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12:45 PM ET, January 21, 2018


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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Eric Trump: The government shutdown is ‘good for us’ politically … President Trump  —  's son Eric Trump  —  said on Saturday that he believes the government shutdown is politically good for his father and his allies.  —  “Honestly, I think it's a good thing for us,” …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump floats idea of rule change to end shutdown  —  The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling on Republicans to “sit down and talk” with Democrats on immigration in an effort to reopen the government.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Shutdown could hurt Democrats seeking reelection in Trump states … Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., a Pennsylvania Democrat facing reelection this year in a state that narrowly voted to put Donald Trump in the White House, was the sort of senator Republicans hoped would vote against their bill to fund the government late Friday.
Discussion: Political Wire
David Caplan / ABC News:
Eric Trump on government shutdown: 'Honestly, I think it's a good thing for us'
Discussion: Associated Press
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
After Vowing to Fix Washington, Trump Is Mired in a Familiar Crisis
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Watch Mitch McConnell kill effort to protect military pay as GOP pushed for shutdown
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Now on Stage, Stormy Daniels: A Strip Club and a Presidency Meet After Dark  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — One by one, the patrons lurched to the stage's edge, summoned by the siren song of stale arena rock and toplessness — a sea of large men with small bills and slight smiles …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Stormy Daniels, star of the latest Trump sideshow, took her act to a strip club.  It was a scene.  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Year two of the Trump presidency began here overnight much like year one had ended: with his alleged ex-mistress smashing people's faces into her bare chest at a strip club between an airport and a cemetery.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Amid record low one-year approval rating, half of Americans question Trump's mental stability: POLL  —  A year in the presidential spotlight hasn't been kind to President Donald Trump: His approval rating is the lowest in modern polling for a president at this point, with deep deficits on policy and personal matters alike.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
CNN Poll: Democratic advantage narrows in 2018  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)As the midterm election year begins, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds the Democratic advantage on a generic congressional ballot has tightened to a narrow 5 points among registered voters …
Washington Post:   Poll finds public optimistic about the economy, critical of Trump, split on issues
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Trump's 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he 'just didn't show'  —  A former Trump campaign worker appointed at age 23 to a top position in the White House's drug policy office had been let go from a job at a law firm because he repeatedly missed work, a partner at the firm said.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump calls for Republicans to trigger ‘nuclear option’ if stalemate continues  —  on Sunday called for Senate Republicans to trigger the so-called nuclear option if the government shutdown continues and pass a long-term budget with 51 votes.  —  “Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Trump asked Moon to give him public credit for pressuring North Korea into talks  —  SEOUL — Even before he was elected South Korea's president eight months ago, Moon Jae-in was vowing to take the “driver's seat” in global efforts to deal with North Korea.  —  But as the inter-Korean talks …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Annie Linskey /
Elizabeth Warren's Native American problem goes beyond politics  —  WASHINGTON — There's a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.
Discussion: IJR
Sean Wilentz / New York Times:
They Were Bad.  He May Be Worse.  —  Historians have long looked to a few key criteria in evaluating the beginning of a president's administration.  First and foremost, any new president should execute public duties with a commanding civility and poise befitting the nation's chief executive, but without appearing aloof or haughty.
Barton Deiters / WOOD-TV:
Kzoo doctor detained by ICE after 40 years in US  —  KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Even as the issue of immigration has been central to the government shutdown in Washington, a respected doctor at Kalamazoo's Bronson Methodist Hospital who has been living in America for nearly 40 years finds himself …
New York Times:
Women's March 2018: Thousands of Protesters Take to the Streets  —  A year after millions of people turned out for the Women's March and took to the streets en masse to protest President Trump's inauguration, demonstrators gathered on Saturday in cities across the United States …
NBC Chicago:   300K People Joined Women's March in Chicago: Organizers
Tad Vezner / Twin Cities:
'You guys are lucky I don't know how to build a bomb,' St. Kate's arson suspect allegedly said  —  A former St. Catherine University student charged with setting fires on the college's St. Paul campus told police she did it because she'd “been reading about the U.S. military destroying schools …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Freedom Caucus Chair: Democrats holding military ‘hostage’ with government shutdown
Discussion: Washington Times
New York Times:
How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran's Protests
ABC News:
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Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Rahim Faiez / Associated Press:
Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 18 dead
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Trump So Far Is More Farce Than Tragedy
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Why has Britain given such a warm welcome to this shadowy professor?
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
WH releases photos of Trump working through shutdown
Discussion: Vox, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth nails Trump: I will not be lectured by a draft dodger
Discussion: Roll Call, NBC News and Mediaite
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
New Trump Ad Calls Dems ‘Complicit’ In Murders By Undocumented Immigrants
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
The National Rifle Association's Telegenic Warrior
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story