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9:10 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Ethics Agency Head Hits Trump Over ‘Inadequate’ Plan to Separate From Business
Discussion: The Week
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Tapper defends CNN coverage after heated Trump press conference
Discussion: Washington Times and CNNMoney
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Meets, and Assails, the Press
Discussion: NBC News and ThinkProgress
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: and Above the Law
Chris Massie / CNN:
Rep. Brooks: Dems' ‘war on whites’ behind some criticism of Sessions
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.
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.
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
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Tillerson doesn't deny climate change - but dodges questions about Exxon's role in sowing doubt
Discussion: TheBlaze, AOL and Business Insider
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
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