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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries in Oval Office meeting  —  President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part …
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New York Times:
Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   In blow to Trump, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer will not run for Senate in North Dakota
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.
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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 and Raw Story
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He Feels ‘Betrayed’ by Bannon, Doesn't Rule Out Reconciliation
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Bannon to appear before House committee for Russia probe: report
Discussion: RedState
Reuters:
Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe
KMOV-TV:
Blackmail alleged as Governor Greitens admits to extramarital affair  —  ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — 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 …
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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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Embattled Gov. Eric Greitens vows to remain in office during conference call with donors
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview  —  President cites a positive relationship with nation's leader; also accuses Steve Bannon of betrayal  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump suggested he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea's leader despite …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘Five white guys’ leading DACA talks should open a ‘hamburger stand’  —  Her No. 2, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, called the Californian's comments ‘offensive.’  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi complained Thursday that immigration negotiations are being led by “five white guys” …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
White House: No deal yet on immigration
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Caller
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:   Take DACA Off the Table
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.
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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 …
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 …
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New York Times:
House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Protections
The Hill:
Trump rips FISA ahead of House vote after White House calls for bill's passage
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.
Discussion: New York Times, Vox, The Week and Politico
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Robert Mackey / The Intercept:
Dutch Reporters Stun Trump's Ambassador by Pressing Him to Admit He Lied About “No-Go Zones”
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Peter Thiel submits bid for Gawker, faces challenges  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker, hoping to overcome legal hurdles and rival bidders for the online news site the billionaire helped shutter by funding litigation against it, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
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 …
New Yorker:
Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump  —  Last night, at Sully's Bar & Grill, which sits across the street from the Carrier Corporation's furnace plant, on the west side of Indianapolis, and serves as the de-facto company bar, two of Carrier's soon …
CNN:
Trump allies urge him not to talk to Mueller  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Close advisers and friends of President Donald Trump are warning him not to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, with some expressing skepticism that there would be any circumstance …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
Can Requiring People to Work Make Them Healthier?  —  The Trump administration wants to make a major change to Medicaid, but there's not a lot of evidence for one of its key assertions.  —  One of the clearest patterns in public health research is the correlation between income and health.
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements
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: Fox News, IJR, Axios and Times of San Diego
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Heartland Democrats to Washington: 'You're Killing Us'  —  New report blames elitist national party for alienating voters, and threatening the party's chances in 2020.  —  AUSTIN, Ind.—Steering his white Dodge Ram while wearing a tan knit cap, a drab green Carhartt coat and a smear …
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: The Verge, The Root and Raw Story
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
New tax guidelines rely on workers to double-check their paychecks  —  Millions of Americans will need to use a new Internal Revenue Service online calculator to ensure their new paychecks are accurate, Trump administration officials said Thursday as they issued guidelines for implementing the recently passed tax law.
HuffPost:
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Mashable and IndieWire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Sara A. Carter
 
 
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Oprah Will Run In 2020 Because All The Other Democratic Candidates Are Even Worse
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump, Kushner meet with advocates on prison reform
Discussion: Axios, USA Today and IJR
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Why Wall Street Hasn't Had Its #MeToo Moment Yet
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Plans to Bring at Least Six Cabinet Secretaries to Davos, Sources Say
Discussion: Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Schiff: It would be ‘valuable’ if Ivanka Trump testified in Russia probe
Discussion: Politicus USA
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Jay Leno Opens Up About the “Depressing” Nature of Late-Night Today
Discussion: IJR, Daily Wire and Washington Times
TIME:
The Unpresident: Why Donald Trump Will Never Change
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Coal miners turn on Trump after they gain fewer jobs than a local Sam's Club
Discussion: CNNMoney
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Senior Pentagon soldier warns ISIS: Quit or be shot in the face, beaten with entrenching tools
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Voters Abandoning Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Magazine
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Sessions tries to impress Trump with moves at Justice. It hasn't worked.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trump's State of the Union