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2:30 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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
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, RedState, The Hill and ABC News
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.
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.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Flynn Resignation Raises Tough Questions for FBI, Intel Services  —  The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday evening raises troubling questions about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the intelligence services.
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Lying took down Flynn, but it seems to be just fine on the Sunday talk shows
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dems blast Chaffetz for declining to investigate Flynn
David Rothkopf / Foreign Policy:   The Fog of Trump  —  Come for the chaos, stay for the consequences.
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russian lawmakers rush to the defense of Trump's ex-national security adviser
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and New York Times
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Schiff: More info coming soon on Flynn-Russia ties
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Wire and Hot Air
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Why Donald Trump let Michael Flynn go
Mitch Prothero / BuzzFeed:
US Allies In Europe Have Literally No Idea What's Going On With The Trump Administration
Discussion: The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ryan defends Trump, declines to call for new Flynn probe
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
GOP rep: Republicans quiet on Flynn because 'they're having breakfast with their wives'
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Real story’ of Flynn resignation is illegal leaks
Discussion: RedState, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
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.
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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 and Raw Story
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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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 …
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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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump upset by ‘SNL’ sketch in which Bannon manipulates him: report
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and Forbes
The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump Announces the Reopening of the White House Visitors Office
Discussion: RedState, DCist and The Daily Caller
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Pedro Hernandez Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Killing Etan Patz in 1979
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service director to step down, giving Trump chance to select his own security chief
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Jared Kushner Emerges as Trump's True Believer
Discussion: Washington Post and AOL
Michael David Smith / ProFootballTalk:
Tom Brady on teammates skipping White House: “That's their choice”
Discussion: Breitbart
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
The Rudderless Ship of State
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
The Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts