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2:10 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 …
Fox News:
More than 50,000 texts exchanged between FBI officials Strzok and Page, Sessions says
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 …
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.
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
The Case For The Democratic ‘Cave’
New York Times:
Senate Democrats' Vote to End Shutdown Infuriates Some on the Left
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.
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
'Fake news.  I'm coming to gun you all down': Mich. man accused of making threatening calls to CNN  —  On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call.  According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Man arrested, accused of threatening to kill CNN employees
CBS News:
Kentucky school shooting: At least 5 shot at Marshall County High School - live updates  —  BENTON, Ky. — Authorities say at least five students were shot Tuesday morning at a southwestern Kentucky high school.  A suspect in the incident at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky …
CBS News:
Kentucky school shooting: 2 dead, 12 more shot at Marshall County High School - live updates
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Krystle Callais / WPSD Local 6:
LIVE NOW: Shooting at Marshall County High School
Discussion: Raw Story
Kentucky high school shooting leaves one person dead and multiple injured
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
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, says Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, despite being uneasy about Trump as a man.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Trump evangelicals have lost their gag reflex  —  The Rev. Billy Graham has been one of the most visible, respected and influential Christians in the world since the 1950s.  But he often had a blind spot when it came to politics.  Graham was President Richard Nixon's golfing buddy and spiritual adviser.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Tony Perkins: Evangelicals gave Trump a ‘mulligan’ on past behavior
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Discussion: 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: Politico and Regnery Publishing
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Syria of New Chemical Weapons Use  —  UNITED NATIONS — The American envoy to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, on Tuesday accused Syria's government of having carried out a chlorine gas attack on civilians in a rebel enclave and rebuked Russia for what she called its failure …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Tillerson: Russia ‘bears responsibility’ for suspected chemical attack in Syria
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and ABC News
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.
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.
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Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Female journalists covering Pence in Israel forced to stand behind male colleagues
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump allies seek to tie Kerry's State Department to the Steele dossier
Casper Star-Tribune:
Second woman accuses Murray of sexual misconduct; Secretary of state won't seek reelection or higher office
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Rand Paul's attacker should get 21 months in prison, prosecutors recommend
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Sean McElwee / VICE:
These Democratic Senators Should Be Afraid for Their Jobs
Zeeshan Aleem / Vox:
Donald Trump has finally dealt his first blow to China's economy
Discussion: Reuters and Curbed
Pew Research Center:
Republicans and Democrats Grow Even Further Apart in Views of Israel, Palestinians
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
A Billionaire Keeps Pushing to Impeach Trump. Democrats Are Rattled.
Discussion: NTK Network