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9:35 AM ET, January 12, 2018

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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump attacks protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries in Oval Office meeting  —  President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part …
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Mar-a-Lago, Trump's exclusive club, reportedly hires more of its seasonal foreign workers from Haiti than it does from nearly any other country  — President Donald Trump reportedly stunned lawmakers Thursday when he asked, “Why do we need more Haitians” in the United States
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president  —  The past seven days have matched some of the Trump era's most frantic and maniacal weeks.  Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff's Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” …
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall.com and CNN
New York Times:
Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from …
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:
From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage  —  OSLO — It was already past midnight on Friday when the news arrived in Norway: A day after meeting with Norway's prime minister in Washington, President Trump told members of Congress that the United States needed more immigrants …
NBC News:
Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as ‘shithole’ nations  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, a Democratic aide briefed on the meeting told NBC News.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
President Trump reportedly blasts protections for immigrants from ‘s—thole countries’
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Trump criticized immigration from ‘s—hole’ countries: report
Wall Street Journal:
Transcript of Donald Trump Interview With The Wall Street Journal  —  President Donald Trump sat down for an interview Thursday morning with four reporters from The Wall Street Journal: Rebecca Ballhaus, Michael C. Bender, Peter Nicholas and Louise Radnofsky.
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
JUST when you thought things were calming, TRUMP's THURS was wild from wire to wire — POTUS says he won't go to UK embassy opening because of bad Obama deal, but BUSH cut the deal — DINA POWELL's going away party  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A HEADLINE TRUMP WON'T LIKE — “Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview  —  President cites a positive relationship with nation's leader; also accuses Steve Bannon of betrayal  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump suggested he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea's leader despite …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Guardian, Washington Post and Axios
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He Feels ‘Betrayed’ by Bannon, Doesn't Rule Out Reconciliation
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Breitbart
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Donald Trump visit to London called off amid fears of mass protests  —  President will not now open new US embassy next month, with secretary of state Rex Tillerson likely to take his place … Donald Trump has backed off the idea of visiting Britain next month to open the new US embassy in London amid fears of mass protests.
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump ‘cancels’ London visit to dedicate new U.S. Embassy, citing ‘bad deal’ to sell and relocate building  —  President Trump said he has called off a planned ceremonial visit to Britain because he didn't want to be associated with what he called a bad real estate deal in which the U.S. Embassy …
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘Five white guys’ leading DACA talks should open a ‘hamburger stand’  —  Her No. 2, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, called the Californian's comments ‘offensive.’  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi complained Thursday that immigration negotiations are being led by “five white guys” …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama: Presidents need to watch their behavior  —  Barack Obama's advice on the presidency: Watch your behavior — because everyone else is watching it, and taking cues from it.  —  “One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did — was part of your ability …
Discussion: Axios and Washington Free Beacon
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Obama to Letterman: No Sense of ‘Relief’ After Turning Presidency Over to Trump
Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
Will President Trump's Physical Show That He's Obese? … Donald Trump's physical will take place Friday, his first as president.  He'll be examined by Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physician since 2013, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
Discussion: Axios, NBC News and Vox
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Experts call for Trump physical to include mental health exam
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Facebook:
News Feed FYI: Bringing People Closer Together  —  Facebook was built to bring people closer together and build relationships.  One of the ways we do this is by connecting people to meaningful posts from their friends and family in News Feed.  Over the next few months …
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share
Andrea Mandell / USA Today:
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer unless he was paid  —  Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World unless he was paid over a million dollars for the reshoot, USA TODAY has learned.
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
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Discussion: Politico and Roll Call
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Watch: Top intel Republican can't name a single falsehood in the Trump-Russia dossier  —  Republicans insist the Russia dossier is false, but the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee can't name a single false finding in the document.  —  Donald Trump's biggest defender …
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Corey Lewandowski to Testify Before House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump's ‘ping-pong’ on surveillance law sets off a 101-minute scramble … At 6:46 Thursday morning, Andrew Napolitano — a Fox News Channel personality and supporter of President Trump — opined about a critical government surveillance program on “Fox & Friends,” the show that is part alarm clock …
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
The Book That Ate Washington  —  Here's what happens when you let a Wolff loose in the West Wing  —  Like any dutiful Washington swamp creature, I've spent the last few days holed up with Fire and Fury.  Which is not, if you've been in news-cycle hibernation, the new fragrance from Ivanka.
New Yorker:
Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump  —  Last night, at Sully's Bar & Grill, which sits across the street from the Carrier Corporation's furnace plant, on the west side of Indianapolis, and serves as the de-facto company bar, two of Carrier's soon …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Washington Post reporter who spoke at liberal event put on leave  —  A Washington Post reporter who came under fire late last year for participating in a liberal conference has been put on leave by the newspaper, CNN has learned.  —  Janell Ross, a reporter on the Post's national desk …
 
 
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Paola Chavez / ABC News:
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Wall Street Journal:
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