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8:10 AM ET, January 19, 2018


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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Used Private Company, Pseudonyms to Pay Porn Star ‘Stormy Daniels’  —  President Donald Trump's lawyer used a private Delaware company to pay a former adult-film star $130,000 in return for her agreeing to not publicly discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump …
In Touch Weekly:
Stormy Daniels' Explosive Full Interview on Donald Trump Affair: “I Can Describe His Junk Perfectly” (EXCLUSIVE) … IT: When was the first time you met Donald Trump?  —  Stormy: It was a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.  I guess he was there to play golf, and I was there because the company …
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Stormy Daniels Once Claimed She Spanked Donald Trump With a Forbes Magazine  —  Last week, the Wall Street Journal triggered a new scandal for President Donald Trump when it reported that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a decade-old sexual relationship …
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials  —  A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday …
Murray Waas / Foreign Policy:
Trump Ordered Bannon to Limit Testimony  —  The president relied on a key legal advisor, but his advice could have a downside  —  President Donald Trump personally made the decision to curtail the testimony of former chief White House political strategist Steve Bannon before the House …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump personally made decision to limit Bannon testimony: report
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House committee takes step toward making Trump dossier findings public
Discussion: RedState, Power Line and Sara A. Carter
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump to Mark One-Year Anniversary With Gala at Mar-a-Lago  —  Tickets for dinner event start at $100,000 per couple  —  Unclear whether governmnent shutdown would affect travel plans  —  President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:15 minutes ago
SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: Who blinks first — WE GOT YOU COVERED FROM THE CAPITOL: What to expect, when to expect it — POTUS IN FLORIDA: TRUMP to Mar-a-Lago as government is on brink of closure  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Happy Friday.  THE GOVERNMENT IS DARN CLOSE TO SHUTTING DOWN.  Funding runs dry tonight at 11:59:59.
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:   Inside Trump Backers' Bash At Mar-A-Lago, Where The President Is A ‘Damn Genius’25 minutes ago
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments on the radio  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie resigned Thursday as chief of external affairs …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Shutdown threat tanks West Wing morale  —  The first year of Donald Trump's presidency is coming to a close with administration officials exhausted and uncertain after two extraordinary weeks of chaos, even by the standards of this White House.  —  The drama underlines a fundamental truth …
New York Times:
The Chaos President vs. His Iron-Fisted Chief of Staff
The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
Trump's Shutdown Plan Is Pretty Much: Jesus, Take the Wheel
Discussion: Raw Story and
The Hill:
Blame game ramps up as shutdown nears  —  Lawmakers drifted closer to a shutdown of the federal government late Thursday after the House approved a funding bill on a largely party-line vote, with Democrats in the Senate vowing to defeat the measure.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Discussion: The Federalist
New York Times:
House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Jury's out on winners and losers in latest shutdown standoff15 minutes ago
Discussion: New York Times
Elise Young / Bloomberg:
Mortal Again: Christie Blocked at VIP Entrance to Newark Airport  —  Police officer sends him to Terminal B with rest of nobodies  —  Three days out of office and Port Authority ends prized perk  —  Meet Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and current nobody at Newark Liberty International Airport.
New York Times:
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks North Carolina Gerrymandering Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a trial court's order requiring North Carolina lawmakers to produce a revised congressional voting map, making it likely that the midterm elections this year …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court blocks order to redraw North Carolina congressional map
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to immediately accept DACA case
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Wow!  Mark Steyn Defends White Supremacists in Anti-Hispanic Rant  —  Once upon a time, it used to be politically uncouth to offer any amount of public support to folks who believed in white supremacy and actively think that brown people have no place in this country.
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Mark Steyn Bashes Immigrants: At Least ‘White Supremacists are American Citizens’
Nicholas Page / Mediaite:   Tucker Carlson: ‘How Many Big Tech Companies Were Started By People From Central and South America?’
Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
‘We will prosecute’ employers who help immigration sweeps, California AG says  —  The state's top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators  — The House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, the cofounder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Accusations Of ‘Frat House’ Behavior Trail ‘LA Times’ Publisher's Career  —  The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage to recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by prominent men, particularly in entertainment and media.  Yet a review by NPR finds that the newspaper's own CEO and publisher …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Conservative Ed Martin Out as CNN Contributor  —  The pundit was brought on by CNN to help replace Jeffrey Lord, whom the network fired in August.  —  Former Missouri politician and reliable Trump supporter Ed Martin is out as a CNN contributor, a network spokesperson confirmed Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: More than half of Americans strongly disapprove of Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — the lowest mark …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Schumer slams Cotton in face-to-face with Trump  —  Cotton said Schumer did not want him the room for the Dreamers' talks ‘probably because I would get a good deal, and he wants a bad deal.’  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told President Trump this week that there will be no deal …
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Talking to Trump: A How-To Guide  —  Insights from more than 50 people the president met with in his first year in office  —  President Donald Trump has received huge public exposure in his first year through blanket TV coverage, speeches and tweets.  But what is he like in person?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
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Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate in disarray with shutdown hours away   Find
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims ISIS Behind Las Vegas Shooting15 minutes ago
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Shut Up, Alec Baldwin: The Self-Confessed ‘Sexist’ Defending Hollywood's Alleged Abusers15 minutes ago
Michael R. Pence / National Review:
Life Is Winning in America15 minutes ago
Adam J. White / Weekly Standard:
Trumping the Administrative State15 minutes ago
Michael Walsh / American Greatness:
Media Chickens of the Frankfurt School Have Come Home to Roost15 minutes ago
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Trump Towers buyers in India offered chance to meet Donald Trump Jr., raising ethics concerns
Discussion: Shareblue Media and New York Times
Sens. Tom Cotton / The Hill:
Any DACA deal must include an end to chain migration
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 2019
Benjamin Weinthal / Fox News:
Germans want Senate action on Trump's pick for ambassador
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
One year after Trump's inauguration, no one will say how they spent the extra money
Discussion: The Root and New York Magazine