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10:40 AM 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,” …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
After Vowing to Fix Washington, Trump Is Mired in a Familiar Crisis  —  One year to the day after taking office with vows to bring the dysfunction of Washington to heel, President Trump on Saturday found himself thrust into the most perennial of political crises, bitterly casting blame …
David Caplan / ABC News:
Eric Trump on government shutdown: 'Honestly, I think it's a good thing for us'  —  President Donald Trump's son Eric doesn't believe the government shutdown is all that bad.  —  In fact, he views it in a positive light because he believes it paints the “absolutely terrified” Democrats in a negative light.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
Discussion: NTK Network
Washington Post:
Poll finds public optimistic about the economy, critical of Trump, split on issues … Americans have reached a split-screen assessment of the state of the country at the end of President Trump's first year in office, expressing the most positive views about the economy in nearly two decades …
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
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
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.
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: Joe.My.God.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
New Trump Ad Calls Dems ‘Complicit’ In Murders By Undocumented Immigrants
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
TrumpShutdown beats #SchumerShutdown in hashtag battle to assign blame
Discussion: CNN, Power Line, Associated Press and Vox
Complicit  —  Donald Trump was elected President to build the wall and keep American families safe from evil, illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes against lawful U...
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
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Welcome to Trump's whatever shutdown  —  Trump has spent a year upending the rules of being president, and so far he's approaching the congressional spending crisis as another episode that will work itself out.  —  Little of the congressional drama that precipitated the weekend's government shutdown …
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
The Latest: Shutdown on Trump anniversary frustrates him
Discussion: Politico
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump wants a kinder, gentler, shutdown
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and AOL
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth nails Trump: I will not be lectured by a draft dodger  —  Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a U.S. Army veteran who lost both her legs while serving in the Iraq War, is no stranger to calling out Donald Trump for his horrid treatment of our military and veterans.
Discussion: Fox News Insider, NBC News and Mediaite
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
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Why has Britain given such a warm welcome to this shadowy professor?  —  rofessor" Joseph Mifsud once said he was not a Russian spy.  Then he vanished and stayed vanished despite multiple attempts by journalists to put pertinent questions to him.  Though he is not named in the indictment …
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP rep loses spot on Ethics Committee over sexual harassment settlement
Discussion: The Week
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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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
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:
Discussion: Mother Jones
Associated Press:
Shutdown forces closure of Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: KTLA and NBC News
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
The National Rifle Association's Telegenic Warrior
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Missouri governor: ‘no blackmail,’ ‘no violence’ in affair