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5:00 PM ET, January 22, 2018


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Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate votes to end shutdown  —  In a dramatic turnaround, Senate Democrats voted to reopen the government on Monday after receiving a commitment from Republicans to hold a vote on immigration legislation — paving the way to end the three-day shutdown.  —  The Senate voted 81-18 to move forward …
The Daily Beast:
Dems Fold on This Shutdown, But the Next One Could Be Worse  —  Dems Fold on This Shutdown, But the Next One Could Be Worse  —  Chuck Schumer accepted Mitch McConnell's promise to vote on Dreamers in exchange for reopening the government.  If he breaks that promise, all hell will break loose.
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Democrats Are Allowing Republicans To Have It Both Ways On The Dreamers  —  It is beyond dispute that Republicans can not keep their own government open without buy-in from Senate Democrats.  What remains open for debate is the question of how much input Senate Democrats should therefore …
Discussion: CNN and Eschaton
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Are Democrats becoming more like Republicans?
Discussion: and Politico
Dara Lind / Vox:
The immigration negotiations Congress just gave itself three weeks to do, explained
Discussion: NPR
Priscilla Alvarez / The Atlantic:
'We're Back at Square One'  —  Pro-immigrant activists reacted …
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
Talking Points Memo:
Democrats Poised To Accept Deal To End Shutdown
Discussion: The Week
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Senate breaks budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen
Democrats Agree To Reopen Government Without Protections For Dreamers
Washington Times:   Dems give up shutdown fight
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Democrats Are Right — and Should Settle
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The Senate just cleared a major hurdle to ending the government shutdown
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
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.
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
Democrats solidify their lead in midterm elections matchup (POLL)  —  Democrats have solidified their position in the November midterm elections in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, maintaining a 12-point lead among registered voters while improving to a wide 14-point advantage among likely voters in congressional preference.
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Taylor Marsh
Elena Gaona / Center for American Progress …:   RELEASE: Most Americans Blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress for the Government Shutdown, New Poll Shows
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Get Rid of U.S. Government Shutdowns Forever
Discussion: Mother Jones
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds
Discussion: Jezebel, Hit & Run, Vox and The Week
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Trump voting commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters  —  President Trump's voting commission asked every state and the District for detailed voter registration data, but in Texas's case it took an additional step: It asked to see Texas records that identify all voters …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Defiance Disorder’: Another new book describes chaos in Trump's White House  —  In late July, the White House had just finished an official policy review on transgender individuals serving in the military and President Trump and his then-chief of staff, Reince Priebus, had agreed to meet …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Howard Kurtz book to offer another look at White House “disorder”
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation?  —  BY SHARYL ATTKISSON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 01/21/18 04:05 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew well in advance of FBI Director James Comey
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
It looks like Jeff Sessions is taking Trump's cues to clean house at the FBI
Discussion: IJR
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years  —  Lukasz Niec was 5 years old when his parents brought him and his sister to the United States from Poland.  With two suitcases in tow, his parents — both doctors — left behind a country on the verge of social turmoil.
Discussion: WFLA-TV, AOL, Hit & Run, Eschaton, Jezebel and WCMH-TV
News Corp:
Statement of Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp, on a Carriage Fee for Trusted Publishers  —  News Corp today issued the following statement from Executive Chairman, Rupert Murdoch:  —  “Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Read the draft White House infrastructure plan  —  Below is a leaked draft document with plans for the White House infrastructure plan, a key campaign priority of President Trump.  —  Comment from White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters: “We are not going to comment on the contents …
Discussion: CNBC, The Week and Mediaite
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Matt Lauer's wife kicks him out of Hamptons house  —  Disgraced anchor Matt Lauer has been kicked out of his home by his furious wife after multiple women came forward with allegations of his “inappropriate sexual behavior.”  —  Lauer's wife of nearly two decades, Dutch former model Annette Roque …
Itai Vardi / HuffPost:
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Held Onto Undisclosed Shares In Gun Company  —  It's unclear exactly how much Zinke's shares in PROOF Research Inc. are worth, but his relationship to the Montana company raises questions of access.  —  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is a shareholder …
Discussion: Grist
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair baseless  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's interview with The Associated Press (all times local):  —  Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are “baseless allegations.”
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Publisher pulls former Trump appointee Carl Higbie's book from market over racist remarks  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Higbie authored “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic,” which was published by Post Hill Press in 2016 and covers his time as a Navy SEAL serving in Iraq.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
At Davos, 6 Feet of Snow Brings Limousines to a Crawl  —  DAVOS, Switzerland — It may be tempting fate to try to gather 60 heads of state and hundreds of global business leaders in the dead of winter in a Swiss mountain valley.  This year, the World Economic Forum's luck seems to have run out.
Detroit News:
Kid Rock sends $122K from fake campaign to voter group  —  Kid Rock last month donated $122,000 of the money raised by selling merchandise promoting “Kid Rock for US Senate” — his fake political campaign — to a voter-registration organization affiliated with the College Republicans, his publicist said.
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Police union slashes number of ‘get out of jail free’ cards issued  —  The city's police-officers union is cracking down on the number of “get out of jail free” courtesy cards distributed to cops to give to family and friends.  —  Patrolmen's Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch slashed …
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Tony Diver / Telegraph:
Oxford University gives women more time to pass exams
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Alleged payment to porn star was illegal donation to Trump campaign, watchdog says
Timothy Meads /
Where's the Cash? DNC Has Yet to Give $10 Million Promised for Party Rebuilding Efforts
New York Times:
There's a Surprise in the Government Funding Bill: More Tax Cuts
Jenna McLaughlin / Foreign Policy:
Financier Is Top Choice to Advise President on Intelligence Matters
Discussion: Raw Story
Wilson Ring / Associated Press:
Vermont Governor Signs Pot Bill With ‘Mixed Emotions’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On The #MeToo Movement: 'It's About Time'
Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy?
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
University Student Hospitalized After Eating A Tide Pod
2 IEDs explode at Florida mall, police say
Discussion: WFLA-TV, ThinkProgress and The Week
Lyndsay Winkley / Los Angeles Times:
Video of La Mesa police officer throwing handcuffed teen to ground sparks outrage
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Kept One Promise. The Shutdown Is Proof.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politicus USA