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7:45 PM ET, January 27, 2019

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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.
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Roger Stone, ahead of arraignment, won't categorically rule out cooperation agreement with special counsel
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
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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.
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: Political Wire, Axios and Politico
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.
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.
Nabih Bulos / Los Angeles Times:
Baghdad is reemerging from 15 blood-soaked years, but the city now barely functions … For weeks now, Capt. Ghassan Ghani and his team of workers, cranes and long-bed trucks have stripped away what has been a fixture of this city since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion: the 12-foot concrete barriers …
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: Axios, Breitbart and Jezebel
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CNN:   Axelrod: Trump has boxed himself into a corner
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Trump Lifts Rusal, EN+ Sanctions as Glencore Shuffles Stake  — U.S. Treasury also removes restrictions on En+, EuroSibEnergo  — Democratic lawmakers lost in attempt to block de-listing  —  The U.S. Treasury Department on Sunday lifted sanctions on three firms tied to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska …
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
Eric Morath / Wall Street Journal:
America's Hidden Workforce Returns  —  Disabled workers join job market at highest level in years amid low unemployment and stricter rules for claiming benefits  —  WYOMING, Mich.—Like many adults with disabilities, Nathan Mort has often struggled to find and hold a job.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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.
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 …
CBS News:
Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign with rally in hometown of Oakland  —  Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off her campaign for the presidency on Sunday with an energetic rally of thousands of supporters in her hometown of Oakland, California, framing her candidacy as an effort …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Felix Salmon / Axios:
Billionaires have historically been alluring, magical figures, but that view might be changing
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Americans support investigating Trump, but many are skeptical that inquiries will be fair, new poll finds
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, IJR and CNN
The Guardian:
Polish far-right trial raises spectre of ‘false flag’ tactics
The White House:
Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
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 Earlier Items: 
Streiff / RedState:
No, Out-of-Work Lefty Journalists, “Learn to Code” Is Not a Secret Alt-Right Phrase
Discussion: Instapundit and twitchy.com
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
A Better Guide than Elite Opinion Is Public Revulsion at It
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.
Associated Press:
20 Dead as Bombs Target Sunday Mass in Philippine Cathedral
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