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2:30 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 …
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-27-19: Roger Stone, Rep. Adam Schiff and Chris Christie
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Chuck Rosenberg / Lawfare:   Roger Stone's Arrest Was Appropriate, Not Heavy-Handed
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 …
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.”
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.
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 try to make sure President Donald Trump wasn't branded the loser this time.
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:   Axelrod: Trump has boxed himself into a corner
Ben Geldon / CNN:
Hillary Clinton tells friends she's leaving 2020 door open
Discussion: Daily Wire and US Liberty Wire
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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sure, I dated Kamala Harris.  So what?  —  I've been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president.  Most of them, I have not returned.  —  Yes, we dated.  It was more than 20 years ago.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Willie Brown Admits He Boosted Kamala Harris's Career
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 …
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans support investigating Trump, but many are skeptical that inquiries will be fair, new poll finds  —  The American people have mixed feelings about investigating President Trump, with clear majorities wanting newly empowered Democrats to dig into his personal finances and foreign ties …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CNN
Allison De Jong / ABC News:   6 in 10 back Democratic inquiries — including release of Trump taxes (POLL)
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Marcel Gascón Barberá Birn / Balkan Insight:
Exhibition Tells How Jews Found Refuge in WWII Albania
The Guardian:
Polish far-right trial raises spectre of ‘false flag’ tactics
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: IJR
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Will Chris Christie challenge Trump in 2020? ‘Never say never,’ former governor says
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Iran publicly hangs man on homosexuality charges
Associated Press:
20 Dead as Bombs Target Sunday Mass in Philippine Cathedral
Discussion: NPR and The Week
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Andrew Gillum's Florida Ethics Troubles Just Got Worse
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
12 immigrant workers at Trump golf course fired, lawyer says
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
She Wanted to Drive, So Saudi Arabia's Ruler Imprisoned and Tortured Her
Scott McFetridge / Associated Press:
Steve King applauded at first Iowa event since House rebuke
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Conservative Kelli Ward to lead Arizona Republican Party after upset
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller

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Andrew Buncombe / The Guardian:
A look at efforts to revive the community newspaper The Black Lens in Spokane, WA, as a printed monthly distributed by the Spokesman-Review for now

Rest of World:
A test of 11 WhatsApp-based fact-checking “tip lines” during elections in India finds long delays and inconsistencies in responses

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
Payroll provider Cast & Crew says California is disputing the common Hollywood practice of paying workers through loan-out companies instead of directly

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