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4:30 PM ET, January 20, 2018


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New York Times:
How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Democrat in the Senate, came close to an agreement to avert a government shutdown over lunch on Friday.  But their consensus broke down later …
Trump and Schumer came close to a deal.  Then it fell apart  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)After his morning television shows had ended and as the deadline to fund the government loomed, President Donald Trump placed a call to the man in Washington he believed held all the cards: Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer: Negotiating with Trump ‘like negotiating with Jell-O’  —  Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer  —  (N.Y.) on Saturday blasted President Trump  —  as an unreliable negotiating partner, fuming that working with him is “like negotiating with Jell-O” after a failure to secure a deal to avert a government shutdown.
Washington Post:
‘Negotiating with Jell-O’: How Trump's shifting positions fueled the rush to a shutdown … In a remarkable, televised 55-minute meeting with about two dozen Democratic and Republican lawmakers earlier this month, President Trump twice proclaimed that any immigration deal would need to be …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump lashes out as #TrumpShutdown trends worldwide on inauguration anniversary  —  As Republicans readied to shut down the government Friday night, Donald Trump and his allies were busy trying to pin the blame on Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer — despite the fact that Republicans hold the majority in the Senate.
Discussion: New York Times, The Atlantic and Vox
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump, McConnell to meet Saturday afternoon as shutdown continues … President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) planned to meet Saturday afternoon about a possible solution to the government shutdown that began at midnight, the first time a furlough of federal employees …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump plans gala at Mar-a-Lago tonight, again renting a ballroom from himself
Annie Karni / Politico:   Who's in and who's out as the West Wing grapples with shutdown
Brandon Carter / The Hill:   TrumpShutdown becomes top trending hashtag worldwide
Wall Street Journal:
Charles Is in Charge  —  Schumer previews life for Trump if Democrats retake Congress.
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Shutdown? It Could Be Forgotten in a Trumpian Flash
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal
Washington Post:
Amid Trump's inaugural festivities, members of Russia's elite anticipated a thaw between Moscow and Washington … In the days before Donald Trump's inauguration, a wealthy Russian pharmaceutical executive named Alexey Repik arrived in Washington, expressing excitement about the new administration.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Why Democrats may be making the wrong bet on the shutdown  —  What a government shutdown means for you  —  Washington (CNN)Although Democrats appear to have the backing of their base in their fight to extend the program allowing some people brought to the US illegally as children to stay …
Associated Press:
Missouri governor: ‘no blackmail,’ ‘no violence’ in affair  —  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was “no blackmail” and “no threat of violence” by him in what he described as a months-long …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
House GOPers Say A Secret Memo Could End The Trump-Russia Probe. Their Staff Wrote It.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Minnesota woman strikes St. Kate's  —  St. Catherine University (a/k/a St. Kate's, formerly St. Catherine College) sits on a leafy 110-acre campus in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul.  It is located a few blocks down the street from my high school alma mater and within shouting distance …
Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
Tabloid held porn star's 2011 interview after Trump threat  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue, four former employees of the tabloid's publisher told The Associated Press.
Discussion: CNNMoney, and Mediaite
Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Nicolle Wallace's Road From the White House to 30 Rock  —  How a former aide to George W. Bush and campaign strategist for John McCain's 2008 presidential run has became a somewhat unlikely TV star at MSNBC.  —  In the basement of the Mexican restaurant Anejo TriBeCa last December …
Austin American-Statesman:
Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty  —  A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Chris White / The Daily Caller:
NYT, AP, Bloomberg, And Legacy Media Blame Dems For Gov't shutdown  —  Many of the country's top media outfits blamed the Democratic Party for allowing the government to shutdown instead of bridging a budget impasse with Republicans in the Senate.  —  “U.S. Shutdown Starts …
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway / Washington Post:
I wasn't a Trump supporter.  I am now.  —  This may seem like an odd moment for saying so, but a year into the presidency of Donald Trump, I'm elated.  —  Trump was not my first or even second choice for president, but a full two years ago I predicted he would win.
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ABC News:
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Chicago Tribune:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Brandon Carter / The Hill:
GOP senator amid looming shutdown: Country ‘being run by idiots’
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