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6:10 PM ET, February 14, 2017

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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn  —  If we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the vice president.  As White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC's …
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Rand Paul on Flynn: ‘Makes no sense’ to investigate fellow Republicans  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday an investigation into the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be excessive and it would not make sense to investigate other Republicans.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Interviewed Flynn in Trump's First Days in Office, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — F.B.I. agents interviewed Michael T. Flynn when he was national security adviser in the first days of the Trump administration about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, current and former officials said on Tuesday.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Told Weeks Ago That Michael Flynn Withheld Truth on Russia  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump was informed weeks ago that his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had not told the truth about his interactions with Russia's ambassador and asked for Mr. Flynn's resignation …
Discussion: Hot Air, CANNONFIRE and TalkLeft
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP Senate Intel Member: ‘Exhaustive’ investigation into Trump-Russia connections needed following Flynn resignation  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday called for an exhaustive investigation into connections between President Donald …
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: In Final Interview, Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted  —  In the final hours before his resignation, now-former White House National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn said he “crossed no lines” in his discussion with Russia's ambassador …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn  —  The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
FBI needs to explain why Flynn was recorded, Intelligence Committee chairman says  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the most significant question posed by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn is why intelligence officials eavesdropped …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
As Flynn Resigns, Priebus Future In Doubt As Trump Allies Circulate List of Alternate Chief of Staff Candidates  —  After GOP establishment forces inside President Donald Trump's White House forced out National Security Adviser retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, sources close to the president confirm …
CNN:
Republican senators call for Russia investigation, Flynn testimony  —  (CNN)The Senate's second-ranking Republican and other GOP senators are calling for an investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia, and want former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to testify.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz  —  (R-Utah) said Tuesday that his panel won't investigate the circumstances that led to Michael Flynn stepping down Monday as President Trump's national security adviser.
Dan Rather / Facebook:   Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump's First Month Leaves Washington Reeling
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Boing Boing
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says
Discussion: The Nation, AOL, NPR and CNN
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn's resignation
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Scarborough rips Conway as an ‘out of the loop’ liar after Flynn resignation
Discussion: Mediaite and RedState
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   The White House Is Already In Flames
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Schiff: More info coming soon on Flynn-Russia ties
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Wire, Fox17 and Hot Air
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Michael Moore to Trump: ‘Vacate you Russian traitor’
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and twitchy.com
David Rothkopf / Foreign Policy:   The Fog of Trump  —  Come for the chaos, stay for the consequences.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'That's the definition of treason': Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration
Discussion: Politico
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Lying took down Flynn, but it seems to be just fine on the Sunday talk shows
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:   The Rudderless Ship of State
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Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Conway denies retweeting white nationalist  —  White House adviser Kellyanne Conway's Twitter account retweeted a white nationalist on Tuesday, though she denounced the move and “whoever it is” who sent it out.  —  “@KellyannePolls Your strength & resiliency in face of vile hatred, bigotry …
Discussion: Raw Story, Hot Air and Towleroad
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ethics office calls on White House to discipline Conway
Discussion: RedState
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump  —  Russia Deploys Missile That Violates Treaty, U.S. Says  —  Moscow is believed to have two battalions of a new cruise missile, and has deployed a fully operational unit despite U.S. protests.  —  THE UPSHOT
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has posted inaccurate texts of President Trump's own executive orders on the White House website, raising further questions about how thorough the Trump administration has been in drafting some of his most controversial actions.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Just Broadcast a Dangerous Misconception About Autism Rates  —  Those who advocate for sound, evidence-based research about autism are extremely alarmed about Donald Trump, and for good reason: In addition to Trump's ties to Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced British doctor whose …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump asks about autism in educators meeting
Discussion: Raw Story
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian spy ship off the east coast of US, officials say  —  A Russian spy ship was seen patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such patrol since President Trump took office, officials told Fox News.  —  The Russian spy ship was 70 miles off the coast of Delaware …
Foreign Policy:
The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump  —  Vladimir Putin's entourage cheered the outcome of the U.S. election - until they saw exactly what they were dealing with.  —  In 2016, a senior Russian official explained to a group of visiting foreigners why the government had decided …
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump
Discussion: Business Insider
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service director to step down, giving Trump chance to select his own security chief  —  The head of the Secret Service, a retired detail leader who was given the assignment of shoring up the agency in a period of crisis, is leaving his post, a little more than two years after arriving in one of Washington's toughest jobs.
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Take A Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind  —  Wait, is this how Republicans end up preventing an Obamacare repeal?  —  Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night …
 
 
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