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6:00 PM ET, January 21, 2018


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Simon van Zuylen-Wood / New York Magazine:
Does This Man Know More Than Robert Mueller?  —  It's 10:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro time.  Glenn Greenwald and I are finishing dinner at a deserted bistro in Ipanema.  The restaurant, which serves its sweating beer bottles in metal buckets and goes heavy on the protein, is almost aggressively unremarkable …
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...
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump speaks with Republicans on shutdown Day 2
Discussion: Politico and The Week
David Caplan / ABC News:
Eric Trump on government shutdown: 'Honestly, I think it's a good thing for us'
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law  —  That's peanuts compared with what the Koch brothers will save.  —  Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and AOL
Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress:
White House attempts to distance itself from incendiary ad approved by Trump.  It didn't go well.  —  The ad literally concludes “I'm Donald Trump and I approve this message.”  —  On Saturday, Donald Trump's re-election campaign aired an incendiary, unhinged new ad claiming that Democrats …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 1-21-18: Marc Short, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Mark Meadows
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: Stephen Miller makes immigration deal impossible  —  (S.C.) warned on Sunday that the White House staff is undercutting President Trump  —  and Congress's ability to get a deal on immigration.  —  “Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members.
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Elana Schor / Politico:
Graham tees off on Stephen Miller over immigration  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday renewed his criticism of White House aides' handling of immigration, portraying them as having undercut President Donald Trump's ability to cut a deal as the government shutdown entered its second day.
Discussion: Mediaite
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:   The Shutdown Is About Who Gets to Be an American
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 …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:   Stormy Daniels, star of the latest Trump sideshow, took her act to a strip club. It was a scene.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents  —  The FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI employees who made pro-Clinton and anti-Trump comments while working on the Clinton email …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Shutdown showdown enters day two
Discussion: IJR and ABC News
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Shutdown could hurt Democrats seeking reelection in Trump states
Discussion: Politico
Halimah Abdullah / ABC News:
As government shutdown negotiations continue, Congress risks giving America a case of the Mondays
Discussion: CNN, AOL and Politico
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:   CNN Poll: Economic boost buoys Trump, but negatives abound elsewhere
The Daily Beast:
FBI: Devin Nunes Won't Show Us Memo Alleging Surveillance Abuses  —  The FBI has yet to see a controversial memo alleging the intelligence community engaged in grave abuses.  And that could make friction between the Hill and the bureau even worse.  —  BETSY WOODRUFF1.21.18 4:17 PM ET
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 …
Jen Yamato / Los Angeles Times:
Yes, Scarlett Johansson was calling out James Franco in her Women's March speech  —  Addressing the 500,000 Women's March attendees gathered in downtown Los Angeles Saturday and even more onlookers livestreaming it at home, Scarlett Johansson began her speech with a pointed barb aimed squarely at James Franco.
New York Daily News:
Midtown alt-right bash turns violent after protester slugs, chokes partygoer  —  Violence erupted outside an alt-right gala in Midtown Saturday when a black-clad protester punched and choked a partygoer, cops said.  —  Far-right provocateur Mike Cernovich was inside the event at the FREQNYC nightclub …
Alex Taylor / New York Post:
Protester punches, chokes alt-right party attendee: cops
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours  —  Drug deaths draw the most notice, but more addicted people live than die.  For them and their families, life can be a relentless cycle of worry, hope and chaos.  —  PEMBROKE, N.H. — The first time Patrick Griffin overdosed one afternoon in May …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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Sasha Savitsky / Fox News:
Fox Sports' Charissa Thompson's nude photos hacked, leaked online
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Big Lead
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
America Needs More Gentlemen
Ginni Thomas / The Daily Caller:
The Obama Administration's ‘Brazen Plot To Exonerate Hillary Clinton’ …
ABC News:
Freedom Caucus Chair: Democrats holding military ‘hostage’ with government shutdown
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran's Protests
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Trump asked Moon to give him public credit for pressuring North Korea into talks
Discussion: Business Insider and ThinkProgress
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Trump So Far Is More Farce Than Tragedy
Discussion: RedState and Crooked Timber
Annie Linskey /
Elizabeth Warren's Native American problem goes beyond politics
Discussion: IJR
Nick Cohen / The Guardian:
Why has Britain given such a warm welcome to this shadowy professor?
Discussion: Booman Tribune