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12:45 PM 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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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.
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 …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
'This is CNN Tonight.  I'm Don Lemon.  The president of the United States is racist.'  —  It's not every day you hear a television news anchor unabashedly calling a public figure “racist.”  Broadcast journalists tend to tread lightly when describing racism, using terms such as “racially charged” or “racially tinged.”
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
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.
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president
Discussion: Townhall.com and CNN
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:
From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paola Chavez / ABC News:
Trump defends ‘tough’ language used in DACA meeting after ‘s—hole countries’ comment
Discussion: RedState, IJR, CNBC and Politico
Washington Post:
‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump's remark
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington Post: “When the President Says It, We'll Use It Verbatim”
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and AOL
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Brooks Picked a Bad Week to Say Trump ‘Runs a Normal, Good Meeting’  —  Four days ago, David Brooks broke the news in the New York Times that President Trump is actually a sober-minded and competent public servant.  “People who go into the White House to have a meeting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview
Donald Trump / Telegraph:
US ambassador to Panama resigns, saying he can no longer serve under Trump administration  —  US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea
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
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Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:   Martha McSally's U.S. Senate ambitions began at least last summer
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Arizona's already very complicated Senate race, explained
Discussion: Roll Call, Axios and CNN
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 …
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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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Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
Nancy Pelosi says companies' bonuses to workers because of the tax bill are ‘crumbs’  — Companies have been announcing one-time bonuses for employees and crediting the recent Republican tax law.  — Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bonuses “crumbs” compared to the benefits corporations were receiving.
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘Five white guys’ leading DACA talks should open a ‘hamburger stand’
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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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’
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: NBC News and Vox
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Fits and fitness: Trump gives his skeptics plenty of fodder
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Some Assembly Required  —  In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Bierut reviews Alexander Langlands's “Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts.”  Bierut writes:  —  In “Craeft,” Langlands neither jumps aboard the homemade bandwagon nor stands athwart it.
Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Fiat Chrysler will move Ram production to Michigan from Mexico  —  Tesla's Model 3 may not satisfy ‘mainstream’ buyers  —  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is feeling good about tax reform.  So good that it says it's moving some of its truck production from Mexico to Michigan.
Discussion: IJR and The Federalist
 
 
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
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Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Africa startled by Trump's sudden and vulgar attention
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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