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8:30 AM ET, January 12, 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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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president  —  The past seven days have matched some of the Trump era's most frantic and maniacal weeks.  Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff's Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall.com and CNN
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 …
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington Post: “When the President Says It, We'll Use It Verbatim”  —  How the DC paper and other media outlets covered President Trump's “shithole” remark.  —  Profanity is a tricky thing for newsrooms.  Many publications and broadcasters, clinging to sensibilities that they deliver …
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.
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump asked why the US needs more Haitians. Mar-a-Lago may hold the answer
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:   From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
President Trump reportedly blasts protections for immigrants from ‘s—thole countries’
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Talks Muddled Amid Trump's Vulgar Comments
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trump laments immigration from ‘s—hole countries’ in Oval Office negotiations
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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 …
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,” …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
JUST when you thought things were calming, TRUMP's THURS was wild from wire to wire …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Guardian, Washington Post and Axios
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He Feels ‘Betrayed’ by Bannon, Doesn't Rule Out Reconciliation
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Breitbart
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.
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Facebook:
News Feed FYI: Bringing People Closer Together  —  Facebook was built to bring people closer together and build relationships.  One of the ways we do this is by connecting people to meaningful posts from their friends and family in News Feed.  Over the next few months …
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share
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Andrea Mandell / USA Today:
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer unless he was paid  —  Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World unless he was paid over a million dollars for the reshoot, USA TODAY has learned.
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
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Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Watch: Top intel Republican can't name a single falsehood in the Trump-Russia dossier  —  Republicans insist the Russia dossier is false, but the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee can't name a single false finding in the document.  —  Donald Trump's biggest defender …
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Corey Lewandowski to Testify Before House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama: Presidents need to watch their behavior  —  Barack Obama's advice on the presidency: Watch your behavior — because everyone else is watching it, and taking cues from it.  —  “One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did — was part of your ability …
Discussion: Axios
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Obama to Letterman: No Sense of ‘Relief’ After Turning Presidency Over to Trump
Emily Wood / WLWT-TV:
Mason teacher admits to making lynching comment to student  —  Student's mother wants the district to take more action  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  MASON, Ohio —  A Mason mother is frustrated and upset after a teacher admitted to using a racially charged remark about lynching to her son.
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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump's Nuclear Review.  He Wants A Lot More Nukes.  —  His first Nuclear Posture Review: more nukes, more posturing.  —  In his first year in office, President Barack Obama gave a landmark address in Prague in which he famously affirmed “clearly …
Discussion: Splinter
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.
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 …
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Behind the Duck: Former Aflac Employees Allege Fraud and Abuse in Nearly Every Aspect of Company  —  The insurance firm Aflac has exploited workers, manipulated its accounting, and deceived shareholders and customers, according to nine former employees.  This article is based on interviews …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
 
 
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Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Axios, NBC News and Vox
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Trump Epitomizes ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ a President—Will Congress Step Up and Say So?
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Washington Post:
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Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Ex-Google Employee's Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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 Earlier Items: 
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Fiat Chrysler to invest more than $1 billion in Michigan plant and give $2,000 bonuses in response to tax reform
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trump's State of the Union
Discussion: Breitbart
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“A Safe Space for Trump”: Inside the Feedback Loop Between the President and Fox News
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Peter Thiel submits bid for Gawker, faces challenges
CNN:
Trump allies urge him not to talk to Mueller
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Mediaite
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers