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2:55 PM ET, January 18, 2018


 Top Items: 
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown
CBS News:
Most Americans support DACA, but oppose border wall - CBS News poll
Discussion: Washington Times and Politico
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McConnell plans for shutdown
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Risk of government shutdown grows even as Trump backs GOP plan
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Shutdown Threat Looms: Senate Dems Stiffen Spines, House In Chaos
Discussion: Roll Call, Politico and Political Wire
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story and Political Wire
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Activists say Tom Cotton has issued do-not-call-or-write notice to some constituents  —  Ozark Indivisible, the activist group that has been pressing members of Congress from Arkansas on health care, immigration and other issues, reported on its Twitter account last night that people calling …
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,” …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump pushes back on chief of staff's claims that border wall pledges are ‘uninformed’
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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.
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
“Dumpster” RNC Faces Criticism From Republicans After Fake News Awards  —  President Trump and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.  —  Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images  —  The Fake News Awards were expected to be a surreal, probably riveting Trump event …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: Political Wire
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: Washington Times and 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Office of Civil Rights / Latest News Releases:
HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to announce the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  The announcement will take place …
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
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.
CBS New York:
Gate-gate?  Former NJ Gov. Chris Christie Stopped After Trying To Avoid Security At Newark Liberty Airport  —  NEWARK - Being governor is so yesterday.  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the hard way that his special treatment is over.  —  Christie tried to circumvent …
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)
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 …
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 …
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
NYPD officers raid Newsweek headquarters
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Adella Beaini / Sydney Morning Herald:
Drone used to save two swimmers caught in rough surf at Lennox Head
Discussion: NPR, The Verge, Boing Boing, Engadget and Gizmodo
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Illegal immigrant accused of stabbing stranger in neck at California market had been deported seven times
Discussion: IJR and Washington Free Beacon
Robert Draper / New York Times:
36 Hours in Washington, D.C.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
On Stage Was Springsteen, in the Audience, Chris Christie
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 Add Paperwork, Even Eligible People Lose Medicaid
 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
House Intel Will Release Fusion GPS Interview Transcripts
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lydia Polgreen / HuffPost:
Introducing HuffPost Opinion And HuffPost Personal
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Axios
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
‘The Purpose of This From the Beginning Has Been to Cut Legal Immigration’
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Staffers at The Hill press management about the work of John Solomon