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7:20 PM ET, January 23, 2018


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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sessions Is Interviewed in Mueller's Russia Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel's office as part of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice …
Washington Post:
Mueller seeks to question Trump about Flynn and Comey departures … Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is seeking to question President Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to oust national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with his plans.
Washington Post:
FBI director, under pressure to make changes, is replacing Comey aides … FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, who has been under political pressure to remove top officials at the bureau, is filling two senior positions previously held by people who served under former director James B. Comey.
Discussion: WTVR-TV and Raw Story
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Missing From Mueller's Interview of Sessions: A Criminal Lawyer
Discussion: Palmer Report
CNN:   CNN Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 say Trump ought to testify for Mueller if asked
Jonathan Tamari /
Pat Meehan says he saw younger aide as ‘a soul mate’ but denies harassment  —  U.S. Rep Pat Meehan said Tuesday he had developed a deep “affection” for a younger aide and told her that he saw her as “a soul mate” as they talked over ice cream one night last year, but in an interview …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Tammy Duckworth is pregnant; will be 1st senator to give birth  —  Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is pregnant and will become the first sitting U.S. senator to give birth.  Duckworth is holding her daughter, Abigail, during a ceremonial swearing in by Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 3, 2017.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Schumer withdraws offer on Trump's wall  —  Chuck Schumer is taking his big spending boost for Donald Trump's border wall off the table.  —  The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump well north …
NBC News:
Poll: Democrats, Trump to blame for government shutdown  —  Americans blame President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats about equally for the three-day government shutdown that ended Monday with another stopgap spending measure, according to a new NBC News|  SurveyMonkey poll.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats just got rolled. They can blame Barack Obama.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans launch extraordinary new tactics to protect Trump on Russia  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Republicans may be on the verge of publicly releasing a secret memo compiled by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), one of President Trump's most devoted bodyguards against accountability on Capitol Hill …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Nadler calls GOP memo criticizing FBI ‘profoundly misleading’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Manchin Will Seek Re-Election but Sends Democrats a Stern Warning  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia told colleagues on Tuesday that he intended to run for re-election this year after all, ending an anxiety-making flirtation with retirement and easing Democratic fears …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Tony Perkins: Trump Gets ‘a Mulligan’ on Life, Stormy Daniels  —  Donald Trump is still the answer to many conservative evangelical leaders' prayers.  Or at least to their continuing grievances.  —  They embrace Trump the policymaker, despite being uneasy about Trump as a man, says Tony Perkins …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:   The Trump evangelicals have lost their gag reflex
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Drudge: Trump loves his job, can't wait to run for reelection in 2020  —  Drudge Report's Matt Drudge said in a rare tweet Tuesday that President Trump  —  loves his job and is “already talking about his 2020 re-election run.”  —  Drudge's tweet linked to a story on The Hill detailing comments …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jacques Billeaud / KPNX:
Border Patrol arrests ASU instructor who gave food, water to immigrants  —  The arrest came hours after the group released videos showing some Border Patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for immigrants.  —  PHOENIX (AP) - A volunteer for group that offers aid to immigrants crossing …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Video shows Border Patrol officers asking Greyhound passengers for IDs, taking woman into custody
Discussion: Orlando Weekly, TheBlaze and Salon
CBS News:
Kentucky school shooting: 2 dead, 12 more shot at Marshall County High School - live updates  —  BENTON, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday afternoon that a 15-year-old boy shot 14 people Tuesday morning at a southwestern Kentucky high school.  Two of the victims, a 15-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl, died.
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
Howard Kurtz's new book on Trump White House offers scathing critique of the media  —  The media's negative coverage of President Trump is actually helping the White House, Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz argues in his new book, “Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth.”
Howard Kurtz / Hollywood Reporter:
How “Trump Trauma” Is Crippling the News Media (Guest Column)
Discussion: Regnery Publishing
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden: McConnell stopped Obama from calling out Russians  —  Joe Biden said Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped the Obama administration from speaking out about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign by refusing to sign on to a bipartisan statement of condemnation.
Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Female journalists covering Pence in Israel forced to stand behind male colleagues  —  JERUSALEM — If there's one thing female journalists covering the trip of Vice President Pence to Israel will remember it is the “special treatment” they received, first by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin …
Marcy Wheeler / New Republic:
All Glenn Greenwald's Women  —  A lot of people have opinions about Glenn Greenwald, who has emerged as one of the most controversial voices in the debate over Russia's interference in the 2016 election.  But according to New York magazine, none of them are women.
Kit Daniels / Infowars:
EXCLUSIVE: Infowars Releases Secret FISA Memo  —  Here's the reported memo leaked to Infowars  —  Update: Despite media claims to the contrary, our congressional sources confirmed that the below memo documenting NSA spying on US citizens serves as a primary source of information for the Nunes summary memo:
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
This Is Facebook's News Survey  —  Last week, Facebook said its News Feed would prioritize links from publications its users found “trustworthy.”  —  The company is overhauling News Feed amid ongoing criticism of its platform, which has come under fire for enabling foreign manipulation of US elections …
Tierney McAfee /
Where Were the Cutesy Tweets from Melania and Donald Trump on Their 13th Wedding Anniversary?  —  Past presidents and first ladies have often taken to social media to celebrate their birthdays and wedding anniversaries, giving the American people rare glimpses into their private lives and marriages.
Leo Shane III / Army Times:
AMVETS says NFL censored its ad against flag protests  —  WASHINGTON — AMVETS officials are decrying “corporate censorship” from the National Football League for their decision not to run an ad in their Super Bowl program which responds to league players' decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest of national equality issues.
The Daily Beast:
Source: Twitter Pins #ReleaseTheMemo on Republicans, Not Russia … The online groundswell urging the release of House Republicans' attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears thus far to be organically American—not Russian propaganda, a source familiar with Twitter's internal analysis told The Daily Beast.
Gerald Jonas / New York Times:
Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88  —  Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series …
Discussion: The Verge, Boing Boing and Vox
Neil Diamond:
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The prosperity paradox is dividing the country in two  —  (CNN)While President Donald Trump relentlessly claims credit for the strengthening economy, the nation's economic growth is being driven overwhelmingly by the places that are most resistant to him.  —  Counties that voted for Hillary Clinton …
Harriet Agerholm / Yahoo:
Republican senator caught on mic calling teenage staff ‘beautiful girls’  —  Republican Senator Roger Wicker has been roundly criticised after he was caught in footage calling underage teenagers “beautiful girls”.  —  The 66-year-old made the comments during Monday's Senate vote on a temporary funding bill …
Discussion: and Splinter
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Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Trump promised to end ‘American carnage.’ Promise delivered.
Discussion: Politico and Federal Bureau …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Alabama teacher admits telling students to ‘turn the n*gger tunes off’ after they played Tupac in class
Discussion: and The Root
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: What If Iraq War Intel Was Deep State ‘Disinformation Campaign’ To Damage Bush?
Helena Andrews-Dyer / Washington Post:
Oprah returns to Michigan to talk politics with local voters
Discussion: and Fox17
Democratic Hill veterans launch new firm
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Raines /
Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say
Discussion: theGrio and The Root
Fox News:
FBI Director Chris Wray replaces James Rybicki, Comey-era chief of staff
Casper Star-Tribune:
Second woman accuses Murray of sexual misconduct; Secretary of state won't seek reelection or higher office
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Camerota Roasts Schlapp: 'Conservatives Don't Care Anymore About Extramarital Affairs?'
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert sooner because he didn't know his Twitter password