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10:10 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.
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 …
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.
John Harwood / CNBC:   Government shutdown threats aren't new — but this standoff is far different
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
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 …
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: Vox, RedState 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 …
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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Washington Post:
Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust … Facebook unveiled major changes Friday to the News Feed of its 2 billion users, announcing it will rank news organizations by credibility based on user feedback and diminish its role as an arbiter of the news people see.
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 …
Discussion: RedState
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Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Jared Kushner's Firm Tied to “Suspicious Transactions” at German Bank  —  A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified “suspicious transactions” …
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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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
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Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
9 Million Kids Could Lose Their Health Care Because The GOP Wants To Shame Democrats
Washington Post:
Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?
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 …
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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
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
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 …
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and His Brother, Marc Sorrentino, Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes  —  Reality television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, pleaded guilty today to violating federal tax laws, announced Principal Deputy Assistant …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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
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) …
 
 
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Foreign Policy:
U.S. Government Faces Critical ‘Brain Drain’ of Sanctions Experts
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Norman / Fox News:
Las Vegas shooter Paddock had child porn on computer, FBI investigating person of interest: sheriff
Discussion: IJR, The Week and The Gateway Pundit
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
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Russians under every rock
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant. ‘I am not the first woman to multitask,’ she says.