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7:50 PM ET, January 24, 2019


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Jeffrey Schweers / Tallahassee Democrat:
Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after Halloween blackface photos emerge  —  Michael Ertel, the newly appointed Secretary of State of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has resigned after photos emerged of him posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim in blackface at a private Halloween party 14 years ago.
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren to propose new ‘wealth tax’ on very rich Americans, economist says  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will propose a new “wealth tax” on Americans with more than $50 million in assets, according to an economist advising her on the plan, as Democratic leaders vie …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump just lost a lot of leverage in the shutdown  —  Thursday's votes on President Trump's and the Democrats' plans to end the month-long government shutdown were never going to succeed.  But they sure seem to have reduced Trump's leverage.  —  Six Republican senators wound up voting …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: No Dem counteroffer on border security  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that House Democrats are not working behind the scenes to craft a counteroffer to President Trump's border wall demands as a strategy for ending the history-making partial shutdown.  —  “That's not true.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Trump White House grows eager to escape losing shutdown fight  —  Now that the Senate has shot down President Donald Trump's compromise offer to end the month-long government shutdown, White House officials aren't sure of their next move.  —  But they do know one thing: they're losing, and they want to cut a deal.
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 …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Senate rejects dueling proposals to end the shutdown
Discussion: Vox, Outside the Beltway and TheBlaze
Dueling plans to reopen government both fail in Senate
Discussion: Washington Post and Joe.My.God.
Exclusive: White House preparing draft national emergency order and identified $7 billion for wall  —  Washington (CNN)The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN's Jim Acosta is writing a book about Trump's war with the media  —  New York (CNN)CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is authoring a book about the Trump administration and its battles with the news media.  —  The Harper imprint of HarperCollins Publishers announced the book on Thursday morning.
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
Congress' Nonpartisan Research Arm Says Trump Could Build The Wall Without State of Emergency Or Funding
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Washington Post:
Wilbur Ross says furloughed workers should take out a loan.  His agency's own credit union is charging nearly 9 percent  —  The Department of Commerce federal credit union is charging furloughed employees almost 9 percent interest on emergency loans to cover their missing paychecks …
Washington Post:   ‘Am I out of touch?’: Trump administration struggles to show empathy for workers
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Commerce chief asks why furloughed workers using food banks
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?
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Is it time for journalists to sign off Twitter?
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Six GOP Senators Buck Trump As Competing Shutdown Measures Fail  —  A pair of competing Senate bills to reopen the government failed to pass on Thursday, the latest non-starter attempts to fall short as the government shutdown stretches into its 34th day.  But a half-dozen Republicans defected …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   GOP senators read Pence riot act before shutdown votes
Washington Post:
Koch network tells donors it plans to stay out of 2020 race, once again declining to back Trump  —  The conservative Koch political network has told donors that it plans to once again stay out of the presidential race and will not work to help reelect President Trump in 2020 …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Political Wire
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Skripal poisoning: Trump admin yet to impose new Russia sanctions required by law  —  The European Union punished 4 Russians this week in connection with the Skripal poisoning, but the U.S. hasn't moved forward with its own penalties.  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly three months after deeming Russia …
New York Times:
Venezuela's Military Backs Maduro, as Russia Warns U.S. Not to Intervene  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — The embattled government of Venezuela struck back against its opponents on Thursday, winning strong support from the country's armed forces and the solid backing of Russia, which warned the United States not to intervene.
U.S. Orders Non-Emergency Government Employees Out of Venezuela
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:   Venezuela's Military Backs Maduro
Washington Post:
Witness in special counsel probe, former Stone associate, collected payments from Infowars through job Stone arranged  —  Over the past several months, author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi has emerged as one of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's most vexing witnesses in his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Disney Robot Obsession and Anthony Scaramucci's Dick Joke: Scenes From a White House Insider  —  They are who we thought they were.  —  Shortly after Donald Trump's election, a Disney crew was dispatched to the White House to record the new president's voice, which would be played through …
Dara Lind / Vox:
The US will begin sending some legal asylum seekers back to Mexico on Friday  —  The new policy, forcing Central Americans to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending in the US, is starting at the biggest crossing along the US-Mexico border.  —  The Trump administration is about to implement …
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. to begin returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday - official
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Sen. Michael Bennet slams Ted Cruz for ‘crocodile tears’ over the shutdown  —  Sen. Michael F. Bennet, typically a mild-mannered, congenial guy, on Thursday unleashed all of his furor over the partial government shutdown on Sen. Ted Cruz.  —  In a fiery exchange that played …
Trish Turner / ABC News:
Possible short-term compromise brewing on ending shutdown, Trump wants wall ‘down payment’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and TheBlaze
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Shoot Someone In A Major US City, And Odds Are You'll Get Away With It  —  A shocking number of shootings go unsolved.  In some police departments, hundreds of cases aren't investigated at all.  A joint investigation by The Trace and BuzzFeed News. … Devon Little was shot …
Discussion: The Trace
General Colin L. Powell:
Yesterday was a reassuring day for me.  I was on my way to Walter Reed Military Hospital for an exam.  As I drove along Interstate 495 my left front tire blew out.  I am a car guy and knew I could change it but it was cold outside and the lug bolts were very tight.
Discussion: CNN, KTLA, Task & Purpose and IJR
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 …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
We Followed YouTube's Recommendation Algorithm Down The Rabbit Hole  —  How many clicks through YouTube's “Up Next” recommendations does it take to go from an anodyne PBS clip about the 116th United States Congress to an anti-immigrant video from a designated hate organization?
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 …
Aaron Gordon / Gothamist:
MTA Memo: Cuomo's L Train Plan Will Cause Crowding ‘Greater Than Anything Ever Experienced’  —  Just a few weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo upended three years of transportation planning and shocked the city by announcing that L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan would no longer need to be shut down for 15 months for repairs.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump's Wall of Shame  —  It would stand as a lasting reminder of the white racial hostility surging through this moment in American history.  —  This is Jamelle Bouie's debut column.  —  The wall of Donald Trump's campaign and presidency has always operated both as a discrete proposal …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Hill
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 …
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
The Covington Boys and the Poison of Trumpism  —  For five days since the footage of an altercation between MAGA-clad Catholic school boys and the elder Native American activists Nathan Phillips near the Lincoln Memorial first caught fire online, the political Internet has been agonizing with itself …
Discussion: NBC News, NB Blog and New York Times
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon recently had private meetings …
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
'It's like the real-life Hunger Games in America:' Shutdown threatens HUD's protections for vulnerable
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Kirsten Gillibrand Defends Filibuster: “If You Don't Have 60 Votes Yet, It Just Means You Haven't Done Enough Advocacy”
Yuka Hayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Scamming Grandma: Financial Abuse of Seniors Hits Record
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mother Jones
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
AOC Thinks Concentrated Wealth Is Incompatible With Democracy. So Did Our Founders.
John Stowe / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Wearing a Trump hat? That's not exactly pro-life, says Catholic Bishop John Stowe
Associated Press:
4 girls allegedly strip searched at middle school
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
A judge's outrageous ‘mercy’ for teen who crippled cop
Sophia Bollag / Sacramento Bee:
California Republican Party gets even smaller: A GOP lawmaker defects to the Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
‘Trump will handle this’: Florida man tried to force Iraqi family out of his neighborhood, police say
Craig Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Agrees to Oppose al Qaeda and Islamic State in Afghanistan
Discussion: New York Times
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Kamala Harris faces Democrats' Rocky Mountain divide
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
This Time It's Russia's Emails Getting Leaked
Discussion: Defense One
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why do people such as Lindsey Graham come to Congress?
Discussion: Raw Story