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9:10 AM ET, January 17, 2018


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Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
How Michael Wolff Got Into the White House for His Tell-All Book  —  Some of president's staff thought they were authorized to talk  —  Wolff's working title suggested sympathetic view of Trump  —  Author Michael Wolff's pitch to the White House to win cooperation for his book included …
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: The Week, Raw Story, Axios and CANNONFIRE
NBC News:
FBI agents visited Steve Bannon's home last week to discuss subpoena in Russia probe  —  FBI agents showed up at Steve Bannon's Washington home last week intent on serving him with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
WHERE WE ARE: Gov't shutdown edition ... RYAN and MCCARTHY make their play, as MEADOWS remains skeptical — The BIG BET: Schumer allows Dems to walk — TRUMP'S WISCONSIN turns deep blue  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good Wednesday morning.  WHERE WE ARE ... GOV'T SHUTDOWN EDITION: LATE LAST NIGHT …
Congresswoman Mia Love:
Rep. Mia Love Statement on White House Meeting
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Roll Call
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bannon to tell-all again — this time to Mueller
Discussion: Washington Press
The Hill:
‘Total free-for-all’ as Bannon clashes with Intel members
Discussion: RedState
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Steve Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions under ‘White House instructions’
Discussion: Just Security and The Week
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Intel Dem decries White House ‘gag order’ after Bannon testimony
Discussion: Mediaite and RedState
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller's Russia Investigation
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 …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats flip state Senate seat in Wisconsin
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Are Republicans right about the Russia probe?  —  “Does this concern you at all?” asks a tart email message from a Trump supporter who wonders why the mainstream media doesn't take a closer look at allegations that the Justice Department's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election has been tainted by bias.
Discussion: New York Times and Althouse
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Bad news for GOP: Mueller probe could collide with midterms
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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.
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Abbas cancels peace negotiations due to Saudi leaked Jerusalem plan  —  According to reports, the Trump plan would create a Palestinian entity that is less than a state, and would not be based on the pre-1967 lines.  —  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to deliver Sunday's speech …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Alexbalk / The Awl:
Awl Ends  —  It is with a mixture of disappointment and relief that we are announcing the cessation of editorial operations on The Awl at the end of this month.  For nearly a decade we followed a dream of building a better Internet, and though we did not manage to do that every day we tried …
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Violent Threats Force Democratic Lawmaker to Cancel Panel With Psychologists on Trump Inspiring Violence … Two psychiatrists who warned that Donald Trump was inspiring violence had their point made, the hard way, when Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) abruptly canceled a planned public meeting …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Daily News
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 …
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
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.
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon  —  A few technology giants dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did.  Should they be broken up?  —  Standard Oil Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co. were the technological titans of their day, commanding more than 80% of their markets.
Discussion: Instapundit
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
Conrad Black / National Review:
The Exhausted Racism Charge  —  The current controversy shows that the Democrats are tired.  —  The first opportunity for a successful end of the Second Civil War, between President Trump and the incumbent political class, has been squandered by the Democrats.
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Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Liberals accuse Trump of being a dictator, then promptly vote to give Trump more power
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Zeynep Tufekci / Wired:
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Are There Any Sharks Left to Jump?
Discussion: Conservative Tribune
Deborah Wrigley /
Source: Couple killed in NW Harris Co. gated community were ‘executed’
Discussion: Daily Mail and Breitbart
New York Times:
Debate Continues Over What Trump Said. But Does the Exact Word Matter?
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Infamous Trump Meeting: Small Example of a Larger Trend
Melissapamerktla / KTLA:
Louise Turpin Was ‘Perplexed’ When Deputies Arrived at Perris Home Where Malnourished Children …
Discussion:, CNN and WNEP-TV
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to allow it to end DACA
Discussion: Above the Law, The Week and Axios