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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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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.”
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.
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.
Washington Post:
‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump's remark … ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Trump's dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants are not desirable for U.S. immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Brooks Picked a Bad Week to Say Trump ‘Runs a Normal, Good Meeting’
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:
From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Evens Sanon / Associated Press:
Haiti ‘shocked and outraged’ over reported Trump remarks
Discussion: IJR and The Week
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president
Discussion: Townhall.com and CNN
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington Post: “When the President Says It, We'll Use It Verbatim”
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: Raw Story, The Week and Political Wire
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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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Jumps Into ‘Dreamer’ Fight With Gift for Scholarships  —  SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, on Friday injected himself into one of the most contentious political debates in the United States, announcing that he and his wife had donated $33 million to a college scholarship …
Discussion: Splinter
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Linda Qiu / New York Times:   These Claims About ‘Chain Migration’ Are Not Accurate
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’
Discussion: Politico, Mashable and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Obama to Letterman: No Sense of ‘Relief’ After Turning Presidency Over to Trump
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
John Lewis: Trump administration ‘is a major setback’ for the nation, world
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Axios
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Feike Hacquebord / blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs …:
Update on Pawn Storm: New Targets and Politically Motivated Campaigns  —  In the second half of 2017 Pawn Storm, an extremely active espionage actor group, didn't shy away from continuing their brazen attacks.  Usually, the group's attacks are not isolated incidents, and we can often relate …
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers  —  Leading congressional Democrats have spent the last year relentlessly accusing Donald Trump of being controlled by or treasonously loyal to a hostile foreign power.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Splinter
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Who's Senile?  —  The Democrats are hysterically shrieking …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Fits and fitness: Trump gives his skeptics plenty of fodder  —  A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll shows that 55% of Americans (and 54% of independents) think Trump's mental fitness is a legitimate issue.  But this is as partisan as any other question, with most Republicans saying the questions are “unfair and politically motivated.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
Will President Trump's Physical Show That He's Obese?
Discussion: NBC News and Vox
Mark Oppenheimer / Politico:
How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)  —  On May 23, 2012, after finishing final exams at the end of his junior year at Yale, a 23-year-old named Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins got two phone calls from people back home in Alaska.  The first came from an erstwhile losing candidate …
Jesse Singal / New York Times:
Social Media Is Making Us Dumber.  Here's Exhibit A.  —  This week, a video surfaced of a Harvard professor, Steven Pinker, which appeared to show him lauding members of a racist movement.  The clip, which was pulled from a November event at Harvard put on by Spiked magazine …
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Fiat Chrysler will move Ram production to Michigan from Mexico
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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
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