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1:25 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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Where's the ‘art of the deal’?  Trump has simply stopped negotiating to end the shutdown  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — As workers continue without pay …
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Boing Boing and The Week
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cory Gardner will vote to reopen government without wall funding
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
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 …
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he doesn't ‘understand’ why federal workers lining up at food banks
Discussion: CNBC, Jamie Dupree - AJC and IJR
Wilbur Ross: Federal workers should take out loans until they get paid
Discussion: CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money and KTLA
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.
Washington Post:   Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate committee, lawyer says
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 …
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
Trump's Loyal Senate Republicans
Discussion: Vox and Hot Air
Fox News:
Fox News Poll document 1/23/19
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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 …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Benghazi hangs over U.S. decision to leave diplomats in Venezuela  —  The Trump administration's decision to leave U.S. diplomats in Venezuela — despite orders from the unstable country's ruling regime — is drawing criticism from former officials who say it endangers American lives.
Reuters:   Maduro isolated as Latin American nations back Venezuela opposition leader
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: Econlib and Hoover Institution
The Unfinished Business of Bernie Sanders  —  He went from the rumpled bit player of the progressive movement to a legit presidential candidate and liberal kingmaker.  But now that Sanders wields such enormous power in Democratic politics, the question is, what's he going to do with it?
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 …
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
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
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Group launches ‘Draft Ann Coulter’ for president  —  A political action committee that pushes for stricter immigration controls said Thursday it is launching a campaign to draft conservative writer Ann Coulter to challenge President Trump.  —  Americans for Legal Immigration PAC has been among …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alipac / illegal immigration News & Discussions:
Trump's Amnesty Inspires Draft Ann Coulter for MAGA President Campaign
Discussion: Townhall
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
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Is it time for journalists to sign off Twitter?  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  “Never tweet.”  —  Sometimes the insanity on Twitter makes my brain hurt.  Sometimes the hatred makes my heart ache.
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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The political scientist Donald Trump should read  —  What Trump would do if he really wanted his wall.  —  It's not often I run across political science that genuinely changes my understanding of how American politics works.  But Frances Lee's research has done exactly that.  Twice.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Crisis of Citizenship
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Discussion: Raw Story
Google Privately Urged Narrower Protection for Activist Workers
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Verge
Craig Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Agrees to Oppose al Qaeda and Islamic State in Afghanistan
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
60 hours, 50 abortions: A California doctor's monthly commute to a Texas clinic
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
Sam Blum / Popular Mechanics:
President of Flight Attendants Union Suggests General Strike to End Government Shutdown
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump's first two years, analysis shows
Discussion: Political Wire
Stefanos Chen / New York Times:
At $238 Million, It's the Highest-Price Home in the Country
Washington Post:
Many Americans think that climate-change deniers ‘get what they deserve’ when disasters strike
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed, HuffPost latest to feel pinch in faltering digital news economy
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
What Makes This Standoff Worse Than Other Government Shutdowns
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's border wall obsession frustrates conservative activists
Discussion: Talking Points Memo