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4:50 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.
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Trump allies seek to tie Kerry's State Department to the Steele dossier
Washington Post:
Tensions swell between Sessions and FBI over senior personnel from Comey era
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.
Jim Newell / Slate:
Why Democrats Caved  —  Shortly after voting to end …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
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 …
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
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.
CBS News:
Kentucky school shooting: At least 5 shot at Marshall County High School - live updates
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Updates: 2 15-year-olds dead, dozen more wounded in Kentucky high school shooting
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Kentucky High School Shooting Leaves 2 Dead and 17 Others Injured
Discussion: CNN and theGrio
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Michael Wolff: Trump does not want to be president  —  Author Michael Wolff said in a new interview that he believes President Trump  —  does not want to be the president.  —  “There is nothing to indicate that ... Trump is going to find his footing as the president of the United States …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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
Jonathan Carlson / WGCL-TV:
Feds: Man threatened to kill CNN employees  —  A Michigan man was arrested after an FBI investigation, accused of threatening to travel to Atlanta to commit mass murder at CNN headquarters.  —  According to federal court documents, the man, from a Detroit suburb, made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: IJR, Arizona Republic and Splinter
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Video shows Border Patrol officers asking Greyhound passengers for IDs, taking woman into custody
Discussion: TheBlaze, Orlando Weekly and Salon
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.
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News, Daily Wire and TheBlaze
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, in a change of plans, will not be joining President Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Camerota Roasts Schlapp: 'Conservatives Don't Care Anymore About Extramarital Affairs?'
Discussion: The Week and Joe.My.God.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
Pew Research Center:
Republicans and Democrats Grow Even Further Apart in Views of Israel, Palestinians  —  Netanyahu remains a deeply polarizing figure in the U.S.  —  The partisan divide in Middle East sympathies, for Israel or the Palestinians, is now wider than at any point since 1978.
Neil Diamond:
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Conservatives push Ryan for vote on hardline immigration bill  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)As Senate moderates pushed their leader to make a commitment to have a bipartisan immigration vote, House conservatives on Tuesday were pushing their leadership to tack to the right on the issue.
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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Pro-Life Display Vandalized at College of William and Mary
Ben Raines /
Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say
Discussion: The Root
Fox News:
FBI Director Chris Wray replaces James Rybicki, Comey-era chief of staff
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Nadler calls GOP memo criticizing FBI ‘profoundly misleading’
Casper Star-Tribune:
Second woman accuses Murray of sexual misconduct; Secretary of state won't seek reelection or higher office
Discussion: Political Wire
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Rebecca Traister: Media Ignores Women's Marches At Their Own Risk
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Harriet Agerholm / Yahoo:
Republican senator caught on mic calling teenage staff ‘beautiful girls’
Discussion:, Splinter and Political Wire
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts
Trisha Powell Crain /
Hoover High School teacher placed on leave for using racial slur in classroom
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
A Billionaire Keeps Pushing to Impeach Trump. Democrats Are Rattled.
Discussion: NTK Network
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert sooner because he didn't know his Twitter password
DONNA SHALALA might run for Congress …