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3:05 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 re-open 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 …
Talking Points Memo:
Democrats Poised To Accept Deal To End Shutdown  —  Senate Democrats are on the brink of accepting a deal to end the government shutdown in exchange for the promise of a vote on the DREAM Act in the coming weeks, three sources tell TPM.  —  The details of the deal aren't yet clear.
Discussion: The Week
CBS News:
Senate leaders reach deal to reopen government  —  The Senate overwhelmingly advanced a three-week spending bill Monday afternoon that would reopen the government.  Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of the vote that he had reached a deal with Republican leaders and that Democrats would vote in favor of the bill.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The Senate just cleared a major hurdle to ending the government shutdown  —  Once the Senate officially passes the bill funding the government for three weeks, it heads to the House.  But there's still a lot of work to do.  —  After a three-day standoff, Senate Democrats and Republicans …
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
Washington Times:   Dems give up shutdown fight
HuffPost:   Democrats Agree To Reopen Government Without Protections For Dreamers
New York Times:
Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to End Government Shutdown
Senate to vote on Monday on ending shutdown
Associated Press:
With Senate talks falling short, shutdown enters workweek
Discussion: Politico
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I've Got Another Nut Job Here Who Thinks He's Running Things”: Are Trump and Kelly Heading for Divorce?  —  With the president and his chief of staff arguing in public, Ivanka Trump takes charge of finding a replacement.  —  Donald Trump's relationship with John Kelly, his chief of staff …
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL, The Week and Mediaite
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Working for the Weekend, Lawmakers Dress Down
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: Taylor Marsh and Shareblue Media
Elena Gaona / Center for American Progress …:   RELEASE: Most Americans Blame President Trump and Republicans in Congress for the Government Shutdown, New Poll Shows
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Are Democrats becoming more like Republicans?
Discussion: and Politico
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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Democrats Are Right — and Should Settle
Hard Questions: Social Media and Democracy  —  For the next topic of our Hard Questions series, we decided to confront an issue that has been top of mind for many of us here, including myself: What effect does social media have on democracy?  —  As someone who has worked for over 14 years …
David Ingram / Reuters:
Facebook says it can't guarantee social media is good for democracy
Discussion: Breitbart and Facebook
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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 …
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.”
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: Hit & Run, Jezebel, Eschaton and WCMH-TV
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: VICE, IJR and Washington Post
Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post:
L'Oreal model steps down after anti-Israel tweets uncovered  —  Woman who rejected Revlon award over Gal Gadot also deletes Twitter posts.  —  A woman who appeared in a recent L'Oréal UK ad campaign for hair care products has stepped down after she received criticism over a series of anti-Israel tweets in 2014.
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Get Rid of U.S. Government Shutdowns Forever
Discussion: Mother Jones
Marc Levy / Associated Press:
Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Nina Golgowski / HuffPost:
University Student Hospitalized After Eating A Tide Pod
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots
Discussion: Shareblue Media and The Week
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Wonder Woman 2 will be the first production to adopt new anti-sexual harassment guidelines
David Masci / Pew Research Center:
American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion
 Earlier Items: 
Holly Otterbein /
Will this CIA officer fill the hole left by Leach in Pa.'s 7th District race? | Clout
Discussion: Roll Call
2 IEDs explode at Florida mall, police say
Discussion: WFLA-TV, ThinkProgress and The Week
New York Times:
Here Are the Senators Trying to Find a Bipartisan Solution to the Government Shutdown
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Did Citizens United Help Russians Funnel Money To NRA?
Discussion: New Republic
Tommy Hicks / The Hill:
Schumer's shutdown reveals: Democrats will destroy America just to spite Trump
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