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2:00 AM ET, January 12, 2017


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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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Tapper defends CNN coverage after heated Trump press conference
Discussion: Washington Times and CNNMoney
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Ethics Agency Head Hits Trump Over ‘Inadequate’ Plan to Separate From Business
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump to America: I Won, Accountability Is Over
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 …
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 …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
The story of the Trump dossier: secret sources, an airport rendezvous, and John McCain
Darren Boyle / Daily Mail:
It was me: Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI …
Discussion: Rush, The Geller Report and Vox Popoli
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Your sheet is showing’: Internet pounces on Tom Cotton for saying Cory Booker sounds like ‘T-Bone’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was accused of casual racism on Wednesday after he compared Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) to a fictional character named “T-Bone.”
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
GOP rep: Sessions attacks part of ‘war on whites’
Discussion: Above the Law
Chris Massie / CNN:
Rep. Brooks: Dems' ‘war on whites’ behind some criticism of Sessions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Marco Rubio Mum on Whether He Will Support Tillerson for Secretary of State After Human Rights Questions
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
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
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: IndieWire and The Atlantic
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
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Republicans pass sweeping bill to reform ‘abusive’ U.S. regulation  —  Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill in the House of Representatives that touched on nearly every step U.S. agencies take in creating and applying new rules, continuing their blitz to radically reform “abusive” …
Discussion: Politicus USA
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
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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: The Week
Trump's team blocks U.S. House appearance by Pentagon pick: officials
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Hot Air
Kristine Marsh / NewsBusters:
Nets Repeat Bogus Claim of ‘Hacked Election’ 49x In One Month
Discussion: RedState
Damon Linker / The Week:
Liberals are drunk on a political poison called intersectionality
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
How to Prevent Gun Deaths? Where Experts and the Public Agree
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The 2 most important words in Trump's press conference
Discussion: The Nation
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Students, parents raise concerns over Highland High dating assignment
Discussion: IJR
NBC News:
Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's ‘Short List’ for Commutation