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7:05 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:
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House  —  WH Confirms Trump Informed Weeks Ago About Flynn Misleading VP 1:00  —  Vice President Mike Pence was informed of the Justice Department warning regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn late on February 9 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
The Nationalist Right Is Coming for Reince Priebus  —  Breitbart News has a target in its crosshairs following the departure of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn from the White House in a cascade of scandal over his contacts with the Russian government: White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for ‘weeks,’ White House says  —  President Trump was aware that his national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled White House officials and Vice President Pence for “weeks” before he was forced to resign on Monday night.
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL, The Nation and NPR
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump's First Month Leaves Washington Reeling
Discussion: Boing Boing and Hullabaloo
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   The White House Is Already In Flames
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'That's the definition of treason': Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration
Discussion: Politico
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Michael Moore to Trump: ‘Vacate you Russian traitor’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Scarborough rips Conway as an ‘out of the loop’ liar after Flynn resignation
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump
Discussion: Business Insider
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
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 …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ethics office calls on White House to discipline Conway
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Conway denies retweeting white nationalist
Discussion: Raw Story and Hot Air
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: Gizmodo and Mediaite
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Just Broadcast a Dangerous Misconception About Autism Rates  —  Those who advocate for sound, evidence-based research about autism are extremely alarmed about Donald Trump, and for good reason: In addition to Trump's ties to Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced British doctor whose …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump asks about autism in educators meeting
Discussion: Raw Story
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Trump Invites a Cesspool of Fake News to Cover the White House.  And I'm Not Talking About MSNBC.  —  To be fair, the press has largely brought this on themselves.  I've already lost count of the stories reported by the media and retracted or modified substantially in the same day.
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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Matthew Albright / delawareonline:
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Humana to drop out of ObamaCare marketplace at end of 2017
Discussion: Hot Air
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.J. Resolution 41
Discussion: Vox
Justin Huggler / Telegraph:
German woman ‘decapitated lover with circular saw in bizarre sex game’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Roosevelt Room / The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at Parent-Teacher Conference Listening Session
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That's Happened To Donald Trump
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump Announces the Reopening of the White House Visitors Office
Discussion: The Daily Caller, DCist and RedState