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8:45 PM ET, January 19, 2018

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CNN:
CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Which is more important... avoiding a shutdown or continuing DACA?  —  A majority of Americans says it supports keeping the government open over finding a solution for the DACA program.  —  Avoiding a  —  56%
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Scott Clement / Washington Post:
More blame Republicans than Democrats for potential government shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds  —  By a 20-point margin, more Americans blame President Trump and Republicans rather than Democrats for a potential government shutdown, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Shutdowns Are Part of the GOP Brand.  Of Course They Get the Blame.  —  A new poll from The Washington Post shows that the public overwhelmingly blames Trump and the GOP for what seems to be an imminent government shutdown.  48% blame Trump and Republicans, 28% blame Democrats.
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
GOP plan to shut down government and blame Democrats backfires spectacularly  —  For any Republicans still in denial about how the looming government shutdown might play politically, a new poll confirms their worst fears.  —  “A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds substantially greater Republican risk …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Government shutdown threats aren't new — but this standoff is far different  — Now, as Donald Trump's Washington nears a government shutdown, Republicans accuse Democrats of doing the same thing.  —  Twice under President Barack Obama, Republican lawmakers precipitated acute crises of governance.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Republican senator blames possible shutdown on Trump listening to Tom Cotton, Stephen Miller  —  The White House and many Congressional Republicans attempted Friday to pin the potential government shutdown on Senate Democrats, trying to name it the “Schumer Shutdown” after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
New York Times:
Senate Sets a Vote for 10 p.m.; Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal
Washington Post:
Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?
Reuters:
No deal reached as Schumer, Trump meet to avert government shutdown
Discussion: RedState
In Touch Weekly:
Stormy Daniels' Explosive Full Interview on Donald Trump Affair: “I Can Describe His Junk Perfectly” (EXCLUSIVE) … IT: When was the first time you met Donald Trump?  —  Stormy: It was a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.  I guess he was there to play golf, and I was there because the company …
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
'I'll give her a week' to lose the baby weight, Trump said of Melania, months before alleged tryst with porn star  —  Seven months before an alleged tryst with porn star Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump told radio host Howard Stern that he would give his pregnant wife, Melania, a couple of days …
Twitter:
Update on Twitter's Review of the 2016 U.S. Election  —  When we appeared before the United States Congress last fall, Twitter publicly committed to regularly updating both congressional committees and the public on findings from our ongoing review into events surrounding the 2016 U.S. election.
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Russia-linked Twitter accounts are working overtime to help Devin Nunes and WikiLeaks  — Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have begun promoting the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo.  — It's a reference to a document written by Rep. Devin Nunes that purports to show abuse …
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Russian Twitter accounts pushing for release of ‘shocking’ surveillance memo
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Mark Zuckerberg:
Continuing our focus for 2018 to make sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent...  Last week I announced a major change to encourage meaningful social interactions with family and friends over passive consumption.  As a result, you'll see less public content, including news, video, and posts from brands.
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Facebook:
News Feed FYI: Helping Ensure News on Facebook Is From Trusted Sources  —  Last week, we announced major changes to News Feed that are designed to help bring people closer together by encouraging more meaningful connections on Facebook.  As a result, people will see less public content, including news, video and posts from brands.
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Rank News Sources by Quality to Battle Misinformation
New York Daily News:
Former Trump aide Omarosa may have taped White House discussions, fears Mueller wants to talk to her  —  Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman may have taped confidential West Wing conversations and fears being caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, sources told the Daily News on Thursday.
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is historically unpopular.  But the intensity gap should really terrify Republicans.  —  With the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration coming tomorrow, there's a raft of new polls out assessing what the American people think of the president, and the big story is that …
Discussion: CNN, Booman Tribune and Bloomberg
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul's alleged attacker charged with federal crime  —  who is accused of attacking the Kentucky Republican has been charged with a federal crime, the Department of Justice announced Friday.  —  Rene Boucher, 58, of Bowling Green, Ky., has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress …
Discussion: ABC News and RedState
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Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Neighbor intends to plead guilty to assault of Sen. Rand Paul, court documents say
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump-state Dems introduce bill to withhold lawmaker pay during shutdown  —  Five Democratic senators from states won by President Trump  —  in the 2016 presidential election introduced legislation Friday to withhold pay from members of Congress in the event of a government shutdown.
Discussion: Washington Press and IJR
Jason Riley / WDRB 41 Louisville News:
Prospect assistant police chief told LMPD recruit to ‘shoot’ black people  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The former assistant police chief of Prospect told a Louisville Metro Police recruit that in a situation in which he caught juveniles smoking marijuana, “if black shoot them,” according to documents released Friday.
Discussion: Washington Press and Raw Story
Louise Boyle / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Megyn Kelly Today staffer is FIRED after claiming show is ‘toxic and demeaning’, rife with bullying and its two bosses abuse their assistants and ‘scapegoat’ the staff  — Kevin Bleyer was fired as head writer of Megyn Kelly Today earlier this week after making complaints about bullying by its two top bosses
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump budget chief predicts shutdown deal within 24 hours  —  White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney  —  predicted Congress will reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown within the next day.  —  “I think there's a deal in the next 24 hours,” he said during an interview on CNN.
Discussion: Political Wire
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Former Trump spokesman named in Wolff book lawyers up  —  Mark Corallo, who left his job with President Donald Trump's legal team in the wake of a controversial statement about a meeting with Russians, expects to be called by Russia investigators.  —  A former spokesman for President Donald …
Tom Jawetz / Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Debunking the Lie that Dreamers Can Wait  —  As the Trump administration and Congress continue to drive the country toward an unnecessary and chaotic government shutdown, there appears to be substantial confusion about whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem presses Trump health official on potential ethics violation  —  (D-Ore.) says it appears a senior Trump administration health official has violated her ethics agreement by reviewing applications from states that employed her consulting firm.  —  Wyden, the top Democrat …
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'  —  Apple chief talks about tax affairs and overuse of tech at launch of school coding initiative  —  he head of Apple, Tim Cook, believes there should be limits to the use of technology in schools and says he does not want his nephew to use a social network.
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant.  ‘I am not the first woman to multitask,’ she says.  —  Hours after 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern was elected leader of New Zealand's Labour Party in August, two television hosts asked about her plans for a family.  One of the hosts specifically asked whether …
Susan Scutti / CNN:
Michael Phelps: ‘I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life’  —  (CNN)Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.
Discussion: Daily Mail, Mashable and The Comeback
 
 
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