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10:20 AM ET, January 12, 2017


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New York Times:
Intelligence Chief's Olive Branch to Trump Gets Twisted in Translation  —  James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, offered a public olive branch to President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night, which Mr. Trump appears to have twisted.  —  Team Trump went to war …
ODNI Newsroom Feed:
DNI Clapper Statement on Conversation with President-elect Trump  —  This evening, I had the opportunity to speak with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss recent media reports about our briefing last Friday.  I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press …
AT&T Executives to Meet With Trump to Talk Time Warner Deal  —  CEO seen at Trump Tower in New York Thursday morning  —  Trump blasted the $85.4 billion deal during presidential race  —  Donald Trump is slated to meet with AT&T Inc.'s top executives on Thursday to discuss …
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Schumer opposes Sessions for AG
Discussion: TheBlaze and Law News
New York Times:
Senate Takes Major Step Toward Repealing Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.
Discussion: The Root, NPR, Business Insider and Vox
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Obamacare is one step closer to repeal after Senate advances budget resolution  —  The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday morning to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act.
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. Senate approves measure launching Obamacare repeal process
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate approves first step to repealing Obamacare
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who produced Donald Trump Russian dossier, ‘terrified for his safety’ and went to ground before name released  —  A former MI6 officer who produced a dossier making lurid allegations about Donald Trump is “terrified for his safety” after he was unmasked by a US publication.
New York Times:
How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Seven months ago, a respected former British spy named Christopher Steele won a contract to build a file on Donald J. Trump's ties to Russia.  Last week, the explosive details — unsubstantiated accounts …
Daily Mail:
‘Will you look after my cat?’ …
Discussion: Infowars, RedState and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
After an aggressive news conference, questions linger about Trump's readiness
Discussion: Bloomberg
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Mattis views on women in combat takes center stage  —  Retired Gen. James Mattis's stance on women in combat and LGBT troops will be thrust in the spotlight Thursday when he faces senators for his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense.  —  The man whom Mattis is in line to replace …
Discussion: The Week and Hot Air
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump Pentagon likely to abandon social experiments for core mission under Mattis, say experts
Discussion: The Daily Caller
ABC News:
Trump's Choice to Lead Pentagon Embraces Civilian Control
Discussion: Politico
Corey Charlton / The Sun:
FACEBOOK DEATH Girl, 12, streams her own suicide on Facebook Live for 20 minutes after being ‘sexually abused by a relative’ - and cops are powerless to take it down  —  Cops say they have asked websites to remove the video of Katelyn Nicole Davis's death but admit they are unable to do more
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion in Weeks After Trump Election  —  Billionaire hedge-fund manager George Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump's surprise presidential election.
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why the media's Trump dossier coverage is suicidal  —  The media is sinking to Donald Trump's level.  —  Reeling from their inability to stop his election, envious of his power to make people believe his most ridiculous statements, and rinsed by a needy mood for self-soothing …
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers - and says he caught them leaking  — President-elect Donald Trump described a sting operation he says he conducted after becoming infuriated by a series of leaks about his own classified briefings
Paul Wood / BBC:
Trump ‘compromising’ claims: How and why did we get here?  —  Donald Trump has described as “fake news” allegations published in some media that his election team colluded with Russia - and that Russia held compromising material about his private life.  The BBC's Paul Wood saw the allegations …
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Russia moves to decriminalize domestic violence  —  The country has already decriminalized assault and battery that does not lead to actual bodily harm.  —  A bill that seeks to downgrade domestic violence from a criminal to an administrative offense passed its first reading on Wednesday in the duma …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Made-for-TV Promises  —  If anyone still held out hope that the awesome responsibilities and dignity of the presidency might temper or even humble Donald Trump, there was a shock from his first news conference as president-elect, on Wednesday.
Lesley Messer / ABC News:
Alec Baldwin Says He Is ‘In Discussions About Other Venues’ to Play Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and BizPac Review
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Anthony Weiner hoping Huma will call off divorce  —  MORE FROM:  —  Finally out of the media glare, Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin have been focusing on their 5-year-old son, as Weiner waits to hear if he'll face charges for sending sexually charged texts to an underage girl.
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
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Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Trump's ‘Cadillac One’ limo will have tear gas cannon, shotgun: report
Discussion: RedState
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Hey Hollywood, Smugness Isn't a Political Strategy
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Sets Its Sights on Hollywood With Plans for Original Content
The top takeaways from Tillerson's rocky Hill performance
Discussion: ABC News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ben Carson on key housing issues
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mexican president: ‘Of course’ Mexico won't pay for wall
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire, and The Week
Kelly Mclaughlin / Daily Mail:
Left-wing Dutch vegan who moved to Switzerland is denied a Swiss passport because she is too annoying
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Heat Street
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Trump's CIA Choice to Be Questioned Amid Russia Hacking Fury
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Democrats Should Run a Celebrity for President, Too
Discussion: Hot Air
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Republicans pass sweeping bill to reform ‘abusive’ U.S. regulation
Nick Hallett / Breitbart:
A passage from the Koran that denies one of the central tenets of the Christian faith was sung aloud …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Max Boot / New York Times:
Donald Trump: A Modern Manchurian Candidate?
Media Matters for America:
Newt Gingrich: “Trump Is Deliberately Trying To Shrink And Isolate CNN”