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8:55 AM ET, January 20, 2017


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New York Times:
Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates  —  WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials …
New York Times:
A Trump Administration, With Obama Staff Members Filling In the Gaps  —  WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump arrived in Washington the day before his inauguration as the nation's 45th president in a swirl of cinematic pageantry but facing serious questions about whether his chaotic transition …
Clemence Michallon / Daily Mail:NEW!
‘Thank you, baby’: Donald Trump pays tribute to Kellyane Conway for going on CNN to ‘destroy’ his critics when ‘my men are petrified to go on’  —  Donald Trump paid a vibrant tribute to his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway at his campaign donors' dinner Thursday night.
Discussion: BizPac Review
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump to be sworn in, marking a transformative shift in the country's leadership  —  Donald John Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at noon on Friday, on a day that is expected to offer less ceremony and flourish than previous inaugurations …
Discussion: The Week
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   ‘None of us knows what is going to happen’
Camille Dodero / Hollywood Reporter:
Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin Address Crowd at Anti-Trump Rally in NYC  —  Baldwin assured the crowd that “there is hope.  Trump and Pence think you're going to lay down.  That's one thing about New Yorkers: You don't lay down.”  —  The anti-Trump demonstration held just a half-mile from Trump Tower kicks off Thursday.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Michael Moore leads massive anti-Trump protest in NYC  —  Documentary director Michael Moore held a massive protest Thursday night outside Trump's New York City International Hotel featuring speeches from public figures including actors Robert De Niro and Mark Ruffalo.
Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post:
Trump Sought Military Equipment For Inauguration, Granted 20-Plane Flyover  —  “It's very Red Square,” said Stephen Kerrigan, who oversaw the past two inaugurations.  —  Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON Part of being a great president is showing off America's …
Cyra Master / The Hill:
Report: Trump has given up personal cellphone  —  Less than 24 hours before his inauguration, the Associated Press reports President-elect Donald Trump  —  has given up his personal cellphone.  —  Trump apparently told a friend on Thursday that he has given up the phone on the advice of security agencies.
Discussion: The Week and RedState
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:30 minutes ago
Senate set to confirm two Trump Cabinet nominees Friday; others will wait  —  President-elect Donald Trump's two least controversial Cabinet nominees are expected to be confirmed by the Senate Friday afternoon, but the rest may have to wait before they can officially join the Trump administration.
Discussion: USA Today and Talking Points Memo
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump says his Cabinet has ‘highest IQ of any Cabinet’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Politicus USA
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
It's time to relax about Trump  —  Hugh Hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio show and is author of the forthcoming “The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority.”  —  My wife and I welcomed Mike and Debbie for dinner at our California home Tuesday night.
New York Times:
Can President Trump Be Presidential?  —  A special strength of American democracy has been the desire of newly elected presidents to unite the public with healing words after the sound and fury of the campaign.  —  Now comes President-elect Donald Trump.  He has won the office and yet …
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:   Malia Obama's Secret Trip to Bolivia and Peru
New York Times:
Washington Hotel Presents Trump With a ‘Minefield’ of Potential Scandal  —  WASHINGTON — With sirens blaring, a fleet of limousines and security personnel raced down Pennsylvania Avenue twice in less than the last 24 hours to deliver Donald J. Trump to inauguration events.
Wright Under Consideration as Trump's Antitrust Chief, Source Says  —  Ex-FTC commissioner said in running for Justice Department job  —  Courts have countered Wright dissents in FTC enforcement cases  —  The Trump team is considering giving a top antitrust post to a former U.S. trade …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump aides jockey for best White House real estate  —  In the two months since Donald Trump won the most coveted office in the United States, his aides have quietly jostled for the next most valuable workspace—the short corridor just down the hall from the Oval Office.
Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Inaugural Concert Didn't Fill The National Mall  —  Here's the crowd outside the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday for a concert celebrating President-elect Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration. … The National Park Service declined to estimate how many people attended the concert.
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Dems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts  —  Several Democratic senators harshly criticized spending cuts planned by the Trump administration during a confirmation hearing Thursday for Rick Perry, who is nominated to lead the Energy Department.  —  “This is absolutely nuts in terms …
Discussion: The Week, AOL, Daily Kos and RedState
New York Times:
8 Highlights from the Confirmation Hearings
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Trump on Supreme Court pick: ‘I think in my mind I know who it is’  —  Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump suggested to an audience on Thursday that he has a good sense of who he plans to nominate to the Supreme Court.  —  “I think in my mind I know who it is,” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
First on ABC: George W. Bush's Inauguration Day Letter to Barack Obama  —  Writing a letter to the next commander-in-chief has been a tradition for outgoing presidents.  —  As Barack Obama prepares to hand the baton to Donald Trump, ABC News has obtained an exclusive look at the missive …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Jim Brown backs Donald Trump  —  Who are the most formidable and iconic male African-Americans of the 1960s?  Martin Luther King and Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali are surely the top two.  —  Who is third?  For me, it's Jim Brown (and not John Lewis).  —  Brown is as great an athlete as I've ever seen.
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
Christy Gutowski / Chicago Tribune:
Dennis Hastert seeks repayment of $1.7 million from sex abuse accuser  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is serving a 15-month sentence in a Minnesota federal prison hospital after pleading guilty in October to a financial crime.  —  Imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Protests already underway in Washington ahead of Trump's inauguration  —  This video contains graphic content and language.  Protests erupt outside Thursday's “DeploraBall,” a Washington event celebrating Donald Trump's election.  —  As the nation's capital prepares to welcome Donald …
Discussion: USA Today and Mediaite
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Wyden objection to Pompeo could push vote to Monday  —  Trump CIA pick backs intel on Russian hacking  —  (CNN)Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a vocal privacy advocate, has formally objected to the Senate voting Friday on CIA director nominee …
Alex Felton / CNN:NEW!
From Russia with love: A $10,000 Trump coin  —  Moscow (CNN)Money, the saying goes, can't buy love.  But $10,000 will buy you the perfect Donald Trump inauguration keepsake — a coin with the words “In Trump we trust.”  —  It's the handiwork of a Russian mining company because …
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Charlie Hoffmann / Washington Free Beacon:
Al Franken Criticizes Tom Price for Holding Tobacco Stocks He Owns Too   Find
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Alex Felton / CNN:
From Russia with love: A $10,000 Trump coin   Find
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Is Trump Stronger Than He Seems?   Find
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Senate set to confirm two Trump Cabinet nominees Friday; others will wait   Find
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Charlie Hoffmann / Washington Free Beacon:
Al Franken Criticizes Tom Price for Holding Tobacco Stocks He Owns TooNEW!
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Is Trump Stronger Than He Seems?15 minutes ago
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Trump's K Street Office Is Open for Business
Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed How to stop Trump: Lessons from the tea party
Discussion: Common Dreams
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Cornyn: No One Covered Under Medicaid Expansion Will Lose Coverage
Discussion: and Mother Jones
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats prepare for Trump with one of the earliest resistance movements ever to greet a new president
Discussion: Associated Press
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
The Troublemaker Behind Donald Trump's Words
 Earlier Items: 
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Ronna Romney McDaniel tapped to be new RNC chair
Heather Hansman / The Guardian:
Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and The Slot
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
A Final Reminder: Here's Who ‘Owns’ the Trump Presidency and Who Will Get the Blame/Praise
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
This is the most ominous Inauguration Day in modern history
Zachary Crockett / Vox:
Americans seem more interested in inauguration protests than in the inauguration
Discussion: ABC News, Liberal Values and DCist