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2:05 PM ET, January 19, 2018

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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Americans more likely to blame Trump, Republicans if government shuts down: Poll  —  A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds substantially greater Republican risk in a government shutdown, with Americans by a 20-point margin saying they're more likely to blame Donald Trump and the Republicans …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Times
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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.
Washington Post:
Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?  —  The federal government late Thursday faced increasing odds of a partial shutdown, the culmination of a long period of budget warfare that has now imperiled what most lawmakers agree is the most basic task of governance.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Blame game in full force ahead of near-certain shutdown
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Schumer, Trump meeting at White House as shutdown nears
Discussion: RedState
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Schumer slams Cotton in face-to-face with Trump
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Government shutdown looms as Trump sets a meeting with Schumer
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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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 …
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.
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Tamara Keith / NPR:
Turnover In Trump's White House Is ‘Record-Setting,’ And It Isn't Even Close
Discussion: Washington Post and Brookings
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:   Watch: Watergate prosecutor says Bannon's testimony “looks like a cover-up”
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 …
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Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
GOP lawmakers demand that ‘alarming’ memo on FISA abuses be made public
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal …
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 …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: Who blinks first …
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
Inside A Trump Backers' Bash At Mar-A-Lago, Where The President Is A “Damn Genius”
Discussion: Shareblue Media, RedState and The Hill
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 …
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
As Trump's first year in office ends, his support base has eroded and the opposition is energized
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bombshell: Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went to the Press to Salvage Hillary's Campaign  —  As Scott noted earlier today, the House Intelligence Committee has released transcripts of its interviews with Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS and the source of the Democrats' smear campaign against Donald Trump.
Discussion: Daily Wire
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:   Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon is raising the price of Prime monthly memberships by nearly 20 percent  —  From $10.99 to $12.99  —  Amazon Prime memberships are getting more expensive — for those customers who want the flexibility to pay for the speedy shipping and media streaming program on a monthly basis.
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 …
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
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: Defense One and Instapundit
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
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.
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant.  ‘I am not the first woman to multitask,’ she says.  —  Hours after 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern was elected leader of New Zealand's Labour Party in August, two television hosts asked about her plans for a family.  One of the hosts specifically asked whether …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned  —  WASHINGTON — As they departed the now famous Oval Office meeting where President Trump used vulgar language to disparage the national origin of some potential immigrants, Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard J. Durbin found themselves …
Discussion: Washington Post
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Dem Accuses Trump Medicaid Chief Of Possible Ethics Pledge Violations  —  The ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee is demanding to see the communications of the Trump administration's top Medicaid official to determine whether she is violating her ethics agreement …
 
 
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Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
US slumps in global leadership poll after Trump's 1st year
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Susan Page / USA Today:
A consequential president: Trump's tweets have overshadowed the impact of his policies at one year in
Discussion: Breitbart
Manya Brachear Pashman / Chicago Tribune:
Popular pastor at North Park University is suspended for officiating gay wedding
Discussion: Raw Story and WGN-TV
Lucia I. Suarez Sang / Fox News:
Muslim teacher's bizarre religious rant, behavior under investigation after cops called to classroom
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
U.S. troops punished for contact with foreign women during White House trip but not court-martialed
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Michael Safi / The Guardian:
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Samantha Power Regrets
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 Earlier Items: 
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
‘These are our true friends’: Trump fans flock to a Mar-a-Lago celebration
Discussion: IJR
Bob Bauer / Just Security:
The Trump Campaign-Russia Alliance and Campaign Finance
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Comey to teach course on ethical leadership for College of William & Mary
Discussion: Politico, IJR and The Daily Caller
USA Today:
On Trump's mental fitness, the experts are silenced and the public's in the dark
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Michael R. Pence / National Review:
Life Is Winning in America
Discussion: twitchy.com
Nicholas Page / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson: ‘How Many Big Tech Companies Were Started By People From Central and South America?’