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11:30 PM ET, January 21, 2018


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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
New York Times:
A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump mused last year about protecting immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, calling them “these incredible kids,” aides implored him privately to stop talking about them so sympathetically.
Discussion: CNBC
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Stephen Miller: Immigration agitator and White House survivor  —  Stephen Miller, one of the few remaining original advisers to President Trump, invited a small group of writers and editors from Breitbart News to the White House last fall for a conversation on immigration.
White House, Graham Trade Barbs Amid Stalemate (7:27 p.m.)  —  The White House blasted Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been leading a bipartisan effort to end the stalemate over the government shutdown, the latest sign that both parties are having trouble finding a way out.
Discussion: Reuters and Geller Report
Senate to vote on Monday on ending shutdown  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Sunday to take up legislation to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if enough Democrats vote to re-open the government, and scheduled a key vote for noon Monday.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate to vote Monday on plan to reopen government
Discussion: Splinter and Business Insider
Elana Schor / Politico:
Graham tees off on Stephen Miller over immigration
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump calls for Republicans to trigger ‘nuclear option’ if stalemate continues
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Shutdown showdown enters day two
Discussion: IJR
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Shutdown could hurt Democrats seeking reelection in Trump states
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 …
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Newly released texts between ex-Mueller team members suggest they knew outcome of Clinton email probe in advance  —  The Justice Department has given various congressional committees nearly 400 pages of additional text messages between two FBI officials who were removed from Special Counsel …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe
Discussion: Mediaite
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ginni Thomas / The Daily Caller:
The Obama Administration's ‘Brazen Plot To Exonerate Hillary Clinton’ …
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: AOL and Shareblue Media
Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress:
White House attempts to distance itself from incendiary ad approved by Trump. It didn't go well.
Washington Post:
Trump keeps low public profile during shutdown, but is ‘itching’ to be involved
Discussion: Raw Story
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...
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Chief Justice John Roberts Has Changed A Little Bit.  And That Could Be A Big Deal.  —  Chief Justice John Roberts last year.  —  Win Mcnamee / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Thirteen years into the job, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. remains a conservative — but he has shifted …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts to Produce Bogus Terror Report … The document didn't mince words.  It claimed three-quarters of “international terrorism” convicts were immigrants, an assertion meant to bolster Donald Trump's cherished Muslim-focused ban on entering the country.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump, Wolff and The Secret of the Russia Story  —  A year ago, as most of the media struggled to make sense of the reality of the Trump presidency and the Russia probe moved from the fringes of political discussion to the center, Michael Wolff's was a conspicuous discordant voice - and quite intentionally so.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
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
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Balloon Juice
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
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
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Business Insider and ThinkProgress
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Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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Discussion: RedState and Crooked Timber
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