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6:35 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: Splinter and Mother Jones
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Discussion: IJR
Barbara McQuade / USA Today:
Stone indictment: Serious Russia investigation charges hint Mueller has more coming  —  The FBI arrested Roger Stone, longtime campaign associate of President Donald Trump.  Stone is indicted for lying about the Russian investigation in the 2016 election.  —  Mueller clues show possibility …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
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
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
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
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Pence, Ivanka, Kushner no-show as Mattis gets standing ovation at elite DC dinner  —  Trump blasts Mattis: What's he done for me?  —  Washington (CNN)Former Defense Secretary James Mattis received a standing ovation Saturday at the annual black-tie Alfalfa Club dinner after delivering …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Mulvaney says Trump didn't lose shutdown battle
Discussion: Breitbart and Jezebel
CNN:   Axelrod: Trump has boxed himself into a corner
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Thought Firing Flynn Would End ‘Russia Thing,’ Chris Christie Writes in Book  —  President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, believed that the “Russia thing” would end as a side effect from the firing of the national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn …
BuzzFeed News Staff Council:
We demand BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to its recently laid-off employees.  —  To Jonah Peretti, Lenke Taylor, and Ben Smith:  —  We are the BuzzFeed News Staff Council, a group of employees appointed to open up the lines of communication between News employees and company management.
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.
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: ProFootballTalk and The Big Lead
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
On Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw Says ‘The Hispanics Should Work Harder at Assimilation’  —  On Meet the Press, venerable news anchor Tom Brokaw made what may seem a surprising statement about immigration Sunday when he argued “the Hispanics” should “work harder” at assimilation.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cancel in protest?  Or stay with a local newspaper that's being strip-mined for profits?  —  Jeffrey Miller might be the ideal news consumer: He's well-informed, thoughtful and understands the role good journalism plays in American democracy.  —  And he has a question, one that might seem small …
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.
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama  —  Kamala Harris was dubbed the “Female Obama” even before she announced she was going to “pull off an Obama-sized feat in 2020,” as McClatchy put it when the California senator formally entered the Democratic presidential primary this week.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Mixed attitudes toward investigations of Trump  —  Poll Questions  —  Q: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, among other issues.  How much confidence do you have Mueller's final report will be fair and even-handed?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
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.”
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
End Of Shutdown Still Leaves Contract Workers Hanging  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more uncertainty …
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
Twitter is the crystal meth of newsrooms  —  I saw the future of political reporting half a dozen years ago, and I've been hoping to unsee it ever since.  —  In the final week of August 2012, after Tropical Storm Isaac delivered a scouring rain to Florida's Gulf Coast …
Ben Geldon / CNN:
Hillary Clinton tells friends she's leaving 2020 door open  —  1. Still with her?  —  Hillary Clinton may not be ready to give up on her Oval Office dreams, CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.  —  “Clinton is telling people that she's not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020,” Zeleny said.
 
 
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Scott Clement / Washington Post:
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The Guardian:
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Discussion: Instapundit and twitchy.com
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Ex-GOP senator to Trump: Don't let ‘whack-a-doodles’ run things
Jim Obergefell / Washington Post:
He argued that gay marriage was unconstitutional. Now Trump wants him on the federal bench.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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