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12:15 AM ET, January 11, 2017


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Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him  —  (CNN)Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump …
These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia  —  A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, allege Russia has compromising information on Trump.  The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
FBI chief given dossier by John McCain alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts  —  Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself.
About that Explosive Trump Story: Take a Deep Breath  —  This afternoon, CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of a cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Michael Cohen: ‘It Is Fake News Meant to Malign Mr. Trump’
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on unconfirmed claims Russia has compromising information on president-elect
Discussion: Power Line
Letter Written By MLK's Widow That Blasted Jeff Sessions Is Missing  —  The damning letter, which helped deny Sessions a federal judgeship in 1986, was never entered into the congressional record, and all known copies are being kept from the public.  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions speaking at a rally for Donald Trump in October 2016.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Root
Booker to testify against fellow senator Sessions in unprecedented move  —  Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation.  —  This would be the first time in Senate history …
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions's 1986 federal nomination  —  The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Where Sessions broke with Trump
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Corey Booker, No Longer ‘Mr. Bipartisan’
New York Times:
Trump Pushes Republicans for Immediate Repeal of Obama Health Law  —  President-elect Donald J. Trump pressed Republicans on Tuesday to move forward with the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to replace it very quickly thereafter, saying, “We have to get to business.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
In a new interview, Trump reveals he has no idea what's going on with Obamacare  —  Calls for quick replacement of the ACA with ... something.  —  In a puzzling interview with Maggie Haberman and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times, Donald Trump weighed-in on the legislative mechanics …
Discussion: Morning Consult, TheBlaze and Politico
The Hill:
Ryan: GOP's goal is to replace, repeal ObamaCare ‘concurrently’
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Political Wire
Heather Caygle / Politico:
CBC: 'We may just have to kick somebody's ass' over painting removal  —  A spat between black lawmakers and Republicans over a painting on display in the Capitol got uglier Tuesday after multiple GOP lawmakers removed the painting for the second time in a week — and the chairman …
New York Times:
Dylann Roof Is Sentenced to Death in Charleston Church Massacre  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dylann S. Roof, the impenitent and inscrutable white supremacist who killed nine African-American churchgoers in a brazenly racial assault almost 19 months ago, shocking the world over the persistence …
Dylann Roof jury: Death penalty for Charleston church shooter
Liliana Segura / The Intercept:
Would Dylann Roof's Execution Bring Justice? Families of Victims Grapple With Forgiveness and Death
Discussion: Common Dreams
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Jury sentences Dylann Roof to death for Charleston church slayings
Discussion: Power Line and Mother Jones
Obama says goodbye  —  Watch CNN Films' premiere of its documentary, “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House,” on January 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.  —  (CNN)Popular but politically humbled, President Barack Obama says goodbye to the nation Tuesday night in a dramatic reinterpretation of a presidential farewell address.
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump's trouble: Obama won't go away
Tré Goins-Phillips / TheBlaze:
Obama staffers can't find work in Trump's DC: ‘There are no jobs’
New York Times:
Fox News Settled Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O'Reilly, Documents Show  —  In the weeks after Roger Ailes was ousted as the chairman of Fox News in July, amid a sexual harassment scandal, company executives secretly struck an agreement with a longtime on-air personality …
Rachel Stockman / Law News:
Exclusive: Fox News Settled With Fmr. Anchor Who Claimed Bill O'Reilly and Fox President Sexually Harassed Her
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Will Trump Avoid a Constitutional Crisis?  —  In 1785, when Benjamin Franklin, then the U.S. Ambassador to France, was set to return home, King Louis XVI presented him with a snuffbox decorated with a diamond-encrusted painting of the king.  While gift-giving of this sort was common in European diplomacy …
Discussion: Althouse and Political Wire
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. says Trump asked him to lead commission on ‘vaccine safety’  —  President-elect Donald Trump asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, to chair a new commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, Kennedy said Tuesday.
David M Jackson / USA Today:
Trump asks vaccine skeptic RFK Jr. to lead study on vaccine safety
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Trump's Lawyer Says Untrue Tweets Were Hyperbolic, Gets Libel Suit Thrown Out  —  One of Donald Trump's lawyers just successfully got a libel lawsuit against the president-elect thrown out of court.  And you're never going to believe how he did it.  The lawyer successfully argued …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Franken catches Sessions lying about his civil rights record  —  The attorney general-designate claimed he'd personally litigated cases.  He did not.  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, struggled on Tuesday to explain why he had listed multiple civil rights cases …
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Negative Views of Trump's Transition, Amid Concerns About Conflicts, Tax Returns  —  58% say Trump will be ‘too impulsive’ making important decisions  —  Ahead of Donald Trump's scheduled press conference in New York City on Wednesday, the public continues to give the president-elect low marks …
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Patrick Wintour Diplomatic / The Guardian:
Russia's London embassy: UK preparing anti-Moscow witch-hunt
‘Some signed for fun’  —  Bizyukin has launched a petition …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and
Mike Allen /
Axios AM  —  Good Tuesday morning — 10 days to President Trump.
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
Ana Swanson / Washington Post:
Conservatives really are better looking, research says
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Dara Lind / Vox:
Retired Gen. John Kelly is Trump's pick to run immigration enforcement.  Here's why Dems aren't fighting him.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Builds Political Muscle for Philanthropic Work
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
F.H. Buckley / New York Post:
How Trump can end brainwashing on US campuses
Discussion: BizPac Review
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Al D'Amato kicked off flight after starting rebellion against crew
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
If a Best Buy technician is a paid FBI informant, are his computer searches legal?
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR, Hot Air and The Week