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9:30 AM ET, January 6, 2017


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Sources: Trump will ask Congress, not Mexico, to pay for border wall  — The Trump transition team says he his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process  — The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump promised to force Mexico to pay for the wall
Evan Perez / CNN:
Intel report says US identifies go-betweens who gave emails to WikiLeaks  — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied that Russia was the source of leaked Democratic emails  —  Washington (CNN)US intelligence has identified the go-betweens the Russians used to provide stolen emails to WikiLeaks …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump slams media on border wall: Mexico will pay us back  —  From the very beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would build a wall along America's southern border with Mexico and that the Mexican government, not U.S. taxpayers would pay for it.
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House GOP, Trump team hatch border wall plan  —  House Republicans and Donald Trump's team are coalescing around a multi-billion dollar plan to make good on the president-elect's campaign vows to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, according to top Republican lawmakers and aides.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Mattis clashing with Trump transition team over Pentagon staffing  —  The honeymoon seems to be ending between retired Gen. James N. Mattis and Donald Trump's transition team amid an increasingly acrimonious dispute over who will get top jobs in the Defense Department — and who gets to make those decisions.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Former CIA director James Woolsey quits Trump transition team  —  Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation's leading intelligence experts, resigned Thursday from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team …
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Former CIA director James Woolsey has split with Trump, ‘effective immediately’  —  Former CIA director James Woolsey will no longer serve as a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, Woolsey's spokesman said in a statement provided to reporters on Thursday.
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Former CIA chief cuts ties with Trump
Discussion: Mediaite
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Former CIA director Woolsey splits from Trump's transition team
Discussion: ABC News
Evelyn Rupert / The Hill:
Former CIA director splits with Trump team
Discussion: The Week and RedState
Adam Entous / Washington Post:
U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win  —  Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications …
NBC News:
Top Russians Celebrated When Trump Won, Intel Report Says: Source  —  Inside the Russian Hacking Report That President Obama Received Thursday 1:29  —  A senior U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge confirmed to NBC News that the report on Russian hacking delivered …
U.S. Intelligence Report Identifies Russians Who Gave DNC Emails to Wikileaks  —  Top U.S. intelligence official, James Clapper, said he was “even more resolute” that Russia staged cyber attacks during the election campaign  —  (WASHINGTON) — The CIA has identified Russian officials …
New York Times:
Donald Trump Casts Intelligence Aside
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Send in the Head Clowns  —  Democrats have been in power for so long that they've forgotten how to oppose.  Their party has been on a roll since 2005 when the botched Social Security reform, the slow bleed of the Iraq war, and Hurricane Katrina sent the Bush administration into a tailspin.
Daniel Bush / PBS NewsHour:
‘Grow up, Donald... Time to be an adult,’ Biden says in PBS NewsHour interview
Discussion: AOL
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:   Joe Biden blisters Trump over childish tweets: 'Grow up. Time to be an adult, you're president'
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump's transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day …
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
President Obama Talks Race Relations, Calls Alleged Hate Crime in Facebook Video ‘Terrible’  —  President Obama said “we appear to have seen” a hate crime in the alleged attack on a Chicago man captured on Facebook.  —  “It's terrible,” the president said about the incident, during an interview with ABC affiliate WLS in Chicago.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Age of Fake Policy  —  On Thursday, at a rough estimate, 75,000 Americans were laid off or fired by their employers.  Some of those workers will find good new jobs, but many will end up earning less, and some will remain unemployed for months or years.  —  If that sounds terrible to you …
New York Times:
Clinton vs. de Blasio for New York Mayor?  Unlikely Idea Has People Talking  —  From political circles in New York City to cocktail parties on Capitol Hill, on right-of-center Facebook pages and among left-of-center donors, two of the biggest untethered threads in New York politics are being drawn together around a single question.
FBI: DNC rebuffed request to examine computer servers  —  Clapper: Russia hacks a multi-faceted campaign  —  Washington (CNN)The Democratic National Committee “rebuffed” a request from the FBI to examine its computer services after it was allegedly hacked by Russia during the 2016 election …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Roberts Belatedly Sees Conflict, Withdraws in Top Court Case  —  Letter says office missed link between case, Thermo Fisher  —  Late recusal adds to pattern among stockholding justices  —  Chief Justice John Roberts withdrew from a U.S. Supreme Court patent case argued last month …
Discussion: New York Times and SCOTUSblog
Myles Tanzer / The FADER:
Coachella's Owner Is A Republican Mega-Donor Who Has Funded Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups  —  Update: Philip Anschutz, the CEO of AEG, who gave over $1,000,000 to Republican candidates in the 2016 election cycle, responded to anti-equality accusations against him.  —  Tickets for Coachella 2017 sold …
Discussion: Advocate and AOL
Chrissie.Thompsonfink /
Trump makes calls against Kasich's pick for Ohio GOP chair  —  COLUMBUS - On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich will face off in their latest battle for the hearts and minds of Ohio Republicans — and Trump himself on Thursday entered the fray.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump Tangled Over Hair, ‘P*ssy’  —  Just days after the departure of host Megyn Kelly from Fox News, the network replaced one of its few Trump skeptics with Tucker Carlson, an unabashed booster of the president-elect.  —  But Carlson—who recently compared …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Bill Perry Is Terrified.  Why Aren't You?  —  At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another possibility.
Michelle Cottle / The Atlantic:
How Republicans Plan to Roll Back Obama-Era Regulations  —  Giddy over controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue for the first time in a decade, Republicans have set themselves a lofty goal: to unravel the legacy of Barack Obama.  Health care, trade pacts, environment regulation …
Frank Abderholden / Chicago Tribune:
Zion police back woman's account of alleged racial slur by Dairy Queen franchise owner  —  The Dairy Queen near Sheridan Road on 21st Street in Zion, where a woman's account of the owner using a racial slur toward her and her children has been backed by a Zion police report.
Discussion: WGN-TV and Raw Story
New York Times:
Texas Moves to Limit Transgender Bathroom Access  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — One of the most powerful Republican officials in Texas put the state on the front lines of the nation's culture wars on Thursday, announcing the filing of a bill that would require people in government buildings and in public schools …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Health Care Priorities for 2017  —  Ashley Kirzinger, Bryan Wu, and Mollyann Brodie  —  KEY FINDINGS:  — The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that health care is among the top issues, with the economy and jobs and immigration, Americans …
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Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Conservatives ready to support $1 trillion hole in the budget
Discussion: Political Wire
Julian Robinson / Daily Mail:
Passenger plane ‘was forced to drop sharply to avoid a high-speed mid-air crash with a NATO military jet’ claim Russians
Micah Zenko / Politics, Power, and Preventive Action:
How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2016?
Discussion: Instapundit and Hit & Run
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Head of nurses union ‘counting on’ Trump for single-payer system
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg:
Former Trump Foe to Head Washington Lobbying Group for U.S. CEOs
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump's Twitter feed traumatizes Washington
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Maddow asks if Trump will send her ‘to a camp’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet
Discussion: Infowars and Instapundit
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Trump's Systematic Attack on U.S. Institutions
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
How nostalgia for white Christian America drove so many Americans to vote for Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly