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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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Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report  —  reportedly arranged a six-figure payment to a former adult-film star to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a new report Friday.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported …
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Porn Star Who Claimed Sexual Encounter With Trump Received Hush Money, Wall Street Journal Reports  —  A former star of pornographic movies received a $130,000 payment a month before the 2016 election that was part of an agreement to keep her from publicly discussing a sexual encounter …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:   WSJ: Michael Cohen Paid Off Porn Star To Stay Mum On Trump Sex Allegations
Aurora Snow / The Daily Beast:   Porn Star: Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Invited Me to Their Hotel Room
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.
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.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump denies Haiti slur amid fallout from ‘shithole’ comment
Robert Johnson / London Evening Standard:
Our Nine Elms US embassy is the most advanced we've ever built
Discussion: The Atlantic
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 …
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.
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
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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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.
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 …
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Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Requests from Democrats, Mike Pence Unlikely to Testify to Congress About Russia  —  Vice president sees no precedent for such an appearance, according to an administration official  —  Congressional Democrats want Vice President Mike Pence to testify on Capitol Hill about what he knows …
Discussion: RedState
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ABC News:
Trump ignores shouted questions from reporters while signing MLK Day proclamation
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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: Vox and Mediaite
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Washington Post:
‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump's remark
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 …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
A President Who Fans, Rather Than Douses, the Nation's Racial Fires
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
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
Steven Overly / Politico:
Amazon's Bezos to give $33M for 1,000 Dreamer scholarships  —  Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they are donating $33 million to provide college scholarships for undocumented students who were brought to the country illegally as children.
Discussion: Splinter, Breitbart and IJR
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case  —  The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
U.S. Supreme Court to Review Bid to Collect Internet Sales Tax
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted …
Discussion: Splinter and Detroit Free Press
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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