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Trump After Dark: Dream On edition

President Donald Trump focused on immigration today at the White House — a display meant to showcase his dealmaking ability and his mental acuity.

But it was sort of a mixed bag, POLITICO’s Seung Min Kim, Heather Caygle, Ted Hesson and Rachael Bade report: “a freewheeling, televised — and, at times, incoherent” event. It ended with participants agreeing what they would try to agree on.

“Yet even that tentative outline is prompting pushback from other members who want to tug a final deal on Dreamers to the right or left — further complicating prospects for an agreement that can be signed into law before the young undocumented immigrants begin losing legal protections en masse in March.”

Yet the event, which featured Trump negotiating for an hour live on television, may have accomplished something the White House wanted, POLITICO’s Louis Nelson reports.

“The meeting gave Trump a chance to appear in control, and featured substantive discussion — unlike televised meetings with Trump’s Cabinet and other allies in which participants have showered the president with praise, most recently last week — designed to allay Washington chatter about Trump’s fitness.”

Elsewhere in President Trump’s orbit:

DOSSIER DEETS: California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein unexpectedly released a transcript of senators’ interview with the CEO of Fusion GPS, the firm which produced the salacious Trump dossier. Revelations include a potential walk-in source to the FBI about the Trump campaign.

DON OF DAVOS: President Donald Trump is set to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos — making him the first U.S. president since 2000 to attend the forum. He is expected to offer a brand of populism not particularly embraced by the world’s global elite.

A BANNON SHIP: Breitbart announced it was parting ways with executive chairman Steve Bannon — a move that comes after Bannon’s anti-Trump comments in a book have put him under scrutiny.

DAUGHTER’S DILEMMA: Ivanka Trump faces a difficult task — trying to have it both ways on the #MeToo movement as her tweet about Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech showed.

AZAR ON TRACK: President Trump’s Health and Human Services pick Alex Azar appears to be on the path to confirmation after a smooth committee hearing today.

COAST IS CLEAR: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke says new drilling will be “off the table” in Florida after the state’s governor opposed new drilling off the coast. Last week, the Trump administration signaled it would approve new drilling licenses on U.S. coastlines.

There you have it. You’re caught up on the Trump administration. Tuesday is in the books.

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