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12:05 PM ET, January 11, 2018


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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
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 …
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump undercuts White House stance hours before critical surveillance vote
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Rand Paul threatens to filibuster over FISA surveillance program
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Surveillance and Privacy Debate Reaches Pivotal Moment in Congress
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
A Feminist Twitter Campaign Targets Harper's Magazine and Katie Roiphe
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, AOL, Vox and The Hill
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Was the DNC/Clinton campaign-funded dossier used to obtain warrants on Trump team from the secret court?  —  The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump's campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump's team, this reporter has learned.
David Harsanyi / New York Post:
The Trump dossier's credibility is collapsing
Discussion: Power Line and Business Insider
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 …
Discussion: Vox, IJR and Shakesville
David Weigel / Washington Post:   Sanders will host health-care town hall, aiming for online audience bigger than cable
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Trump paves the way for states to impose Medicaid work requirements
Discussion: ABC News
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump officials move to allow Medicaid work requirements
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and Healthcare Dive
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:
Trump administration allows states to make Medicaid recipients work
Discussion: The Week, NPR and Splinter
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Cheri Jacobus / USA Today:
Bannon's brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Christopher Buskirk / Washington Post:   Michael Wolff did Trump a big favor
Walmart to Raise U.S. Wages, Provide One-Time Bonus and Expand Hourly Maternity and Parental Leave  —  More than 1 million associates benefit from combined wage and benefit changes  —  Today, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates in the U.S. to $11 …
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Walmart to raise starting hourly wage to $11, offer paid parental leave
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sessions telling allies he hopes recent moves get him back in Trump's good graces: report  —  has reportedly said to his allies that he hopes media coverage of recent moves by the Justice Department will impress President Trump  —  According to The Washington Post, the attorney general …
Discussion: RedState
Attorney General Sessions sets up Hezbollah investigation team
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Associated Press:
Some legislatures lack sexual misconduct policies, training
Discussion: Axios
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.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Wolff Eats Its Own  —  Guess what?  Donald Trump is a raving idiot.  Every sentient person knows this, and if Michael Wolff is to be believed, so does most everyone in the White House.  So why are we talking about Wolff's book “Fire and Fury” as if it's the news sensation of the decade?
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.
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 …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Senior Pentagon soldier warns ISIS: Quit or be shot in the face, beaten with entrenching tools  —  The Pentagon's senior enlisted service member has issued a blunt warning to Islamic State fighters, saying in new social-media posts that they could either surrender or face death in a number of forms …
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Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
This is The Emerging Deal to Save DACA
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
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Conway: Trump ‘discovered’ there doesn't need to be ‘physical wall’ along entire border
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Martha Quillin / Raleigh News & Observer:
Police break up slave labor operation that used children to run fish markets around Fayetteville
Discussion: The Root
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
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Top Fox News D.C. Reporter James Rosen Left Network After Harassment Claims