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2:45 AM ET, January 24, 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.
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 …
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 …
David Shortell / CNN:
Sessions: Justice Dept. will get to the bottom of missing employee text messages
New York Times:
In Looking for Loyalty, Trump Asked F.B.I. Official How He Voted
Discussion: Business Insider
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
FBI's Strzok allegedly dismissed Mueller probe: ‘no big there there’
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump asked acting FBI chief whom he voted for during WH meeting: report
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:   White House: Trump hasn't fired Mueller in part because of how the press would react
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Missing From Mueller's Interview of Sessions: A Criminal Lawyer
Discussion: Palmer Report
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 …
Elana Schor / Politico:   Meehan called harassment accuser his ‘soul mate’
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Immigration talks quickly hit a wall
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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
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 …
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 …
Ursula Le Guin on fiction vs. ‘alternative facts’: Letter to the editor
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
Discussion: New York Post and Power Line
Shaun King / The Intercept:
The Bigot Threatening CNN Got Out of Jail in Time for Dinner  —  Early Tuesday morning, we learned that Brandon Griesemer, a 19-year-old grocery store clerk from Novi, Michigan, made at least 22 calls to CNN's Atlanta headquarters where he not only threatened to shoot and kill employees …
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 …
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 …
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 Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Alabama House votes to end special U.S. Senate elections  —  The crowd cheers as Democratic candidate Doug Jones is declared the projected winner of the U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham.  Shannon Heupel/Advertiser
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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
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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Andy Newman / New York Times:
The #MeToo Movement Hits the Circus: ‘Grandma’ the Clown Resigns
Discussion: CBS New York
Ugandan president backs ‘frank’ Trump after ‘sh*thole’ remark
Discussion: Breitbart
Janis Mara / Berkeleyside:
Berkeley mayor on Wiener-Skinner housing bill: ‘A declaration of war against our neighborhoods’
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Republicans claim to be saving children's health insurance. They're actually hypocrites.
New York Times:
Has the U.S. Become a ‘Trumpocracy’?
Jeff Sessions / USA Today:
Trump promised to end ‘American carnage.’ Promise delivered.
Discussion: Federal Bureau … and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The prosperity paradox is dividing the country in two
The Daily Beast:
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Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: What If Iraq War Intel Was Deep State ‘Disinformation Campaign’ To Damage Bush?
Ben Raines /
Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say
Discussion: NBC News, theGrio and The Root
Marcy Wheeler / New Republic:
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