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7:45 PM ET, January 14, 2018


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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: Axios, ABC News, Politico and Breitbart
Noah Weiland / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senator Says Trump Didn't Use Vulgarity for Haiti and African Nations  —  WASHINGTON — A Republican senator who attended a Thursday immigration meeting at the White House forcefully denied on Sunday that President Trump had used the phrase “shithole countries” in describing Haiti and African nations …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Is Offended People Think Donald Trump Is Racist  —  “I would certainly say undoubtedly the president will use continue to use strong language when it comes to this issue.”  —  Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday bristled at the notion that her boss, President Donald Trump, is racist.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
GOP senator: Trump did not make ‘s—hole’ comment
Discussion: Power Line, Instapundit and The Week
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.
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, ABC News and Political Wire
Haley Britzky / Axios:   Flake to invoke Stalin in speech on Trump's anti-media attacks
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US set to cut UN money for Palestinian refugees  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year's first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely …
Discussion: Axios and IJR
Palestinian president slams Trump over Jerusalem move
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
John Bowden / The Hill:   Lewandowski: 'We've got a real problem' if Dems retake the House
Daniel Strauss / Politico:   The next GOP panic: Governors races
Tom Sykes / The Daily Beast:
British Political Leader's Girlfriend Sent Vile Racist Abuse of Meghan Markle … The girlfriend of the leader of the radical pro-Brexit British political party UKIP made a series of racist remarks about Meghan Markle, sending texts to a friend in which she said Prince Harry's “black American” …
Discussion: Daily Mail, theGrio and The Guardian
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump softens on NAFTA  —  The White House will never admit this publicly, but the president is developing a softer attitude towards the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Five sources who've spoken privately with Trump about NAFTA say he's taking more seriously the risks …
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
Chelsea Manning confirms Senate bid, says 'Yup, we're running'  —  Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, confirmed Sunday that she's running in Maryland for a Senate seat.  —  “Yup, we're running for Senate,” …
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.
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.
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
Alia Wong / The Atlantic:
Pandemonium and Rage in Hawaii  —  Why would my 22-year-old brother be calling so early on a Saturday morning?  I'd ignored the first call.  But the second time the phone rang, I picked it up.  He was panicking, his voice trembling uncharacteristically: He'd just received the emergency alert warning …
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 …
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
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
NBC News:
Meet the Press - January 14, 2018
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
David Kamp / New York Times:
Guess Who's Coming to ‘Peanuts’
Kerry Jackson / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer Brooks / Star Tribune:
Minnesotans divided over Trump; majority sees him as temperamentally unfit, dishonest
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
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
In Some Countries, Facebook's Fiddling Has Magnified Fake News
John Hawkins /
How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It
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
Virginia Heffernan / Los Angeles Times:
Column A close reading of Glenn Simpson's Trump-Russia testimony
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Ladies, let's be reasonable about #MeToo or nothing will ever be sexy again
Margaret Atwood / Globe and Mail:
Am I a bad feminist?
Discussion: Hit & Run
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
New alarm among Republicans that Democrats could win big this year