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Trump Again Threatens Violence If Democrats Don’t Support Him (NY Intelligencer)
“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump–I have the tough people”

New Zealand suspected mass murderer praises Trump (Al Jazeera)
A suspected gunman behind the Christchurch attacks has dubbed the US president as ‘a symbol of renewed white identity’.

How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign (N.Y. Times)
The Republican Party and its candidates, particularly in state and local campaigns, are increasingly being reshaped in President Trump’s image, adopting his laundry list of political opponents and his willingness to go to great lengths to spite them.

New York state court rules that a sitting President CAN be sued (ABC News)

12 Senate Republicans just helped Democrats block Trump’s border wall national emergency (Vox)

Trump wants to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. But he wants $8.6 billion for his wall and more money for the military. (The New Yorker)

Defying Congress, Trump Plans to Renew Fight for Border Wall Funding (N.Y. Times)

Trump to Divert Up to $385 Million From Crucial Health Programs To Pay for ‘Government-Sanctioned Child Abuse’ (Common Dreams)
Added to what was taken last year, say critics, that’s “almost $1 billion in HHS funds diverted from real public health emergencies to sink into manufactured ones.”

While Hiking Bloated Military Spending, Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid By $1.1 Trillion (Common Dreams)

Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry (NY Times)

‘Willful Ignorance.’ Inside President Trump’s Troubled Intelligence Briefings (Time)
…keep his attention by using visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible

All for nothing’: Trump’s wall retreat bewilders allies (Politico)
“President Nancy Pelosi, she runs the country now,” said a former White House official. “We went from indefinite shutdown, to down payment, to cave — all within a span of 24 hours.”

For two years, Trump has been undermining American democracy. Here’s a damage report. (Washington Post)

Despite Trump’s speech, immigrants commit far fewer crimes than native-born Americans (Business Insider)

Militia Members Plead Guilty To 2017 Minnesota Mosque Bombing (NPR)
Related:
Trump’s Failure To Condemn Minnesota Mosque Attack Stirs Social Media Anger (Newsweek)

What the Constitution Says About Trump’s Obstruction of Pelosi’s Afghanistan Trip (Just Security
Trump’s interference in congressional travel misused the commander-in-chief power for political purposes, endangered the Speaker’s delegation, and obstructed the exercise of Congress’s Article I legislative fact-finding responsibilities

Trump’s Loyal Senate Republicans – They’re crippling the party and bucking the voters because they’re afraid of President Trump. (The Bulwark)

[The Trump Effect:] ‘Trump will handle this’: Florida man tried to force Iraqi family out of his neighborhood, police say (Washington Post)

‘Extraordinarily angry and very upset taxpayers’: IRS faces chaotic tax season amid shutdown (Politico)

[The “Great Negotiator” fails again:] Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union (AP)

Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years, analysis shows (Washington Post)

Group launches “Draft Ann Coulter”. [Really] (Democratic Underground)

“Trump: “I will shut down the government. And I am proud to shut down the government for border security…I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.” (The Guardian)

AP-NORC poll: Shutdown drags Trump approval to yearlong low (AP)

Conservative anti-tax groups ask Trump to give the rich another tax cut by executive fiat (L.A. Times)

Cohen postpones testimony, citing threats from Trump (The Hill)

The GOP is in a very familiar shutdown position: Losing it badly (Washington Post)

New polls indicate Trump’s shutdown position is unpopular and dragging his approval rating to new lows (Vox)

Federal Employees Going Through ‘a Little Bit of Pain’ but Border Wall Is ‘Bigger Than’ Them Says Lara Trump (Newsweek)

Seven in 10 Americans don’t think the issue of a border wall is worth a government shutdown (CBS News poll)

Under Trump, the number of uninsured Americans has gone up by 7 million (Vox)

Trump’s top economist says shutdown could stall the economy completely (Washington Post)