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5:25 PM ET, January 13, 2018


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Washington Post:
Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland … Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.
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.
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.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Missile threat alert for Hawaii a false alarm
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Male Models Say Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Sexually Exploited Them  —  For a fashion model, success is the ability to incite desire.  The job requirements often include nudity and feigning seduction; provocation is a lever for sales.  In the industry, boundaries between the acceptable …
Discussion: Refinery29 and thecut
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Condé Nast Crafts Rules to Protect Models From Harassment
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Mark Wahlberg Donates $1.5M In Michelle Williams' Name To #TimesUp Legal Fund  —  BREAKING: Mark Wahlberg has announced that he will donate in Michelle Williams' name the $1.5 million in money he received for All The Money In The World reshoots.  The donation is being made to #TimesUp …
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 …
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” …
Discussion: New Yorker and ThinkProgress
Erin Beck / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
WV DHHR: 4 of nearly 900 TANF applicants test positive for drugs  —  In the nearly three months since the state began drug testing low-income people applying for financial help from the state, four of the nearly 900 applicants tested positive, an official with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Leigh Giangreco / CityLab:
The City That ‘This Town’ Forgot  —  On a bone-chilling January night last week, customers lined up inside Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle for the midnight release of Michael Wolff's account of the Trump administration, Fire and Fury.  The occasion should have merited …
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 …
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
Associated Press:
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with ‘swatting’ suspect from Sedgwick County jail  —  WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update 10 p.m. Jan. 12:  —  For the first time since his arrest, the suspect in a deadly Wichita swatting case spoke on camera Friday with Eyewitness News.  —  Eyewitness News reporter Jacob Albracht talked …
Discussion: RedState
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
RYAN CHALLENGER pulled in 1.2M last quarter — AFRICAN UNION CONDEMNS Trump — GRASSLEY gets lambasted in rural Iowa — ELIANA JOHNSON on JOHN KELLY — SPOTTED: Obama golfing in Florida — B'DAY: Rod Rosenstein  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good Saturday morning.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A Romney Who Is Unfailingly Loyal to Trump  —  NORTHVILLE, Mich. — She is the very profile of the voter President Trump tends to repel: a soft-spoken, college-educated mother of two who lives in an upscale suburb in one of the most contested battleground states.
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Maxine Waters to skip Trump's State of the Union … Rep. Maxine Waters  —  (D-Calif.) said Friday she will not attend President Trump  —  's first State of the Union address following his vulgar remarks aimed at Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.  —  “Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?”
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.
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
‘This is super tight’: Companies struggle to find, retain workers in a hot economy  —  Ron Sandlin has tried everything.  —  He has boosted pay, added vacation days and even lowered the minimum age requirement from 25 to 23.  But he still can't find enough qualified people to drive Patriot Transportation Holding's oil trucks.
Discussion: IJR
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
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Trump's own words revive debate over whether he's racist  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump's incendiary comments about immigrants have ripped open a jarring debate …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Did Russia Use Fusion GPS to Target Donald Trump?
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Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
ISIS Affiliate Claims October Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
He Nearly Died in a Mass Shooting. Please Don't Call Him a Victim.
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As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle
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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: ThinkProgress and Rewire
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Anti-birth control official who led Title X departs HHS
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
CNN panel devolves into screaming match when televangelist offers biblical defense for Trump's ‘sh*thole’ comment
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Lauren Dezenski / Politico:
How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Moore forces seek retribution against Shelby
Discussion: Raw Story
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Proud to Live in a Nation of Holers