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4:45 PM ET, January 16, 2017


 Top News: 
Following plagiarism revelations, Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Trump's administration  —  Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Donald Trump's incoming administration, CNN confirms.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump  —  At the northeast corner of the National Archives building sits Robert Aitken's sculpture “The Future,” inscribed with some famous words from Shakespeare's “The Tempest”: “What is past is prologue.”
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
After Trump's confrontational press conference, the media needs to start treating the president-elect like a hostile witness rather than try to curry favor
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump's presidency will strengthen journalism by forcing reporters not to rely on the back-scratching relationship they previously had with D.C. sources  —  In his own way, Trump has set us free.  —  Donald Trump and his forthcoming presidency may be the greatest gift to Washington journalism since …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
C-SPAN ‘investigating’ why congressional livestream switched to Russia Today  —  On Thursday afternoon, C-SPAN's online live video coverage of Congress abruptly switched to a live feed of the Kremlin-backed news channel Russia Today.  The livestream continued to show RT for about 10 minutes, before switching back to C-SPAN.
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Facebook says it will soon expand tools to fight fake news to Germany, will send flagged posts to Berlin-based nonprofit news org Correctiv for fact-checking  —  Social network introduces fact-checking tools ahead of national elections later this year  —  Facebook will begin rolling …
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
When ‘there is serious reason to doubt’ rumors and allegations, is it libelous to publish them?  —  BuzzFeed, as everyone now knows, has published unverified allegations about Russia having “compromising material and information on [Donald] Trump's personal life and finances”; …
Matthew Champion / BuzzFeed:
Source: The Daily Mail's US Political Editor, David Martosko, suggested Trump should drug test White House reporters when he applied for WH Press Sec job  —  David Martosko, the US political editor for the Mail Online, made the suggestion when he applied to work as Trump's press secretary, BuzzFeed News understands.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
In interview with The Sunday Times, Trump says he'll keep using @realDonaldTrump Twitter account  —  With President-elect Donald Trump on the brink of officially becoming the country's Commander-in-Chief, it appears we are getting the answer to what he will do with his personal Twitter account …
Scarlett Conlon / Vogue:
Wolfgang Blau appointed President of Condé Nast International, with Albert Read promoted to Managing Director, both succeeding Nicholas Coleridge  —  NICHOLAS COLERIDGE's successors at Condé Nast have been announced this morning.  Wolfgang Blau, who is currently chief digital officer …
Discussion: The Guardian
Peter Beaumont / The Guardian:
Publisher of Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth questioned by police about allegedly offering Netanyahu positive coverage in return for weakening the competition  —  Yedioth Ahronoth owner Arnon Mozes interviewed by police as PM accuses media of trying to ‘topple’ his government
Discussion: Haaretz
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Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Neo-Nazi blogger and podcaster Mike Enoch, whose real name is Mike Peinovich, resigns from The Right Stuff after doxxers reveal his wife is Jewish
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PBS launches PBS KIDS, a 24/7 channel available on PBS member stations that will stream online and via the PBS KIDS mobile app
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Sources: Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham is considering a 2018 Senate run in Virginia, challenging Hillary Clinton's former running mate, Tim Kaine
Discussion: AOL
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Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Responding to Esquire report, Reince Priebus says the Trump administration is considering moving press briefings out of the West Wing to building beside the WH