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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown, Day 34: Two new dynamics
CNN:
Trump says he won't give State of the Union during shutdown after being disinvited by Pelosi
Associated Press:   Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Rep. Luria, Virginia Democrat, urges Pelosi to offer Trump a vote on border security funding
Discussion: Daily Kos, Breitbart and Axios
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
‘Will work for pay’: Furloughed federal workers stage sit-in outside senators' offices; 12 arrested
Discussion: Vox
Annie Karni / New York Times:   For Journalists, Covering the Shutdown Is Business as Usual (Kind Of)
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Top Dem: We would support $5.7B for a ‘smart wall’
Discussion: Politico, Splinter and Common Dreams
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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Washington Post:
Federal workers affected by partial shutdown to be billed for dental, vision coverage
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 …
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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 …
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
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CNN:
BuzzFeed to cut 15% of staff in new round of layoffs
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 …
Reuters:
Maduro isolated as Latin American nations back Venezuela opposition leader  —  LIMA (Reuters) - Most Latin American nations recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on Wednesday, leaving Nicolas Maduro ever more isolated as he faces unrest at home and threats from the United States.
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Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival's power claim
Discussion: USA Today
Associated Press:   Venezuela's Guaido leaps from back-bench to center stage
Stefanos Chen / New York Times:
At $238 Million, It's the Highest-Price Home in the Country  —  A hedge fund billionaire closes on a Central Park apartment, paying more than double the previous record price for a residential sale in New York City.  —  A hedge fund billionaire has purchased a Central Park penthouse apartment …
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Washington Post:
Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump's first two years, analysis shows  —  Civil penalties for polluters under the Trump administration plummeted during the past fiscal year to the lowest average level since 1994, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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?
Discussion: Althouse
Morgan Winsor / ABC News:
Michael Cohen's lawyer blasts Rudy Giuliani, accuses him of ‘witness tampering’  —  Michael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, says Rudy Giuliani should be indicted for “witness tampering” following his comments on national television.  —  “Calling out a man's father in law and wife in order …
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
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Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year low  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking jobless benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since November 1969, a sign the job market remains strong despite the partial government shutdown, now in its fifth week.
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, Lawyers, Guns & Money and CNN
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 …
 
 
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Seth Wickersham / ESPN:
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Reuters:
France says it expects Iran-EU trade mechanism to be established in ‘coming days’
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
What Makes This Standoff Worse Than Other Government Shutdowns
The Daily Beast:
Ex-Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Calls on President to End Shutdown
The Babylon Bee:
Snopes Introduces New ‘Factually Inaccurate But Morally Right’ Fact Check Result
Discussion: NB Blog
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Trump's Transgender Military Ban and Lessons from a Lifetime of Gender-Policing
Discussion: New York Times and Mashable
CNN:
White House confirms President Trump sent letter to Kim Jong Un
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Alyssa Milano / The Wrap:
Red MAGA Hats Are the New White Hoods - Let's Take a Stand (Commentary)
Discussion: Breitbart
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's border wall obsession frustrates conservative activists
Discussion: Talking Points Memo