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10:45 AM ET, January 22, 2018


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New York Times:
A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump mused last year about protecting immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, calling them “these incredible kids,” aides implored him privately to stop talking about them so sympathetically.
Senate to vote on Monday on ending shutdown  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Sunday to take up legislation to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if enough Democrats vote to re-open the government, and scheduled a key vote for noon Monday.
‘Dealmaker in chief’ largely absent in weekend shutdown negotiations  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — “I had to stay here in DC, which I'm becoming pretty proficient at,” Trump told donors by video on Saturday  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump may be presiding over the first government shutdown ever …
Wall Street Journal:15 minutes ago
Working for the Weekend, Lawmakers Dress Down  —  Shutdown brings curious fashion choices; 'I don't plan to go to the Senate floor'  —  WASHINGTON—One of the first victims of the government shutdown: the dress code.  —  Capitol Hill—usually a staid, formal workplace where members …
Alice Stewart / CNN:
On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do25 minutes ago
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump: Democrats are prioritizing noncitizens
Discussion: Politico
Senate to vote at noon on whether to end government shutdown
Elena Gaona / Center for American Progress …:
RELEASE: Most Americans Blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress for the Government Shutdown, New Poll Shows  —  Washington, D.C — Two days into the government shutdown, Americans clearly blame President Trump and congressional Republicans for the closure, a new poll released tonight finds.
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
Democrats solidify their lead in midterm elections matchup (POLL)  —  Democrats have solidified their position in the November midterm elections in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, maintaining a 12-point lead among registered voters while improving to a wide 14-point advantage among likely voters in congressional preference.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Democrats Are Right — and Should Settle  —  The government shutdown is overwhelmingly the fault of Republican leaders.  They, not Democrats, are the ones trying to make sharp changes in federal policy, like reduced legal immigration and a border wall.  Democrats are largely trying …
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds  —  Strong support from women and independents is fueling Democrats' large early advantage ahead of this year's congressional elections, a sign that two groups that have recoiled …
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Political Wire
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Poll: Almost half of voters question Trump's mental stability25 minutes ago
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump's White House  —  In late July, the White House had just finished an official policy review on transgender individuals serving in the military and President Trump and his then-chief of staff, Reince Priebus, had agreed to meet …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Stephen Miller: Immigration agitator and White House survivor
Discussion: Politico and Splinter
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: Stephen Miller makes immigration deal impossible
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:   John Kelly Forges Role as Immigration Hard-Liner
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years  —  Lukasz Niec was 5 years old when his parents brought him and his sister to the United States from Poland.  With two suitcases in tow, his parents — both doctors — left behind a country on the verge of social turmoil.
Discussion: Jezebel, Eschaton and WCMH-TV
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Police union slashes number of ‘get out of jail free’ cards issued  —  The city's police-officers union is cracking down on the number of “get out of jail free” courtesy cards distributed to cops to give to family and friends.  —  Patrolmen's Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch slashed …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Kept One Promise.  The Shutdown Is Proof.  —  We all should have seen it coming.  —  Over and over and over, first as a candidate and then as president, Donald Trump made a pledge to voters: He would run the White House just like he's run his business.  That's a promise that he's kept.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Jared Kushner's father on probe into family company: “We are not at all concerned.”
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
U.S. Embassy in Israel to move to Jerusalem by end of 2019: Pence  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday that highlighted a policy shift that has stoked Palestinian anger and international concern.
Discussion: RedState
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Pence: U.S. to open embassy in Jerusalem in 2019
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Chief Justice John Roberts Has Changed A Little Bit.  And That Could Be A Big Deal.  —  Chief Justice John Roberts last year.  —  Win Mcnamee / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Thirteen years into the job, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. remains a conservative — but he has shifted …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
It looks like Jeff Sessions is taking Trump's cues to clean house at the FBI  — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing FBI director Christopher Wray to replace deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and former FBI general counsel James Baker.  — President Donald Trump has accused McCabe …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Congress seeks answers after FBI claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe  —  Investigators in both House and Senate were stunned late Friday when, receiving a batch of newly-released texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, they also received notice from the bureau that the FBI …
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI did not save officials' texts during key period in Trump probe, senator says
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
Demonstrators rally worldwide for second day of Women's Marches  —  Demonstrators and activists gathered worldwide on Sunday for a second day of Women's Marches, a year after millions worldwide rallied to highlight women's issues and challenge the presidency and policies of Donald Trump.
Dakin Andone / CNN:
Women's Marches end with eyes on the midterms
Discussion: The Root, Taylor Marsh and
Larry Elliott Economics / The Guardian:
Inequality gap widens as 42 people hold same wealth as 3.7bn poorest  —  Oxfam calls for action on gap as wealthiest people gather at World Economic Forum in Davos  —  The Inequality Project is supported by … The development charity Oxfam has called for action to tackle the growing gap between rich …
Wfla Web / WFLA-TV:
Person of interest sought after 2 pipe bombs explode at Eagle Ridge Mall  —  POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Lake Wales police will be patrolling at the Eagle Ridge Mall Monday after someone detonated explosives inside on Sunday.  —  Police are looking for a man who was seen running away from the mall …
Discussion: CNN and KTLA
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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Poll: Almost half of voters question Trump's mental stability   Find
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Alice Stewart / CNN:
On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do   Find
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Washington Post:
Up to 1,000 more U.S. troops could be headed to Afghanistan this springNEW!
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Dan Rather launching weekly show with progressive outlet The Young Turks Network
Dan Diamond / Politico:
The religious activists on the rise inside Trump's health department
Discussion: NewsBusters
Stan Collender / USA Today:
Government shutdowns are now normal and ‘compromise’ means traitor
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Is K.T. McFarland Headed for Singapore? Or Mueller's Clutches?
Discussion: Raw Story
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
'It's about time': Ruth Bader Ginsburg praises #MeToo, recounts harassment in Sundance talk
Discussion: Althouse and Joe.My.God.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
The Man Who Put Andrew Jackson in Trump's Oval Office
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
What's a House Worth? Wall Street Turns to Drive-By ‘Appraisals’
Discussion: Mother Jones
Gordon G. Chang / The Daily Beast:
‘The Seoul Syndrome’ and the ‘Pyongyang Olympics’? South Korea on Thin Ice
Wall Street Journal:
China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What happens when a party becomes unmoored from the truth and the American creed
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts to Produce Bogus Terror Report
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump, Wolff and The Secret of the Russia Story
The Daily Beast:
FBI: Devin Nunes Won't Show Us Memo Alleging Surveillance Abuses
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Balloon Juice