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1:25 PM 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.
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McConnell plans for shutdown  —  Mitch McConnell is making contingency plans for the growing possibility of a government shutdown.  —  The Senate majority leader intends to keep the chamber in session through the weekend and stage a series of votes designed to put Democrats from conservative states …
Discussion: The Stranger …
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.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Trump tweets create confusion on GOP plan to avert shutdown; Ryan tries to calm Republicans
Burgess Everett / Politico:
White House: Trump supports House short-term funding bill
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Beast
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
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.
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House Republicans seethe at tight-lipped Bannon
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 …
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.
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
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.
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: Deadline and Balloon Juice
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The GOV'T shuts down Fri.: What we see happening …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
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.
Katherine Lam / Fox News:
US marshal killed, at least 2 officers injured in shooting, reports say  —  A U.S. marshal was killed and at least two officers were wounded Thursday morning when gunfire erupted during the service of a warrant, the mayor said.  —  Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said three officers were shot, including a Harrisburg cop.
Discussion: WHTM-TV, IJR and The Savage Nation
Three officers shot, one killed in police-involved shooting in Harrisburg
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CBS News:
Dylan Farrow details her sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen  —  Only on “CBS This Morning,” Dylan Farrow is speaking candidly for the first time on television about her sexual assault allegations against her adoptive father, actor and director Woody Allen.
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
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 …
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Plunge to Lowest Weekly Tally Since 1973  —  U.S. filings for unemployment benefits plummeted to the lowest level in almost 45 years in a sign the job market will tighten further in 2018, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.  —  Highlights of Jobless Claims (Week Ended Jan. 13)
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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” …
Charlotte Alter / TIME:
A Year Ago, They Marched.  Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office  —  Erin Zwiener returned to Texas to settle down.  At 32, she had published a children's book, won Jeopardy! three times and ridden roughly 1,400 miles from the Mexico border up the Continental Divide on a mule.
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CBS News:
Most Americans support DACA, but oppose border wall - CBS News poll  —  Nearly nine in 10 Americans favor allowing young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children to remain in the U.S. - a policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  This is a view that spans partisan lines.
Discussion: Washington Times and Politico
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Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Activists say Tom Cotton has issued do-not-call-or-write notice to some constituents
Discussion: Splinter and Washington Press
CBS New York:
Gate-gate?  Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie Stopped After Trying To Avoid Security At Newark Liberty Airport
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
The planet just had its hottest 4 years in recorded history.  Trump is dismantling efforts to fight climate change.
Margot Sanger-Katz / New York Times:
When States Make It Harder to Enroll, Even Eligible People Drop Medicaid
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Trump judicial appointee rules in favor of deported Mexican mother of four
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Trump admin blocks Haitians from temporary visas
Discussion: Axios and theGrio
Chris Bryant / University of Alabama News:
Message from the President
Discussion: The Daily Caller and theGrio
 Earlier Items: 
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Tillerson's staff prints out the President's tweets for him to read
Discussion: Splinter and Outside the Beltway
Lydia Polgreen / HuffPost:
Introducing HuffPost Opinion And HuffPost Personal
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
‘The Purpose of This From the Beginning Has Been to Cut Legal Immigration’
Discussion: Political Wire
David Byler / Weekly Standard:
As Goes Trump, So Goes the GOP
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Staffers at The Hill press management about the work of John Solomon