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3:55 PM ET, January 11, 2017

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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer  —  In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy …
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Alexey Eremenko / NBC News:
Trump Cites ‘Nazi Germany,’ Rejects Dossier on Alleged Russia Dealings  —  Donald Trump: Report that Russia has damaging intel on me is ‘fake news’ 3:06  —  MOSCOW — The Russian government on Wednesday denied unverified reports that it has compromising information about Donald Trump, dismissing the claims as a “total hoax.”
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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Despite Weak Stream of Proof, 4chan Claims It Invented the Trump Golden Showers Story  —  As news broke of an unverified document detailing supposed Russian dirt on President-elect Donald Trump—including sordid allegations involving urine and prostitutes in Russia—users on the subreddit r/The_Donald …
Esther Yu Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Grassley says there are already a lot of bad Trump tapes, so don't worry about what Russia has  —  If Russia is trying to blackmail Trump, Grassley says, he should just cop to whatever he's done.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says that, even if Russia …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
‘It Is Fake News Meant to Malign Mr. Trump’
David Stern / Politico:
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire
Discussion: The Week
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed's ridiculous rationale for publishing the Trump-Russia dossier
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
McCain gave dossier containing ‘sensitive information’ to FBI
Discussion: CNN, RedState, Politico and Business Insider
Christine Rousselle / Townhall.com:
Did 4Chan Troll The CIA?
Discussion: Mediaite and Sputnik International
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Highlights from Trump's press conference  —  President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday held his first press conference in more than five months to address swirling questions over Russia's alleged role in his election and how he will disentangle himself from his massive business empire.
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New York Times:
Donald Trump News Conference: Transcript  —  The following is a partial transcript of a news conference that President-elect Donald J. Trump held in New York on Wednesday, as prepared by the Federal News Service.  —  For updates and analysis of the conference, follow our transition briefing.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump berates CNN reporter: ‘You are fake news’  —  on Wednesday refused to take a question from a CNN reporter during his press conference, berating the network for “fake news.”  —  “Your organization is terrible,” Trump told CNN's Jim Acosta when he tried to ask a question.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Geller Report
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Buzzfeed's Trump report takes ‘fake news’ to a new level
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Refuses To Let CNN Reporter Ask Him A Question At Press Conference (VIDEO)
Discussion: alan.com
Washington Post:
Trump acknowledges Russian involvement in meddling in U.S. elections
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and NPR
NBC News:
Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's ‘Short List’ for Commutation  —  President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News.
Vox:
4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election  —  And yes, it still matters.  —  Donald Trump has called his election a historic landslide, but it was anything but.  Only two other presidents have been elected with smaller popular vote margins since records began in 1824.
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Fox News:
Comey: FBI denied repeated requests to access DNC servers, Podesta's device
Bloomberg:
Trump to Step Down From Business; Will Not Divest Ownership  —  Existing Trump entities will continue to make new contracts  —  President-elect Donald Trump will leave his positions at the various companies of the Trump Organization, but he will not divest his ownership …
Discussion: Washington Post
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New York Times:
Sons to Run Trump Business via Trust; Ethicists Still See Conflict
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
Darren Boyle / Daily Mail:
It was me: Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI - as details surface of document's bizarre journey from British former spy and diplomat  — Brief statement claims that he received it and gave it directly to FBI Director James Comey because he was ‘unable to make judgment about accuracy’
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.
Politico:
Top takeaways from Sessions' confirmation lovefest  —  Democrats fail to land major blows against Trump's attorney general nominee.  —  Jeff Sessions withstood a marathon grilling before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with his chief goal mostly accomplished: Do no harm.
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Cory Booker seizes big moment with historic move against another senator
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Times:
President Obama's Farewell Address: Full Video and Text  —  The following is the complete text of President Obama's address as prepared for delivery, provided by the White House.  —  It's good to be home.  My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks.
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The White House:
Remarks by the President in Farewell Address
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Volkswagen AG Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $4.3 Billion in Criminal and Civil Penalties; Six Volkswagen Executives and Employees are Indicted in Connection with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests  —  VW to Pay $2.8 Billion Criminal Fine in Guilty Plea and $1.5 Billion Settlement …
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Chao sees some federal spending in Trump infrastructure plan  —  Elaine Chao has taken the witness table at her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday morning, facing a friendly crowd, largely because she is a known quantity to virtually every senator — not just professionally …
Discussion: The Week
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Associated Press:
Chao: Unleash Private Investors to Boost Transportation
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Justin Kroll / Variety:
Coen Brothers to Write and Direct Their First-Ever TV Series, ‘Buster Scruggs’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump promises to repeal and replace Obamacare ‘essentially simultaneously’
Discussion: ABC News and Health Affairs Blog
Rick Wilson:
Fool Chan  — I'm not BuzzFeed's source.  Since their source …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few Thoughts On the Big Story
Discussion: Business Insider
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
America will miss Barack Obama's decency
Discussion: Instapundit, TIME and Deadline
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What You Didn't See  —  For all the high octane and historic …
Discussion: rubber hose
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Why Most Economists Are So Worried About Trump
Discussion: Political Wire