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3:20 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 …
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.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Missouri Gov. Accused Of Blackmail Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover
Discussion: Political Wire, IJR and Daily Wire
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits
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
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 …
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Take DACA Off the Table  —  There is a bipartisan consensus that the so-called Dreamers should not be deported.  So let them stay.  —  There is a bipartisan consensus that the so-called Dreamers, those who fall under DACA, should not be deported if they have not committed a crime.  —  So keep them.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
A bipartisan group of senators has reached an immigration deal
Discussion: Politico, Mother Jones and Axios
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Flake: Senators on verge of bipartisan deal for ‘Dreamers’
Discussion: IJR
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:   Exclusive: Trump and Dems Near Deal to Save Dreamers and Wall
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.  Some stores were closed on Thursday.  Others will close at a later date.
Discussion: The Hill and
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 …
NBC News:
Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement
Discussion: New York Times and IJR
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 …
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.
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:   Dutch Reporters Stun Trump's Ambassador by Pressing Him to Admit He Lied About “No-Go Zones”
Project Veritas:
UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions  —  Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains “shadow banning,” says “it's going to ban a way of talking”  —  Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu …
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 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 …
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 …
Walmart to Raise U.S. Wages, Provide One-Time Bonus and Expand Hourly Maternity and Parental Leave
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: Raw Story and The Verge
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
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 …
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: Mediaite, Mashable and IndieWire
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
Coal miners turn on Trump after they gain fewer jobs than a local Sam's Club  —  “They voted for Trump because he said he'd bring back coal.  It's not happening.”  —  Donald Trump not only spent the 2016 campaign promising that he would resurrect America's dying coal industry, he kept offering up that false hope in 2017.
Discussion: CNNMoney
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 …
NBC News:
Mueller has not requested interview with Pence  —  WASHINGTON — While discussions are underway about President Donald Trump possibly speaking with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, FBI investigators have not so far requested an interview with Vice President Mike Pence, a person familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Feeds, NBC News and The Week
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.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
In blow to Trump, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer will not run for Senate in North Dakota  —  Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced Thursday that he will not run for the U.S. Senate, dealing a blow to Senate Republicans and President Trump, the latter of whom recruited him to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump administration freezes database of addiction and mental health programs
Discussion: The Week, Warren Throckmorton and STAT
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