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6:40 PM ET, January 17, 2017

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning's Sentence  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world …
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Neil Eggleston / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
President Obama Has Now Granted More Commutations than Any President in this Nation's History  —  Today, 273 individuals learned that the President has given them a second chance.  With today's 209 grants of commutation, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 individuals …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hit & Run
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence  —  President Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea Manning, according to the White House.  —  Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information about U.S. national security activities that were later disclosed by WikiLeaks.
Washington Post:   Obama largely commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning, U.S. soldier convicted for leaking classified information
Mark Murray / NBC News:
As GOP Pushes Repeal, Obamacare Has Never Been More Popular: NBC News/WSJ poll  —  As Republicans get closer to repealing it, President Barack Obama's federal health-care law — or Obamacare — has never been more popular, according to results from a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal.
CBO's Publications:
How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums  —  CBO reports on the estimated changes in health insurance coverage and premiums that would result from leaving the Affordable Care Act's insurance market reforms in place while repealing the law's mandate penalties and subsidies.
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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
CBO report: Obamacare repeal would lead to 32 million more uninsured by 2026  —  And it would double insurance premiums in the individual market, a new report says.  —  Republicans have been getting more and more nervous about repealing Obamacare without having a replacement ready …
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Confidence drops in Trump transition  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll: Trump will take office as most unpopular president in at least 4 decades
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Kayleigh McEnany / The Hill:
John Lewis, Democrats are boycotting America, not inauguration
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump's inauguration
Christopher Cousins / State & Capitol:
LePage: Chellie Pingree should resign, John Lewis should thank white presidents
Bloomberg:
Putin Says Doesn't Believe Trump Met Prostitutes in Russia  —  Attacks on Trump seek to undermine election result, Putin says  —  Unsubstantiated claims are ‘obvious fabrications,’ Putin says  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't believe that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump met …
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Bloomberg:
In Davos, Trump Aide Talks Deals With Sanctioned Kremlin Fund
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade  —  The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.  —  The report by the Guttmacher Institute …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers  —  Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.  —  Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Most Successful Democrat Since F.D.R.  —  When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he understood, without quite saying it, that there had been no highly successful Democratic president in decades.  —  Bill Clinton made the country a better place, but his biggest legislative plans failed and he was beset by scandal.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
‘Shattered’ to tell story of Clinton's failed presidential bid  —  Crown will release a new book about Hillary Clinton  —  's failed bid for the White House on April 18 co-authored by The Hill's White House correspondent Amie Parnes.  —  “Shattered” is a follow-up to 'HRC …
Discussion: RedState
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Former ‘Apprentice’ contestant sues Trump for defamation for denying alleged groping  —  A former contestant on the reality show “The Apprentice” filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against President-elect Donald Trump over his response to her allegations that he groped her during a job interview in 2007.
Discussion: Politico, Vox and The Atlantic
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Hair stylist to Marla Maples: No free services in exchange for Inauguration Day ‘exposure’  —  Though Donald Trump and his family project an image of boundless wealth, a Washington-based hairstylist says the president-elect's second wife tried to get out of paying her to style her tresses …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The Alt-Right Comes to Washington  —  East Lansing, Michigan—Lounging at the back of his tour bus in a parking lot behind the Springhill Suites, Milo Yiannopoulos, the flamboyant right-wing British provocateur known for his bleach-blond frosted tips and relentless campaign against Islam …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
‘He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested’  —  Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency.  He would wake in the middle of the night, agitated and alarmed, struggling to calm his nerves.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
CNN:
Fort Lauderdale shooter says he carried out attack for ISIS, FBI claims  —  Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN)Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified at Santiago's bond hearing Tuesday.
Kristina Rizga / Mother Jones:
Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build “God's Kingdom”  —  It's Christmastime in Holland, Michigan, and the northerly winds from Lake Macatawa bring a merciless chill to the small city covered in deep snow.  The sparkly lights on the trees in downtown luxury storefronts illuminate …
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Donald Trump's Cabinet Pick Invested in 6 Drug Companies Before Medicare Fight  —  Donald Trump's nominee to be the country's next health care czar invested last year as much as $90,000 in six pharmaceutical companies shortly before leading a legislative and public relations effort that benefited those specific companies, records show.
Andrew Malcolm / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Disregard all those farewells: Obama isn't really leaving  —  Donald Trump will give his closely watched inaugural address this week.  It will be a great one.  Trust him.  Fantastic, even.  Possibly beyond belief.  Because he's a great speech-giver.  Everyone knows that.  He does, too.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Tony Romm / Politico:
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Eric Wolff / Politico:
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Donald Trump waits in his tower — accessible yet isolated
Discussion: The Slot
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times Study Calls for Rapid Change in Newsroom
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Artwork depicting cops as animals permanently removed from Capitol complex
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
“Statistical Evidence Not Required”
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
Barack Obama Belongs to the Ages
Monmouth University:
Public expects middle class proposals, but rich will benefit
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Poll: Obama leaves office with 58 percent favorability
Discussion: Gallup, Politico, alan.com and AOL
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Clinton Global Initiative's Ignominious End
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Washington Times
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
CIA Director John Brennan Rejects Donald Trump's Criticism