👓 Second Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Census Citizenship Question Plans | NPR

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A second federal judge has issued a court ruling against the administration's plans to ask whether every person living in the country is a U.S. citizen in the 2020 census.

👓 Joshua Tree National Park’s Signature Trees Are Among Shutdown Victims | New York Times

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The park said that an unspecified number of its spiky-leafed trees had been destroyed by visitors during the shutdown.

📺 “Face the Nation” on January 13, 2019 | CBS

Watched "Face the Nation" on January 13, 2019 from CBS News

On this "Face the Nation" broadcast moderated by Margaret Brennan:

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (read more)
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (read more)
  • Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro (read more) (full interview)
  • Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (read more)
  • Michael Crowley, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim (watch)

👓 First on CNN: Hundreds of TSA screeners calling out sick | CNN

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Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports

👓 Trump Administration Suggests Furloughed Workers Do Chores for Landlords to Help Pay Rent | The Daily Beast

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Nearly 800,000 federal workers lack a paying job because of the shutdown.

For Trump, a landlord, this sounds exactly like what he’s been asking the American people to do for him for two years now.

👓 Doomed to fight the Civil War again | LA Times

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is wrong about what caused the Civil War, and wrong to give the benefit of the doubt to the slavers over the slaves.

👓 Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff | CNN

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Nick Ayers, the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as President Donald Trump's chief of staff, announced Sunday he will not be taking the job, reviving discussions about who will succeed the retired Marine general when he leaves at the end of the month.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: One Family’s Reunification Story | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: One Family’s Reunification Story from New York Times

Since President Trump ended the practice of separating migrant children from their parents, few families have been reunited. Those that have are becoming national symbols.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The U.S. as a Place of Refuge | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The U.S. as a Place of Refuge from New York Times

As large groups of Central American migrants approach the U.S. border, the Trump administration is making it more difficult for them to apply for asylum. Is the president undermining the original concept of asylum, or is he restoring it?

👓 Why there has been no progress in nuclear talks with North Korea | The Economist

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The North is using the vague language of the Singapore agreement to stall the process

📑 ‘Mr. President, That’s a Good One’: Congressman Replies to Trump’s Vulgar Tweet | New York Times

Annotated ‘Mr. President, That’s a Good One’: Congressman Replies to Trump’s Vulgar Tweet (New York Times)
“unpresidented” for “unprecedented,”  

Unpresidented is a great word for the Trump administration. Reminds me a bit of Jonathan Last’s recent use of the phrase “Vaporware Presidency”.

👓 The Vaporware Presidency | The Weekly Standard

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Step 1: Propose something ridiculous. Step 2: Cause chaos but don't deliver it. Lather, rinse, repeat.

What a great turn of phrase for this administration. Good job Mr. Last!

👓 Melania Trump leads new round of White House firing and fury | CNN

Read Melania Trump leads new round of White House firing and fury by Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN (CNN)
In this White House, no one knows when the ax will fall or who will be swinging it.

👓 How Mueller Could Defend the Russia Investigation From Interference | The Atlantic

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The special counsel could find recourse in the courts if the new acting attorney general tries to chip away at his work.