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11:45 PM ET, February 14, 2017

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New York Times:
Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence  —  WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year …
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CNN:
Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign  —  Trump campaign aides communicated with Russians  — The communications stood out to investigators due to the frequency and the level of the Trump advisers involved  —  (CNN)High-level advisers close …
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 …
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.
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Trump Is Doing Is Not O.K.  —  Thank God for the resignation in shame by Mike Flynn, President Trump's national security adviser.  And not just because he misled the vice president and engaged in deeply malignant behavior with Russia, but, more important, because maybe it will finally …
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 …
Dan Rather / Facebook:
Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.  It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now.  On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9.  This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?  —  Hours after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled top officials about his pre-inauguration talks with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage everyone to move on.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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: CANNONFIRE and Hot Air
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House  —  WH Confirms Trump Informed Weeks Ago About Flynn Misleading VP 1:00  —  Vice President Mike Pence was informed of the Justice Department warning regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn late on February 9 …
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Chaffetz Probes White House's Handling of Sensitive Information
Discussion: WTVR-TV and IJR
Annie Karni / Politico:
Flynn's ouster leads to more chaos in Trump world
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Joe Concha / The Hill:
New York Times, Newsmax fall victim to fake Flynn Twitter account
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump
Discussion: Business Insider
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
FBI needs to explain why Flynn was recorded, Intelligence Committee chairman says
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'That's the definition of treason': Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration
Discussion: Politico
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:   Mensch: Flynn Investigation Will Lead To Trump's Impeachment, ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’ [VIDEO]
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In the early weeks of the new administration, the humbling of a president
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   The White House Is Already In Flames
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Michael Moore to Trump: ‘Vacate you Russian traitor’
Mitch Prothero / BuzzFeed:
US Allies In Europe Have Literally No Idea What's Going On With The Trump Administration
Discussion: The Week
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
Kellyanne Conway Claims She Doesn't Know Who Retweeted A White Nationalist From Her Twitter Account  —  Kellyanne Conway wasn't really feeling the love Tuesday morning, after Today host Matt Lauer told her her responses made no sense when she appeared to dodge his repeated questions …
NBC News:
Harrison Ford in Incident With Passenger Plane at California Airport  —  Actor Harrison Ford was involved in a potentially serious incident Monday in California as he was piloting his private plane, a single-engine Husky, NBC News has learned.  —  Ford, an experienced pilot who collects vintage planes …
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:
Humana pulls out of Obamacare for 2018  —  The Obamacare exodus has begun.  —  Humana (HUM) announced it is pulling out of Obamacare for 2018 on Tuesday, the same day it ended a merger agreement with Aetna (AET).  —  It's the first major insurer to exit Obamacare under President Trump, who has promised to repeal the law.
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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:   Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question
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
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed:
A DREAMer Was Arrested During A Raid And Now Immigration Officials Have Been Ordered To Explain Why  —  Foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation.  —  Charles Reed / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enf  —  A federal magistrate judge has ordered officials to defend …
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
 
 
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