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12:45 PM 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: Hot Air, 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: America Rising, The Root, NPR and Vox
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: 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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
Brendan Nyhan / New York Times:
Trump Shows How to Smother a Scandal: With a Bigger Story  —  The bar for scandal in the Trump administration keeps being raised.  —  Every week brings potentially damaging developments that in other contexts could have generated weekslong controversies.  With so many competing stories …
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Alt-Right's Campaign To Smear Trump Protesters As Anarchists
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Associated Press:
Trump's CIA Choice to Be Questioned Amid Russia Hacking Fury
Discussion: ABC News, Politico 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