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9:15 AM ET, January 11, 2017

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CNN:
Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him  —  (CNN)Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump …
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BuzzFeed:
These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia  —  A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, allege Russia has compromising information on Trump.  The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
John McCain passes FBI dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts  —  Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself.
Lawfare:
About that Explosive Trump Story: Take a Deep Breath  —  This afternoon, CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of a cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Michael Cohen: ‘It Is Fake News Meant to Malign Mr. Trump’  —  Donald Trump and his lawyer on Tuesday night denied allegations in an explosive, unverified dossier that describes a purported Russian operation to compromise Trump.  —  Trump tweeted that the document, which was referred …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Yikes: Intel chiefs told Trump Russia claims to have compromising personal and financial information on him; Update: CNN video added; Update: Memos leaked to BuzzFeed  —  Quite a bombshell from Jake Tapper and CNN.  It suuuure is interesting that this is dropping the night …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on unconfirmed claims Russia has compromising information on president-elect  —  A classified report delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last week included a section summarizing allegations that Russian intelligence services …
Laura Mills / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Says It Has No Compromising Material on Trump  —  Russia denied it has compromising material on Donald Trump, calling a dossier of unverified allegations an “absolute fabrication” and an attempt to damage U.S.-Russian relations.
Discussion: Political Wire
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump blasts intel agencies for ‘leak’: ‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’  —  President-elect Donald Trump vehemently denied that Russia has compromising material on him or that he has any personal connection to the country, tweeting on Wednesday morning that “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me” …
Discussion: Washington Post
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions's 1986 federal nomination  —  The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would …
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BuzzFeed:
Letter Written By MLK's Widow That Blasted Jeff Sessions Is Missing
Discussion: Washington Post and The Root
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Where Sessions broke with Trump
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama's farewell message on democracy: ‘Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.’
Discussion: ABC News
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
President Obama's farewell speech transcript, annotated
Discussion: Informed Comment
New York Times:
Trump Pushes Republicans for Immediate Repeal of Obama Health Law  —  President-elect Donald J. Trump pressed Republicans on Tuesday to move forward with the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to replace it very quickly thereafter, saying, “We have to get to business.
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ABC News:
Russia Friend and Sanctions Foe, Tillerson Gets His Hearing  —  Friend of Russia and foe of sanctions in his corporate life, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, is an unorthodox choice for a Republican White House.
Discussion: Politico
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
What to watch for at Tillerson's confirmation hearing
Discussion: ABC News
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Buzzfeed's Trump report takes ‘fake news’ to a new level  —  MORE FROM:  —  So the website BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump.  —  Some of those terrible allegations have to do with efforts …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Dark Magic of Kellyanne Conway  —  If you happened to watch CNN on Friday morning, you saw a brutal exchange about Russian hacking between a righteous anchor with steam coming out of his ears and a right-wing operative with ice in her veins.  —  “Chris Cuomo bulldozes Kellyanne Conway …
Discussion: link.axios.com
Heather Caygle / Politico:
CBC: 'We may just have to kick somebody's ass' over painting removal  —  A spat between black lawmakers and Republicans over a painting on display in the Capitol got uglier Tuesday after multiple GOP lawmakers removed the painting for the second time in a week — and the chairman …
Daniel Halper / New York Post:
Obama may get rejected from golf club over Israel policies  —  More On:  —  President Obama's clashes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cost him a membership at an exclusive golf club, sources said.  —  Obama is looking to join the elite Woodmont Country Club in Maryland once he becomes a private citizen.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BizPac Review
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Trump's Lawyer Says Untrue Tweets Were Hyperbolic, Gets Libel Suit Thrown Out  —  One of Donald Trump's lawyers just successfully got a libel lawsuit against the president-elect thrown out of court.  And you're never going to believe how he did it.  The lawyer successfully argued …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Will Trump Avoid a Constitutional Crisis?  —  In 1785, when Benjamin Franklin, then the U.S. Ambassador to France, was set to return home, King Louis XVI presented him with a snuffbox decorated with a diamond-encrusted painting of the king.  While gift-giving of this sort was common in European diplomacy …
Discussion: Althouse and Political Wire
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Why Most Economists Are So Worried About Trump  —  If the November election was intended as a rejection of elites, of expertise and of the sort of technocratic advice that economists often give, it's a punch that has landed.  —  In somber analyses, huddled hallway conversations …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Republicans, Facing Pressure, Delay Hearings for 4 Trump Cabinet Nominees  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, under increasing pressure to ensure that President-elect Donald J. Trump's nominees are fully vetted by federal authorities, have delayed the hearings of four potential cabinet members …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Do Press Conferences Still Matter?
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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Ex-wife of Labor nominee leveled abuse claims on ‘Oprah’
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Trump's trouble: Obama won't go away
Discussion: Associated Press
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Patrick Wintour Diplomatic / The Guardian:
Russia's London embassy: UK preparing anti-Moscow witch-hunt
Mike Allen / link.axios.com:
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Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
Ana Swanson / Washington Post:
Conservatives really are better looking, research says
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Dara Lind / Vox:
Retired Gen. John Kelly is Trump's pick to run immigration enforcement.  Here's why Dems aren't fighting him.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. says Trump asked him to lead commission on ‘vaccine safety’