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10:15 PM ET, January 18, 2018


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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Used Private Company, Pseudonyms to Pay Porn Star ‘Stormy Daniels’  —  President Donald Trump's lawyer used a private Delaware company to pay a former adult-film star $130,000 in return for her agreeing to not publicly discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump …
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Stormy Daniels Once Claimed She Spanked Donald Trump With a Forbes Magazine  —  Last week, the Wall Street Journal triggered a new scandal for President Donald Trump when it reported that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a decade-old sexual relationship …
Elise Young / Bloomberg:
Mortal Again: Christie Blocked at VIP Entrance to Newark Airport  —  Police officer sends him to Terminal B with rest of nobodies  —  Three days out of office and Port Authority ends prized perk  —  Meet Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and current nobody at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Discussion: Splinter, Washington Press and IJR
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:   On Stage Was Springsteen, in the Audience, Chris Christie
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Schumer slams Cotton in face-to-face with Trump  —  Cotton said Schumer did not want him the room for the Dreamers' talks ‘probably because I would get a good deal, and he wants a bad deal.’  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told President Trump this week that there will be no deal …
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
House passes spending bill, but shutdown threat remains  —  House Republicans voted Thursday night to keep the government open — and now the real drama will begin in the Senate.  —  After weeks of internal squabbling, Republicans secured votes for a spending plan to keep the government open for another four weeks.
New York Times:
House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate
Burgess Everett / Politico:   How Trump's TV habits raised the risk of a shutdown
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Blows Up Republican Plan To Blame Democrats For Blocking CHIP
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
House passes stopgap spending bill, Senate fate uncertain
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and RedState
The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
Trump's Shutdown Plan Is Pretty Much: Jesus, Take the Wheel
Discussion: Raw Story and
Murray Waas / Foreign Policy:
Trump Ordered Bannon to Limit Testimony  —  The president relied on a key legal advisor, but his advice could have a downside  —  President Donald Trump personally made the decision to curtail the testimony of former chief White House political strategist Steve Bannon before the House …
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials  —  A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House committee takes step toward making Trump dossier findings public
Discussion: RedState, Sara A. Carter and Power Line
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments on the radio  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)WARNING: This story contains graphic language.  —  Trump administration appointee Carl …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Accusations Of ‘Frat House’ Behavior Trail ‘LA Times’ Publisher's Career  —  The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage to recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by prominent men, particularly in entertainment and media.  Yet a review by NPR finds that the newspaper's own CEO and publisher …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump  —  WASHINGTON  —  The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court blocks order to redraw North Carolina congressional map  —  The Supreme Court has blocked a lower court's order requiring North Carolina's legislature to redraw the state's congressional district boundaries for this year's elections.  —  The justices appear to have split …
Discussion: RedState
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump administration asks Supreme Court to immediately accept DACA case
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says North Carolina does not have to immediately redraw congressional maps …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed:
Hungarian Police Have A Warrant Out For Former Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka  —  Gorka's warrant on gun charges was in effect the entire time he was in the White House.  —  Former Trump White House staffer Sebastian Gorka has an active warrant out for his arrest in Hungary, according to the Hungarian police's website.
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Activists say Tom Cotton has issued do-not-call-or-write notice to some constituents.  UPDATE.  Such letters sent in ‘extreme circumstances’ says Cotton's office.  —  Ozark Indivisible, the activist group that has been pressing members of Congress from Arkansas on health care …
Wall Street Journal:
Talking to Trump: A How-To Guide  —  Insights from more than 50 people the president met with in his first year in office  —  President Donald Trump has received huge public exposure in his first year through blanket TV coverage, speeches and tweets.  But what is he like in person?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Conservative Ed Martin Out as CNN Contributor  —  The pundit was brought on by CNN to help replace Jeffrey Lord, whom the network fired in August.  —  Former Missouri politician and reliable Trump supporter Ed Martin is out as a CNN contributor, a network spokesperson confirmed Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
One year after Trump's inauguration, no one will say how they spent the extra money  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a year after President Trump's inauguration, the committee that raised a record $106.7 million for the event has not disclosed how much surplus money it still has or provided a final accounting of its finances.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Maya Rajamani / Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton could still become president if Russia probe finds conspiracy evidence  —  Nearly a year after President Donald Trump's inauguration, a Harvard University professor says 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could still become commander in chief.
House panel releases transcript of interview with Fusion GPS co-founder  —  The co-founder of the firm behind a controversial Russia-related dossier urged lawmakers last year to look into what he said were ties between President Donald Trump and Russian money laundering …
Discussion: NPR and Power Line
The Daily Beast Latest Articles:   Fusion GPS: Kremlin ‘Purged’ Suspected Spies After Trump Dossier Release
Donna Borak / CNNMoney:
Trump consumer protection chief requests $0 in funding  —  Mulvaney defends role at CFPB, promises changes  —  The Trump administration has requested zero funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the latest sign change may be coming to the agency.
Discussion: Washington Press
The Guardian:
The boss, the boyfriend and the FBI: the Italian woman in the eye of the Trump-Russia inquiry  —  No wonder Robert Mueller's investigation came knocking  —  imona Mangiante never expected that a flirtation that began on LinkedIn would lead to a subpoena to appear before federal agents working …
Benjamin Weinthal / Fox News:
Germans want Senate action on Trump's pick for ambassador  —  Berlin - German politicians and the media seem to be growing impatient with the U.S. Senate's failure to confirm President Trump's choice for ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, more than four months after the longtime foreign policy expert was formally nominated.
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'  —  She might be more familiar with democracy, but top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is soon going to show her expertise on a certain kind of monarchy: The California congresswoman is slated to appear as a guest judge …
The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought  —  Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct.  So how did it all go wrong at Uber?  —  A year ago, before the investor lawsuits and the federal investigations, before the mass resignations …
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Bannon tells Congress he called Trump Tower meeting ‘unpatriotic’: Sources
Discussion: Raw Story, CANNONFIRE, Hullabaloo and Salon
Will Hobson / Washington Post:
At Larry Nassar sentencing hearing, a parade of horror and catharsis
Kori Schake / The Atlantic:
Rex Tillerson's Syria Policy Is Sensible—But It's Fanciful
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 2019
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Feinstein warns people will die if the government shuts down
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump evangelical board members unite with Pelosi on DACA
Arizona Republic:
Phoenix police: Double-murder suspect tied to 7 other killings
Discussion: IJR and AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Map Has Changed, but the Math Remains the Same
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
NYPD officers raid Newsweek headquarters
Office of Civil Rights / Latest News Releases:
HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division
CBS News:
Dylan Farrow details her sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen