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9:15 AM ET, January 19, 2018


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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 …
Discussion: Splinter, Raw Story and The A.V. Club
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials  —  A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump personally made decision to limit Bannon testimony: report
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
House committee takes step toward making Trump dossier findings public
Discussion: RedState, Power Line and Sara A. Carter
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Lawyer Used Private Company, Pseudonyms to Pay Porn Star ‘Stormy Daniels’  —  President Donald Trump's lawyer used a private Delaware company to pay a former adult-film star $130,000 in return for her agreeing to not publicly discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump …
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Stormy Daniels Once Claimed She Spanked Donald Trump With a Forbes Magazine  —  Last week, the Wall Street Journal triggered a new scandal for President Donald Trump when it reported that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a decade-old sexual relationship …
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump to Mark One-Year Anniversary With Gala at Mar-a-Lago  —  Tickets for dinner event start at $100,000 per couple  —  Unclear whether governmnent shutdown would affect travel plans  —  President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: Who blinks first — WE GOT YOU COVERED FROM THE CAPITOL: What to expect, when to expect it — POTUS IN FLORIDA: TRUMP to Mar-a-Lago as government is on brink of closure  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Happy Friday.  THE GOVERNMENT IS DARN CLOSE TO SHUTTING DOWN.  Funding runs dry tonight at 11:59:59.
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
Inside Trump Backers' Bash At Mar-A-Lago, Where The President Is A ‘Damn Genius’
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments on the radio  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie resigned Thursday as chief of external affairs …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Shutdown threat tanks West Wing morale  —  The first year of Donald Trump's presidency is coming to a close with administration officials exhausted and uncertain after two extraordinary weeks of chaos, even by the standards of this White House.  —  The drama underlines a fundamental truth …
New York Times:
The Chaos President vs. His Iron-Fisted Chief of Staff
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Turnover In Trump's White House Is ‘Record-Setting,’ And It Isn't Even Close
Discussion: Brookings
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Schumer slams Cotton in face-to-face with Trump  —  Cotton said Schumer did not want him the room for the Dreamers' talks ‘probably because I would get a good deal, and he wants a bad deal.’  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told President Trump this week that there will be no deal …
Discussion: Breitbart
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned
John Wagner / Washington Post:
With shutdown looming, Trump plans to head to Mar-a-Lago for first-year celebration
Discussion: Politico
The Hill:
Blame game ramps up as shutdown nears  —  Lawmakers drifted closer to a shutdown of the federal government late Thursday after the House approved a funding bill on a largely party-line vote, with Democrats in the Senate vowing to defeat the measure.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Politico and The Federalist
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Jury's out on winners and losers in latest shutdown standoff
Discussion: Breitbart
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Senate in disarray with shutdown hours away
New York Times:
House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate
Nicholas Page / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson: ‘How Many Big Tech Companies Were Started By People From Central and South America?’  —  With a government shutdown looming over Congress like a dark cloud, a compromise on immigration and border security within D.C. appears to be the only thing that can prevent such a fiasco.
Joe Cunningham / RedState:
Wow! Mark Steyn Defends White Supremacists in Anti-Hispanic Rant
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Mark Steyn Bashes Immigrants: At Least ‘White Supremacists are American Citizens’
Elise Young / Bloomberg:
Mortal Again: Christie Blocked at VIP Entrance to Newark Airport  —  Police officer sends him to Terminal B with rest of nobodies  —  Three days out of office and Port Authority ends prized perk  —  Meet Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and current nobody at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators  — The House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, the cofounder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bombshell: Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went to the Press to Salvage Hillary's Campaign
Discussion: Daily Wire
Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
‘We will prosecute’ employers who help immigration sweeps, California AG says  —  The state's top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown.
USA Today:
On Trump's mental fitness, the experts are silenced and the public's in the dark  —  This is not ‘armchair psychiatry.’ It's a call for a responsible, thorough and accurate assessment that prevents irresponsible conclusions.  —  Many Americans are asking questions about Donald Trump's mental fitness …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Psychiatrist who spoke with lawmakers pens op-ed on Trump mental health
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Six Chinese Ships Covertly Aided North Korea.  The U.S. Was Watching.  —  Intelligence gathered by American officials provides what they say is detailed evidence of sanctions violations  —  Satellite photographs and other intelligence gathered by U.S. officials provide what they say is detailed evidence …
Discussion: Instapundit
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Conservative Ed Martin Out as CNN Contributor  —  The pundit was brought on by CNN to help replace Jeffrey Lord, whom the network fired in August.  —  Former Missouri politician and reliable Trump supporter Ed Martin is out as a CNN contributor, a network spokesperson confirmed Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: More than half of Americans strongly disapprove of Trump  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — the lowest mark …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
New York Times:
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks North Carolina Gerrymandering Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a trial court's order requiring North Carolina lawmakers to produce a revised congressional voting map, making it likely that the midterm elections this year …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Splinter and Mother Jones
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Accusations Of ‘Frat House’ Behavior Trail ‘LA Times’ Publisher's Career  —  The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage to recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by prominent men, particularly in entertainment and media.  Yet a review by NPR finds that the newspaper's own CEO and publisher …
The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
Trump's Shutdown Plan Is Pretty Much: Jesus, Take the Wheel … As the federal government gets dangerously close to the first shutdown of the Trump era, the president has remained relatively calm behind the scenes and, according to those around him, seemingly ambivalent in a time of political disarray.
Discussion: Reuters, Raw Story and
The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims ISIS Behind Las Vegas Shooting  —  A Republican member of Congress on Thursday night claimed the Islamic State terror group was behind the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people in October.  “I smell a rat, like a lot of Americans.  Nothing's adding up,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News' Tucker Carlson.
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News Insider:
Congressman Pressed on Assertion of ‘Possible Terrorist Nexus’ in Las Vegas Massacre
Discussion: Roll Call
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