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11:35 AM ET, January 24, 2019


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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  —  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
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   What Makes This Standoff Worse Than Other Government Shutdowns
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
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Cory Gardner will vote to reopen government without wall funding
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Breitbart, and FOX 61
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
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
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.
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival's power claim
Discussion: USA Today and Spectator USA
Associated Press:   Venezuela's Guaido leaps from back-bench to center stage
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump defends North Korea progress as second nuclear summit edges closer  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday defended himself against complaints that his negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have yielded few steps toward denuclearization, saying ahead of a potential second summit that he sees …
White House confirms President Trump sent letter to Kim Jong Un
Discussion: Just Security and Al Jazeera
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Coalition of Corruption  —  GN25_MixOne_FINAL.mp3  —  We are now in the longest shutdown in American history, and as we've said before, it's not just a shutdown but a hostile restructuring.  Sarah and Andrea discuss a rapidly worsening situation affecting federal workers, food stamp recipients …
Discussion: New York Times
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Schiff, Waters plan joint Deutsche Bank investigation  —  Two powerful House committee chairs are planning a joint investigation into German lending giant Deutsche Bank, which is under scrutiny from Democrats over its business dealings with President Donald Trump.
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
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate set to reject government funding plan it once embraced
Discussion: Breitbart, The Atlantic and ABC News
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
This Is What Happens When You Try to Sue Your Boss
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Novichok attack board game ‘Our Guys in Salisbury’ on sale in Russia
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez's misfired facts on living wage and minimum wage
Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year low
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
France says it expects Iran-EU trade mechanism to be established in ‘coming days’
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