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11:15 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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Talks Muddled Amid Trump's Vulgar Comments
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.
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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 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has again stopped short of reimposing draconian sanctions on Iran that could break up its nuclear deal with world powers, two people briefed on his decision said on Thursday …
Discussion: Axios
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,” …
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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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Hoyer calls Pelosi's ‘five white guys’ remark offensive
Discussion: IJR and Washington Times
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.
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Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greiten Denies Slapping Mistress and Blackmailing Her With Nude Photos
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 and CNBC
Cheri Jacobus / USA Today:
Bannon's brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Raw Story
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.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members will see most often, saying on Thursday that it would prioritize what their friends …
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Facebook:
News Feed FYI: Bringing People Closer Together
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Verge, Axios and Engadget
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: 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 …
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.
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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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.
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 this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide to a lawmaker …
Discussion: Breitbart and AOL
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.
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 …
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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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Lawyer Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS on Russia Dossier Claims
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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David French / National Review:
What If American Life Expectancy Declined Again and the Elite Cared More About Trump's Tweets?
Discussion: Washington Post
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Behind the Duck: Former Aflac Employees Allege Fraud and Abuse in Nearly Every Aspect of Company
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Fiat Chrysler to invest more than $1 billion in Michigan plant and give $2,000 bonuses in response to tax reform
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Will Sommer / TinyLetter:
Right Richter: The new conspiracy theory that's bigger than Pizzagate
Associated Press:
Senator: Drilling plan carve-out for Florida may be illegal
Discussion: Axios
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Washington Post reporter who spoke at liberal event put on leave
Discussion: AOL and The Daily Caller
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“A Safe Space for Trump”: Inside the Feedback Loop Between the President and Fox News
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump, Kushner meet with advocates on prison reform
Discussion: USA Today, Axios and IJR
TIME:
The Unpresident: Why Donald Trump Will Never Change
Discussion: Mashable and Raw Story
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Trump lauded delivery of F-52s to Norway. The planes only exist in ‘Call of Duty.’
Discussion: The Verge, The Root and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Confused Trump Tricked by Fox News Into Opposing His Own Surveillance Bill [Updated]