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  1. President Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen paid the head of a small technology company thousands in 2015 to rig online polls and elevate Cohen’s character to benefit Trump’s presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
  2. Speaking at her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump has been unusually silent over the last 24 hours as the partial government shutdown drags on.
  3. If you know anything about the White House’s reaction to the ongoing special counsel probe into Russia interference in the 2016 election, it’s these two words: “No collusion.”
  4. CNN’s Don Lemon breaks down Rudy Giuliani’s interview with Chris Cuomo and suggests there’s a method to Giuliani’s false claims.
  5. The House issued a symbolic rebuke Thursday to the Trump administration on Russia, overwhelmingly passing a resolution against lifting sanctions on companies tied to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Kremlin ally.
  6. President Donald Trump blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for preventing a deal to end the partial government shutdown during a Missile Defense Review announcement from the Pentagon.
  7. Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he’ll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress.
  8. The first Somali-American elected to Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), was pressed on her controversial tweets regarding Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Israel.
  9. It’s a real catch-22.