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4:45 PM ET, January 11, 2017


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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.”
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Dem rep rips Trump: 'Isn't this how book burning begins?'  —  Less than an hour after President-elect Donald Trump  —  berated CNN and BuzzFeed for reporting what he called “fake news,” Rep. Adam Schiff  —  (D-Calif.) took to Twitter to suggest the president-elect's words represent a slippery slope to “book burning.”
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 …
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?”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's presser was remarkable. It means we're heading into truly uncharted territory.
Discussion: RedState
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump berates CNN reporter: ‘You are fake news’
Discussion: Hot Air and The Geller Report
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
‘It Is Fake News Meant to Malign Mr. Trump’
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Grassley Says Trump Would Be Immune from Blackmail
Discussion: Daily Kos
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump: ‘I think it was Russia’
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed's ridiculous rationale for publishing the Trump-Russia dossier
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 …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:   Donald Trump Meets, and Assails, the Press
Donald Trump's Press Conference, Annotated
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Refuses To Let CNN Reporter Ask Him A Question At Press Conference (VIDEO)
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.
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.
Trump to Step Down From Business; Will Not Divest Ownership
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Trump acknowledges Russian involvement in meddling in U.S. elections
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and NPR
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’
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
America will miss Barack Obama's decency
Discussion: Instapundit, TIME and Deadline
The White House:
Remarks by the President in Farewell Address
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.
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 …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cubs to celebrate World Series title with Obama on Monday  —  The Chicago Cubs will visit the White House Monday to celebrate their historic World Series championship with President Obama, appearing right before the end of the longtime Chicagoan's presidency.  —  The team's visit will come just four days before Obama leaves office.
Discussion: The Root
U.S. Department of Justice:
Volkswagen AG Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $4.3 Billion in Criminal and Civil Penalties; Six Volkswagen Executives and Employees are Indicted in Connection with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests  —  VW to Pay $2.8 Billion Criminal Fine in Guilty Plea and $1.5 Billion Settlement …
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Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Trump wants out of Paris climate deal.  That's not what Rex Tillerson is saying on Capitol Hill today.
Discussion: Business Insider and TheBlaze
Dumanis rules El Cajon police shooting of Alfred Olango justified
Discussion: Bearing Arms and The Root
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Coen Brothers to Write and Direct Their First-Ever TV Series, ‘Buster Scruggs’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump promises to repeal and replace Obamacare ‘essentially simultaneously’
Discussion: ABC News and Health Affairs Blog
Rick Wilson:
Fool Chan  — I'm not BuzzFeed's source.  Since their source …
Discussion: The Verge and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Few Thoughts On the Big Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What You Didn't See  —  For all the high octane and historic …
Discussion: rubber hose
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Why Most Economists Are So Worried About Trump
Discussion: Political Wire