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8:40 AM 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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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
There is nothing ‘professional’ about this president  —  The past seven days have matched some of the Trump era's most frantic and maniacal weeks.  Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff's Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, ” …
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 …
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington Post: “When the President Says It, We'll Use It Verbatim”  —  How the DC paper and other media outlets covered President Trump's “shithole” remark.  —  Profanity is a tricky thing for newsrooms.  Many publications and broadcasters, clinging to sensibilities that they deliver …
Henrik Pryser Libell / New York Times:
From Norway to Haiti, Trump's Comments Stir Fresh Outrage  —  OSLO — It was already past midnight on Friday when the news arrived in Norway: A day after meeting with Norway's prime minister in Washington, President Trump told members of Congress that the United States needed more immigrants …
NBC News:
Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as ‘shithole’ nations
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
President Trump reportedly blasts protections for immigrants from ‘s—thole countries’
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Immigration Talks Muddled Amid Trump's Vulgar Comments
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Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy in Interview  —  President cites a positive relationship with nation's leader; also accuses Steve Bannon of betrayal  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump suggested he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea's leader despite …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Accuses FBI Agent of ‘Treason’  —  U.S. is taking steps to ensure Russia doesn't interfere with future elections, president says  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Thursday that an FBI agent once involved in the special counsel's Russia probe committed “treason,” …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
JUST when you thought things were calming, TRUMP's THURS was wild from wire to wire …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran
Discussion: The Guardian, Washington Post and Axios
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says He Feels ‘Betrayed’ by Bannon, Doesn't Rule Out Reconciliation
Discussion: Politico, CNBC and Breitbart
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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Facebook:
News Feed FYI: Bringing People Closer Together  —  Facebook was built to bring people closer together and build relationships.  One of the ways we do this is by connecting people to meaningful posts from their friends and family in News Feed.  Over the next few months …
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share
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Andrea Mandell / USA Today:
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer unless he was paid  —  Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World unless he was paid over a million dollars for the reshoot, USA TODAY has learned.
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
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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 …
Discussion: Axios
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:   Obama to Letterman: No Sense of ‘Relief’ After Turning Presidency Over to Trump
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Watch: Top intel Republican can't name a single falsehood in the Trump-Russia dossier  —  Republicans insist the Russia dossier is false, but the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee can't name a single false finding in the document.  —  Donald Trump's biggest defender …
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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Corey Lewandowski to Testify Before House Intelligence Committee
Discussion: Political Wire
New Yorker:
Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump  —  Last night, at Sully's Bar & Grill, which sits across the street from the Carrier Corporation's furnace plant, on the west side of Indianapolis, and serves as the de-facto company bar, two of Carrier's soon …
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
The Book That Ate Washington  —  Here's what happens when you let a Wolff loose in the West Wing  —  Like any dutiful Washington swamp creature, I've spent the last few days holed up with Fire and Fury.  Which is not, if you've been in news-cycle hibernation, the new fragrance from Ivanka.
Washington Post:
Trump's ‘ping-pong’ on surveillance law sets off a 101-minute scramble … At 6:46 Thursday morning, Andrew Napolitano — a Fox News Channel personality and supporter of President Trump — opined about a critical government surveillance program on “Fox & Friends,” the show that is part alarm clock …
Paul Biggar:
That party was way worse than it sounds  —  Last week Vanity Fair published a pretty intense article (an excerpt from Emily Chang's upcoming “Brotopia") about Silicon Valley's sex parties.  One particular party mentioned was “a party on the edge of the earth”.  I was there, and it's way way worse than it sounds.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Washington Post reporter who spoke at liberal event put on leave  —  A Washington Post reporter who came under fire late last year for participating in a liberal conference has been put on leave by the newspaper, CNN has learned.  —  Janell Ross, a reporter on the Post's national desk …
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Trump Epitomizes ‘Conduct Unbecoming’ a President—Will Congress Step Up and Say So? … On Dec. 28, Army Pvt. Emmanuel Mensah rushed twice into a burning building in the Bronx and rescued four people.  On his third trip in, he died.  Mensah was from Ghana, one of President Trump's “shithole countries.”
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: Axios, NBC News and Vox
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Behind the Duck: Former Aflac Employees Allege Fraud and Abuse in Nearly Every Aspect of Company  —  The insurance firm Aflac has exploited workers, manipulated its accounting, and deceived shareholders and customers, according to nine former employees.  This article is based on interviews …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
 
 
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Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Ex-Google Employee's Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Pathological Cruelty of Trump's Medicaid Work Requirement
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump's Nuclear Review. He Wants A Lot More Nukes.
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David French / National Review:
What If American Life Expectancy Declined Again and the Elite Cared More About Trump's Tweets?
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trump's State of the Union
Discussion: Breitbart
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“A Safe Space for Trump”: Inside the Feedback Loop Between the President and Fox News
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Peter Thiel submits bid for Gawker, faces challenges
CNN:
Trump allies urge him not to talk to Mueller
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Mediaite
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers