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11:20 AM ET, January 18, 2018


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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.
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
WikiLeaks: Trump administration a ‘frequent source of false information’
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
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,” …
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 …
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.
Rating World Leaders: 2018
Discussion: New York Times and The Guardian
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
World's confidence in US leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds
Discussion: Shakesville and Hullabaloo
Cristiano Lima / Politico:   Poll: Under Trump, global approval of U.S. leadership hits historical low
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
Discussion: Defense One and Political Wire
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Republicans seethe at tight-lipped Bannon  —  Republican lawmakers fumed at Steve Bannon on Wednesday, and some threatened to hold the former Trump White House strategist in contempt of Congress a day after he stonewalled the House's Russia investigation.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
3 more months of the Mueller investigation? Papadopoulos filing signals it's likely
Discussion: New York Magazine
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump blew up Republican strategies to keep the government open past Friday when on Thursday morning he said a long-term extension of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program should not be part of a stopgap spending bill pending before the House.
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Trump's baffling tweet about CHIP and the government shutdown, explained  —  The president tweets a policy position — and it's the opposite of what congressional Republicans want.  —  President Trump appeared to throw a wrench into congressional budget negotiations on Thursday morning …
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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   The GOV'T shuts down Fri.: What we see happening …
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 …
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 …
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Mulvaney requests no funding for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  —  Every quarter, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally requests its operating funds from the Federal Reserve.  Last quarter, former director Richard Cordray asked for $217.1 million.
Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2  —  Amazon expects to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and invest over $5 billion in the city where it opens HQ2, a full equal to its Seattle HQ  —  Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, the company's second headquarters in North America.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Republicans have punted on immigration since the start.  Why should Democrats trust them now?  —  GOP leaders are asking Democrats to trust them on DACA.  They haven't shown much urgency.  —  Congressional Republicans are asking Democrats to trust them.  Vote to keep the government open …
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and MSNBC
CNN:   Republicans scramble to try to avert government shutdown as deadline nears
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Marla Maples dating TV host who called Trump ‘physically disgusting’  —  The president may want to look away now.  —  Marla Maples is dating Trump-baiting TV host Donny Deutsch, Page Six has exclusively learned.  —  Sources say that Deutsch — who has called Trump “physically disgusting” …
Discussion: AOL, thecut and Washington Free Beacon
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
NBC News:
The Mueller effect: FARA filings soar in shadow of Manafort, Flynn probes  —  WASHINGTON — The data firm whose work for Donald Trump's campaign attracted the interest of Robert Mueller's investigators recently filed paperwork showing it had helped spread negative information about Qatar …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Tillerson's staff prints out the President's tweets for him to read  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's staff prints out President Donald Trump's tweets for him to read, Tillerson said Wednesday, noting he does not have any social media accounts of his own.
Discussion: Splinter and Outside the Beltway
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Staffers at The Hill press management about the work of John Solomon  —  A group of newsroom staffers at The Hill have complained to management about stories written by John Solomon, the publication's executive vice president of digital video.  The complaints were launched in December …
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
House Intel Will Release Fusion GPS Interview Transcripts  —  The House Intelligence Committee will release the transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, the head of controversial research firm Fusion GPS, The Daily Beast has learned.  The transcript could be released as soon as today.
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Trump admin blocks Haitians from temporary visas
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CBS News:
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Maya Rajamani / Newsweek:
Hillary Clinton could still become president if Russia probe finds conspiracy evidence
Discussion: RedState
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Hochul makes it clear: She will run for re-election
Sian Cain / The Guardian:
Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend's new columnist
Chris Bryant / University of Alabama News:
Message from the President
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
A Shaky Justification for Immigration Reform
David Byler / Weekly Standard:
As Goes Trump, So Goes the GOP
Heather Wilhelm / National Review:
The Feminist War on Common Sense
Henry Farrell / Foreign Policy:
American Democracy Was Asking for It
New York Times:
With Trump's Visit to Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles to Save a House Seat