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8:10 PM ET, January 11, 2017


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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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump to America: I Won, Accountability Is Over  —  Donald Trump's first press conference since the summer was a surreal exercise in the assertion of immunity from accountability.  He either ignored questions about his behavior, or dismissed the questions as illegitimate.
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump pits his staff against the media  —  NEW YORK — When Donald Trump gathered the press at Trump Tower 20 months ago to announce his unlikely candidacy for president, he reportedly paid actors to fill the marble lobby and cheer.  —  Not much — and everything — has changed since.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Meets, and Assails, the Press
Discussion: NBC News
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump berates CNN reporter: ‘You are fake news’
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and The Geller Report
David Stern / Politico:
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Grassley Says Trump Would Be Immune from Blackmail
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Donald Trump News Conference: Transcript  —  The following is a partial transcript of a news conference that President-elect Donald J. Trump held in New York on Wednesday, as prepared by the Federal News Service.  —  For updates and analysis of the conference, follow our transition briefing.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump admits to Russian hacking even as he attacks U.S. intelligence community
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Tillerson has a shaky show before skeptical senators  —  Rex Tillerson had terse exchanges Wednesday with Republican Marco Rubio and other key senators during his confirmation hearing for the role of secretary of state, ducking questions on whether Russian leader Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal” or if the U.S. should sanction Moscow.
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Tillerson doesn't deny climate change - but dodges questions about Exxon's role in sowing doubt
Discussion: Business Insider and TheBlaze
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 …
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 …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Cory Booker seizes big moment with historic move against another senator  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Cory Booker will make history Wednesday when he becomes the first sitting senator to testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post as he fights Jeff Sessions' nomination …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The 2 most important words in Trump's press conference  —  “I won.”  —  Donald Trump explained very clearly at Wednesday morning's press conference why he won't release his tax returns, thus leaving the public entirely in the dark as to who may or may not be paying him off: “I won.”
Discussion: The Nation
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.”
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
BuzzFeed CEO defends Trump coverage: report  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti on Wednesday defended his organization's decision to publish a document with uncorroborated allegations about President-elect Donald Trump  —  and Russia.  —  Trump, as well as some media outlets, blasted BuzzFeed for the decision.
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.
New York Times:
President Obama's Farewell Address: Full Video and Text  —  The following is the complete text of President Obama's address as prepared for delivery, provided by the White House.  —  It's good to be home.  My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we've received over the past few weeks.
The White House:
Remarks by the President in Farewell Address
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Media Matters for America:
Newt Gingrich: “Trump Is Deliberately Trying To Shrink And Isolate CNN”
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
Dara Lind / Vox:
Some Trump Cabinet picks are testifying they've never spoken to him about their top issues
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Kiersten Nuñez /
Students, parents raise concerns over Highland High dating assignment
Discussion: IJR
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Republicans Disagree on Details in Push to Repeal and Replace ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cubs to celebrate World Series title with Obama on Monday
Discussion: The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Coen Brothers to Write and Direct Their First-Ever TV Series, ‘Buster Scruggs’ (EXCLUSIVE)
The Daily Beast:
Despite Weak Stream of Proof, 4chan Claims It Invented the Trump Golden Showers Story
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
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Dark Magic of Kellyanne Conway