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12:50 PM ET, January 27, 2019


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Lauren King / ABC News:
Roger Stone, ahead of arraignment, says he would discuss cooperating with special counsel  —  Roger Stone, following a pre-dawn arrest at his home in Florida and ahead of an arraignment in Washington on Tuesday, said that he would discuss cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, if asked.
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: AOL and Contemptor
Chuck Rosenberg / Lawfare:   Roger Stone's Arrest Was Appropriate, Not Heavy-Handed
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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.
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.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Roger Stone indictment: Is this all Mueller has, or is he closing in on Trump?
Associated Press:   In Trump ally Stone's case, Mueller finds crime in cover-up
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 Muvlaney did his best to try to make sure President Donald Trump wasn't branded the loser this time.
Discussion: Breitbart
Axelrod: Trump has boxed himself into a corner  —  Pelosi: Shutdown is a crisis that Trump alone created  —  David Axelrod interviews former Secretary of State John Kerry on “The Axe Files” on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.  Axelrod, a CNN commentator, was senior adviser to President Barack Obama …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump gets schooled in the shutdown by an ‘alpha’ Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Jared Kushner, a Confident Negotiator, Finds Immigration Deal to Be Elusive  —  WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, was confident in his ability as a good-faith negotiator who could find a compromise to end the government shutdown.  —  His pitch to Democratic lawmakers was simple …
Jim Obergefell / Washington Post:
He argued that gay marriage was unconstitutional.  Now Trump wants him on the federal bench.  —  Jim Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the 2015 marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges.  —  In March 2013, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) broke with his Republican colleagues and penned …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
The State of the Union is a tasteless, classless spectacle.  It must go.  —  Mitch Daniels, a Post contributing columnist, is president of Purdue University and a former governor of Indiana.  —  One needn't be a hidebound traditionalist to appreciate the value of our national civic ceremonies …
Dick Polman / The Atlantic:
Democrats Are Newly Emboldened on Gun Control  —  In July 2001, at a meeting in Indianapolis, national Democratic chairman Terry McAuliffe told party brethren that gun control was an issue they were wise to avoid.  Nobody in the ballroom challenged him.  The consensus at the time was that Democrats …
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
12 immigrant workers at Trump golf course fired, lawyer says  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen immigrant workers at one of President Donald Trump's golf clubs in New York who are in the U.S. illegally were fired this month even though managers had known about their legal status for years, a lawyer for the workers said Saturday.
Washington Post:
Donald Trump's demand for a border wall shut down the government. …
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Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Will Chris Christie challenge Trump in 2020? ‘Never say never,’ former governor says
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
2020 Democrats are ready to talk about racial inequality
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Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Iran publicly hangs man on homosexuality charges
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
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Allison De Jong / ABC News:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects. His Team Fears a Primary Fight.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Joe.My.God.
Scott McFetridge / Associated Press:
Steve King applauded at first Iowa event since House rebuke
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
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Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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