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11:40 PM ET, January 23, 2018


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Washington Post:
Trump asked the acting FBI director whom he voted for during Oval Office meeting … Shortly after President Trump fired his FBI director in May, he summoned to the Oval Office the bureau's acting director for a get-to-know-you meeting.  —  The two men exchanged pleasantries, but before long …
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.
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:
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: Palmer Report, Raw Story and WTVR-TV
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Impeach Jeff Sessions  —  In the past 48 hours we've learned two important things about Attorney General Jeff Sessions that we didn't know before.  —  First, we learned from Axios that inappropriate political pressure Sessions has brought to bear on the FBI, at President Trump's behest …
David Shortell / CNN:
Sessions: Justice Dept. will get to the bottom of missing employee text messages
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump asked acting FBI chief whom he voted for during WH meeting: report
Discussion: RedState
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP escalates law enforcement probes as Russia inquiry heats up
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats just got rolled. They can blame Barack Obama.
Discussion: New York Post and Power Line
The Hill:
Emboldened conservatives press Ryan to bring hard-right immigration bill to floor
Discussion: IJR
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Analysis: Shutdown winners and losers
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and IJR
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Exclusive: New signs Gates may be negotiating with Mueller's team  —  Who is Rick Gates?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — At this stage, with Gates' charges filed and bail set, talks could concern the charges and Gates' plea  —  Washington (CNN)Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has quietly added …
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.
Investigation: For some who lived in it, Keillor's world wasn't funny … When Minnesota Public Radio abruptly severed ties with Garrison Keillor in November, the sole explanation offered by the company was “inappropriate behavior” with a female colleague.  —  For his part, the creator …
Associated Press:
MPR: Allegations against Keillor far beyond single touch
Discussion: Power Line
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: Towleroad and 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 …
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 …
Madison Marriage / Financial Times:
Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show  —  At 10pm last Thursday night, Jonny Gould took to the stage in the ballroom at London's Dorchester Hotel.  “Welcome to the most un-PC event of the year,” he roared.  —  The sports broadcaster was there to host a charity auction …
Discussion: Business Insider and thecut
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hannity Goes Off on DOJ/FBI: People Must Be Investigated, Indicted, and Probably ‘Thrown in Jail!’  —  Sean Hannity concluded yet another fiery monologue on corruption at the FBI and DOJ by saying that high-ranking people should probably be “thrown in jail.”
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.
Brian McManus / VICE:
The Guy Who Played Barney the Dinosaur Now Runs a Tantric Sex Business  —  He started his current practice in 2004, and finds clients any number of ways, from word of mouth to converting women he's met on Tinder into believers.  —  Photo of Barney the purple dinosaur via Getty Images
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
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.
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.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
This Is Facebook's News Survey  —  Last week, Facebook said its News Feed would prioritize links from publications its users deemed “trustworthy” in an upcoming survey.  Turns out that survey isn't a particularly lengthy or nuanced one.  In fact, it's just two questions.
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.”
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:
New York Times:
Has the U.S. Become a ‘Trumpocracy’?  —  Has America become a “Trumpocracy,” and is what we're watching a tragedy or a farce?  Ross Douthat, a Times Op-Ed columnist, and David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” debated these questions in an online discussion.
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.
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 …
Tesla Crash With Autopilot Triggers Safety Board's Interest  —  NTSB gathering information about Tesla rear-ending firetruck  —  Firefighters union tweets Autopilot engaged in 65 mph crash  —  The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information about an accident involving …
Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Trump promised to end ‘American carnage.’ Promise delivered.  —  For the first time in a long time, Americans can have hope for a safer future, with a slower murder rate and decreasing violent crime.  —  When President Trump was inaugurated, he made the American people a promise …
Discussion: Federal Bureau … and Politico
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Republicans claim to be saving children's health insurance. They're actually hypocrites.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
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Discussion: and The Root
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
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Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Missing From Mueller's Interview of Sessions: A Criminal Lawyer
Discussion: Palmer Report
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
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Discussion: CNN and theGrio
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Discussion: NBC News, The Root and theGrio
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Harriet Agerholm / Yahoo:
Republican senator caught on mic calling teenage staff ‘beautiful girls’
Discussion: and Splinter