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3:50 PM ET, January 19, 2018


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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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senator blames possible shutdown on Trump listening to Tom Cotton, Stephen Miller  —  The White House and many Congressional Republicans attempted Friday to pin the potential government shutdown on Senate Democrats, trying to name it the “Schumer Shutdown” after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
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: Washington Times and Politico
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans to head home despite likely shutdown  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said GOP leaders will send the House home this weekend, virtually guaranteeing a shutdown unless some last-minute deal is struck.  —  “We've passed our CR,” McCarthy said in an interview following …
New York Times:
Here's Another Fine Mess They've Gotten Us Into  —  Once again, Americans are being treated to a Capitol Hill cliffhanger over a government shutdown.  The themes and plot twists differ each time, but this is a formulaic drama that reveals Congress's bipartisan failure to perform its most basic task: to fund the federal government.
Washington Post:
Looming shutdown raises fundamental question: Can GOP govern?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Shutdowns Are Part of the GOP Brand. Of Course They Get the Blame.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer after Trump meeting: Progress but no deal yet
Discussion: National Review
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Schumer, Trump meeting at White House as shutdown nears
Discussion: RedState
Burgess Everett / 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
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 …
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
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 …
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
GOP lawmakers demand that ‘alarming’ memo on FISA abuses be made public
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Republicans rally for public release of memo on FISA abuses
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Trump's Latest Travel Ban  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would consider a challenge to President Trump's latest effort to limit travel from countries said to pose a threat to the nation's security, adding a major test …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to rule on Trump's powers to ban foreign travelers
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Russians under every rock  —  Amid the shutdown scramble, McClatchy broke a Russia scandal blockbuster: … Torshin is one of a number of shady Russian characters who operate in the overlapping spheres of business and corrupt Russian politics. … What is remarkable is that Torshin …
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Matt Friedman / Politico:
Feds intend to re-try Menendez
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Discussion: New York Times
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The Tax Break That Doctors and Plumbers Both Will Miss
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump administration rescinds Obama guidance on defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Mashable
Manya Brachear Pashman / Chicago Tribune:
Popular pastor at North Park University is suspended for officiating gay wedding
Discussion: Raw Story and WGN-TV
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
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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
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
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
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Comey to teach course on ethical leadership for College of William & Mary
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and IJR
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bombshell: Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went to the Press to Salvage Hillary's Campaign
Discussion: Daily Wire