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6:05 PM ET, January 20, 2018

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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: Washington Press
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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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump, GOP leaders refusing Democratic demands as shutdown continues … President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) remained in regular contact Saturday afternoon about a possible solution to the government shutdown that began at midnight, the first time a furlough …
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Watch Mitch McConnell kill effort to protect military pay as GOP pushed for shutdown  —  Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not allow military pay to be left unmolested by the Republican Party's decision to shut down the federal government.  Once again, Donald Trump …
Discussion: Washington Press and Bloomberg
CNN:
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.
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
TrumpShutdown beats #SchumerShutdown in hashtag battle to assign blame  —  The battle between congressional Democrats and Republicans to blame each other for the shutdown of the federal government today also played out on a wider and virtual sphere on Twitter.
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: Politico, ABC News and The Guardian
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.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump plans gala at Mar-a-Lago tonight, again renting a ballroom from himself
Wall Street Journal:
Charles Is in Charge  —  Schumer previews life for Trump if Democrats retake Congress.
Discussion: Politico
Brandon Carter / The Hill:   TrumpShutdown becomes top trending hashtag worldwide
New York Times:
Patrick Meehan, Congressman Combating Harassment, Settled His Own Misconduct Case  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Gutiérrez ready to give in on wall  —  Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said Saturday that he's ready to give President Trump  —  his signature border wall if the Republicans will agree to new legal protections for “Dreamers.”  —  Furthermore, he said he'd help with the construction.
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Diane Pathieu / abc7chicago.com:
About 300K attend 2nd Women's March Chicago, exceeding last year, organizers say  —  <iframe width="476" height="267" src="http://abc7chicago.com/video/ embed/?pid=2971026" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  —  Thousands are expected to attend the Women's March Chicago on Saturday …
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Amanda Maile / ABC News:
Women's March brings out thousands across US as Trump tweets in response
Chicago Tribune:
More than 250,000 descend on downtown for second Women's March in Chicago: organizers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Pushback
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.
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
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 …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Who's in and who's out as the West Wing grapples with shutdown  —  The press wranglers have gone home.  The in-house White House makeup artist isn't expecting to report to work on Monday.  Assistants to senior White House staffers are getting an unplanned, unpaid vacation from work.
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Jennifer Svan / Stars & Stripes:
Overseas military families lose AFN; access to other services remains unclear  —  KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Defense Department personnel and their families overseas woke up Saturday to much confusion, uncertainty and some anger about how their lives would be affected by the U.S. government shutdown.
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 …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Tens of thousands turn out for Women's March in downtown Los Angeles
Discussion: KTLA
ABC News:
Sunday on ‘This Week’: White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, Sen. Dick Durbin …
Discussion: Politico
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
The National Rifle Association's Telegenic Warrior
Wall Street Journal:
Judging the Travel Ban—and Judges
Discussion: National Review
John Bowden / The Hill:
Arpaio files appeal to have criminal conviction removed
Discussion: KTAR.com and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
President Donald J. Trump / Washington Examiner:
President Trump: A year of real change
CNNMoney:
CNN boss Jeff Zucker may be in mix for ESPN job
Discussion: Deadline and Mediaite
Matthew Spalding / The Hill:
Jeff Flake's Stalin-Trump comparison needs a fat dose of facts
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
GOP senator amid looming shutdown: Country ‘being run by idiots’
Discussion: Washington Press
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast Latest Articles:
President Trump Is Having an Affair ‘Right Now,’ Michael Wolff Tells Bill Maher
Discussion: theGrio and Raw Story
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway / Washington Post:
I wasn't a Trump supporter. I am now.