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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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Porn Star: Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Invited Me to Their Hotel Room … On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer for President Donald J. Trump, arranged a $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels one month prior to the 2016 presidential election.
New York Times:
Porn Star Was Reportedly Paid to Stay Quiet About Trump  —  A lawyer for President Trump orchestrated a $130,000 payment to a pornographic-film actress in October 2016 to prevent her from going public with claims of a consensual sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Discussion: NBC News
CNN:
WSJ: Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Avery Anapol / The Hill:   Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
WSJ: Michael Cohen Paid Off Porn Star To Stay Mum On Trump Sex Allegations
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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 …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Trump criticism dominates Chuck Grassley town meeting in rural Iowa  —  LOGAN, Ia.  — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley faced relentless questioning about President Donald Trump's fitness for office and his own handling of the investigation into Russian election meddling at a rural town meeting here Friday morning.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Noreen Malone / thecut:
Exclusive: Watch Chris Matthews Joke About His ‘Bill Cosby Pill’ Before Interviewing Hillary Clinton  —  On January 5, 2016, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed Hillary Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season.  Network footage obtained by the Cut shows Matthews …
Associated Press:
Diplomats scramble to contain outrage over Trump's remarks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — American diplomats scrambled Friday to salvage their nation's bonds with Africa, Haiti and even the celebrated “special relationship” with Britain after President Donald Trump, in the span of a few hours …
Discussion: RedState
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Reuters:
‘Thanks, but no thanks’ - Norwegians reject Trump's immigration offer
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump denies Haiti slur amid fallout from ‘shithole’ comment
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A President Who Fans, Rather Than Douses, the Nation's Racial Fires  —  WASHINGTON — As he signed a proclamation marking the holiday next week honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Trump on Friday recalled the civil rights leader's message that “no matter what the color …
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Washington Post:
Trump's vulgarity: Overt racism or a president who says what many think?
CNN:
MLK nephew: Trump ‘racially ignorant and racially uninformed’
Discussion: AOL and Axios
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
James O'Keefe says Trump asked him to go on birther-linked mission  —  Donald Trump in 2013 asked James O'Keefe, the controversial conservative filmmaker, if he could “get inside” Columbia University and obtain President Obama's sealed college records, according to a passage in O'Keefe's forthcoming book …
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: Washington Press, The Week and IJR
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   Haitian government claims ousted dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier laundered stolen money through Trump Tower
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: Washington Times
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Puts the Purpose of His Presidency Into Words  —  Francis Amasa Walker had fought to preserve the Union in the Grand Army of the Republic, but by 1896 he saw its doom in the huddled masses coming from Eastern Europe.  The “immigrants from southern Italy, Hungary, Austria, and Russia …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Tax officials reduce Trump's tax bill on D.C. hotel by nearly $1 million  —  President Trump's D.C. hotel received a $53.6 million reduction in its 2018 assessment from the District of Columbia tax office, saving his company nearly $1 million.  —  The District tax office initially valued …
Ben White / Politico:
Demoralized Trump aides grapple with 'shithole'-gate  —  White House aides were demoralized on Thursday night, watching the word “shithole” slink across the cable news chyrons.  —  In the wake of the administration's tax reform coup, Fiat Chrysler had just announced it planned to spend …
Washington Post:
After drubbing by media, Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks  —  The embattled U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra apologized Friday for making unsubstantiated anti-Muslim claims at a conference in 2015, after his first week in the post …
ABC News:
Doctor declares Trump is in ‘excellent health’ after physical  —  President Donald Trump was declared to be in “excellent health” after undergoing a physical Friday.  —  The president's physician issued a brief statement Friday evening, adding that more details about the results would be released Tuesday.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Antiabortion activist abruptly steps down as head of HHS's family planning division  —  Teresa Manning — an antiabortion activist in charge of the Health and Human Services Department's family planning programs — resigned her post Friday, according to a department spokeswoman.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
Kentucky to now require LITERACY TESTS for “certain populations” to receive medical care.  —  Throughout his 2015 gubernatorial campaign, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin repeatedly promised that if elected, he'd get rid of both the state's award-winning, beloved Kynect (sorry..."kynect") …
Discussion: KY Policy and ThinkProgress
 
 
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