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2:55 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.
Kailani Koenig / NBC News:
Rand Paul says it's ‘unfair’ to call Trump racist  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that it is “unfair” to call President Donald Trump a racist but said his recently reported controversial comments about immigrants from Haiti and African countries are unhelpful.
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: Politico, ABC News and Breitbart
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Trump does more damage to himself than his opponents ever manage to do
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Flake to denounce Trump media attacks as Stalinist in Senate speech  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake is planning to slam President Donald Trump's attacks on the press on the Senate floor this week in a speech that will compare the president's use of the term “enemy of the people” to describe the media to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
Discussion: RedState and Axios
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Trump is like Stalin with ‘enemy of the people’ language: GOP senator to say in speech
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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 and Mashable
Turkey plane: Panic as jet skids off runway at Trabzon  —  Panic broke out on a passenger jet when it skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport and plunged down the side of a cliff overlooking the sea.  —  The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-80 with 168 passengers and crew had flown from Ankara …
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
Tom Richell / The Independent:
Terrified passengers capture the moments after Pegasus Airlines jet skids off Tukish runway
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
Jennifer Brooks / Star Tribune:
Minnesotans divided over Trump; majority sees him as temperamentally unfit, dishonest  —  Minnesota Poll: Majority says he lacks presidential temperament, but stark divide remains on performance.  —  One year into President Donald Trump's term, Minnesota voters are sharply divided …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Anatomy of a Farce  —  Fusion GPS founder's testimony shows …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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 …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Resumes Accepting DACA Renewals
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
DACA Participants Can Again Apply for Renewal, Immigration Agency Says
Discussion: theGrio
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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Los Angeles Times:
Death toll in Montecito mudslide rises to 19, while 101 Freeway will remain closed indefinitely
Discussion: Breitbart
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trey Gowdy steps down from House Ethics Committee, citing ‘workload’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and Axios
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
The next GOP panic: Gubernatorial races
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Sell the New York Times. Now.
Discussion: Notes
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You're Not
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Ladies, let's be reasonable about #MeToo or nothing will ever be sexy again
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
New alarm among Republicans that Democrats could win big this year
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: Daily Wire and Power Line
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Woman at center of Greitens story asks for privacy; Greitens asks lawmakers for forgiveness
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