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8:40 PM ET, January 11, 2018

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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 …
NBC News:
Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as ‘shithole’ nations  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, a Democratic aide briefed on the meeting told NBC News.
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 …
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Accuses FBI Agent of ‘Treason’  —  U.S. is taking steps to ensure Russia doesn't interfere with future elections, president says  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Thursday that an FBI agent once involved in the special counsel's Russia probe committed “treason,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Transcript of Donald Trump Interview With The Wall Street Journal  —  President Donald Trump sat down for an interview Thursday morning with four reporters from The Wall Street Journal: Rebecca Ballhaus, Michael C. Bender, Peter Nicholas and Louise Radnofsky.
Discussion: emptywheel
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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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He Feels ‘Betrayed’ by Bannon, Doesn't Rule Out Reconciliation
Discussion: Breitbart, CNBC and Political Wire
Cheri Jacobus / USA Today:
Bannon's brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Raw Story
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Bannon to appear before House committee for Russia probe: report
Discussion: RedState
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Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Talks Muddled Amid Trump's Vulgar Comments
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake says bipartisan senators have reached immigration deal — but others are skeptical
Discussion: IJR, ThinkProgress and Axios
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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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Missouri Gov. Accused Of Blackmail Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and IJR
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greiten Denies Slapping Mistress and Blackmailing Her With Nude Photos
Discussion: ABC News
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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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 …
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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.
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
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Allies warn Trump against interview with Mueller: report
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and The Week
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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”
Paul Biggar:
That party was way worse than it sounds  —  Last week Vanity Fair published a pretty intense article (an excerpt from Emily Chang's upcoming “Brotopia") about Silicon Valley's sex parties.  One particular party mentioned was “a party on the edge of the earth”.  I was there, and it's way way worse than it sounds.
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Donald Trump visit to London called off amid fears of mass protests  —  President will not now open new US embassy next month, with secretary of state Rex Tillerson likely to take his place … Donald Trump has backed off the idea of visiting Britain next month to open the new US embassy in London amid fears of mass protests.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Jay Leno Opens Up About the “Depressing” Nature of Late-Night Today  —  The former ‘Tonight Show’ host talks with THR about why he doesn't miss late-night, has no interest in doing a streaming show and is content to stick with CNBC's 'Jay Leno's Garage.'  —  It's been almost four years since …
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.
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 …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Washington Post reporter who spoke at liberal event put on leave  —  A Washington Post reporter who came under fire late last year for participating in a liberal conference has been put on leave by the newspaper, CNN has learned.  —  Janell Ross, a reporter on the Post's national desk …
Discussion: AOL
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.
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, Raw Story and The Root
 
 
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Associated Press:
Senator: Drilling plan carve-out for Florida may be illegal
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“A Safe Space for Trump”: Inside the Feedback Loop Between the President and Fox News
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Oprah Will Run In 2020 Because All The Other Democratic Candidates Are Even Worse
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
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 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
To combat drug smuggling, Trump signs bill to provide $9 million for opioid sensors
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
TIME:
The Unpresident: Why Donald Trump Will Never Change
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
GOP, Trump suffer recruiting setback as N.D. Rep. Kevin Cramer will not run for Senate
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Coal miners turn on Trump after they gain fewer jobs than a local Sam's Club
Discussion: CNNMoney
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS on Russia Dossier Claims
Discussion: Washington Post
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Voters Abandoning Donald Trump
Discussion: Power Line and New York Magazine