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Donald J. Trump /
The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards  —  2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news.  Studies have shown that over 90% of the media's coverage of President Trump is negative.  —  Below are the winners of the 2017 Fake News Awards.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump averages a ‘fake’ insult every day.  Really.  We counted.  —  Donald Trump did not coin ‘fake news’  —  President Trump has used the word “fake” more than 400 times since he was inaugurated.  —  More than once a day, on average, he has publicly assailed “fake news,” “fake polls,” “fake media,” and “fake stories.”
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
WikiLeaks: Trump administration a ‘frequent source of false information’
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
John Kelly risks a Steve Bannon moment  —  Late last night, a few hours after Fox News aired Bret Baier's interview with John Kelly, a source close to the president told me Trump would explode when he saw what his chief of staff said.  The source — who has spent a lot of time with Trump …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump pushes back on chief of staff claims that border wall pledges ‘uninformed’  —  White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of the hard-line immigration policies President Trump advocated during the campaign were “uninformed,” …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   ‘Pulling at his strings’: Lawmakers vie to sway Trump in immigration fight
Exclusive: Exercise?  I get more than people think, Trump says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders.  —  He gets plenty of exercise on the golf course and at the White House complex, the president told Reuters on Wednesday.
Summer Meza / Newsweek:
Jared Kushner still doesn't have security clearance after a year at the White House  —  It's been one year since Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to the president, assumed office, but he's yet to receive full security clearance for his role in the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside the room: What Steve Bannon told Congress  —  Steve Bannon made one conspicuous slip up in his closed-door hearing on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the confidential proceedings.  Bannon admitted that he'd had conversations …
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure  —  As President Trump approaches the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, a majority of Americans think his first year in office has been a failure — and that he's divided the nation.  —  A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds …
Discussion: Online NewsHour
CBS News:
Trump at one year: Low job approval, but economy is good - CBS News poll
Discussion: Politico
David Byler / Weekly Standard:   As Goes Trump, So Goes the GOP
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Is Trump's doctor okay?  —  Examining the White House physician's briefing on President Trump's physical, I was alarmed — not about the president's health, but the doctor's.  —  Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was so effusive in extolling the totally amazing, surpassingly marvelous …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump's Physical Revealed Serious Heart Concerns, Outside Experts Say  —  WASHINGTON — Cardiologists not associated with the White House said Wednesday that President Trump's physical exam revealed serious heart concerns, including very high levels of so-called bad cholesterol …
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
“Harvey's Concern Was Who Did Him In”: Inside Harvey Weinstein's Frantic Final Days  —  Before the story of his alleged abuses broke in October, Harvey Weinstein hunkered down in his Tribeca bunker—even as the producer refused to believe the end was near.  —  HOLLYWOOD 2018
Discussion: Political Wire and Deadline
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The GOV'T shuts down Fri.: What we see happening …
Discussion: Washington Post
Julie Ray / Gallup:
World's Approval of U.S. Leadership Drops to New Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year into Donald Trump's presidency, the image of U.S. leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors.  Median approval of U.S. leadership across 134 countries and areas stands at a new low of 30%, according to a new Gallup report.
Discussion: The Week and Mother Jones
Rating World Leaders: 2018
New York Times:
‘Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone’  —  The Times editorial board has been sharply critical of the Trump presidency, on grounds of policy and personal conduct.  Not all readers have been persuaded.  In the spirit of open debate, and in hopes of helping readers who agree with us better understand …
Apple accelerates US investment and job creation  —  $350 Billion Contribution to US Economy Over Next Five Years  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas …
Republicans scramble to try to avert government shutdown as deadline nears  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it's still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open.
New York Times:
With Trump's Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are scrambling to save a heavily conservative House seat in western Pennsylvania, dispatching President Trump to the district on Thursday while preparing a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Inside Obama's midterm campaign plans  —  Since leaving office, Barack Obama has struggled with how to do what no modern president has: take on his successor.  —  Over the past year, he's appeared at rallies, done a robocall, made a few endorsements.  His office in Washington's West End neighborhood …
Discussion: White House Dossier
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Sorority sister speaks out on racist videos that got her booted from college  —  A student at the University of Alabama has been expelled from the school and kicked out of a sorority after she posted racist videos on social media in which she repeatedly used the n-word.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter may alert users exposed to Russian propaganda  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter says it's exploring ways to notify millions of users if they were exposed to Russian propaganda.  —  The social media service is working to identify and inform individuals who saw tweets from Kremlin-linked …
Kim Kozlowski / Detroit News:
What MSU knew: 14 warned of Nassar abuse  —  8 WOMEN REPORTED ABUSE CLAIMS, AT LEAST ONE OF WHICH REACHED PRESIDENT  —  Reports of sexual misconduct by Dr. Larry Nassar reached at least 14 Michigan State University representatives in the two decades before his arrest, with no fewer …
Washington Post:
U.S. troops will stay in Syria to counter ‘strategic’ threat from Iran … BEIRUT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria, citing a range of policy goals that extend far beyond the defeat of the Islamic State as conditions for American troops to go home.
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
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Mary Eberstadt / Weekly Standard:
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Heather Wilhelm / National Review:
The Feminist War on Common Sense
Joel Kotkin / City Journal:
Can the Trump Economy Trump Trump?  —  The president's economic …
Discussion: Power Line
Brigitte Bardot / France 24:
French film icon Brigitte Bardot slams #MeToo as ‘hypocritical’
Discussion: The Guardian, thecut, Jezebel and Deadline
Lovia Gyarkye / New York Times:
Lupita Nyong'o to Publish a Children's Book
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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John Kelly, Deacon of Deportation
Discussion: theGrio
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Henry Farrell / Foreign Policy:
American Democracy Was Asking for It
Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff's ‘Fire and Fury’ to Become TV Series (Exclusive)
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions; Pyongyang getting close on missile