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5:00 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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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:
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 …
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 and TalkLeft
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump's First Month Leaves Washington Reeling  —  WASHINGTON — The resignation Monday night of Michael T. Flynn as national security adviser caps a remarkably tumultuous first month for President Trump's White House that has burdened the early days of his presidency with scandal …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Boing Boing and The Week
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 …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says
Discussion: The Nation and AOL
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Scarborough rips Conway as an ‘out of the loop’ liar after Flynn resignation
Discussion: Mediaite, RedState and The Hill
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 and Hot Air
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Chaffetz to investigate Mar-a-Lago but not Flynn's ties with Russia yet
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn's resignation
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
Washington Post:
Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say
Fox News:
Trump, GOP lawmakers eye ‘illegal’ leaks in wake of Flynn resignation
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Lying took down Flynn, but it seems to be just fine on the Sunday talk shows
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russian lawmakers rush to the defense of Trump's ex-national security adviser
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   White House: Trump asked Flynn to resign over eroding trust
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ethics office calls on White House to discipline Conway  —  The director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) says White House counselor Kellyanne Conway misused her official position by hawking Ivanka Trump's product line on TV and recommends the White House punish her.
Discussion: RedState
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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.
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 …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Axios and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Foreign Policy:
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Discussion: Infowars
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