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Wall Street Journal:
Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity  —  Former national security adviser tells FBI, the House and Senate intelligence committees he's willing to be interviewed in exchange for deal, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser …
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New York Times:
2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports  —  WASHINGTON — A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed President Trump …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Devin Nunes and the Tragedy of the Russia Inquiry  —  Last week, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, announced dozens of intelligence reports that inappropriately included details on President Donald Trump's transition.
Alex Whiting / Just Security:
Flynn's Public Offer to Testify for Immunity Suggests He May Have Nothing to Say  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn told the FBI and Congress that he is willing to testify in exchange for immunity.  But it's not a serious offer …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Three White House officials tied to files shared with House intelligence chairman  —  At least three senior White House officials including the top lawyer for the National Security Council were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the chairman …
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity
Discussion: The Week
Conor Friedersdorf / Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Do you live in Devin Nunes' district? Pick up the phone and call his office immediately
CNN:
White House staff shake-up comes in wake of health care debacle
Discussion: Daily Wire
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Devin Nunes's wiretapping claims came from his former lawyer and a 30-year-old Trump aide
CNN:
White House invites Congress investigation leaders to view documents
Discussion: Business Insider and Axios
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's failing presidency has the GOP in a free fall  —  In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor.  House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a “governing party” because it could not …
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats in Trump territory in no mood to deal  —  The 12 Democrats who represent House districts won by Donald Trump were supposed to be easy marks for the deal-making new president.  —  Instead, they're giving him the stiff-arm.  —  “I do come from a district that did flip to Trump …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes a private elevator to his palatial office on the seventh floor of the State Department building, where sightings of him are rare on the floors below.
Oliver Willis / Shareblue:
Intel hearing bombshell: Cyber expert says “Commander-in-Chief used Russian ‘active measures’...against his opponents”  —  Cyber expert Clint Watts, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee as it investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Monthly
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   Cyber expert drops Senate intel bombshell: Russia targets Trump with fake news because he'll repeat it
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:   Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  At Thursday …
Discussion: CBS News
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
‘Follow the trail of dead Russians’ if you want to crack 2016 election interference: Senate intel witness
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
This Is Almost Certainly James Comey's Twitter Account  —  Digital security and its discontents—from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks—is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI.  So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey …
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
The Empty Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was just plain embarrassing, and not only for the nominee.  But let's begin with him, skipping over his Republican enablers, who had nothing to do but lob softball questions and praise his answers.
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
First two Democrats back Trump's Supreme Court pick
Discussion: The Week
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Privacy payback: Protesters want to publish browsing histories of Republicans who voted to strip privacy rights  —  Crowdsourcing efforts have cropped up to purchase lawmakers' browsing history if President Trump signs the bill  —  Angry internet users have targeted Republican lawmakers …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
2 journalists sue Trump over ‘kill list’  —  Two journalists who believe they are on the so-called “kill list” of individuals targeted by the U.S. for deadly drone strikes are suing President Donald Trump and other top administration officials.  —  Former Al Jazeera Islamabad bureau chief Ahmad Zaidan …
Daniel Gross / Slate:
There's No Such Thing as a Job Americans Won't Do  —  “These jobs, Americans don't want,” Gene Myers, the CEO of Thrive Home Builders, told CNBC real estate reporter Diana Olick earlier this week, in a well-done piece on a labor shortage that is contributing to a construction and housing shortfall in Denver.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Forbes
Axios:
Trump to start his nationalist trade push  —  On Thursday evening, the President's top trade officials previewed two executive actions that are coming Friday and intended to signal to foreign countries that Trump intends to follow through on his nationalist campaign rhetoric :
Discussion: Politico
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump suffers month of rough polling  —  The Obamacare repeal debacle has eroded Donald Trump's already weak approval ratings, leaving him historically unpopular just 10 weeks into his nascent presidency.  —  A comparison of polls conducted before and after House GOP leaders pulled the bill …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration stops disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria  —  The head of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  (Win McNamee / Getty Images)  —  Even as the U.S. military takes on a greater role in the warfare in Iraq and Syria …
Washington Post:
Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up  —  The lobby at the pain-management clinic had become crowded with patients, so relatives had gone outside to their trucks to wait, and here, too, sat Desmond Spencer, smoking a 9 a.m. cigarette and watching the door.
New York Times:
Uber Executive Invokes Fifth Amendment, Seeking to Avoid Potential Charges  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An Uber executive accused of stealing driverless car technology from his former employers at Google is exercising his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, according to his lawyers.
Discussion: BGR and Axios, more at Techmeme »
Emma Dumain / Post and Courier:
South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford: Trump threatened to back primary challenger against me … WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of crumbling negotiations over the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump said last week he wanted to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in 2018.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Time for some fame theory: Meet the eccentric liberal analyst whose unhinged tweetstorms have made him Twitter-famous  —  Eric Garland went to sleep on December 10 with 5,000 Twitter followers.  When he woke up the next day he had 30,000.  —  “It was pretty awesome,” Garland told Business Insider in an interview.
Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos  —  On Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced charges against David Daleiden, right, and Sandra Merritt over their roles in surreptitiously recorded videos targeting Planned Parenthood.
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexico's bargaining chips with Trump?  How about a corn boycott  —  In Iowa, the top corn-producing state, which exported 75% of its grain to Mexico last year, the Latin nation's threat to boycott such imports is cause for consternation.  (Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images)
 
 
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