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2:50 PM ET, January 12, 2018

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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.”
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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.
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.
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
New York Times:
Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa
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
Harriet Alexander / 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: Weekly Standard, Mother Jones and Axios
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Jon Sharman / The Independent:
US ambassador to Panama resigns because he can ‘no longer work for Trump’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Post and Courier:
Sen. Tim Scott: Graham says reports of Trump's ‘shithole countries’ comment ‘basically accurate’  —  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said he talked to fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham about hearing President Donald Trump's “shithole countries” comment and Graham confirmed to him the president said it.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
There's No Way Out  —  Last week, which brought the release of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, was rough for the White House.  But this week has been worse still, and the damage has been almost entirely inflicted by the president himself.  —  Consider the highlights:
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Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Donald Trump visit to London called off amid fears of mass protests
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers' crosshairs
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Jumps Into ‘Dreamer’ Fight With Gift for Scholarships
Discussion: Splinter and Politico
Linda Qiu / New York Times:   These Claims About ‘Chain Migration’ Are Not Accurate
Eve Peyser / VICE:
Biden Trashes Millennials in His Quest to Become Even Less Likable  —  “Give me a break,” he said of young people who “think they have it tough.”  —  In an apparent effort to make himself an even less appealing 2020 contender, former Vice President Joe Biden had some harsh words for millennials …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and thecut
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 …
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 …
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
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: Splinter and Detroit Free Press
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Who's Senile?  —  The Democrats are hysterically shrieking …
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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Dossier Rehab Campaign  —  Congress should work quickly to declassify documents and let the public decide.  —  There's no such thing as a coincidence in Washington, so why the sudden, furious effort by Democrats and the media to give cover to the Steele dossier?
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 …
Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:
AJC poll: Trump's approval ratings in Georgia erode  —  President Donald Trump's approval ratings have crumbled in Georgia over his first year in the White House, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday that shows nearly six in 10 registered voters disapprove of his performance.
 
 
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Chicago Tribune:
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Michael Crowley / Politico:
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National Review:
A Garbage Deal on DACA
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
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Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Africa startled by Trump's sudden and vulgar attention
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