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7:20 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?
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
9 Million Kids Could Lose Their Health Care Because The GOP Wants To Shame Democrats
John Harwood / CNBC:   Government shutdown threats aren't new — but this standoff is far different
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Congress asked the IRS to implement a massive new law.  Now it could send more than half its workers home.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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.
News Feed FYI: Helping Ensure News on Facebook Is From Trusted Sources  —  Last week, we announced major changes to News Feed that are designed to help bring people closer together by encouraging more meaningful connections on Facebook.  As a result, people will 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
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
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.
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).
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
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump budget chief predicts shutdown deal within 24 hours  —  White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney  —  predicted Congress will reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown within the next day.  —  “I think there's a deal in the next 24 hours,” he said during an interview on CNN.
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer after Trump meeting: Progress but no deal yet
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
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: Daily Mail, Mashable and The Comeback
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Former Trump spokesman named in Wolff book lawyers up  —  Mark Corallo, who left his job with President Donald Trump's legal team in the wake of a controversial statement about a meeting with Russians, expects to be called by Russia investigators.  —  A former spokesman for President Donald …
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.
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 …
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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
Alec Tyson / Pew Research Center:
Public backs legal status for immigrants brought to U.S. illegally as children, but not a bigger border wall
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
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump administration rescinds Obama guidance on defunding Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Politico and Mashable
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Samantha Power Regrets
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Post
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