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2:10 PM ET, January 11, 2017


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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.
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 …
Darren Boyle / Daily Mail:
It was me: Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI - as details surface of document's bizarre journey from British former spy and diplomat  — Brief statement claims that he received it and gave it directly to FBI Director James Comey because he was ‘unable to make judgment about accuracy’
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 …
Alexey Eremenko / NBC News:
Trump Cites ‘Nazi Germany,’ Rejects Dossier on Alleged Russia Dealings  —  Donald Trump: Report that Russia has damaging intel on me is ‘fake news’ 3:06  —  MOSCOW — The Russian government on Wednesday denied unverified reports that it has compromising information about Donald Trump, dismissing the claims as a “total hoax.”
Esther Yu Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Grassley says there are already a lot of bad Trump tapes, so don't worry about what Russia has  —  If Russia is trying to blackmail Trump, Grassley says, he should just cop to whatever he's done.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says that, even if Russia …
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
Trump on alleged Russian blackmail: I'm a ‘germophobe’  —  President-elect Donald Trump said the salacious allegations about what may have occurred in a Russian hotel room are unbelievable, in part because he is a germaphobe.  —  “Does anyone really believe that story?”
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI  —  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.
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
‘It Is Fake News Meant to Malign Mr. Trump’
David Stern / Politico:
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire
Discussion: The Week
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Highlights from Trump's press conference  —  President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday held his first press conference in more than five months to address swirling questions over Russia's alleged role in his election and how he will disentangle himself from his massive business empire.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Buzzfeed's Trump report takes ‘fake news’ to a new level  —  MORE FROM:  —  So the website BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump.  —  Some of those terrible allegations have to do with efforts …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Washington Post:
Trump acknowledges Russian involvement in meddling in U.S. elections
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Refuses To Let CNN Reporter Ask Him A Question At Press Conference (VIDEO)
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump blasts intel agencies for ‘leak’: ‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’
Trump to Step Down From Business; Will Not Divest Ownership  —  Existing Trump entities will continue to make new contracts  —  President-elect Donald Trump will leave his positions at the various companies of the Trump Organization, but he will not divest his ownership …
New York Times:
Sons to Run Trump Business via Trust; Ethicists Still See Conflict
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:   Trump outlines plan to shift assets, give up management of his company
4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election  —  And yes, it still matters.  —  Donald Trump has called his election a historic landslide, but it was anything but.  Only two other presidents have been elected with smaller popular vote margins since records began in 1824.
New York Times:
Donald Trump News Conference: Transcript
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
5 Questions For Donald Trump Ahead Of His Press Conference
NBC News:
Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's ‘Short List’ for Commutation  —  President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
America will miss Barack Obama's decency  —  Tonight, of all nights, the difference between Obama and Trump was stark.  —  President Obama's farewell address came as Washington obsessed over a sketchy intelligence report alleging that Donald Trump is being blackmailed by Moscow with a tape of perverted sex acts.
Discussion: TIME, Instapundit, and Deadline
The White House:
Remarks by the President in Farewell Address
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Dark Magic of Kellyanne Conway  —  If you happened to watch CNN on Friday morning, you saw a brutal exchange about Russian hacking between a righteous anchor with steam coming out of his ears and a right-wing operative with ice in her veins.  —  “Chris Cuomo bulldozes Kellyanne Conway …
Daniel Halper / New York Post:
Obama may get rejected from golf club over Israel policies  —  More On:  —  President Obama's clashes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cost him a membership at an exclusive golf club, sources said.  —  Obama is looking to join the elite Woodmont Country Club in Maryland once he becomes a private citizen.
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Trump taps VA health chief Shulkin to be secretary
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Associated Press:
GOP Concerns About Deficits, Debt Disappear in Trump Era
Discussion: Politico
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Ex-wife of Labor nominee leveled abuse claims on ‘Oprah’