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1:40 PM ET, January 11, 2018


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox and New Republic
New York Times:
House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits  —  WASHINGTON — A yearslong effort by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to impose significant new privacy limits on the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program fell short on Thursday …
The Hill:
Trump rips FISA ahead of House vote after White House calls for bill's passage
SHennessey / Lawfare:
Trump Tweets Against a Key National Security Priority
Discussion: USA Today and Daily Wire
Washington Post:
House passes legislation to renew key NSA surveillance program after Trump's contradictory tweets
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
House votes to renew NSA spying, rejects reform push
Discussion: IJR, AOL and Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Tricks President Into Opposing His Own Bill
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump undercuts White House stance hours before critical surveillance vote
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 …
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
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Greitens admits affair but denies related blackmail allegation
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: These Trump nominees couldn't get confirmed by the GOP Senate, but they're still in government
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 and Raw Story
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 …
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: The Week, Breitbart and AOL
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 …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Walmart boosts minimum wage to $11, hands out bonuses up to $1,000 for hourly workers
Discussion: Daily Wire
Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart to Raise Minimum U.S. Wage to $11 an Hour
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
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 …
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 …
BREAKING: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning” … In the latest undercover Project Veritas video investigation, eight current and former Twitter employees are on camera explaining steps the social media giant is taking to censor political content that they don't like.
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.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democratic leaders face internal mutiny over Dreamers deal  —  Democratic leaders are facing a potential revolt within their ranks as they edge toward a deal with Republicans that would protect Dreamers from deportation but also include concessions to conservatives that many Democratic lawmakers say are unacceptable.
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable and IndieWire
German Lopez / Vox:
Conway said “nobody” at White House talks about Clinton.  These 75 Trump tweets say otherwise.  —  Kellyanne Conway's remarks are debunked by her own boss.  —  Speaking to Chris Cuomo on CNN on Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a bold claim about the Trump administration's …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Sessions tries to impress Trump with moves at Justice.  It hasn't worked.  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to find his way back into President Trump's good graces.  —  For months, Sessions has asked senior White House aides to make sure the president knows what he is doing …
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.
Gonzalo Solano / Associated Press:
Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder  —  QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London, officials announced Thursday.  —  Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa …
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Associated Press:
Democratic lawmakers want to subpoena Trump Organization
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Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Coal miners turn on Trump after they gain fewer jobs than a local Sam's Club
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Spencer Woodman / The Intercept:
Private Prison Continues to Send ICE Detainees to Solitary Confinement for Refusing Voluntary Labor
Discussion: Splinter
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Trump lauded delivery of F-52s to Norway. The planes only exist in ‘Call of Duty.’
Discussion: The Verge
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
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Trump and Dems Near Deal to Save Dreamers and Wall
Sebastian Murphy-bates / Daily Mail:
They've lost their royal support! …
Aki Peritz / Washington Post:
Foreign spies are watching — and probably targeting — Fox News Channel
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Conway: Trump ‘discovered’ there doesn't need to be ‘physical wall’ along entire border
Discussion: RedState and IJR
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Steven Pinker: Here's How Political Correctness Winds Up Creating Its Own Antagonists
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Seeks to Change Rules on Bank Lending to the Poor
Discussion: The Daily Caller