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8:55 PM ET, February 15, 2017

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Andrew Puzder / National Review:
No to Puzder  —  Andrew Puzder was from the start an odd choice to head Donald Trump's Labor Department.  The chief of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of fast-food chains such as Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, Puzder has long been one of corporate America's most high-profile advocates of Gang of Eight-style …
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Timothy Noah / Politico:
Exclusive: Puzder's ex-wife told Oprah he threatened ‘you will pay for this’  —  The ex-wife of President Donald Trump's labor secretary nominee told “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that he “vowed revenge” when she made public spousal abuse allegations, according to a 1990 tape reviewed by POLITICO on Tuesday night.
Manu Raju / CNN:
First on CNN: Top Senate Republicans urge White House to withdraw Puzder nomination  —  4 GOP senators waver on Trump's labor pick  —  (CNN)Top Senate Republicans have urged the White House to withdraw the Andrew Puzder nomination for labor secretary, a senior GOP source said …
Bloomberg:
Puzder Withdraws as Trump's Labor Nominee Amid Republican Doubts
Discussion: Vox and The Guardian
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Andrew Puzder withdraws labor nomination, throwing White House into more turmoil
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Why Trump Can't Come Clean on Russia  —  There is an old chestnut that gets tossed out whenever a scandal hits: It's not the crime, it's the cover-up.  The saying traces back to Watergate.  Sen. Howard Baker, the top Republican on the Senate Watergate committee, once noted …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
White House staff in “survival mode ... scared to death”
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump says Flynn was treated unfairly, a day after Spicer said he was fired because of a lack of trust
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House intel chairman dismisses call for expanded Russia probe
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and ABC News
NBC News:
Piecing Together the Russian Story Amid Flynn Fallout
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Flynn Doesn't Matter. This Is About Trump
Discussion: Boing Boing
Associated Press:
Dems call for Sessions to recuse himself from Russia probe
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Robert Harward plans a housecleaning of Trump's National Security Council staff  —  President Donald Trump offered the job of national security advisor to retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward on Monday night, and was a bit surprised when Harward responded by saying he needed a couple of days to think it over.
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
Pentagon might propose sending ground troops to Syria  —  Washington (CNN)The Defense Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against ISIS, CNN has learned.  —  “It's possible that you may see …
Alyssa Canobbio / Washington Free Beacon:
Mattis on Flynn's Resignation: ‘Frankly, This Has No Impact’
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
Grabien News RSS:
After Likening Trump to Hitler, Journalists Upset They're Not Getting Called on for Questions  —  ‘The President of the United States is shutting down the part of the First Amendment’  —  Members of the mainstream media were left fuming this afternoon after President Trump refused to call …
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Sarah D. / twitchy.com:
'Karma's a b*tch, isn't it'?  Sneering MSM lose it when Trump calls on Katie Pavlich, CBN … Man.  The MSM is really not taking Trump's press conferences well.  At today's joint presser with Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump once again opted to call on more conservative-oriented outlets.
Discussion: Power Line, Townhall.com and Hot Air
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   CNN's Jim Acosta slams Trump for ducking Russia questions by only calling on right-wing news outlets
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump to take breather from White House, hold rally this weekend  —  President Donald Trump is returning to the trail.  —  The president will hold a rally Saturday afternoon at a hangar in Melbourne, Florida.  It will be his first campaign-style rally since his so-called thank-you tour during …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Poll: Trump trails generic Democrat, but not Warren, in 2020
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
Trump will not fill out an NCAA tournament bracket  —  It appears that President Trump is passing on March Madness.  He will not continue his predecessor's annual tradition of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN.  —  The network reached out to Trump's staff and invited the president …
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Ricky O'Donnell / SBNation.com:
Donald Trump declines ESPN's offer to fill out March Madness bracket
Discussion: twitchy.com and USA Today
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian spy ship spotted closer to US, near Navy submarine base  —  The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov on Wednesday morning was spotted 40 miles closer to the U.S. — and not far from a Navy submarine base in Connecticut, a U.S. official told Fox News.  —  The ship was spotted 30 miles south of Groton …
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Us Weekly:
Melania Trump Is ‘Miserable’ as First Lady, ‘Unhappy With How Her Life Ended Up’  —  While her husband, Donald Trump, wields his power as president, first lady Melania Trump is struggling with the realities of her new role and the scrutiny that comes with it, insiders reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly.
Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed:
An Antivaxxer And Robert De Niro Just Announced A $100,000 “Challenge” Over Vaccine Safety  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose vaccine safety claims have been widely denounced, said that Trump still wants a controversial vaccine safety committee.  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr. moved forward …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McCain announces opposition to Trump's pick for budget chief  —  (R-Ariz.) announced Wednesday that he will not support Rep. Mick Mulvaney's (R-S.C.) nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  —  McCain stressed his opposition wasn't personal but focused …
Discussion: Politico
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher:
Rohrabacher Outraged by Assault on his District Director by ‘Indivisible’ Mob  —  You are here  —  WASHINGTON - Protesters swarming the corridor outside Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Huntington Beach, CA, office Tuesday knocked unconscious the congressman's district director, who was hospitalized after falling into unconsciousness.
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Reuters:
U.S. detains Mexican immigrant in Seattle covered by Obama program  —  U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Beware Triggering the Coup Theory  —  I can't believe I'm writing this after the administration has been in office for 26 days, but here goes.  The idea that Donald Trump is now inexorably on a path to impeachment has taken almost gleeful hold in the wake of the Michael Flynn resignation among liberal elites …
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
Corey Lewandowski's Potential Clients Say He's Bragging About Access To Trump's Twitter Account  —  Trump's former campaign manager, who now has a lobbying and consulting shop, has mentioned having access to Trump's Twitter account as a selling point in pitch meetings with at least …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Marty Schladen / El Paso Times:
ICE detains domestic-violence victim in court  —  AUSTIN - Six federal immigration agents went to the El Paso County Courthouse last week and arrested an undocumented woman who had just received a protective order alleging that she was a victim of domestic violence.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Steve Bannon privately unloaded on Breitbart reporter  —  Shortly after Breitbart's Matt Boyle published an extensive attack on White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Boyle's former boss Steve Bannon exploded.  —  Far from Bannon orchestrating the leaks — as some have speculated — Trump's chief strategist was furious.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Gizmodo Ads Target Potential Trump Leakers  —  Facebook ads steer government agency employees to TellOnTrump.com, which explains how to securely send tips and documents  —  With the Trump administration proving to be a leaky ship in its early days, one news outlet is launching an ad blitz to find the next Deep Throat.
Discussion: Axios and Mashable
 
 
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Full text: Puzder's ex-wife speaks to Oprah about alleged abuse
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox May Be Subject of Government Investigation Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Claims
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Report: Trump aiming to sign executive orders on EPA
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Bloomberg:
Aetna CEO: Obamacare in ‘Death Spiral’
Discussion: Business Insider and Axios
Associated Press:
Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns
Discussion: Washington Times and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
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Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Mark P. Painter / Cincinnati.com:
Republican Painter: It's time to impeach Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Akil Yunus / The Star Online:
Clearer image of Jong-nam's alleged killer caught on CCTV