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4:40 AM ET, January 17, 2018


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Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Will Tell All to Robert Mueller, Source Says  —  Trump's one-time chief strategist and current frenemy may have been tight lipped with Congress.  He won't be that way with the Special Counsel.  —  BETSY WOODRUFF1.16.18 9:33 PM ET  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon broke …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, Axios and CANNONFIRE
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 …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lawmakers vow to force answers from Bannon in Russia probe after he defies subpoena  —  Lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election vowed Tuesday to force answers from Steve Bannon after the former senior strategist to President Donald Trump stonewalled their inquiries …
The Hill:
‘Total free-for-all’ as Bannon clashes with Intel members
Discussion: RedState
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Steve Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions, following ‘White House instructions’
Discussion: Washington Press and The Week
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Intel Dem decries White House ‘gag order’ after Bannon testimony
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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 …
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: The Gateway Pundit, IJR and TheBlaze
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.
Dan Gartland /
Athletes Who Are the Same Size as Donald Trump  —  Trump is 6'3" and 239 pounds, according to his annual physical.  You can't teach size, the old adage goes.  —  “I was always the best athlete, people don't know that,” Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal last week ahead of his much-anticipated annual physical.
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Democrats grab key Wisconsin Senate seat in Tuesday's special elections  —  MADISON - Democrats snagged a GOP-leaning state Senate seat in western Wisconsin on Tuesday, buoying progressive hopes that they could ride a wave of victory this fall.  —  Patty Schachtner, the chief medical examiner …
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
CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
New California Declares Independence From Rest Of State  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.
John McCain / Washington Post:
Mr. President, stop attacking the press  —  John McCain, a Republican, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to recognize individuals who have fought to spread liberty worldwide.
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Mediaite
New York Times:
Debate Continues Over What Trump Said.  But Does the Exact Word Matter?  —  Over a three-day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Fla., President Trump showed little or no concern about the angry reaction set off by his use of obscenities to describe the third world countries …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Sens. Cotton and Perdue are outed for lying on Trump's behalf
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
A window inside Trump's morning ‘executive time’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump rises around 5:30 a.m. and begins making his first calls to aides and lawmakers as early as 6.  He's dressed in his signature dark suit by 8 a.m. at the latest …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Cooks Terror Stats for Bogus Immigration Argument … The Trump administration and its Republican allies are pointing to terrorism statistics in order to argue for ending two immigration programs.  But those who study terrorism in the U.S. say that the administration cooked the numbers to arrive at its desired conclusion.
Discussion: The White House
U.S. Department of Justice:
DOJ, DHS Report: Three Out of Four Individuals Convicted of International Terrorism and Terrorism …
Trevor Aaronson / The Intercept:
Trump Administration Skews Terror Data to Justify Anti-Muslim Travel Ban
Discussion: Lawfare and Raw Story
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
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 …
Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: ‘Worst-case scenario has happened’  —  The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in the Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.
Melissapamerktla / KTLA:
Louise Turpin Was ‘Perplexed’ When Deputies Arrived at Perris Home Where Malnourished Children Were Shackled: Sheriff's Capt.  —  The mother of 13 malnourished children who were found being held at a filthy, foul-smelling Perris home, some of them chained to furniture, was “perplexed” …
Discussion: and WNEP-TV
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
House GOP leaders may target Obamacare to avoid shutdown  —  The move is intended to persuade Republicans to support another short-term government funding bill.  —  House GOP leaders may load up a temporary government funding bill with Obamacare tax delays in a bid to win over reluctant Republicans and avoid a shutdown at week's end.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democrats face make-or-break moment on shutdown, Dreamers
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
GOP activist from Virginia quits Republican Party over Trump's remarks  —  A young Republican activist from Northern Virginia who was seen as a potential rising star quit the party Tuesday, citing President Trump's “appalling comments” about Haitian immigrants and what he called a nativist streak in his home state.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Fine, Trump Doesn't Have Dementia.  He's Just a Moron.  —  A recent Washington Post story chronicled the rise of Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, who has gained special influence with President Trump.  McCarthy's methods include obsequiousness, attention to detail …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Salon, First Draft, IJR and Eater
Deborah Wrigley /
Source: Couple killed in NW Harris Co. gated community were ‘executed’ … <iframe width="476" height="267" src=" ?pid=2944513" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  —  A source tells Eyewitness News that a man and wife found dead inside their home …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Breitbart
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Are There Any Sharks Left to Jump?  —  Have you you ever noticed that for today's civil rights movement, every racial problem is the equivalent of the Edmund Pettus Bridge?  Everything is Selma!  And have you ever noticed that for modern environmentalists, the Cuyahoga River is burning forever?
Discussion: Conservative Tribune
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.
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Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
Battle Stations: U.S. and China Prepare for Trade Clash of the Titans
Discussion: CNBC
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Antonio Sabato Jr.'s risque film roles have conservatives questioning his congressional candidacy
Discussion: Breitbart
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Rochester mayor may be Cuomo's new running mate
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
'We're not going anywhere.' Trump's company fights efforts to shed the president's name
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Guardian
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Infamous Trump Meeting: Small Example of a Larger Trend
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to allow it to end DACA
Discussion: The Atlantic and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91
Discussion: Jezebel
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
Tiffany Trump plays flower girl at reality star's Vegas ‘wedding’
Discussion: Jezebel
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
Babe, What Are You Doing?  —  Late Saturday evening …
Lexy Perez / Hollywood Reporter:
Alec Baldwin Calls “Renunciation” of Woody Allen “Unfair and Sad”
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
She's 17 And Wants To Be A Politician. Her Dad Says He Won't Vote For Her.
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story