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4:55 PM ET, January 27, 2019

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Dara Lind / Vox:
Trump claimed women were gagged with tape.  Then Border Patrol tried to find some evidence.  —  An internal email, sent 2 weeks after Trump started making the claim, asked agents for “any information” about what Trump was describing.  —  It's become a staple of President Donald Trump's riffs …
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Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Trump ordered 15,000 new border and immigration officers — but got thousands of vacancies instead … Two years after President Trump signed orders to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers, the administration has spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort — but has thousands more vacancies than when it began.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Splinter
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Discussion: IJR
Peter Zeidenberg / The Daily Beast:
No Escape for Roger Stone: Mueller's Case Is a Slam Dunk and He's Too Slimy to Get Flipped  —  Prosecutor who helped convict Dick Cheney aide Scooter Libby for lying and obstruction says the case against Trump's old pal is virtually perfect.  —  The long-anticipated indictment …
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Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Roger Stone, ahead of arraignment, won't categorically rule out cooperation agreement with special counsel  —  Even as he has repeated pledges of loyalty to President Donald Trump, longtime political operative Roger Stone would not categorically rule out forging a cooperation agreement …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Roger Stone Says Text Exchanges Cited in Indictment Were Mischaracterized  —  Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to President Trump, said on Sunday that he was “prepared to fight for my life” and prove his innocence in the case brought against him by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
Discussion: Contemptor and AOL
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-27-19: Roger Stone, Rep. Adam Schiff and Chris Christie
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Politico and Breitbart
Chuck Rosenberg / Lawfare:   Roger Stone's Arrest Was Appropriate, Not Heavy-Handed
John Harwood / CNBC:
Americans fault Trump for chaotic government shutdown, as more believe US is ‘on the wrong track’: NBC-WSJ poll  — An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed that by 63 percent to 28 percent , a margin greater than two to one, Americans believe the country is “off on the wrong track” rather than “headed in the right direction.”
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
‘Wrong track’: Public sours on nation's direction after shutdown  —  Sixty-three percent of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  WASHINGTON — After the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Approval Rating Steady Despite Shutdown, WSJ/NBC News Poll Says
Discussion: Vox and TheStreet
Washington Post:
Trump advisers lied over and over again, Mueller says.  The question is, why?  —  They lied to the public for months before Donald Trump was elected — and then repeatedly after he took office.  —  They lied to Congress as lawmakers sought to investigate Russia's attack on American democracy in 2016.
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Barbara McQuade / USA Today:   Stone indictment: Serious Russia investigation charges hint Mueller has more coming
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Roger Stone indictment: Is this all Mueller has, or is he closing in on Trump?
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Mulvaney says Trump didn't lose shutdown battle  —  The oft-repeated saying in politics is that no one wins when the federal government shuts down.  On Sunday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney did his best to make sure President Donald Trump wasn't branded the loser this time.
Discussion: Breitbart
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CNN:
Axelrod: Trump has boxed himself into a corner
Discussion: Axios
Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Concern around NFL that 4 officials in NFC Championship Game live in Southern California  —  In the latest twist to the simmering controversy from last Sunday's NFC Championship Game, there is some concern in league circles about the NFL's judgment in allowing four game officials who live …
Discussion: The Big Lead
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
A Better Guide than Elite Opinion Is Public Revulsion at It  —  Some expert in Bayesian probability ought to come up with an algorithm that would enable us to determine which of the multifarious daily outrages are going to catch on and, as the internet has taught us to say, “go viral.”
Dana Schuster / New York Post:
I was a secret Trump supporter: Model feared politics would kill her career  —  Elizabeth Pipko, a 23-year-old model who has appeared in Maxim, has kept a secret from her industry colleagues out of fear it could derail her career: She was a Donald Trump supporter and worked full-time on his 2016 presidential campaign.
Washington Post:
Run, Howard, run!  —  Nick Troiano is executive director of Unite America and a former independent congressional candidate from Denver.  Charles Wheelan is founder and co-chair of Unite America and a senior lecturer in public policy at Dartmouth College.  —  In reportedly exploring …
Jeremy Littau / Slate:
The Crisis Facing American Journalism Did Not Start With the Internet  —  For decades, newspaper conglomerates lapped up profits and failed to adapt.  Our communities are worse off for their folly.  — It's Been a Bad Week to Work for Elon Musk  —  A recent study by researchers …
Karoli Kuns / Crooks and Liars:
Ginni Thomas Storms The Oval Office, Bullies Trump Because She Can  —  Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is unafraid to throw her weight around, especially when it comes to crony appointments and spewing hatred.  —  The right-wing influence group “Groundswell” is alive, well, and thriving.
The Guardian:
Polish far-right trial raises spectre of ‘false flag’ tactics  —  German journalist with links to Russia allegedly organised arson attack in Ukraine to stoke tensions, court told  —  The plot allegedly involved three Polish extremists and a German journalist with ties to the far-right …
Associated Press:
20 Dead as Bombs Target Sunday Mass in Philippine Cathedral  —  Jolo, Philippines (AP) — Two bombs minutes apart tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 81 others during a Sunday Mass, officials said.
Streiff / RedState:
No, Out-of-Work Lefty Journalists, “Learn to Code” Is Not a Secret Alt-Right Phrase  —  On Thursday and Friday the cause of Truth received a huge boost as two loci of lies and disinformation, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post, were hit with the first of what will be a rolling series of layoffs.
Discussion: Instapundit and twitchy.com
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama  —  Reassembling his coalition probably isn't the path to the presidency this time.  —  Bill Scher is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, and co-host of the Bloggingheads.tv show “The DMZ.”  —  Kamala Harris was dubbed the “Female Obama” …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Ex-GOP senator to Trump: Don't let ‘whack-a-doodles’ run things  —  Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) called on President Trump to push back on the far-right flank of his base that urged him to recently shut down the government to fund a border wall.  —  “Don't let right-wing whack …
Felix Salmon / Axios:
Billionaires have historically been alluring, magical figures, but that view might be changing  —  The largest gathering of billionaires in the world took place last week in the not-particularly-luxurious Alpine resort of Davos, Switzerland.  —  What happened: Axios' Steve LeVine reports …
 
 
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David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
Twitter is the crystal meth of newsrooms
Washington Post:
Congress must stand up for imprisoned Saudi women
Associated Press:
Venezuela's power struggle turns to winning military favor
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Marcel Gascón Barberá Birn / Balkan Insight:
Exhibition Tells How Jews Found Refuge in WWII Albania
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans support investigating Trump, but many are skeptical that inquiries will be fair, new poll finds
Discussion: IJR, The Gateway Pundit and CNN
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
With Pain Still Fresh, Lawmakers Make Push to Outlaw Shutdowns
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The White House:
Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Discussion: NPR, Deadline and IJR
Ben Geldon / CNN:
Hillary Clinton tells friends she's leaving 2020 door open
Discussion: US Liberty Wire and Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Obergefell / Washington Post:
He argued that gay marriage was unconstitutional. Now Trump wants him on the federal bench.
Discussion: Power Line
Dick Polman / The Atlantic:
Democrats Are Newly Emboldened on Gun Control
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
2020 Democrats are ready to talk about racial inequality
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Iran publicly hangs man on homosexuality charges
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
The State of the Union is a tasteless, classless spectacle. It must go.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Andrew Gillum's Florida Ethics Troubles Just Got Worse
 

 
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Lola Fadulu / New York Times:
Nicholas Welker, leader of a white supremacist group who admitted to posting a death threat against a Brooklyn journalist, is sentenced to 44 months in prison

 
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