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12:50 PM ET, January 14, 2018


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Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government's drug policy office  —  In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John's University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Lewandowski: 'We've got a real problem' if Dems retake the House  —  's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski  —  said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Trump and Republicans are “in trouble” if Democrats retake the House in the 2018 midterms.  —  In an interview with John Catsimatidis …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's nightmare  —  Trump's day of reckoning ... The one thing that could dramatically diminish President Trump's chances of avoiding impeachment and chalking up legislative wins is Democrats winning the House.  — And, thanks to series of recent developments, Trump knows this no longer just seems plausible, but probable.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:   The next GOP panic: Governors' races
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
White House Disputes Trump Quote in Journal Interview  —  The Wall Street Journal stands by what it reported and releases audio of disputed portion of interview  —  WASHINGTON—The White House disputed that President Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Thursday that …
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Column A close reading of Glenn Simpson's Trump-Russia testimony  —  Glenn Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, released this week, is a tale of two research projects.  One is about the financier turned criminal-justice crusader William F. Browder.
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Fusion GPS, firm behind disputed Russia dossier, retracts its claim of FBI mole in Trump camp
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Anatomy of a Farce  —  Fusion GPS founder's testimony shows …
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Vulgarity used by president projected onto Trump hotel in D.C.  —  The expletive President Trump used last week in a discussion about immigration in the Oval Office and other slogans were projected Saturday night onto an outer wall of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington.
Discussion: IJR
Katie Way / babe:
I went on a date with Aziz Ansari.  It turned into the worst night of my life  —  She approached him because she recognized his camera flash — Aziz Ansari was taking pictures at the 2017 Emmy Awards after-party with a film camera, not a digital one.  “I stood up, and I'm like tipsy at this point and feeling really confident.
John Hawkins /
How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It  —  Today, as you read this, my website Right Wing News is shutting down operations.  It has been around since 2001, but became massive a few years ago because of Facebook.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction  —  Update: Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
DACA Participants Can Again Apply for Renewal, Immigration Agency Says
Discussion: theGrio
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals
Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate  —  We live in trying times.  —  Times of Fear—  of suppression—  of hate.  —  We don't need more—or better leaders.  —  We need someone willing to fight.  —  We need to stop asking them to give us our rights.  —  They won't support us.
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
New alarm among Republicans that Democrats could win big this year … A raft of retirements, difficulty recruiting candidates and President Trump's continuing pattern of throwing his party off message have prompted new alarm among Republicans that they could be facing a Democratic electoral wave in November.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: Durbin spokesman: GOP senator has no credibility  —  The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):  —  A spokesman for Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is questioning the credibility of a Republican senator who says President Donald Trump did not refer …
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump does more damage to himself than his opponents ever manage to do
Discussion: Politico
Margaret Atwood / Globe and Mail:
Am I a bad feminist?  —  Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction and essays, including The Handmaid's Tale.  —  It seems that I am a “Bad Feminist.”  I can add that to the other things I've been accused of since 1972, such as climbing to fame up a pyramid …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
'I'm Running,' Romney Says Privately, but as a Trump Friend or Foe?  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A few days after Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah announced that he would conclude his tenure after serving 42 years in office, the state's governor, Gary Herbert, was growing anxious about whether Mitt Romney would run for the seat.
Discussion: Political Wire
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trey Gowdy steps down from House Ethics Committee, citing ‘workload’  —  (CNN)Rep. Trey Gowdy stepped down from the House Ethics Committee this week after five years of serving on the panel.  —  The South Carolina Republican tendered his resignation in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and Axios
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Sell the New York Times.  Now.  —  And other unsolicited advice for A.G. Sulzberger.  —  The cult worship of the New York Times commenced not long after that day in 1896 when Adolph S. Ochs of Chattanooga, Tenn., spent a mess of borrowed money to purchase controlling ownership in the respected …
Discussion: Notes
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You're Not  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg.  Another day an anonymous donor set up an $86 million Bitcoin-fortune charity called the Pineapple Fund.  A Tesla was spotted with a BLOCKHN license plate.
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
In Some Countries, Facebook's Fiddling Has Magnified Fake News  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One morning in October, the editors of Página Siete, Bolivia's third-largest news site, noticed that traffic to their outlet coming from Facebook was plummeting.  —  The publication had recently …
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Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Trump is like Stalin with ‘enemy of the people’ language: GOP senator to say in speech
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Ladies, let's be reasonable about #MeToo or nothing will ever be sexy again
Russell Goldman / New York Times:
Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch
Discussion: IJR
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Obama: Fox viewers ‘living on a different planet’ than NPR listeners
Discussion: Power Line
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Woman at center of Greitens story asks for privacy; Greitens asks lawmakers for forgiveness
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Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
I'm In Hawaii And Just Got The Scariest Alert Of My Life. Here's What I Did Next.
Discussion: Washington Post
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
The ‘genius’ of Trump: What the president means when he touts his smarts
Discussion: Raw Story
Rlitt / Lawfare:
The President is Wrong to Accuse the FBI of Treason