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Thursday's News: According to a Wall Street Journal report, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, paid thousands of dollars to rig polls in Trump's favor. Plus, the latest on the deadly suicide attack in Syria, killing four Americans. And, the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight. 

Michael Cohen Acknowledges Payments to Boost Trump in Online Polls by the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman

“Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump, acknowledged on Thursday that he had paid the owner of a technology services company to help doctor results of an online poll to help Mr. Trump as he considered a run for president.” https://nyti.ms/2HfBEBq

At Least Four Americans Killed in ISIS-Claimed Attack in Syria by the Wall Street Journal’s Nancy Youssef and Raja Abdulrahim

“A bombing in Syria claimed by Islamic State killed at least four Americans on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, hardening divisions in Washington over President Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from the country.” https://on.wsj.com/2AP9Uhf

‘She’s satin and steel’: Pelosi wages war on Trump by POLITICO’s Rachael Bade, John Bresnahan and Heather Caygle

“As the partial government shutdown grinds on with no end in sight, the struggle between the president and the speaker is becoming an unprecedented political fight — with the fallout likely to extend far beyond this episode.” https://politi.co/2Me7Bsq

Yes, the shutdown has taken a toll on Trumpby NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

“In addition to national polls showing that a majority of Americans and voters blame President Trump more for the partial government shutdown — which is now in its 27th day and counting — they also have his approval rating below where it was on the eve of the 2018 midterms.” https://nbcnews.to/2Hdahrs

Efforts to censure Steve King won't get a vote in the House at this timeby CNN’s Manu Raju, Ashley Kilough and Clare Foran

“Two resolutions in the House to censure GOP Rep. Steve King over racist comments have been referred to the House ethics committee rather than getting a vote on the House floor Wednesday, despite pushback from some Democratic members.” https://cnn.it/2QUPZmi