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1:20 PM 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 …
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 …
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: Hot Air, IJR, TheBlaze and Law News
AT&T Executives to Meet With Trump to Talk Time Warner Deal
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.
In one night, the GOP voted to take away these 6 essential health benefits  —  Republicans showed exactly where they stand.  —  By Melissa Boteach and Jeremy Slevin  —  Last night while you were sleeping, the Senate debated and ultimately passed a budget resolution that provides a pathway …
Discussion: New York Times, ABC News and
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Nancy Pelosi's one Obamacare regret? Relying too much on other Democrats for messaging.
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
While You Were Sleeping, Senators Took the First Step Toward Obamacare Repeal
Discussion: Scripting News and Politico
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?’ …
Discussion: Infowars, RedState and Reuters
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: ABC News, The Week, Hot Air and Politico
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Pentagon Pick Mattis Affirms That US Must Honor Iran Nuclear Deal
Discussion: The Week
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump Pentagon likely to abandon social experiments for core mission under Mattis, say experts
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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 …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Graham apologizes for calling for Cruz's murder  —  (R-Texas) Thursday for joking that it was possible to get away with murdering the Texas senator if it happened in the Senate.  —  Graham's remarks represent a truce of sorts between the two senators, who repeatedly feuded during …
Discussion: RedState
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.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Trump's CNN tirade may affect Time Warner-AT&T merger  —  Is this any way to start off a relationship?  —  Nine days before CNN parent Time Warner will have to negotiate with Donald Trump's antitrust cops, the cable news network got a dressing down by the President-elect.
Trump aide Monica Crowley plagiarized thousands of words in Ph.D. dissertation  —  By Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie, and Nathan McDermott, design by Tal Yellin  —  Conservative commentator Monica Crowley, who is slated to serve in a top national security communications role …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Tillerson on Russia: 'We're not likely to ever be friends'  —  Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson expressed hope that relations with Russia could be moderately improved under his stewardship, explaining that Kremlin aggression is mainly about one thing: bruised ego.
Discussion: Politico, FiveThirtyEight, CNN and ABC News
The top takeaways from Tillerson's rocky Hill performance
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
If state lawmakers have their way, California schoolchildren may be taught how to spot ‘fake news’  —  It was a divisive presidential election muddied further by false news from false news sources aiming to smear both sides in the campaign.  —  These stories, one of which claimed …
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
A pair of bills introduced by California lawmakers aim to combat so-called fake news
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Iowa, Trump Voters Are Unfazed by Controversies  —  MONTICELLO, Iowa — The Table of Knowledge was delving into President-elect Donald J. Trump's plans to upend government, and marveling at how he had forced his fellow Republicans in the House to reverse themselves on gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Discussion: Mother Jones
US intel sources warn Israel against sharing secrets with Trump administration  —  Israeli intelligence officials fear that top-secret information that has been exposed to the United States will be leaked to Russia—and from Russia to its close ally, Iran.  —  Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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
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Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg:
Le Pen in New York for Unannounced Visit During French Race
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
Discussion: The Verge
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Alt-Right's Campaign To Smear Trump Protesters As Anarchists
Discussion: Raw Story
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Trump Shows How to Smother a Scandal: With a Bigger Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
7 questionable claims Donald Trump's lawyer made while detailing his business plan
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Bloomberg
Seton Motley / RedState:
Fake News: When Leftist Foundations Fund Activism Posing as Journalism
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Anthony Weiner hoping Huma will call off divorce
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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
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mexican president: ‘Of course’ Mexico won't pay for wall
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire and The Week
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Democrats Should Run a Celebrity for President, Too
Discussion: Hot Air
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers - and says he caught them leaking