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3:25 PM ET, January 12, 2017


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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
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.
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Nancy Pelosi's one Obamacare regret? Relying too much on other Democrats for messaging.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Justice Department inspector general to investigate pre-election actions by department and FBI  —  The Department of Justice Inspector General will review broad allegations of misconduct involving the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices and the bureau's controversial decision shortly …
Discussion: RedState, Political Wire and Daily Kos
Justice Watchdog Opens Probe of Comey, FBI Election Actions  —  Pre-election decision to re-open Clinton probe to be examined  —  Democrats say FBI's moves undermined Clinton's candidacy  —  The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general opened an investigation into whether …
New York Times:
Comey Letter on Clinton Email Is Subject of Justice Dept. Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inspector general's office said Thursday it would open an investigation into the decision in October by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to inform Congress about a new review …
Julia Edwards Ainsley / Reuters:
DOJ watchdog investigating FBI decisions in Clinton email probe
Discussion: IJR
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
DOJ watchdog opens review of Comey's Clinton email investigation
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Mattis breaks with Trump on Iran, Russia  —  Breaking with President-elect Donald Trump, James Mattis said Thursday in his confirmation hearing to be defense secretary that he supports a permanent U.S. military presence in the Baltics to deter Russia — and reiterated that he believes …
Discussion: Business Insider, and ABC News
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Senate panel easily approves waiver for Mattis
Discussion: RedState
Obama Dog Sunny Bites White House Guest (PHOTO)  —  Obama Dog Sunny — Bites White House Guest  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  President Obama had to deal with a small domestic crisis at the White House — a family friend was bitten by Sunny, the First Family's 4-year-old dog.
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
AT&T Executives to Meet With Trump to Talk Time Warner Deal
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Rex Tillerson's struggles show the risk of a president and secretary of state with no government experience  —  THE BIG IDEA: For the first time in American history, the nation is poised to have both a president and chief diplomat with no prior government, military or legislative experience.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Tillerson on Russia: 'We're not likely to ever be friends'
Discussion: Politico, FiveThirtyEight, CNN and ABC News
The top takeaways from Tillerson's rocky Hill performance
Discussion: ABC News
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
As Trump Berates News Media, a New Strategy Is Needed to Cover Him  —  Well, that sure escalated quickly.  —  “That” was Donald J. Trump's inaugural news conference as a duly elected United States president-to-be, in which he called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage,” dismissed CNN as …
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:   Why the media's Trump dossier coverage is suicidal
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
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 …
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
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Ben Carson's prepared HUD testimony included accidental plagiarism — but he didn't use it
Trump Says He's ‘Exploring’ Forming Commission to Study Autism
Discussion: Politico and Vocativ
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
A pair of bills introduced by California lawmakers aim to combat so-called fake news
US intel sources warn Israel against sharing secrets with Trump administration
Discussion: Daily Wire
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Iowa, Trump Voters Are Unfazed by Controversies
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Trump's ‘Cadillac One’ limo will have tear gas cannon, shotgun: report
Discussion: RedState
Zoya Sheftalovich / Politico:
Russia moves to decriminalize domestic violence
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Hey Hollywood, Smugness Isn't a Political Strategy
Paul Wood / BBC:
Trump ‘compromising’ claims: How and why did we get here?
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers - and says he caught them leaking