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11:05 PM ET, January 19, 2018

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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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe.  Their Staff Wrote It.  —  #ReleaseTheMemo is the latest way Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to undermine the Mueller probe.  —  WASHINGTON House Republicans spent the end of the workweek telling everyone who would listen …
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Russian Twitter accounts pushing for release of ‘shocking’ surveillance memo
Discussion: RedState
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.
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
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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Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told The Associated Press.
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 …
New Yorker:
Jared Kushner Is China's Trump Card  —  How the President's son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy and his lack of security clearance, became Beijing's primary point of interest.  —  In early 2017, shortly after Jared Kushner moved into his new office in the West Wing of the White House, he began receiving guests.
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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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Rank News Sources by Quality to Battle Misinformation
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Tom Petty Died From Accidental Drug Overdose Involving Opioids, Coroner Says  —  Tom Petty, the chart-topping singer and songwriter, died in October from an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids, the medical examiner-coroner for the county …
Discussion: RedState, Vox and The FADER
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:
Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner - Coroner's office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.  —  Unfortunately Tom's body suffered …
CNN:
FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens  —  Governor admits affair, denies blackmail  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — The FBI will at times begin an inquiry as a preliminary step before deciding whether an investigation is warranted  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI recently opened …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Deutsche Bank flags ‘suspicious transactions’ tied to Kushners: report  —  has been flagged by officials at Deutsche Bank for “suspicious transactions,” according to a German business magazine.  —  Officials at the German bank told Manager Magazin, as reported by English-language outlets …
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Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Jared Kushner's Firm Tied to “Suspicious Transactions” at German Bank
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.
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).
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   In spending fight, Republicans embrace Trump's hard-line stand on immigration
Foreign Policy:
U.S. Government Faces Critical ‘Brain Drain’ of Sanctions Experts  —  Departure of top sanctions official prompts new concerns.  —  In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has repeatedly promoted international sanctions as a powerful tool to compel countries such as Iran and North Korea to yield to Washington's demands.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve  —  The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn't destroyed, according to recent court filings.
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway / Washington Post:
I wasn't a Trump supporter.  I am now.  —  This may seem like an odd moment for saying so, but a year into the presidency of Donald Trump, I'm elated.  —  Trump was not my first or even second choice for president, but a full two years ago I predicted he would win.
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
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
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) …
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Sotomayor at work after health scare  —  Paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, but a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the justice was not hospitalized and went to work Friday after being treated for low blood sugar.
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.
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
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date’  —  Two months after a jury failed to reach a verdict in the federal corruption case against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the Justice Department on Friday said it wants to retry them — and soon.
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and His Brother, Marc Sorrentino, Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Newly released Clinton emails include classified messages, show knowledge of security problems: watchdog
Valerie Volcovici / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump's coal job push stumbles in most states - data
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
9 Million Kids Could Lose Their Health Care Because The GOP Wants To Shame Democrats
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Congress asked the IRS to implement a massive new law.  Now it could send more than half its workers home.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump budget chief predicts shutdown deal within 24 hours
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Former Trump spokesman named in Wolff book lawyers up
 Earlier Items: 
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
House Democrats Oppose Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
New York Times:
Senate Sets a Vote for 10 p.m.; Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal
Susan Scutti / CNN:
Michael Phelps: ‘I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life’
Discussion: Mashable, Daily Mail and The Comeback
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Tax Break That Doctors and Plumbers Both Will Miss
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant. ‘I am not the first woman to multitask,’ she says.
Louise Boyle / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Megyn Kelly Today staffer is FIRED after claiming show is ‘toxic and demeaning’ …