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12:00 PM 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 …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Here's why Trump isn't budging on his border wall  —  Good morning and welcome to the 34th day of the government shutdown.  An AP-NORC poll released last night show that 6 in 10 Americans blame President Trump for the shutdown and reject his call for the border wall.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Shutdown drags Trump approval to yearlong low
Washington Post:
White House seeks list of programs that would be hurt if shutdown lasts into March
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump Says He'll Delay Speech Until After Shutdown, as Democrats Draft Border Security Plan
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown, Day 34: Two new dynamics
NBC News:
Where's the ‘art of the deal’? Trump has simply stopped negotiating to end the shutdown
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNBC and CNN
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cory Gardner will vote to reopen government without wall funding
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Why Trump's immigration compromise is a shrewd move  —  For the past month, Democrats have insisted they will not negotiate with President Trump while the government remains in partial shutdown.  The president has spent most of that time insisting he will not negotiate on his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall.
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and IJR
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 …
Discussion: Vox
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Rep. Luria, Virginia Democrat, urges Pelosi to offer Trump a vote on border security funding
Discussion: Daily Kos, Breitbart and ABC News
Associated Press:   Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   What Makes This Standoff Worse Than Other Government Shutdowns
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Wilbur Ross doesn't understand why furloughed federal workers need food banks  —  Commerce secretary suggests they should be able to take out bridge loans  —  Chuck Grassley reminds U.S. Olympic Committee about requirements for its tax exemption Senate sets up Thursday test votes on ending shutdown …
Discussion: Axios
New York Post:
Nathan Phillips is a liar, not a victim  —  Days after Nathan Phillips' story of his confrontation with a group of students in Washington was thoroughly discredited, many on the left are still rallying behind him, pretending he was somehow a victim.  —  This, even after both the New York Times …
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 …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez's misfired facts on living wage and minimum wage  —  “I think it's wrong that a vast majority of the country doesn't make a living wage, I think it's wrong that you can work 100 hours and not feed your kids.  I think it's wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
25 Questions For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Discussion: Hoover Institution and
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why do people such as Lindsey Graham come to Congress?  —  Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing.  The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey O. Graham has become a political windsock, and as such, he …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence committee  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was subpoenaed Thursday to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in mid-February, according to a source close to Cohen.  —  It is not clear how Cohen will respond.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Defense One
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed, HuffPost latest to feel pinch in faltering digital news economy  —  BuzzFeed, the progenitor of both serious news and viral listicles and quizzes, will lay off about 15 percent of its staff in the latest sign of financial turbulence for once-highflying digital media outlets.
Discussion: Townhall and NPR
BuzzFeed to cut 15% of staff in new round of layoffs
Discussion: New York Times and TheBlaze
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 …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kamala Harris faces Democrats' Rocky Mountain divide  —  © Getty Images, The Hill photo illustration  —  If Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wins her party's nomination to run against President Trump, she will have broken through one of the impenetrable barriers of modern politics.
Sam Blum / Popular Mechanics:
President of Flight Attendants Union Suggests General Strike to End Government Shutdown  —  That's apparently one way to end the shutdown.  —  As the partial government shutdown stretches into a monthlong slog with no end in sight, TSA workers and other federal employees in the U.S. aviation industry …
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
60 hours, 50 abortions: A California doctor's monthly commute to a Texas clinic  —  The protesters are already positioned when she pulls up in her rental car.  One lurches at women approaching the clinic, rosary beads dangling from her outstretched palm.  Another hands patients tiny fetus dolls that match their skin color.
Google Privately Urged Narrower Protection for Activist Workers  —  While Google publicly supported employees who protested company policies, it quietly asked the government to narrow the right to organize over work email  —  Google, whose employees have captured international attention …
Brian Faler / Politico:
‘Extraordinarily angry and very upset taxpayers’: IRS faces chaotic tax season amid shutdown  —  The IRS is facing tax season amid the shutdown with new rules that could complicate filing for millions of Americans — and a potential shortage of workers to handle the returns …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Rep. Brown, a Maryland Democrat, pushes unemployment benefits for federal employees who are working without pay  —  Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) on Thursday plans to introduce a bill that would allow federal employees who are working without pay to collect unemployment benefits during the government shutdown.
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
This Is What Happens When You Try to Sue Your Boss  —  Millions of American workers sign away legal rights without knowing what they're in for: Arbitration Hell.  —  Illustrations by Michael Deforge  —  :00  —  The proof that the fight between Alex Beigelman and UBS had descended …
Craig Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Agrees to Oppose al Qaeda and Islamic State in Afghanistan  —  The deal to try to stop militant groups using the country to mount attacks abroad is a major concession to the U.S.  —  KABUL—In a landmark concession to the U.S., the Taliban has agreed to oppose any attempts …
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Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Novichok attack board game ‘Our Guys in Salisbury’ on sale in Russia
Discussion: Politico
Coalition of Corruption
Discussion: New York Times
Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year low
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Schiff, Waters plan joint Deutsche Bank investigation
Washington Post:
Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump's first two years, analysis shows
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Many Americans think that climate-change deniers ‘get what they deserve’ when disasters strike
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Maduro isolated as Latin American nations back Venezuela opposition leader
The Daily Beast:
Ex-Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Calls on President to End Shutdown
Discussion: RedState
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
‘Will work for pay’: Furloughed federal workers stage sit-in outside senators' offices; 12 arrested
Discussion: Vox
The Babylon Bee:
Snopes Introduces New ‘Factually Inaccurate But Morally Right’ Fact Check Result
Discussion: NB Blog
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's border wall obsession frustrates conservative activists
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Kamala Harris's Logo Is a Disaster. Here's Why.
Discussion: Althouse