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8:25 AM ET, February 15, 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Pence remains above the fray, but is he outside the inner circle?  —  For nearly two full weeks, nobody told Vice President Pence that he had been misled by national security adviser Michael Flynn.  —  After privately being assured by Flynn that he had never had any discussions …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
New York Times Accuses, then Exonerates Trump Aides in Russia Claims  —  The New York Times published a story Tuesday evening claiming anonymous “aides” on President Donald Trump's campaign had contact with Russian intelligence, citing classified information supplied by “four current and former American officials.”
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The Michael Flynn problem starts at the top: Jill Lawrence  —  Trump is his role model.  That's the uncomfortable truth at the heart of his abrupt exit.  —  If you start firing people for lying, for purveying fake news, for making U.S. foreign policy before you take office …
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 …
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House staff in “survival mode ... scared to death”  —  Here's a twist that has top GOP sources buzzing:  — On Jan. 26, Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, tells the White House that national security adviser Mike Flynn — who has just been grilled by FBI agents — had …
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: In Final Interview, Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House
Washington Post:   Flynn episode ‘darkens the cloud’ of Russia that hangs over Trump administration
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump
Discussion: Business Insider
Annie Karni / Politico:
Flynn's ouster leads to more chaos in Trump world
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Joe Concha / The Hill:
New York Times, Newsmax fall victim to fake Flynn Twitter account
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Chaffetz Probes White House's Handling of Sensitive Information
Discussion: Post On Politics, IJR and FOX40
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   'That's the definition of treason': Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration
Damon Linker / The Week:
America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
Mensch: Flynn Investigation Will Lead To Trump's Impeachment, ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: BizPac Review
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question  —  How much difference does a single line on a tax form make?  For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot.  —  Following President Donald Trump's executive …
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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.
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘This is . . .  Nixonian’: Reporter was taped by White House in heated exchange  —  A top aide to President Trump said she has a recording of a dispute with a White House reporter, and has shared parts of it with journalists.  —  Omarosa Manigault, a communications official …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Poll: Trump trails generic Democrat, but not Warren, in 2020  —  Donald Trump begins his presidency facing unprecedented polling headwinds: Roughly a quarter of voters think Donald Trump is the worst president in the last century.  Forty-three percent of voters are ready to vote …
Discussion: Morning Consult
 
 
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Associated Press:
White House: Mideast peace may not be 2-state solution
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
The Guardian:
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed:
A DREAMer Was Arrested During A Raid And Now Immigration Officials Have Been Ordered To Explain Why
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
Media Matters for America:
NBC News Appoints An Iraq War Cheerleader As Its New President
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That's Happened To Donald Trump
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump