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11:50 PM ET, January 11, 2017


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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Spy chief trashes leaks, assures Trump of loyalty  —  The U.S. director of national intelligence extended an olive branch of sorts to Donald Trump late Wednesday — denouncing media leaks, casting skepticism on reports that Russia has compromising material on the president-elect …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Max Boot / New York Times:
Donald Trump: A Modern Manchurian Candidate?  —  In recent days, two intelligence dossiers have been published making sensational charges involving President-elect Donald J. Trump and the 2016 election.  Although they will be lumped together in the public mind, in truth they are as different as chalk and cheese.
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Outspoken Putin critic: Trump's press conference just like Soviet ones  —  Garry Kasparov, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, likened President-elect Donald Trump  —  's press conference Wednesday to ones held by leaders in the Soviet Union.  —  “That reminded me of a Soviet press conference.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's presser was remarkable.  It means we're heading into truly uncharted territory.  —  At his presser today, Donald Trump confirmed the very worst fears of ethics experts, announcing a new arrangement for his business holdings that is designed to garner nice headlines but is unlikely …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Federal ethics chief blasts ‘meaningless’ Trump business plan  —  The head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) on Wednesday slammed President-elect Donald Trump  —  's plan to separate himself from his business, calling it “wholly inadequate” in resolving potential conflicts of interest.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump to America: I Won, Accountability Is Over
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers - and says he caught them leaking
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Tapper defends CNN coverage after heated Trump press conference
Discussion: Washington Times and CNNMoney
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Ethics Agency Head Hits Trump Over ‘Inadequate’ Plan to Separate From Business
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump  —  Former spy is director of London-based Orbis Intelligence Ltd.  —  A former British intelligence officer who is now a director of a private security-and-investigations firm has been identified …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
The story of the Trump dossier: secret sources, an airport rendezvous, and John McCain  —  What began as opposition research during the Republican primary slowly grew from a covert investigation into an extraordinary but unverified global story … The extraordinary but unverified documents published …
Darren Boyle / Daily Mail:
It was me: Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP rep: Sessions attacks part of ‘war on whites’  —  (R-Ala.) said accusations of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  ‘s attorney general nominee, stem from Democrats’ ongoing “war on whites.”  —  “It's really about political power and racial division and what I refer to, on occasion …
Discussion: Above the Law and
Chris Massie / CNN:
Rep. Brooks: Dems' ‘war on whites’ behind some criticism of Sessions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dara Lind / Vox:
Some Trump Cabinet picks are testifying they've never spoken to him about their top issues  —  Trump hasn't talked about immigration with his pick to run Homeland Security — or talked Russia with his would-be secretary of state.  —  It's not surprising that Donald Trump's key Cabinet nominees …
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Marco Rubio Mum on Whether He Will Support Tillerson for Secretary of State After Human Rights Questions
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Peter Thiel, Trump's Tech Pal, Explains Himself  —  Let others tremble at the thought that Donald J. Trump may go too far.  Peter Thiel worries that Mr. Trump may not go far enough.  —  “Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much,” says the famed venture capitalist …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Confirm or Deny: Peter Thiel  —  Maureen Dowd: California should secede.  —  Peter Thiel: Confirm.  I'd be fine with that.  I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country.  It would help Mr. Trump's re-election campaign.  —  Meryl Streep is overrated.  —  Confirm.
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Republicans pass sweeping bill to reform ‘abusive’ U.S. regulation  —  Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill in the House of Representatives that touched on nearly every step U.S. agencies take in creating and applying new rules, continuing their blitz to radically reform “abusive” …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Democrats try to force Republicans into tough votes in Obamacare ‘vote-a-rama’
Discussion: Political Wire
Nick Hallett / Breitbart:
A passage from the Koran that denies one of the central tenets of the Christian faith was sung aloud at a cathedral service in Scotland.  —  The passage from Surah 19, which specifically denies that Jesus was the Son of God and says He should not be worshipped, was sung during a Eucharist service …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Facebook Media:
Introducing: The Facebook Journalism Project  —  Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.  We know that our community values sharing and discussing ideas and news …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer  —  In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy …
Media Matters for America:
Newt Gingrich: “Trump Is Deliberately Trying To Shrink And Isolate CNN”  —  SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I've never seen a press conference like that in my entire life and everything that I said back in 2008 — “journalism is dead” — Trump probably buried it today, at least people's faith and confidence.
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New York Times:
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Kristine Marsh / NewsBusters:
Nets Repeat Bogus Claim of ‘Hacked Election’ 49x In One Month
Discussion: RedState
Damon Linker / The Week:
Liberals are drunk on a political poison called intersectionality
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree
Discussion: and The Big Picture
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The 2 most important words in Trump's press conference
Discussion: The Nation
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Discussion: IJR
Alexey Eremenko / NBC News:
Trump Cites ‘Nazi Germany,’ Rejects Dossier on Alleged Russia Dealings
4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election
NBC News:
Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's ‘Short List’ for Commutation