News Clips 1/14/19

  1. The government shutdown is now the longest in history.

At midnight on Saturday, the partial shutdown reached 22 days, surpassing the previous record of 21 under the Clinton administration in 1995.

2. More Twitter power than top media companies.

A freshman congresswoman is dominating the Democratic conversation on Twitter, generating more interactions (retweets plus likes) than the five most prolific news organizations combined over the past month.

  • Axios' Neal Rothschild and Chris Canipe found that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while miles behind President Trump in online action, has far more Twitter power than the most prominent Democrats, including the congressional leaders and the likely 2020 presidential candidates.

3. "President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter," the WashPost's Greg Miller reports.

4. Days after President Trump fired James B. Comey, as F.B.I. director in May 2017, the bureau opened an inquiry into whether Mr. Trump had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests — either knowingly or unwittingly.

5. Julián Castro is running for president.

Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement for president in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the border. (San Antonio Express-News)

  • "He became the second Democrat to formally enter the race, after former Maryland Rep. John Delaney." Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced an exploratory committee. (AP)


6. "Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical 'Hamilton' to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria," AP's Danica Coto reports from San Juan.