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3:50 PM ET, January 11, 2018


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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump stuns Republican leaders with tweeted policy backflips  —  President Trump caught Republican leadership by surprise on Thursday morning with his tweets on FISA renewal, according to five sources close to the situation.  —  Why it matters: Sources in GOP leadership were horrified …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Confused Trump Tricked by Fox News Into Opposing His Own Surveillance Bill [Updated]  —  During his morning Executive Time, President Trump took a well-deserved break from his long hours of document study to watch Fox News.  The segment featured one of the talking heads urging Trump to oppose …
The Hill:
Trump rips FISA ahead of House vote after White House calls for bill's passage
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mnuchin defends Trump's planned Davos trip: It's not ‘a hangout for globalists’
Discussion: Axios
Blackmail alleged as Governor Greitens admits to extramarital affair  —  ST. LOUIS ( — Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday night confirmed to News 4 he had an extramarital affair, an admission a months-long News 4 investigation prompted.  —  In a recording obtained by News 4 …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Missouri Gov. Accused Of Blackmail Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover  —  The woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in 2015 told her then-husband that Greitens slapped her against her will, after she told Greitens she had had sex with her husband.  —  A lawyer for Greitens strongly denies the claim.
Discussion: Political Wire, IJR and Daily Wire
Kansas City Star:
Gov. Greitens faces calls for investigation, resignation over blackmail allegations  —  A bipartisan group of state senators is calling for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to investigate allegations that Gov. Eric Greitens threatened to blackmail a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admits extramarital affair but denies reports he blackmailed woman with nude photo
Discussion: The Mahablog, thecut and Splinter
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Lawyers Up... as Russia Investigators Get Ready to Pounce … Steve Bannon is lawyering up as he gets ready to face investigators looking into the Trump-Russia nexus.  —  The Daily Beast has learned that the former top White House strategist has retained Bill Burck, of the firm Quinn Emanuel.
Cheri Jacobus / USA Today:
Bannon's brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans  —  Conservative institutions have embraced Bannon's political slaughter not for his past sins but because he criticized the president.  That's chilling.  —  Steve Bannon — the loathed architect …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Bannon hires lawyer as he prepares for Russia-related congressional testimony
Los Angeles Times:
Five women accuse actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior  —  It should have been a pure moment of triumph for James Franco.  He collected one of Hollywood's top prizes at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, validating an untraditional career in which he's …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
White House: No deal yet on immigration  —  A bipartisan group of senators working to resolve the status of young undocumented immigrants, border security and restrictions on legal migration programs has offered an opening bid on an immigration agreement and is seeking sign-off from the White House …
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and Axios
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:   Take DACA Off the Table
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Flake: Senators on verge of bipartisan deal for ‘Dreamers’
Discussion: The Daily Beast and IJR
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers  — Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club locations across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday.  Some stores have already closed; others will close within weeks.
Discussion: The Hill and
Kristen Jordan Shamus / Detroit Free Press:
Pink pussyhats: The reason feminists are ditching them  —  A year ago, they stormed the streets of big cities and small towns to make their views known: Women's rights are human rights.  Many wore on their heads what became the de-facto symbol of feminism in 2017, the pink pussyhat.
Washington Post:
Trump's Netherlands ambassador was asked to name a person ‘burned’ because of Islam.  He couldn't.  —  Peter Hoekstra, the newly minted U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, held his first conference with the Dutch media at his new residence in the Hague Wednesday.  —  It did not go well.
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:   Dutch Reporters Stun Trump's Ambassador by Pressing Him to Admit He Lied About “No-Go Zones”
Moira Donegan / thecut:
I Started the Media Men List My name is Moira Donegan.  —  In October, I created a Google spreadsheet called “Shitty Media Men” that collected a range of rumors and allegations of sexual misconduct, much of it violent, by men in magazines and publishing.  The anonymous, crowdsourced document …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements  —  The Trump administration issued guidance to states early Thursday that will allow them to compel people to work or prepare for jobs in order to receive Medicaid for the first time in the half-century history …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid
Discussion: NBC News and IJR
Project Veritas:
UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions  —  Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains “shadow banning,” says “it's going to ban a way of talking”  —  Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu …
The Hill:
Exclusive: Issa mulls running in neighboring district  —  , who said Wednesday he is not seeking reelection in California's 49th district, has been discussing with colleagues the possibility of running in a neighboring San Diego district if embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter  —  (R-Calif.) resigns, multiple sources told The Hill.
Discussion: Axios and Times of San Diego
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Wolff Eats Its Own  —  Guess what?  Donald Trump is a raving idiot.  Every sentient person knows this, and if Michael Wolff is to be believed, so does most everyone in the White House.  So why are we talking about Wolff's book “Fire and Fury” as if it's the news sensation of the decade?
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Proves He's Sane
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS on Russia Dossier Claims  —  Cohen's lawsuit claims he was defamed by dossier's publication  —  Says he and Trump 'don't talk about' Russia investigations  —  Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen sued BuzzFeed Inc. and Fusion GPS for defamation …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
The truth about Walmart's new bonuses  —  Walmart is the latest company to make a flashy announcement: It will raise wages and provide bonuses of up to $1,000 to its employees as a result of the recent corporate tax cut.  —  “Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally …
Walmart to Raise U.S. Wages, Provide One-Time Bonus and Expand Hourly Maternity and Parental Leave
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trump's State of the Union  —  WASHINGTON — Some Democratic House members are planning to invite victims of sexual assault to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address later this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Trump lauded delivery of F-52s to Norway.  The planes only exist in ‘Call of Duty.’  —  President Trump's announcement of U.S-made F-52s fighter aircraft delivered to Norway may have rattled its neighbor Russia, the source of rising tension among NATO allies.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Verge
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Voters Abandoning Donald Trump  —  A massive new source of public-opinion research offers fresh insights into the fault lines emerging in Donald Trump's foundation of support.  —  Previously unpublished results from the nonpartisan online-polling firm SurveyMonkey show Trump losing ground …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Exclusive: Mira Sorvino's Open Letter To Dylan Farrow  —  “I send you love and inclusion and admiration for your courage all this time.”  —  Dear Dylan,  —  Hello.  I apologize for this being the first time I address you in print, what will be the first of several apologies today.
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Coal miners turn on Trump after they gain fewer jobs than a local Sam's Club  —  “They voted for Trump because he said he'd bring back coal.  It's not happening.”  —  Donald Trump not only spent the 2016 campaign promising that he would resurrect America's dying coal industry, he kept offering up that false hope in 2017.
Discussion: CNNMoney
Uber's Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark  —  At least two dozen times, the San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids.  —  In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into Uber Technologies Inc.'s office in Montreal.
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A Fourth Young Immigrant Woman Is Being Blocked by the Trump Administration From Obtaining an Abortion
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mother Jones
The Unpresident: Why Donald Trump Will Never Change
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Heartland Democrats to Washington: 'You're Killing Us'
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CHER PAC
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Feinstein blames ‘bad cold’ for handling of Fusion GPS transcript
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Melania Trump expands her East Wing staff
Discussion: AOL
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
In blow to Trump, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer will not run for Senate in North Dakota
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
Mueller has not requested interview with Pence
Discussion: Feeds and NBC News
 Earlier Items: 
Gonzalo Solano / Associated Press:
Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder
Dana Ferguson / Argus Leader:
Interfaith day marked by outburst in the Capitol
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Rebecca R. Ruiz / New York Times:
Russian Hackers Release Stolen Emails in New Effort to Undermine Doping Investigators
Washington Post:
Trump administration freezes database of addiction and mental health programs
Discussion: The Week, Warren Throckmorton and STAT