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10:55 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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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 …
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: Townhall.com and CNN
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump denies Haiti slur amid fallout from ‘shithole’ comment  —  President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” but admitted he used “tough” language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers.
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 …
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington Post: “When the President Says It, We'll Use It Verbatim”  —  How the DC paper and other media outlets covered President Trump's “shithole” remark.  —  Profanity is a tricky thing for newsrooms.  Many publications and broadcasters, clinging to sensibilities that they deliver …
NBC News:
Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as ‘shithole’ nations
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
President Trump reportedly blasts protections for immigrants from ‘s—thole countries’
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Brooks Picked a Bad Week to Say Trump ‘Runs a Normal, Good Meeting’
Discussion: Fox News
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Guardian, Washington Post and Axios
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: Political Wire
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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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
John Lewis: Trump administration ‘is a major setback’ for the nation, world
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Obama to Letterman: No Sense of ‘Relief’ After Turning Presidency Over to Trump
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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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:   Facebook drastically changes News Feed to make it “good for people” (and bad for most publishers)
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Hoyer calls Pelosi's ‘five white guys’ remark offensive  —  (Md.) on Thursday blasted Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  —  's (D-Calif.) remarks about white men working on an immigration agreement as “offensive.”  —  “The five white guys I call them, you know,” Pelosi said …
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Experts call for Trump physical to include mental health exam  —  More than 70 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals are urging President Trump  —  's physician to examine the president's mental health when he conducts a routine physical on Friday, according to a Politico report.
Discussion: RedState and Politico
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Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
Will President Trump's Physical Show That He's Obese?
Discussion: Axios, NBC News and Vox
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Time to Say It: Trump Is a Racist  —  When it comes to President Trump and race, there is a predictable cycle.  He makes a remark that seems racist, and people engage in an extended debate about whether he is personally racist.  His critics say he is.  His defenders argue for an interpretation …
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Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Russia's Oligarchs Brace for U.S. Report Listing Putin Friends  —  Congress gave Jan. 29 deadline for Treasury to submit list  —  List does not impose sanctions, parts may remain classified  —  The U.S. Treasury Department is finishing its first official list of “oligarchs” …
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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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 …
 
 
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Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
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