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12:05 PM ET, January 20, 2018


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New York Times:
How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, came close to an agreement to avert a government shutdown over lunch on Friday.  But their consensus broke down later …
The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
Trump Whines: Shutdown Fight Could Make Me Miss ‘My Party’  —  You would tweet too if it happened to you.  —  LACHLAN MARKAY, ASAWIN SUEBSAENG1.19.18 10:25 PM ET  —  On the eve of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump privately vented frustrations that the political impasse …
New York Times:
How Every Senator Voted on the Government Shutdown  —  Senate Democrats appeared to have blocked a spending bill on Friday night that would have prevented a government shutdown.  The procedural motion to advance the bill needs 60 votes to pass.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Congress returns to work as lawmakers press to keep shutdown short-lived … Congress prepared to return to work Saturday as negotiators pressed for a budget deal to keep a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived.  —  Agencies shut down for the first time in more than four years late Friday …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Shutdown?  It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash  —  WASHINGTON — In the fall of 2013, Republican hard-liners engineered a 16-day shutdown of the federal government, implausibly insisting that President Barack Obama acquiesce to their demand that the Affordable Care Act be stripped of all funding.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The government has officially shut down  —  So what now?  —  At 12:01 am on Saturday, January 20, the federal government shut down.  —  Republicans and Democrats are still stuck in a standoff after failing to reach an immigration deal this week.  House Republicans passed a bill on Thursday …
Discussion: Politico, AOL, CANNONFIRE, ABC News and HuffPost
Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal
CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump plans gala at Mar-a-Lago tonight, again renting a ballroom from himself
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
In spending fight, Republicans embrace Trump's hard-line stand on immigration
Discussion: Booman Tribune
John Harwood / CNBC:   Government shutdown threats aren't new — but this standoff is far different
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 …
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Unhinged Fox host tries to distract from Trump's shutdown by stalking Hillary Clinton  —  With the threat of a government shutdown looming at midnight on Friday, Donald Trump has created a national crisis completely out of thin air in his determination to block legal status for young immigrants …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
NBC News:
Right-wing demand to #ReleaseTheMemo endorsed by Russian bots, trolls
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.
Discussion: CNNMoney, and Mediaite
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.
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.
Bryan Logan / Business Insider:   Twitter found more than 50,000 Russia-linked accounts that actively shared election-related material …
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.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
President Trump Is Having an Affair ‘Right Now,’ Michael Wolff Tells Bill Maher … The last time we saw Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time, he was defending his friend Al Franken and condemning his ideological enemy Roy Moore.  Three months later, neither man is serving in the U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
GOP senator amid looming shutdown: Country ‘being run by idiots’ … (R-La.) blasted Congress on Friday as a government funding deadline approached, slamming the government as being “run by idiots.”  —  “Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots,” …
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 …
Discussion: RedState
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Jared Kushner's Firm Tied to “Suspicious Transactions” at German Bank
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The bizarre rise and dramatic fall of Louise Mensch and her ‘Blue Detectives’
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Matthew Spalding / The Hill:
Jeff Flake's Stalin-Trump comparison needs a fat dose of facts
Discussion: Conservative Tribune
The Hill:
Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Clueless Versus Trump
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Corker says Senate leaders on verge of deal
Discussion: National Review
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
TrumpShutdown becomes top trending hashtag worldwide
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Justine Sacco, the PR exec who was fired from IAC for her tweets, has landed back at IAC's Match Group
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
She was expelled from college after her racist rants went viral. Her mother thinks she deserves it.
Discussion: Washington Press, Raw Story and theGrio
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve
Foreign Policy:
U.S. Government Faces Critical ‘Brain Drain’ of Sanctions Experts
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story