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11:40 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.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are fooling themselves if they think they have a shutdown leg up [Updated]
Discussion: Politico
John Harwood / CNBC:   Government shutdown threats aren't new — but this standoff is far different
New York Times:
Senate Sets a Vote for 10 p.m.; Trump and Schumer End Private Talks With ‘Progress,’ but No Deal
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 …
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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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Kentucky Man Charged With Assaulting a Member of Congress  —  Victim attacked while mowing his yard.  —  Indianapolis-Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today that Rene A. Boucher, 58, Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been charged …
Discussion: Vox, NPR and TheBlaze
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rand Paul's alleged attacker charged with federal crime
Discussion: ABC News and RedState
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Neighbor intends to plead guilty to assault of Sen. Rand Paul, court documents say
Christopher Mele / New York Times:   Neighbor to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge in Attack on Rand Paul, Lawyer Says
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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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 …
Discussion: RedState
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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.
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.
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
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
In spending fight, Republicans embrace Trump's hard-line stand on immigration  —  Amid the chaos and confusion of Capitol Hill this week, one prevailing trend emerged: Republican leaders are embracing the party's hard-line position on illegal immigration.  —  While the battle over spending continues …
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.
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and His Brother, Marc Sorrentino, Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Dem presses Trump health official on potential ethics violation
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
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Valerie Volcovici / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump's coal job push stumbles in most states - data
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump-state Dems introduce bill to withhold lawmaker pay during shutdown
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Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
9 Million Kids Could Lose Their Health Care Because The GOP Wants To Shame Democrats
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Prospect assistant police chief told LMPD recruit to ‘shoot’ black people
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Susan Scutti / CNN:
Michael Phelps: ‘I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life’
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