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3:40 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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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
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 …
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 …
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 and The National Interest
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, RedState and ABC News
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: Joe.My.God.
Fox News:
Trump, GOP lawmakers eye ‘illegal’ leaks in wake of Flynn resignation
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Schiff: More info coming soon on Flynn-Russia ties
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Wire and Hot Air
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: CNN, The Hill, New York Times and Vox
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Flynn sets record with only 24 days as national security adviser.  The average tenure is about 2.6 years.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dems blast Chaffetz for declining to investigate Flynn
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 …
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:   Russian Insiders Fear Washington Establishment Will Assassinate Trump
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts  —  Move came after the Journal asked about videos in which he included anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery  —  Felix Kjellberg, who has 53 million subscribers to his “PewDiePie” YouTube channel, reacts as two men hold up a sign saying …
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PewDiePie:
just to clear some things up...  It came to my attention yesterday …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
 
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