🎧 The End of Magical Thinking | On the Media | WNYC Studios

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How the summary of the Mueller's findings has been spun; historical amnesia, from the frontier to Iraq to Trump.

With the Mueller investigation complete, talking heads have given the short public summary their usual spin. This week, On the Media looks at why the framing of the report produced so much misunderstanding. Plus, how historical amnesia and old ideas about limitless growth have influenced American psychology and foreign policy. 

1. Dahlia Lithwick [@Dahlialithwick], writer for Slate and host of the Amicus podcast, on how the summary of Mueller's findings is being spun. Listen.

2. Corey Robin [@CoreyRobin], political science professor at Brooklyn College, on Americans' flawed historical memoriesListen.

3. Greg Grandin [@GregGrandin], history professor at New York University, on his latest book, The End of The Myth: From Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of AmericaListen.

The last segment was particularly good here.

🎧 The Daily: The Brief, Controversial Tenure of Kirstjen Nielsen | New York Times

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As homeland security secretary, she enacted and publicly defended the family separation policy. In President Trump’s eyes, she didn’t go far enough.

👓 Trump is removing US Secret Service director | CNN

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United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.

🎧 The Daily: Dispatches From the Border, Part 2 | New York Times

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A visit to one of the deadliest places in the United States for migrants shows that even for those who’ve made it across the border, a treacherous journey often awaits.

I’m really appreciating this series and how they’re bringing some actually reporting and storytelling about what is actually happening at the border. It’s far better than the simple pontificating we’re hearing from politicians who seem to have some broad strokes, but never quite seem to have the whole picture.

🎧 The Daily: A Republican Congressman From Texas Who Opposes the Wall | New York Times

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Representative Will Hurd’s district runs along the southwestern border. His vision for border security is starkly different from the president’s.

🎧 The Daily: Dispatches From the Border, Part 1 | New York Times

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We joined our colleagues as they set out on a trip of nearly 2,000 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border.

🎧 The Daily: What a Border Sheriff Thinks About the Wall | New York Times

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A sheriff in Arizona tells us how President Trump’s immigration policies have played out in his county, and why his interpretation of the president’s message has changed.

🎧 The Daily: The Republicans’ Shutdown Strategy | New York Times

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As the shutdown drags into its 20th day, both President Trump and Democratic leaders appear to be doubling down.

🎧 The Daily: Trump’s Prime-Time Address | New York Times

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The president made a televised appeal to the nation for a border wall, but Democrats showed no signs of giving in.

🎧 The Daily: Is There a Crisis at the Border? | New York Times

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President Trump says there’s a problem, but it may be one of his own making.

🎧 The Daily: Chuck Schumer on the Wall, the Shutdown and the Era of Divided Government | New York Times

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On the eve of a new Congress, the Senate minority leader sat down with “The Daily” to discuss his hopes — and his strategy for getting things done — before the next election rolls around.

👓 $20 million raised in GoFundMe for Trump border wall to be refunded | TheHill

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GoFundMe said Friday that it would refund $20 million raised by more than 300,000 donors for President Trump's border wall after an account aiming to raise $1 billion for the wall changed part of its campaign.

I’m glad that GoFundMe has some protocols in place to prevent screwwy fraud like this.

📺 January 8, 2019 – PBS NewsHour full episode | PBS

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Tuesday on the NewsHour, the nation awaits a speech from President Trump regarding his insistence on a border wall. Plus: One Republican lawmaker’s view of why the government should reopen before border security negotiations continue, evaluating whether border crossings are at a “crisis” level, the personal impact of the shutdown, and much more.

The first half hour of the usual episode was interrupted by the Trump plea to support the border wall funding and the Democratic Party response by Pelosi and Schumer.

👓 Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer demand equal airtime to respond to Trump’s address | CNN

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The major television networks said that they will provide wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump's prime time address on border security on Tuesday.

This journalistic decision is sure to be completely ill advised.

I’m very seriously considering any major network that airs this without obtaining the text of the speech in advance and without serious fact checking and without additional rebuttal time for the opposition party in advance.

There is absolutely no credible threat of anything at the border and this play is pure politics. If there were a credible threat, then there should be someone from the Pentagon giving the briefing and it should happen immediately and not tomorrow.

👓 How the Border Wall Is Boxing Trump In | New York Times

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What started out as a memory trick for an undisciplined candidate has become the central priority of the Trump presidency, even as some immigration hard-liners do not view it as a top goal.