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9:20 AM ET, January 2, 2017


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Elana Schor / Politico:
New GOP Congress confronts a crushing to-do list  —  Contentious confirmation fights, a GOP assault on Obamacare — and, more than likely, hints of Republican infighting to come.  —  Welcome to the new Congress.  —  Lawmakers convene in Washington on Tuesday for the 115th Congress …
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
With New Congress Poised to Convene, Obama's Policies Are in Peril  —  WASHINGTON — The most powerful and ambitious Republican-led Congress in 20 years will convene Tuesday, with plans to leave its mark on virtually every facet of American life — refashioning the country's social safety net …
Discussion: Althouse
David Weigel / Washington Post:   Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Trump tells Schumer he likes him more than other GOP leaders
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Why Corporations Are Helping Donald Trump Lie About Jobs  —  President-elect Donald Trump would like everybody to believe that his election is energizing the economy by forcing businesses to create thousands of jobs in the United States.  And companies like Sprint seem perfectly happy …
Mike Rodriguez / Monitor:
State Rep. Martinez shot in head by ‘stray bullet’ while celebrating  —  The District 39 representative says he is doing well  —  NORTH OF WESLACO — State Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez confirmed Sunday evening that he's now doing well after being shot in the head earlier that morning …
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
David Edwards / Raw Story:
NPR's Michele Norris: ‘Make a America Great Again’ is deeply encoded ‘promise of white prosperity’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  NPR host Michele Norris pointed out over the weekend that President-elect Donald Trump's campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is a …
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Brazile credits Trump's ‘make America great again’ slogan
Robert Kuttner / The Huffington Post:
Impeaching Trump  —  The process begins now.  —  Donald Trump is wildly unfit to be president, and he will demonstrate that in ways that break the law and violate the Constitution.  Since the election, there have been three wishful efforts to keep Trump from the presidency …
Daniel Halper / New York Post:
Obama's closest adviser says president has been scandal-free  —  Scandal, what scandal?  —  President Obama has been squeaky clean, according to his closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett.  —  “The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn't had a scandal …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Infowars
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
The Return of Civil Disobedience  —  The sixties produced a conviction that “democracy is in the streets.”  The Trump era may echo that.  —  On December 6th, less than a month after the election, Vice-President Joe Biden, who was in New York to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 and a crowd …
Daily Mail:
‘Kill switches’ could stop lorry massacres: Government investigates methods to interfere with electronics to prevent a Nice-style massacre  — Experts in the Home Office's scientific wing want to develop and install technology which would enable them to stop high risk vehicles remotely
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 …
Paul Rosenberg / Salon:
Conspiracy theory's big comeback: Deep paranoia runs free in the age of Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump rode a wave of conspiracy theory all the way to the White House.  His opponents must avoid its allure  —  For several decades now, belief in conspiracy theories has been on the rise, as trust in institutions has declined.
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 …
NBC News:
Meet The Press 1/1/17  —  ANNOUNCER:  —  From NBC News …
Discussion: Althouse
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