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9:25 AM ET, January 12, 2017


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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 …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Spy chief trashes leaks, assures Trump of loyalty  —  The outgoing U.S. director of national intelligence has extended an olive branch of sorts to Donald Trump — denouncing media leaks, casting skepticism on a report that Russia has damaging material on the president-elect …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
At His First News Conference As President-elect, Trump Owns the Press  —  This morning, Donald Trump hosted his much-delayed, long-awaited first news conference as president-elect.  Inside the Trump Tower atrium, the atmosphere was as charged as at a highly anticipated prize fight.
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 …
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.
Daily Mail:
‘Will you look after my cat?’  Ex-MI6 spy ‘who worked with murdered Litvinenko’ flees his £1.5m home ‘fearing for his life’ leaving his pet with neighbours after being outed as the man behind dirty dossier on Donald Trump  —  The former British spy who is alleged to have compiled …
Discussion: Infowars, RedState and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump
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: 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.
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate approves first step to repealing Obamacare
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Senate approves measure launching Obamacare repeal process
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
After an aggressive news conference, questions linger about Trump's readiness
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Outspoken Putin critic: Trump's press conference just like Soviet ones
Discussion: Politico and The Geller Report
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 …
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
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
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Schumer opposes Sessions for AG  — Schumer said the next attorney general must have a proven track record in fighting for the rights of all Americans  — Multiple civil rights groups, along with Democratic lawmakers, have expressed concern about Sessions
Discussion: Law News
The top takeaways from Tillerson's rocky Hill performance  —  Florida Republican Marco Rubio seemed exasperated with some of his answers on Russia.  —  Rex Tillerson will only need Republican votes to become secretary of state — and the GOP was largely kind to him during Wednesday's audition to be Donald Trump's top diplomat.
Discussion: ABC News
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
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Democrats Should Run a Celebrity for President, Too  —  It worked for Republicans—twice.  And charismatic candidates like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton don't appear every four years.  —  Meryl Streep's rebuke of Donald Trump during the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday has revived the familiar complaint …
Discussion: Hot Air
Sources: Chargers plan to announce move from San Diego to Los Angeles  —  Almost one year to the day since the Rams moved to Los Angeles, the Chargers now likely intend to do the same.  —  The Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season …
ABC News:
Mattis, Trump's Choice to Lead Pentagon, Is Wary of Iran  —  In November 2012, shortly before the White House ended his tenure commanding U.S. forces in the Middle East, Marine Gen. James Mattis delivered an urgent message to his boss: An Iranian fighter jet had fired errantly on a U.S. drone overflying the Persian Gulf.
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Mattis on the issues  —  Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis …
Discussion: ABC News and ThinkProgress
Max Boot / New York Times:
Donald Trump: A Modern Manchurian Candidate?  —  In recent days, two intelligence dossiers have been published making sensational charges involving President-elect Donald J. Trump and the 2016 election.  Although they will be lumped together in the public mind, in truth they are as different as chalk and cheese.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mexican president: ‘Of course’ Mexico won't pay for wall  —  Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated Wednesday that Mexico would not pay for a border wall between it and the U.S., despite President-elect Donald Trump's claims to the contrary earlier in the day.
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire, and The Week
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire George Soros Lost Nearly $1 Billion in Weeks After Trump Election
Discussion: CNBC and Jammie Wearing Fools
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Russia moves to decriminalize domestic violence
Discussion: The Week
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why the media's Trump dossier coverage is suicidal
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ben Carson on key housing issues
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Made-for-TV Promises
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
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Moderators who had to view child abuse content sue Microsoft, claiming PTSD
Discussion: The Verge and Business Insider
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
New York Times:
Eric Holder to Lead Democrats' Attack on Republican Gerrymandering
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Media Matters for America:
Newt Gingrich: “Trump Is Deliberately Trying To Shrink And Isolate CNN”