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12:00 PM ET, January 16, 2018


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Washington Post:
Inside the tense, profane White House meeting on immigration … When President Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard J. Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin's outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat's efforts …
Mike Allen / Axios:
The recidivism presidency  —  After a triumphant end to 2017, White House sources tell Axios that they see a dangerous pattern forming for this year: a backslide into bad habits of the chaotic early days of the Trump presidency.  —  Be smart: The White House should be making the best use …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Shutdown is the new ‘s-word’ as blame game begins
Discussion: Politico, WPLG-TV and TheBlaze
New York Times:
As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump's Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties
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 …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Bannon gives closed-door testimony to House Intel panel
Discussion: RedState
CNN:   Steve Bannon to face House Russia investigators Tuesday
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Aziz Ansari Is Guilty.  Of Not Being a Mind Reader.  —  I'm apparently the victim of sexual assault.  And if you're a sexually active woman in the 21st century, chances are that you are, too.  —  That is what I learned from the “exposé” of Aziz Ansari published this weekend …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The President and the Porn Star
Discussion: babe
Annie Karni / Politico:
The Democrat Trumpworld fears most  —  In early December, as President Donald Trump's approval rating reached a new low of 32 percent, the commander in chief was rating the 2020 Democratic field from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Warned Jared Kushner About Wendi Deng Murdoch  —  Officials said the businesswoman could be trying to further Beijing's interests, people familiar with the matter say  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   THREE DAYS until a shutdown, and we break down the stakes …
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: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Trump dossier probes now include possible State Department involvement  —  Congressional investigations into the Trump dossier have so far been focused on the FBI and Justice Department.  They still are, but now investigators are also looking into a possible Obama State Department role …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kelly Whitney / NBC Southern California:
13 Children Hospitalized, Parents Jailed on Torture Charges  —  At the home, deputies found children shackled to beds in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings”  —  13 Children Found Tortured, Starved and Shackled  —  A Perris, California, mother and father are behind bars Monday …
CBS News:
DHS Secretary on Trump's reported vulgar comments, DACA policy  —  Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump's Homeland Security secretary, tells CBS News that immigrants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, need to follow the law.
Washington Post:
‘I did not hear that word used’: DHS Secretary Nielsen responds when asked about Trump's vulgar comments
Discussion: Axios
Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg:
Sanders Says Trump Isn't Racist, Citing ‘The Apprentice’  —  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said claims that President Donald Trump is racist are “outrageous,” citing his success as a public figure and star turn on television as a host on NBC's reality show “The Apprentice.”
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The Senate's push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say  —  Fifty senators have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday.
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
BlackRock's Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support  —  On Tuesday, the chief executives of the world's largest public companies will be receiving a letter from one of the most influential investors in the world.  And what it says is likely to cause a firestorm …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column What if diversity isn't America's strength?  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham says he scolded the president for saying something scatological about certain countries and their immigrants.  “Diversity has always been our strength,” he allegedly said.  By my count, this makes Graham …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump's first-year report card: Voters say he's no genius  —  Donald Trump's quarterly report card is in — and if he were back in school, he'd find himself on academic probation.  —  More voters give Trump a failing grade for his first year as president than think he deserves an “A” or …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Jose Lambiet / miamiherald:
Trump's Mar-a Lago cited by state inspectors for poor maintenance  —  A year after the discovery of foods that could sicken people at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, his Winter White House was just cited by inspectors for poor maintenance.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump has revealed who he is.  Now it's our turn.  —  Sometimes it is necessary to begin with the obvious.  The claim that America needs more Norwegian immigrants and fewer Africans from “shithole countries” is racist.  It is not the same as arguing for a higher-skilled immigrant pool.
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR and The Week
Niraj Warikoo / USA Today:
Too old for DACA, man who spent 30 years of his life in U.S. is deported … Jorge Garcia, 39, of Lincoln Park, hugs his wife and two kids before being escorted by ICE agents to be deported to Mexico, on Jan. 15, 2018, at Detroit Metro Airport.  Erik Shelley
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Charles McGrath / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Guardian
Ben Treynor Sloss / The Keyword:
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USA Today:
Asians were ‘refuse and dregs’ in the 1880s. Is that how Trump sees Haitians and Africans?
Mary Ellen Klas / Tampa Bay Times:
Jack Latvala's latest accuser: ‘He unbuttoned my jacket and he felt me up.’
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Talmadge / Associated Press:
North Korea scoffs at Trump's ‘nuclear button’ tweet
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Sender of Hawaii's False Alarm Is Reassigned, but Not Named
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why Trump voters need the immigrants they want to turn away
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes is under mounting pressure to release the transcript of a House Intel interview with Fusion GPS
Discussion: The Hill, Roll Call and TheBlaze
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
President Nobama  —  Trump is commonsensically undoing …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Says No, Hundreds Of Twitter Employees Are Not Reading Your DMs