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3:50 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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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russian Cruise Missile, Deployed Secretly, Violates Treaty, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints from American officials that it violates a landmark arms control treaty that helped seal the end of the Cold War, administration officials say.
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: TalkLeft
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.
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say  —  BREAKING: Michael Flynn, Trump's embattled national security adviser, is resigning amid controversy over communication with Russian ambassador.  —  The acting attorney general informed …
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.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Scarborough rips Conway as an ‘out of the loop’ liar after Flynn resignation  —  Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway's assertion that former national security adviser Michael Flynn enjoyed “the full confidence of the president” just hours before he offered his resignation is proof …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and RedState
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 …
Discussion: Infowars
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn's resignation  —  THE BIG IDEA: President Trump should thank his lucky stars that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, because Democrats would be announcing a Benghazi-style inquest today if they could.
Fox News:
Trump, GOP lawmakers eye ‘illegal’ leaks in wake of Flynn resignation
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn
David Rothkopf / Foreign Policy:   The Fog of Trump  —  Come for the chaos, stay for the consequences.
New York Times:
Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Schiff: More info coming soon on Flynn-Russia ties
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Wire and Hot Air
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
Fake News: NY Times Journalist Touts Bogus Mike Flynn Twitter Account
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   The White House Is Already In Flames
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Lying took down Flynn, but it seems to be just fine on the Sunday talk shows
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:   Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russian lawmakers rush to the defense of Trump's ex-national security adviser
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dems blast Chaffetz for declining to investigate Flynn
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
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
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump upset by ‘SNL’ sketch in which Bannon manipulates him: report  —  “Saturday Night Live” has taken to habitually poking fun at the Trump administration, but a skit depicting White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon as the Grim Reaper manipulating President Trump reportedly struck a chord with Trump …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalist says Omarosa Manigault bullied her and mentioned a ‘dossier’ on her  —  Conflict and controversy seem to follow Omarosa Manigault, who stirred up plenty of both as a reality-TV star and a longtime associate of President Trump.  —  Manigault, who is now a communications official …
 
 
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Roosevelt Room / The White House:
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Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That's Happened To Donald Trump
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ethics office calls on White House to discipline Conway
The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump Announces the Reopening of the White House Visitors Office
Discussion: RedState, DCist and The Daily Caller
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
ICE Backs Out Of A Meeting On Deportation Raids With Members Of Congress
Dominic Mancini / The College Fix:
Students wear white pins to remind them of white privilege
Discussion: Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Time for Trump to hit campaign trail
Discussion: Instapundit
Mark Deen / Bloomberg:
France's Presidential Front-Runner Says Russia Is Hacking Him Now
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service director to step down, giving Trump chance to select his own security chief
Michael David Smith / ProFootballTalk:
Tom Brady on teammates skipping White House: “That's their choice”
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
The Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
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