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8:55 PM ET, January 1, 2017


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Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Ex-Bush official: Trump ‘like an addict’ for press coverage  —  Three former press secretaries warned Sunday that they believe President-elect Donald Trump  —  will create more difficulties for the media when he takes office.  —  Former presidential press secretaries for the Clinton …
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
Meet The Press 1/1/17  —  ANNOUNCER:  —  From NBC News in Washington, this is Meet The Press was Chuck Todd.  —  CHUCK TODD:  —  Good first Sunday morning of 2017 and a happy new year to everybody on this special Meet The Press broadcast.  We're going to look at the difficult …
Discussion: Althouse
Hadas Gold / Politico:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal editors take on Trump and the media
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Mar-a-Lago, the Future Winter White House and Home of the Calmer Trump  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — When President-elect Donald J. Trump rang in the new year this weekend, he did it in Gatsby-like opulence, joined by the actor Sylvester Stallone, the gossip page fixture Fabio …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Mediaite
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Spicer: ‘What did Hillary Clinton do to influence the election?’  —  's press secretary pick questioned Sunday whether Hillary Clinton  —  will be “punished” for what he said were her attempts to influence the election.  —  When asked about the U.S. intelligence assessment that Russian hackers tried …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-1-17: Sean Spicer and Rep. Adam Schiff
Discussion: Politicus USA and Politico
Jason Easley / Politicus USA:
Trump's Press Secretary Begs The American People To Stop Mocking Donald Trump  —  Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer went on national television to complain that the American people are mocking Donald Trump and called on every American to support the president-elect instead of mocking him.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Here are the eight Trump Cabinet picks Democrats plan to target  —  Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Brazile credits Trump's ‘make America great again’ slogan  —  Democratic strategist Donna Brazile acknowledged Sunday that President-elect Trump ran an effective, non-traditional campaign against Hillary Clinton, in large part because he had a consistent message.
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Gingrich Says Biggest Worry About Trump Administration Is That They Might ‘Lose Their Nerve’
Discussion: The Week
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Washington Post corrects story on Vermont utility breach  —  The Washington Post has corrected a story that originally said Russian hackers penetrated the U.S. electric grid by breaching a utility company in Vermont.  —  “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Promises a Revelation on Hacking  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald J. Trump, expressing lingering skepticism about intelligence assessments of Russian interference in the election, said on Saturday evening that he knew “things that other people don't know” about the hacking …
John A. Farrell / New York Times:
Nixon's Vietnam Treachery  —  Richard M. Nixon always denied it: to David Frost, to historians and to Lyndon B. Johnson, who had the strongest suspicions and the most cause for outrage at his successor's rumored treachery.  To them all, Nixon insisted that he had not sabotaged Johnson's 1968 peace initiative …
Molly K. McKew / Politico:
Putin's Real Long Game  —  A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter.  He was smoking a cigarette while we watched Southeast DC hipsters bustle by and talked about ‘the war’ …
CBS Los Angeles:
Vandal Changes Famed Hollywood Sign Overnight To Read ‘Hollyweed’  —  HOLLYWOOD ( — Authorities say someone managed to modify the famed Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed” in an overnight act of trespass.  —  Sgt. Trudeau of Security Services says the incident unfolded around midnight Saturday …
Istanbul Reina nightclub attack ‘leaves 35 dead’  —  At least 35 people have lost their lives in an attack on a nightclub in Turkey, Istanbul's governor has said.  —  Among the dead at the Istanbul club is one police officer, Vasip Sahin stated, adding that it was a terror attack.
Washington Post:   Manhunt underway after massacre at Istanbul nightclub, officials say
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Discussion: Infowars
Deutsche Welle / DW.COM:
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