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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  —  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.
Discussion: Political Wire, IJR and Daily Wire
Kansas City Star:
Gov. Greitens faces calls for investigation, resignation over blackmail allegations  —  A bipartisan group of state senators is calling for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to investigate allegations that Gov. Eric Greitens threatened to blackmail a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.
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
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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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
Reuters:
Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe
Discussion: New Republic
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Bannon hires lawyer as he prepares for Russia-related congressional testimony
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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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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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
White House: No deal yet on immigration  —  A bipartisan group of senators working to resolve the status of young undocumented immigrants, border security and restrictions on legal migration programs has offered an opening bid on an immigration agreement and is seeking sign-off from the White House …
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and Axios
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Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:   Take DACA Off the Table
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Flake: Senators on verge of bipartisan deal for ‘Dreamers’
Discussion: The Daily Beast and IJR
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 …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid
Discussion: NBC News and IJR
New York Times:
House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Protections  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to extend the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting a yearslong effort by a bipartisan group …
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The Hill:
Trump rips FISA ahead of House vote after White House calls for bill's passage
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Mnuchin defends Trump's planned Davos trip: It's not ‘a hangout for globalists’
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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.
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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”
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 …
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NBC News:
Mueller has not requested interview with Pence
Discussion: Feeds and NBC News
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 …
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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, The Root and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Axios, IJR and Times of San Diego
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 …
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.
HuffPost:
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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ACLU:
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TIME:
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Judson Berger / Fox News:
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder
Dana Ferguson / Argus Leader:
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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
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