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9:45 AM 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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are fooling themselves if they think they have a shutdown leg up [Updated]  —  Events moved in favor of Democrats today in the battle to gain leverage and cast blame for the looming shutdown, set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.  For starters, it does not appear …
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 …
Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government.  —  This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress …
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%
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:   In spending fight, Republicans embrace Trump's hard-line stand on immigration
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 …
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.
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Unhinged Fox host tries to distract from Trump's shutdown by stalking Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Russia-linked Twitter accounts are working overtime to help Devin Nunes and WikiLeaks
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Christopher Mele / New York Times:   Neighbor to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge in Attack on Rand Paul, Lawyer Says
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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Matthew Spalding / The Hill:
Jeff Flake's Stalin-Trump comparison needs a fat dose of facts
Discussion: Conservative Tribune
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
GOP senator amid looming shutdown: Country ‘being run by idiots’
The Hill:
Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Clueless Versus Trump
David Bier / Cato Institute:
Securing America's Future Act Is a Net Negative for the Immigration System
Discussion: National Review
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Newly released Clinton emails include classified messages, show knowledge of security problems: watchdog
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Former Trump spokesman named in Wolff book lawyers up
Discussion: ABC News