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9:45 AM ET, January 13, 2018

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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.
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report
Discussion: Raw Story and AOL
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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Washington Post:
Trump's vulgarity: Overt racism or a president who says what many think?
William Saletan / Slate:
No, Not Everything Is Racist
Discussion: New Yorker, FOX6Now.com, ABC News and Vox
CNN:
MLK nephew: Trump ‘racially ignorant and racially uninformed’
Discussion: AOL
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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
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
The Hill:
Dems fear ‘Stephen Miller ambush’ on immigration  —  's inflammatory remarks against immigrants from a host of developing-world nations have sparked outrage amid talks on the fate of Dreamers just as lawmakers from both parties were claiming progress on a hard-fought deal.
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Moore forces seek retribution against Shelby  —  Alabama's special election is still tearing at the Republican Party.  —  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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
FLASHBACK: That Time Obama Called Libya A ‘S**t Show’  —  Feinstein Admits She Basically Released The Testimony Because Fusion GPS Asked  —  POLITICS |  KERRY PICKET  —  TheDC Newsroom: CNN Doubles Down On The ‘S***hole’ S**t Show  —  VIDEO |  DAILY CALLER PRODUCTIONS  —  Cue the waterworks
Discussion: Power Line
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former President of Maryland-Based Transportation Company Indicted on 11 Counts Related to Foreign Bribery, Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme  —  Executive Allegedly Paid Bribes to a Russian Official So His Company Could Win Highly Sensitive Nuclear Fuel Transportation Contracts
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Daily Wire
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 …
Lauren Dezenski / Politico:
How Charlie Baker ditched Trump to become the most popular governor in America  —  Massachusetts' Republican governor is defying the laws of political gravity.  —  BOSTON — Donald Trump got crushed by Hillary Clinton in Massachusetts.  And after his first year in office, polls show the president is now even less popular here.
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
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. ‘swatting’ suspect charged with manslaughter in Kansas over hoax call that led to fatal police shooting  —  The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal “swatting” incident in the U.S. has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call …
Discussion: RedState
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
Reuters:
‘Thanks, but no thanks’ - Norwegians reject Trump's immigration offer  —  OSLO (Reuters) - Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti or African nations.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
 
 
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