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NBC News:
Trump's history of breaking decorum with remarks on race, ethnicity  —  A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances.
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
The U.S. ambassador in London contradicted just about everything Trump said about the new embassy  —  The United States and United Kingdom have enjoyed close ties that Winston Churchill called “the special relationship” — a camaraderie that transcends the Atlantic and the roots of America as Britain's breakaway colony.
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.
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:
Washington Post:
‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump's remark
New York Times:
Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa
Robert Johnson / London Evening Standard:
Our Nine Elms US embassy is the most advanced we've ever built
Discussion: The Atlantic
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star's Silence  —  Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say  —  A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment …
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.
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: IJR, Raw Story and The Week
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.
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Reuters:
U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump
Jon Sharman / The Independent:   US ambassador to Panama resigns because he can ‘no longer work for Trump’
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.
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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.
Eve Peyser / VICE:
Biden Trashes Millennials in His Quest to Become Even Less Likable  —  In an apparent effort to make himself an even less appealing 2020 contender, former Vice President Joe Biden had some harsh words for millennials while promoting his new book on Wednesday.  Here's what he said in a conversation with Patt Morrison of the LA Times:
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and thecut
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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Jumps Into ‘Dreamer’ Fight With Gift for Scholarships
Discussion: Splinter
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Mashable
CNN:
President Trump today: Live updates  —  President Trump is facing backlash for his “shithole countries” slur as he's set to undergo a physical today.  Follow here for live updates.
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Reporter asks Trump ‘Are you a racist?’ after MLK event
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Root
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
The Top 10 Most Obsequious Comments Letterman Made to Obama During Their Netflix Interview  —  Former “Late Show” host David Letterman returned to the stage, in a manner of speaking, on Friday with the first episode of his Netflix special interview series.  —  His guest: Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama: Presidents need to watch their behavior
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
CBS News:
White House struggles with muting function for 22 minutes on Iran conference call with reporters  —  It took the White House twenty-two minutes to figure out how to enable the “listening only” feature on a conference call on Thursday in which senior administration officials announced …
Discussion: RedState, Politicus USA and Mediaite
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Trump waives Iran sanctions for what administration says is last time  —  will again waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, the White House said Friday.  —  But the Trump administration is imposing new, nonnuclear sanctions in response …
Discussion: Daily TIP and IJR
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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.
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 …
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?
Jose A. Del Real / New York Times:
Opioid Addiction Knows No Color, but Its Treatment Does … On a street lined with garbage trucks, in an industrial edge of Brooklyn, dozens of people started filing into an unmarked building before the winter sun rose.  Patients gather here every day to visit the Vincent Dole Clinic …
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
It's Time to Resist the Excesses of #MeToo  —  A month or so ago, a friend and I mulled over when exactly the backlash to the then-peaking #MeToo moral panic would set in.  Mid-January, we guessed, and sure enough here we are.  —  No, we were not being clairvoyant, just noting certain dynamics.
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and The Week
 
 
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ABC News:
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
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