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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star's Silence  —  Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say  —  A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment …
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The Daily Beast:
Porn Star: Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Invited Me to Their Hotel Room … On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer for President Donald J. Trump, arranged a $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels one month prior to the 2016 presidential election.
New York Times:
Porn Star Was Reportedly Paid to Stay Quiet About Trump  —  A lawyer for President Trump orchestrated a $130,000 payment to a pornographic-film actress in October 2016 to prevent her from going public with claims of a consensual sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:   Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report
CNN:
WSJ: Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
WSJ: Michael Cohen Paid Off Porn Star To Stay Mum On Trump Sex Allegations
Discussion: Mediaite
NBC News:
Trump's history of breaking decorum with remarks on race, ethnicity  —  A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances.
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
The U.S. ambassador in London contradicted just about everything Trump said about the new embassy
CBS News:
White House struggles with muting function for 22 minutes on Iran conference call with reporters  —  It took the White House twenty-two minutes to figure out how to enable the “listening only” feature on a conference call on Thursday in which senior administration officials announced …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Trump criticism dominates Chuck Grassley town meeting in rural Iowa  —  LOGAN, Ia.  — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley faced relentless questioning about President Donald Trump's fitness for office and his own handling of the investigation into Russian election meddling at a rural town meeting here Friday morning.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
New York Times:
Donald Trump Flushes Away America's Reputation  —  For a fleeting moment Tuesday, President Trump seemed to signal he would do the right thing on immigration.  At a 90-minute meeting with congressional Republicans and Democrats, much of it televised, he said he'd be willing to “take the heat” …
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Associated Press:
Diplomats scramble to contain outrage over Trump's remarks
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
MLK nephew: Trump ‘racially ignorant and racially uninformed’
Discussion: AOL
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump denies Haiti slur amid fallout from ‘shithole’ comment
Noreen Malone / thecut:
Exclusive: Watch Chris Matthews Joke About His ‘Bill Cosby Pill’ Before Interviewing Hillary Clinton  —  On January 5, 2016, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed Hillary Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season.  Network footage obtained by the Cut shows Matthews …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A President Who Fans, Rather Than Douses, the Nation's Racial Fires  —  WASHINGTON — As he signed a proclamation marking the holiday next week honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Trump on Friday recalled the civil rights leader's message that “no matter what the color …
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Washington Post:
Trump's vulgarity: Overt racism or a president who says what many think? … One barnyard epithet and the leader of the free world was now definitively a racist or, alternatively, was back in the good graces of those who had worried he'd been wavering in his nationalism.
Post and Courier:
Sen. Tim Scott: Graham says reports of Trump's ‘shithole countries’ comment ‘basically accurate’  —  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said he talked to fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham about hearing President Donald Trump's “shithole countries” comment and Graham confirmed to him the president said it.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
James O'Keefe says Trump asked him to go on birther-linked mission  —  Donald Trump in 2013 asked James O'Keefe, the controversial conservative filmmaker, if he could “get inside” Columbia University and obtain President Obama's sealed college records, according to a passage in O'Keefe's forthcoming book …
Thomas Frank / BuzzFeed:
Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos To Unknown Buyers  —  A BuzzFeed News review of every sale of a Trump-branded condominium in the United States provides the first comprehensive look at how many went to unidentified buyers who paid cash, an indication of possible money laundering.
Discussion: Washington Press, The Week and IJR
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   Haitian government claims ousted dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier laundered stolen money through Trump Tower
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
Kentucky to now require LITERACY TESTS for “certain populations” to receive medical care.  —  Throughout his 2015 gubernatorial campaign, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin repeatedly promised that if elected, he'd get rid of both the state's award-winning, beloved Kynect (sorry..."kynect") …
Discussion: KY Policy and ThinkProgress
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Puts the Purpose of His Presidency Into Words  —  Francis Amasa Walker had fought to preserve the Union in the Grand Army of the Republic, but by 1896 he saw its doom in the huddled masses coming from Eastern Europe.  The “immigrants from southern Italy, Hungary, Austria, and Russia …
Discussion: Mediaite
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How The Alt-Right — And Paul Ryan's Challenger — Coordinate To Fight The “Jewish Media”  —  When Steve Bannon, Breitbart, and other conservatives cut ties with far-right activist and congressional candidate Paul Nehlen, he turned to his private Twitter direct message group, CityRevoltVoteNehlen.
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Tax officials reduce Trump's tax bill on D.C. hotel by nearly $1 million  —  President Trump's D.C. hotel received a $53.6 million reduction in its 2018 assessment from the District of Columbia tax office, saving his company nearly $1 million.  —  The District tax office initially valued …
Washington Post:
After drubbing by media, Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks  —  The embattled U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra apologized Friday for making unsubstantiated anti-Muslim claims at a conference in 2015, after his first week in the post …
ABC News:
Doctor declares Trump is in ‘excellent health’ after physical  —  President Donald Trump was declared to be in “excellent health” after undergoing a physical Friday.  —  The president's physician issued a brief statement Friday evening, adding that more details about the results would be released Tuesday.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Proud to Live in a Nation of Holers  —  As tourist destinations go, the Republic of Moldova — tucked between Ukraine and Romania — probably isn't on anyone's bucket list.  It's the poorest country in Europe, with per capita G.D.P. barely exceeding Sudan's.  Sex trafficking and organized crime are rampant.
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs  —  PARIS (AP) — The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday.
Reuters:
‘Thanks, but no thanks’ - Norwegians reject Trump's immigration offer  —  OSLO (Reuters) - Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti or African nations.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Antiabortion activist abruptly steps down as head of HHS's family planning division  —  Teresa Manning — an antiabortion activist in charge of the Health and Human Services Department's family planning programs — resigned her post Friday, according to a department spokeswoman.
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme  —  Executive Allegedly Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts
Discussion: The Last Refuge
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
L.A. ‘swatting’ suspect charged with manslaughter in Kansas over hoax call that led to fatal police shooting
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Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Requests from Democrats, Mike Pence Unlikely to Testify to Congress About Russia
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case
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 Earlier Items: 
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David French / National Review:
Trump's ‘Sh**hole’ Comments Double Down on Identity Politics
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
The Top 10 Most Obsequious Comments Letterman Made to Obama During Their Netflix Interview
Discussion: New Yorker and Deadline
Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:
AJC poll: Trump's approval ratings in Georgia erode
Eve Peyser / VICE:
Biden Trashes Millennials in His Quest to Become Even Less Likable
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and thecut
Jesse Singal / New York Times:
Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here's Exhibit A.