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6:00 PM ET, January 19, 2018


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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%
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Shutdowns Are Part of the GOP Brand.  Of Course They Get the Blame.  —  A new poll from The Washington Post shows that the public overwhelmingly blames Trump and the GOP for what seems to be an imminent government shutdown.  48% blame Trump and Republicans, 28% blame Democrats.
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 …
Washington Post:
Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
No deal reached as Schumer, Trump meet to avert government shutdown
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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  —  Seven months before an alleged tryst with porn star Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump told radio host Howard Stern that he would give his pregnant wife, Melania, a couple of days …
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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 and Breitbart
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.
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Rank News Sources by Quality to Battle Misinformation  —  Tech giant will rely on user surveys of trustworthiness to try to preserve objectivity  —  Facebook Inc. FB 0.83% plans to start ranking news sources in its feed based on user evaluations of credibility …
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.
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Turnover In Trump's White House Is ‘Record-Setting,’ And It Isn't Even Close
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump is historically unpopular.  But the intensity gap should really terrify Republicans.  —  With the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration coming tomorrow, there's a raft of new polls out assessing what the American people think of the president, and the big story is that …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer after Trump meeting: Progress but no deal yet  —  Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer  —  (N.Y.) said Friday there are still “a good number of disagreements” with President Trump  —  on immigration and spending with a government shutdown set to go into effect at midnight.
Discussion: National Review
Jason Riley / WDRB 41 Louisville News:
Prospect assistant police chief told LMPD recruit to ‘shoot’ black people  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The former assistant police chief of Prospect told a Louisville Metro Police recruit that in a situation in which he caught juveniles smoking marijuana, “if black shoot them,” according to documents released Friday.
Discussion: Washington Press and Raw Story
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.
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
Susan Scutti / CNN:
Michael Phelps: ‘I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life’  —  (CNN)Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.
Discussion: Mashable and The Comeback
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 …
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Sotomayor at work after health scare  —  Paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, but a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the justice was not hospitalized and went to work Friday after being treated for low blood sugar.
Alec Tyson / Pew Research Center:
Public backs legal status for immigrants brought to U.S. illegally as children, but not a bigger border wall  —  The American public has clear-cut opinions on both issues at the center of the current debate on immigration policy.  A large majority (74%) favors granting permanent legal status …
Lucia I. Suarez Sang / Fox News:
Muslim teacher's bizarre religious rant, behavior under investigation after cops called to classroom  —  A community college professor in Texas frightened several of his students when he walked into class Tuesday night with his face covered and incoherently mumbled about the Koran, the moon and the dark night.
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Greg Norman / Fox News:
Las Vegas shooter Paddock had child porn on computer, FBI investigating person of interest: sheriff
Discussion: IJR, The Week and The Gateway Pundit
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
House Democrats Oppose Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Discussion:, IJR and The Daily Signal
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
State Department issues guidance for potential shutdown
Discussion: IJR
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date’
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Paul Booth / American Prospect:
Building an Enduring Democratic Majority
Discussion: New York Times
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Tax Break That Doctors and Plumbers Both Will Miss
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Russians under every rock
Michael Safi / The Guardian:
‘Buy a flat, meet Trump Jr’ offer criticised as ‘ethics atrocity’
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Samantha Power Regrets
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Post
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bombshell: Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went to the Press to Salvage Hillary's Campaign
Discussion: Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Six Chinese Ships Covertly Aided North Korea. The U.S. Was Watching.
Discussion: Defense One and Instapundit
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump to Mark One-Year Anniversary With Gala at Mar-a-Lago