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4:40 PM ET, January 8, 2018


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Oprah Winfrey ‘actively thinking’ about running for president  —  Oprah Winfrey in 96 seconds  —  Oprah Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday.  —  The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely …
Libby Hill / Los Angeles Times:
Oprah at the Golden Globes: Is she running for president?  She should!  —  Oprah Winfrey for president was something of a running theme throughout the Golden Globes on Sunday, beginning with Seth Meyers' opening monologue.  He jokingly forbade Winfrey from considering the presidency.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Case Against President Oprah  —  Nope-rah?  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  When Donald Trump was elected in the fall of 2016, some analysts saw the end of normal politics and the rise of a new wave of celebrity candidates.  —  “Voters have demonstrated their thirst for the Big Gulp …
Discussion: Business Insider
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
Oprah for President?  Why Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes Stump Speech Just Changed Everything … Oprah Winfrey, as she is wont to do, just gave the most galvanizing, inspiring, and possibly life-saving speech in awards show history.  (And, as she has been wont to do lately …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
NBC slammed for ‘stunningly unprofessional’ tweet declaring Oprah Winfrey ‘our’ next president
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:
Oprah Denies Presidential Ambition After Golden Globes Speech
NBC News:
Initial talks underway about Trump interview in Mueller Russia probe  —  WASHINGTON — Anticipating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ask to interview President Donald Trump, the president's legal team is discussing a range of potential options for the format, including written responses …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Mueller likely to interview Trump as part of Russia probe; questioning could happen within weeks, according to a person close to the president  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has raised the likelihood with President Trump's legal team that his office will seek an interview with the president …
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Political Wire
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Trump Administration Rules That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave, Officials Say  —  LOS ANGELES — Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, two government officials familiar with the decision said on Monday.
Washington Post:
200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the U.S. or face deportation as Trump administration ends immigration protection  —  The Department of Homeland Security will not renew the Temporary Protected Status designation that has allowed the Salvadorans to remain in the United States since at least 2001 …
Temporary Protected Status
Discussion: Vox, IJR and Common Dreams
Sebastian Gorka / The Hill:
Don't believe Michael Wolff's book about Trump if you want the truth  —  BY SEBASTIAN GORKA, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 01/08/18 12:00 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  When I worked in the White House, I was viewed as strange by many of my colleagues on Sean Spicer
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
We're still better off with Trump than Clinton
Discussion: Althouse, Weekly Standard, KTLA and Politico
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's secret, shrinking schedule  —  President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Allow us to figure out just how much of your life is spent on Trump's ‘executive time’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Bannon group shopped anti-Trump document in 2015  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Before Donald Trump and Steve Bannon were enemies, they were allies.  And not long before that, Bannon was part of an effort to sink Trump's presidential hopes — even if Trump didn't know it.
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Google Memo Author James Damore Sues Company For Discrimination Against White Males  —  The author of a controversial memo that sparked debates about gender and diversity at Google sued his former employer on Monday, alleging that the company discriminates against politically conservative white men.
Discussion: thecut
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives  —  James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired in August after posting a memo to an internal Google message board arguing that women may not be equally represented …
Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
Cliven Bundy to walk free as federal judge dismisses Bundy Ranch standoff case  —  LAS VEGAS — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an armed rebellion against federal agents in 2014.
David Ferrara / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Judge in Las Vegas dismisses case against Cliven Bundy, 2 sons
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones
Linette Lopez / Business Insider:
Stephen Miller had to be escorted off CNN's set after his interview with Jake Tapper went off the rails  — Stephen Miller needed to be escorted off a CNN set on Sunday.  — His appearance on “State of the Union” ended abruptly after host Jake Tapper pressed him on damaging claims about President Donald Trump.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Tom Steyer will plow $30 million into midterms, but won't run for office in 2018  —  Democratic donor Tom Steyer, who has spent more than $100 million since 2016 on political campaigns, will forgo any run for office this year and focus instead on ending Republican control of the House of Representatives.
Jane Wester / The Charlotte Observer:
This woman's mugshot got compliments, so she turned it into an ad for her business  —  When Shia Yearwood was arrested and charged with violating a domestic protective order in Mecklenburg County on Wednesday, it seemed like a rough start to the new year.  —  Shia Yearwood, 24 …
Discussion: The Root
Shaun King / The Intercept:
ACLU Says New Jersey Prisons' Banning of “The New Jim Crow” Is Unconstitutional  —  America's jails and prisons have long since banned and censored books that the institutions determined posed a material danger to the safety of inmates and employees.  There is a logic, at least …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Romney treated over the summer for prostate cancer: reports  —  was treated over the summer for prostate cancer, according to multiple reports.  —  A source close to Romney said that the former GOP presidential nominee was treated surgically over the summer at a hospital in California, according to CNN.
Discussion: Axios, ABC News, RedState, CNBC and IJR
ABC News:
Lindsay Graham reacts to Trump calling himself ‘really smart ... and a very stable genius’  —  Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}  —  Coming up next:  —  {{nextVideo.title}}  —  {{nextVideo.description}}  —  Skip to this video now  —  Related Extras Related Videos Video Transcript
Discussion: Breitbart
Manu Raju / CNN:
Corker smooths over relationship with Trump, sources say  —  Corker's biggest Trump criticisms (so far)  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Sen. Bob Corker, who is traveling Monday on Air Force One with President Donald Trump, has repaired his relationship with the commander in chief …
Discussion: Axios
The Nation:
How the Tax Bill Will Doom Republicans This November  —  New analysis shows Democrats should enthusiastically bash the legislation.  —  and ,  —  Republicans claim to be confident their tax bill will lead to victory at the ballot box this fall during the midterm Congressional elections.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
Exclusive: Pair of lawmakers unveil bipartisan DACA plan
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Miss. LGBT law
Discussion: RedState
Sarah Mulholland / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Chris Christie thinks he'd be president if Trump hadn't run
Discussion: AOL and Daily Wire
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Democrats must play Republican-style hardball in 2018
Bob Bauer / Lawfare:
The President-as-Plaintiff, the Republican Party and the Battering of Norms
Discussion: ACS Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and The Daily Caller
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Strong Economies Lift Presidents. Trump Seems an Exception.
New York Times:
Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Condé Nast Chooses a Digital-First Editor to Run Glamour
Greta Gerwig / CBS News:
Fire breaks out at Trump Tower in NYC
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Here's a novel idea: If you don't like Jeff Session's marijuana decision, change the law
Discussion: Hit & Run
McKenna Aiello / E! Online:
Connie Britton Wears “Poverty Is Sexist” Shirt to 2018 Golden Globes: What It Means