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9:30 PM ET, January 16, 2018


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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller's Russia Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House  —  President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot …
WH directs Bannon to avoid answering Hill queries in Russia probe  —  NYT: Mueller subpoenas Bannon to testify  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched …
The Hill:
‘Total free-for-all’ as Bannon clashes with Intel members
Discussion: RedState
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News shelved story on Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels before election  —  Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford — whose stage name is “Stormy Daniels” — and Donald Trump …
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Stormy's Story  —  Not long after the 2016 Republican National Convention, I got a tip from a friend of mine.  An old acquaintance of his in California was close to a woman in the adult-film industry who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump.  —  I reached my friend's friend …
Stormy Daniels' friend says Daniels described Trump chasing her in hotel room
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested  —  WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China identify the agency's informants in that country has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.  Many of the informants were killed …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former CIA Officer Arrested for Retaining Classified Information  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer was arrested last night on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information.  —  Jerry Chun Shing Lee, aka “Zhen Cheng Li”, 53 …
Discussion: IJR, TheBlaze and The Gateway Pundit
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration  —  Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.
Discussion: Axios, Splinter, Gizmodo and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sens. Cotton and Perdue are outed for lying on Trump's behalf  —  There is no honor among anti-immigrant advocates and liars, I suppose.  After dutifully lying on behalf of the president regarding his abhorrent language ("shithole countries"), Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) were outed by the White House.
New York Times:
Doctor Declares Trump's Health Excellent, With Perfect Score on Cognitive Test  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's physician said Tuesday that the president received a perfect score on a cognitive test designed to screen for neurological impairment, which the military doctor said was evidence …
Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
White House doctor: Trump healthy, passed cognitive assessment, but needs to lose weight and exercise
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Root
Erica Pandey / Axios:
The president's vital signs
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mike Allen / Axios:
The recidivism presidency
Emily Swanson / Associated Press:
Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.  —  That's according to polling by Gallup …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Politicus USA
U.S. Department of Justice:
DOJ, DHS Report: Three Out of Four Individuals Convicted of International Terrorism and Terrorism-Related Offenses were Foreign-Born  —  Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data for the First Time on Terrorism-Related Activity  —  Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) …
Trevor Aaronson / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Skews Terror Data to Justify Anti-Muslim Travel Ban
Discussion: Raw Story
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Cooks Terror Stats for Bogus Immigration Argument
Discussion: The White House
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
Babe, What Are You Doing?  —  Late Saturday evening, the website published a detailed account of an encounter between “Grace,” an anonymous 23-year-old photographer, and the actor Aziz Ansari.  It described a September 2017 incident in which Grace says that she and Ansari went …
Jill Filipovic / The Guardian:
The poorly reported Aziz Ansari exposé was a missed opportunity
NBC News:
Facebook is a ‘living, breathing crime scene,’ says one former tech insider  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam.  However, the network's laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users …
Discussion: Breitbart
Deborah Yetter / Courier-Journal:
Bevin issues ultimatum: If courts block Medicaid plan, half million Kentuckians will lose care  —  Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order that would strip Medicaid coverage from nearly half a million Kentuckians should his proposed overhaul of the federal-state health plan be struck down in court.
Shackled and emaciated, children of torture suspects are freed  —  (CNN)David and Louise Turpin projected an image of a picture perfect family on social media.  —  They posted photos of themselves with their 13 children, smiling as they celebrated birthdays, renewed wedding vows and visited Disneyland together.
She's here!  —  We're so in love.  —  7lbs 6oz  —  Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl.  We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care.
Hamed Aleaziz / San Francisco Chronicle:
Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws  —  U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people …
Discussion: Axios
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Infamous Trump Meeting: Small Example of a Larger Trend  —  RESPONSE TO...  IN INFAMOUS MEETING, TRUMP SPOKE ...  Pretty much everything Rich writes below is reasonable.  And I think his concluding paragraph is entirely fair: … Except for one thing: It's not entirely clear to me that Trump was being “thoughtless.”
Zac Auter / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Steady at 12.2% in Fourth Quarter of 2017  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance was essentially unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2017, at 12.2%, but it is up 1.3 percentage points from the record low of 10.9% found in the last quarter of 2016.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The Trump presidency: On track to becoming the most corrupt in U.S. history?  —  Is Donald Trump the most corrupt president in American history?  We may not be able to give him that title quite yet — after all, he's only been president for a year.  But he sure is working hard at it.
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
She's 17 And Wants To Be A Politician.  Her Dad Says He Won't Vote For Her.  —  On the eve of President Donald Trump's first anniversary in office, teenage girls and their fathers are facing off in the most divided political climate since Vietnam.  How one family fights through it.  —  Reporting From
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Sam Stanton / Sacramento Bee:
‘He shot them both,’ defense lawyer says of illegal immigrant accused of killing two cops  —  There's never been much dispute over whether Luis Bracamontes shot and killed two Sacramento-area deputies in October 2014.  —  He has repeatedly admitted to it in court hearings …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’  —  All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote.  Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country's journalistic organs.
GOP Access to FBI Files Rattles Agents Caught in Political Fight  —  Sensitive sources or material may be exposed, agents say  —  Republicans question FBI amid probe into Russian collusion  —  The Justice Department's decision to give congressional Republicans access to documents …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
Lexy Perez / Hollywood Reporter:
Alec Baldwin Calls “Renunciation” of Woody Allen “Unfair and Sad”  —  In a series of tweets posted Tuesday, the actor slammed the re-emergence of sexual-abuse allegations against the director, writing, “accusing people of such crimes should be treated carefully.”
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Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
A Florida love triangle led to a murder-for-hire plot, police say. But the wrong woman was killed.
Discussion: Florida Politics and thecut
Department of Homeland Security:
Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to allow it to end DACA
Discussion: The Atlantic and Axios
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump administration withholds $65 million from UN agency for Palestinians
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Tiffany Trump plays flower girl at reality star's Vegas ‘wedding’
Discussion: Jezebel
 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Corey Lewandowski Lawyers Up for Russia Probe
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
David Roberts / Vox:
In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy's insanely cheap future
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tracey Lien / Los Angeles Times:
OC Register and other Digital First Media newspapers face ‘significant’ layoffs
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Sanders Says Trump Isn't Racist, Citing ‘The Apprentice’
Discussion: New York Magazine and Shakesville