Disapproval Hits Record High Amid Government Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Florida Politics
CNBC:   Maduro says Venezuela is breaking relations with US, gives American diplomats 72 hours to leave country
Trump Recognizes Guaido as Venezuela Leader, Rebuking Maduro
Discussion: Daily Wire
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
In escalation of tensions, Trump recognizes Venezuela's opposition leader as head of government
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
Jason Williams /
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.
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation ‘not surprised’ by D.C. controversy
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 …
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: Mediaite and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Under Trump, the number of uninsured Americans has gone up by 7 million
Discussion: Pacific Standard and Splinter
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,” …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Cohen Postpones House Testimony Over Trump's ‘Threats Against His Family’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Sheila Jackson Lee Is To Step Down As Chair Of The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Discussion: 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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Islamberg Muslim Massacre Plot Suspect Invited Trump to His Eagle Scout Ceremony  —  One of four teens police say planned to attack an Islamic community in New York was an adamant supporter of the president and a wall on the southern border.  —  At first glance, 18-year-old Vincent Vetromile appeared …
Discussion: FOX 61 and The Daily Beast
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Trump-Era Overcorrection  —  It was like a scene out of left-wing protest literature: a group of white, parochial-school boys in “Make America Great Again” gear taunting an American Indian protester, jeering and laughing, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after attending the anti-abortion March for Life.
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 …
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 …
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Man in New York to Start a ‘Race War’  —  He hated black men.  He wanted to kill them, and he did.  —  In a videotaped confession, James Harris Jackson, a white Army veteran from Baltimore, told investigators that he spent several days …
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Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone:
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Discussion: NB Blog
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Sanctioning Assad is the very least the United States can do in Syria
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘It just looks bad.’ Some Democrats pressuring leadership to end shutdown stalemate.
Discussion: ABC News, Vox and Politico
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Sen. Joni Ernst denies ex-husband's allegation that she had an affair, says she is ‘a survivor’
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and CITYVIEW
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Elizabeth Warren's book, The Two-Income Trap, explained
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
No. 3 House Democrat floats possible $5.7 billion in border funding
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Who is the prototypical rich person?
Discussion: New York Times
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Wheels of Justice Are Grinding to a Halt
Discussion: Shakesville and Beloit Daily News
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
For two years, Trump has been undermining American democracy. Here's a damage report.
Discussion: Shakesville
Alex French / The Atlantic:
‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’  —  Over the past two decades …
Cathleen Decker / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg joins the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential nomination