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12:15 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 …
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 …
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.
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
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:   From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage
NBC News:
Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as ‘shithole’ nations
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.
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
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 …
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president
Discussion: and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview
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
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: Axios, Roll Call 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 …
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
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: Axios
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea
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.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘Five white guys’ leading DACA talks should open a ‘hamburger stand’
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.
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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’
Discussion: Splinter, Politico and The Daily Caller
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Fits and fitness: Trump gives his skeptics plenty of fodder
Discussion: Political Wire
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Experts call for Trump physical to include mental health exam
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Mark Zuckerberg:
One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.  —  We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us.  That's why we've always put friends and family at the core of the experience.
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: National Review, IJR and The Federalist
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Judge to review Comey memos before deciding whether to release to media outlets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Africa startled by Trump's sudden and vulgar attention
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
These Claims About ‘Chain Migration’ Are Not Accurate
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Russia's Oligarchs Brace for U.S. Report Listing Putin Friends
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
It's Time to Censure Trump for ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ of a President
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
The Book That Ate Washington
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Who's Senile?  —  The Democrats are hysterically shrieking …
Andrea Mandell / USA Today:
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer unless he was paid
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Behind the Duck: Former Aflac Employees Allege Fraud and Abuse in Nearly Every Aspect of Company
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight