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9:00 AM 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
New York Times:
As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump's Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's incendiary words about immigration have dampened the prospects that a broad spending and immigration deal can be reached by the end of the week, raising the possibility …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: Shutdown is the new ‘s-word’ as blame game begins  —  This week's “s-word” is shutdown.  —  The details of the expletive that still appears very likely to have been spoken by President Donald Trump don't matter in the bigger picture.  Neither do the declarations - “I'm not a racist” …
Discussion: Politico, WPLG-TV and TheBlaze
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government
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 — WSJ A1: KUSHNER was warned about his close relationship with Wendi Deng Murdoch — ANNIE KARNI on the Democrat Trumpworld fears most  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good Tuesday morning.  FOR YOUR AWARENESS: Aides to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch: report
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Babe editor stands by Aziz Ansari story  —  Aziz Ansari responds to sexual assault accusation  —  Amid all the debate over an anonymous woman's account of a sexual encounter with Aziz Ansari, the editors at who published the story have remained quiet.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The President and the Porn Star
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
13 Siblings, Some Shackled to Beds, Were Held Captive by Parents, Police Say  —  A 17-year old girl who said she was being held captive by her parents in her home in Perris, Calif., escaped on Sunday and alerted the authorities, who then rescued her 12 siblings — several of whom were found shackled …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
President Nobama  —  Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama's legacy.  —  Donald Trump continues to baffle.  Never Trump Republicans still struggle to square the circle of quietly agreeing so far with most of his policies, as they loudly insist …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Perez: GOP Must Answer for ‘Appalling Silence’ on Trump  —  The DNC chairman is trying to yoke every GOP official to their voluble party leader.  —  Tom Perez says Democrats can't go into the midterms campaigning just as anti-Donald Trump, but he wants to tie Trump like an ankle weight …
Discussion: Washington Times
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
DNC overhaul struggles as Sanders-Clinton rivalries persist
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Engadget and TheBlaze
Niraj Warikoo / Detroit Free Press:
After 30 years in U.S., metro Detroit immigrant deported to Mexico  —  After 30 years of living in the U.S, a 39-year-old Lincoln Park man was deported this morning from Detroit Metro Airport to Mexico as family and friends wiped away tears.  —  Jorge Garcia was brought to the U.S …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why Trump voters need the immigrants they want to turn away  —  What does Trump's immigration stance mean for GOP?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The irony in President Donald Trump's hostility to immigration, expressed again in reports of his vulgar comments about Africa and Haiti last week …
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.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Devin Nunes is under mounting pressure to release the transcript of a House Intel interview with Fusion GPS  — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee want its Republican chairman, Devin Nunes, to release the transcript of the panel's interview with Fusion GPS cofounder Glenn Simpson.
Discussion: The Hill, Roll Call and TheBlaze
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Ivanka and Jared ‘love it in Washington’  —  Ivanka Trump just finished decorating her apartment on the Upper East Side, but she doesn't do much entertaining there.  —  “Whenever she invites people, they all want to come see her in Washington,” a friend said after seeing Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
Jules Darmanin / BuzzFeed:
Marine Le Pen Worked With Trump's Campaign Pollster In The Closing Days Of The French Election  —  “Was he an immigrant?”  GOP pollster Tony Fabrizo asked Marine Le Pen's 2017 campaign staff following a terrorist attack in Paris in an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.  —  Journaliste chez BuzzFeed News, France
Discussion: Florida Politics
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: Political Wire
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New York Times:
Trump Comments, Infuriating Africans, May Set Back U.S. Interests
Discussion: PressTV
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Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
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Discussion: NewsBusters and The Gateway Pundit
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Centrist Dems Launch Smear Campaign Against Young Trans Woman, All to Keep an Old Straight White Man in Power
Discussion: Conservative Review and Power Line
Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump's fixer, friend and candy man
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Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mother Jones