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2:20 PM ET, January 13, 2018


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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Trump Accuser Jessica Drake Has an NDA Preventing Her from Talking About Donald Trump … The Daily Beast was informed late Friday that porn star Jessica Drake is not allowed to discuss President Donald J. Trump on account of a non-disclosure agreement she signed barring her from any such talk.
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
New York Times:
Donald Trump Flushes Away America's Reputation  —  For a fleeting moment Tuesday, President Trump seemed to signal he would do the right thing on immigration.  At a 90-minute meeting with congressional Republicans and Democrats, much of it televised, he said he'd be willing to “take the heat” …
Andrey Ostroukh / Reuters:
U.S. ultimatum on nuclear deal, new sanctions draw Iran threat
Discussion: The Week
Noah Yoo / Pitchfork:
Moby Says CIA Agents Asked Him to Spread the Word About Trump and Russia  —  “They said, like, ‘Look, you have more of a social media following than any of us do, can you please post some of these things just in a way that... sort of put it out there.’”  —  Last February, following …
Donald Trump / Sky News:
Trump supporters demand arrest of London Mayor Sadiq Khan  —  Supporters of US President Donald Trump have disrupted a speech by Sadiq Khan, calling for the London Mayor to be arrested.  —  Mr Khan was about to start speaking to the Fabian Society in London when he was disrupted by protesters …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Obama rips Fox News viewers: ‘You are living on a different planet’  —  Former President Barack Obama resurfaced on Friday and took a shot at Fox News viewers, saying they're “living on a different planet” than people who consume mainstream media.  —  Obama made the remarks on the premiere …
Eliza Dushku:
When I was 12 years old, while filming “True Lies”, I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood's leading stunt coordinators.  —  Ever since, I have struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever.  At the time, I shared what happened to me with my parents, two adult friends and one of my older brothers.
Discussion: IndieWire
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Anti-birth control official who led Title X departs HHS  —  Teresa Manning, the controversial official in charge of the Title X federal family planning program, was escorted from HHS premises on Friday.  —  Two sources with knowledge of Manning's departure tell POLITICO that she was fired by HHS.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Antiabortion activist abruptly steps down as head of HHS's family planning division
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump's vulgarity: Overt racism or a president who says what many think? … One barnyard epithet and the leader of the free world was now definitively a racist or, alternatively, was back in the good graces of those who had worried he'd been wavering in his nationalism.
William Saletan / Slate:
No, Not Everything Is Racist
Discussion: New Yorker, Vox, NPR and Al Jazeera English
Johanna Barr / New York Times:
Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say  —  The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed on Saturday that there was no ballistic missile headed toward the state, minutes after an emergency alert was sent to cellphones urging people to seek immediate shelter.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Black Protest Has Lost Its Power  —  Have whites finally found the courage to judge African-Americans fairly by universal standards?  —  The recent protests by black players in the National Football League were rather sad for their fruitlessness.  They may point to the end of an era for black America …
Wall Street Journal:
World Bank Unfairly Influenced Its Own Competitiveness Rankings  —  The World Bank's chief economist said he would recalculate national rankings of business competitiveness going back at least four years  —  The World Bank repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports …
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Las Vegas Gunman Took Elaborate Steps to Hide His Tracks, New Documents Show  —  As he meticulously planned the Las Vegas attack, the man responsible for the worst mass shooting in modern American history took elaborate steps to stymie the inevitable law enforcement investigation, according to federal court documents unsealed on Friday.
Discussion: Axios
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
CNN panel devolves into screaming match when televangelist offers biblical defense for Trump's ‘sh*thole’ comment  —  When a member of Donald Trump's evangelical board tried to offer a biblical defense for the president's comments about brown and black nations being “sh*thole countries,” …
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle  —  A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away.  That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment …
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: ThinkProgress and KY Policy
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Moore forces seek retribution against Shelby  —  Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby is confronting a fierce backlash from conservatives over his refusal to support Roy Moore in last month's special election — with Moore backers pushing a censure resolution and robocall campaign targeting the powerful lawmaker.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Proud to Live in a Nation of Holers  —  As tourist destinations go, the Republic of Moldova — tucked between Ukraine and Romania — probably isn't on anyone's bucket list.  It's the poorest country in Europe, with per capita G.D.P. barely exceeding Sudan's.  Sex trafficking and organized crime are rampant.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Liam Neeson: Sexual harassment scandal has sparked ‘a bit of a witch hunt’  —  Liam Neeson says revelations about sexual harassment in Hollywood and the media have sparked “a bit of a witch hunt.”  —  In an interview with Ireland's “The Late Late Show,” Neeson suggested some allegations …
Discussion: The Week and RedState
David Rogers / Politico:
GOP tax law a one-two punch to charities — and American giving  —  Back in 2011, when Republicans still talked about deficits, a bipartisan budget commission proposed to save tens of billions a year by revamping the charitable deduction for federal income taxes.
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Noah Weiland / New York Times:
He Nearly Died in a Mass Shooting. Please Don't Call Him a Victim.
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Edgar Ray Killen, Convicted in '64 Killings of Rights Workers, Dies at 92
Discussion: The Root
Tanveer Mann /
Waitrose removes coffee tins showing slaves working on plantations
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Smoking penalties, ER fees, premiums on the poor: How states want to shrink Medicaid
Discussion: Rewire and Bangor Daily News
Lauren Dezenski / Politico:
How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America
The Hill:
Dems fear ‘Stephen Miller ambush’ on immigration
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
Media: Companies Won't Increase Wages for Workers Because of Tax Reform
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. ‘swatting’ suspect charged with manslaughter in Kansas over hoax call that led to fatal police shooting
Discussion: Gizmodo and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related …
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Daily Wire
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
FLASHBACK: That Time Obama Called Libya A ‘S**t Show’
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Diplomats scramble to contain outrage over Trump's remarks
Discussion: RedState
ABC News:
Doctor declares Trump is in ‘excellent health’ after physical
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Associated Press
Washington Post:
After drubbing by media, Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump Puts the Purpose of His Presidency Into Words
Discussion: New York Times
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Trump criticism dominates Chuck Grassley town meeting in rural Iowa
Discussion: Axios, Shareblue Media and Raw Story