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4:05 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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed …
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
Discussion: RedState and Mother Jones
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 on Monday that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:   Democrats just got rolled. They can blame Barack Obama.
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.
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.
Jim Newell / Slate:
Why Democrats Caved  —  Shortly after voting to end …
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
The Case For The Democratic ‘Cave’
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
Stephen Lance Denee / Associated Press:
1 dead, 7 hospitalized, suspect held in high school shooting
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Vox and NPR
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Did a watchdog group just find Trump's Stormy Daniels hush money?  Er, probably not.  —  There are few things more zealous than an amateur sleuth in search of a smoking gun to take down President Trump.  Social media is replete with suddenly popular users pitching dubiously assembled theories …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert sooner because he didn't know his Twitter password  —  Minutes after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a missile alert at 8:07 a.m. on Jan. 13 — terrifying residents and visitors across the state — some officials …
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.
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Florida Takes Big Step Toward Expanding Voting Rights To Over 1.5 Million People  —  The state has some of the country's harshest laws disenfranchising felons.  That could change in November.  —  Floridians will get to decide in November whether they want to amend the state constitution …
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:
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:, Splinter and Political Wire
Casper Star-Tribune:
Second woman accuses Murray of sexual misconduct; Secretary of state won't seek reelection or higher office  —  A second woman has accused Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray of sexual misconduct.  Theresa Sullivan Twiford said that nearly 30 years ago, when she was 18 years old and babysitting …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Fox News:
FBI Director Chris Wray replaces James Rybicki, Comey-era chief of staff
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden: McConnell stopped Obama from calling out Russians
Discussion: Political Wire
Marcy Wheeler / New Republic:
All Glenn Greenwald's Women
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Video shows Border Patrol officers asking Greyhound passengers for IDs, taking woman into custody
Ruth Michaelson / The Guardian:
Egypt arrests ex-general who stood for election against Sisi
Discussion: 444
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump allies seek to tie Kerry's State Department to the Steele dossier
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Rand Paul's attacker should get 21 months in prison, prosecutors recommend
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Rebecca Traister: Media Ignores Women's Marches At Their Own Risk
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts
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Hoover High School teacher placed on leave for using racial slur in classroom
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Sean McElwee / VICE:
These Democratic Senators Should Be Afraid for Their Jobs
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
A Billionaire Keeps Pushing to Impeach Trump. Democrats Are Rattled.
Discussion: NTK Network
DONNA SHALALA might run for Congress …
Discussion: Washington Post