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Jessica Holdman / Post and Courier:
Attorney General Barr tells SC reporters he's found a legal recourse on Census question … Attorney General William Barr walks with South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott for a press conference at FCI Edgefield on Monday, Jan. 8, 2019.  Barr said ti expect an announcement …
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr: Mueller's Hill testimony will be ‘public spectacle’  —  EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says Democrats are trying to create a “public spectacle” by subpoenaing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the Russia investigation.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's corruption is getting worse.  He has a hidden enabler.  —  Extraordinary new details are emerging about President Trump's efforts to rig the census to benefit the Republican Party — and those details provide an occasion to take stock of William P. Barr's role as hidden enabler of the president's deepening corruption.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Epstein Arrest Is a Worry for Donald Trump  —  The man facing accusations of sex-trafficking and pedophilia has been associated with many high-profile figures, including the U.S. president.  —  At some point in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent money manager …
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New York Times:
Nude Photos of Girls Seized From Jeffrey Epstein Mansion  —  The prosecutors are seeking to detain the financier while he awaits trial on sexual trafficking charges, saying he is a flight risk.  —  Investigators seized nude photographs of young women from the Manhattan townhouse of Jeffrey Epstein …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Hasn't Asked Dershowitz About His Pedophile Client Jeffrey Epstein  —  The attorney has appeared on Fox News 27 times since major news broke about the illegal plea deal Epstein's lawyers negotiated.  Fox has not asked Dershowitz about it even once.
Washington Post:
Financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with federal sex trafficking crimes involving minors
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Why Isn't Trump Trying to Win the Center?  —  In theory, that's what he should be doing.  In practice, forget it.  —  What is President Trump going to do to win the voters who rejected him in 2016?  —  It's a serious question.  Roughly 137 million people voted in the last presidential election.
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New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Fund-Raising: $19.1 Million in 3 Months, Outpacing Sanders  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised $19.1 million in the past three months, her campaign said on Monday, a total that places her firmly in the top echelon of the Democratic money race …
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Warren reports $19.1 million in 2nd-quarter donations  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign said Monday that she had raised $19.1 million in the past three months, the vast majority from first-time donors, drawing a significant haul despite putting herself at a disadvantage by pledging not to court wealthy donors.
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Common Dreams
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren puts Sanders on notice with $19 million fundraising haul
Discussion: CBS News and Political Wire
Los Angeles Times:
Eric Swalwell is expected to withdraw from presidential race, Tom Steyer to enter  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell is expected to abandon his uphill run for president Monday and announce that he will instead seek a fifth term in the House.  —  Swalwell's plans were confirmed by a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of his intentions.
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Trump officials tell one court Obamacare is failing and another it's thriving … As they push a federal court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump administration lawyers are arguing the law is no longer workable because Congress eliminated a penalty on people who don't have health insurance.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare faces a death panel on Tuesday
Discussion: USA Today
Tom Hals / Reuters:
In losing legal battles over census, Trump may win political war
Discussion: CNN and American Greatness
New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Replace Lawyers in Census Citizenship Question Case
Discussion: Washington Post, The Slot and Daily Kos
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Trump has referred to his Wharton degree as ‘super genius stuff.’ An admissions officer recalls it differently.  —  PHILADELPHIA — James Nolan was working in the University of Pennsylvania's admissions office in 1966 when he got a phone call from one of his closest friends …
Associated Press:
AP: Federal grand jury probing GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee to drum up business deals …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Signs a Bill to Allow Release of Trump's State Tax Returns  —  State tax officials will be required to release the returns for any ‘specified and legitimate legislative purpose’ to three congressional committees.  —  As the battle over President Trump's federal taxes intensifies in Washington …
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Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:   Congressional Dems Don't Seem Eager For Trump's New York Tax Returns
NBC News:
NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing Congress to access Trump's state tax returns
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Vulgar Anti-Trump American Fans In France Is How You Get Trump  —  We were enjoying a lovely brunch down the shore yesterday when the crowd at the bar erupted.  Glancing up at the big screen, I saw the U.S. Women's National Team had just been awarded a penalty kick.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Daily Beast and The Poke
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Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
‘War on Soccer’: Ann Coulter Rebukes Women's Soccer Team With Tweets Vowing to Ruin 'Soccer …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Know Who The Democratic Party Is Anymore  —  She's undermining her own caucus.  —  On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that reads like an excerpt from The Great Gatsby reimagined for the 21st century.
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Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN will hold live draw for 2020 Democratic debate lineup  —  New CNN poll shows Harris and Warren rise after debates  —  (CNN)CNN will conduct a live draw to determine which night each candidate will appear in the highly anticipated Democratic presidential primary debates airing later this month on the network.
Discussion: Mediaite, CBS News, Shakesville and Politico
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Owen Daugherty / The Hill:
Marianne Williamson campaign uses fundraising email to help rival 2020 Democratic candidate
Discussion: Fox News and Townhall
John Wagner / Washington Post:   For second debate, Democratic hopefuls will be separated into two groups in ‘live draw’
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump team held back dirt on Kavanaugh accuser, new book says  —  At the height of the furor over Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the media were filled with speculation that the Supreme Court nominee might withdraw from the nomination battle.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive excerpt: Justice Kennedy's secret meeting with Trump
Discussion: Political Wire and Fox News
Washington Post:
Trump says U.S. ‘will no longer deal’ with British ambassador who called White House ‘inept’  —  LONDON — President Trump said Monday that the United States would “no longer deal” with the British ambassador who disparaged his administration.  —  In a cache of diplomatic cables leaked …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Justin Amash expected to lose Oversight Committee seat  —  Newly independent Rep. Justin Amash is expected to be kicked out of the GOP conference and lose his committee assignment this week, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the matter.  —  The House GOP will likely move …
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
If I Had Five Minutes to Question Robert Mueller  —  Here's a puzzle: Imagine that you are a member of Congress who, under rules seemingly designed to preclude effective questioning, had exactly five minutes to interview Robert Mueller on national television.  What would you ask him?
Discussion: Althouse
Steven A. Cook / Foreign Policy:
The Middle East Is Now Split Between Red States and Blue States  —  The region has been carved up into Republican and Democratic countries, to the detriment of the United States.  —  Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the late 1940s …
 
 
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
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CNN:
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
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Discussion: RedState and Liberty Nation
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Kris Kobach Enters U.S. Senate Race, Misspells Own First Name
Discussion: Breitbart and Splinter
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The Purell presidency: Trump aides learn the president's real red line
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Tom Steyer reconsiders 2020 and plans to enter the race