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9:15 AM ET, February 15, 2017

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New York Times:
Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence  —  WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year …
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CNN:
Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign  —  Trump campaign aides communicated with Russians  — The communications stood out to investigators due to the frequency and the level of the Trump advisers involved  —  (CNN)High-level advisers close …
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House staff in “survival mode ... scared to death”  —  Here's a twist that has top GOP sources buzzing:  — On Jan. 26, Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, tells the White House that national security adviser Mike Flynn — who has just been grilled by FBI agents — had …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
New York Times Accuses, then Exonerates Trump Aides in Russia Claims  —  The New York Times published a story Tuesday evening claiming anonymous “aides” on President Donald Trump's campaign had contact with Russian intelligence, citing classified information supplied by “four current and former American officials.”
Washington Post:
Pence remains above the fray, but is he outside the inner circle?  —  For nearly two full weeks, nobody told Vice President Pence that he had been misled by national security adviser Michael Flynn.  —  After privately being assured by Flynn that he had never had any discussions …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Trump Is Doing Is Not O.K.  —  Thank God for the resignation in shame by Mike Flynn, President Trump's national security adviser.  And not just because he misled the vice president and engaged in deeply malignant behavior with Russia, but, more important, because maybe it will finally …
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.
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: In Final Interview, Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Why you should fear the leaks that felled Mike Flynn
Media Matters for America:   Fox Hosts Claim Media Is Unfairly Paying More Attention To Trump's Flynn Scandal Than They Did To Benghazi
Washington Post:
Flynn's swift downfall: From a phone call in the Dominican Republic to a forced resignation at the White House
Damon Linker / The Week:
America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.
Washington Post:
Flynn episode ‘darkens the cloud’ of Russia that hangs over Trump administration
Discussion: New York Times
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Poll: Trump trails generic Democrat, but not Warren, in 2020  —  Donald Trump begins his presidency facing unprecedented polling headwinds: Roughly a quarter of voters think Donald Trump is the worst president in the last century.  Forty-three percent of voters are ready to vote …
Discussion: The Week and Morning Consult
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Dan Rather / Facebook:
Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   'That's the definition of treason': Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration
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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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.
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Chaffetz Probes White House's Handling of Sensitive Information
Discussion: Post On Politics, IJR and FOX40
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question  —  How much difference does a single line on a tax form make?  For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot.  —  Following President Donald Trump's executive …
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:   Humana pulls out of Obamacare for 2018
Bertha Coombs / CNBC:
Humana says it plans to pull out of Obamacare exchanges in 2018
Discussion: Daily Wire, The Hill and New York Times
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
‘This is . . .  Nixonian’: Reporter was taped by White House in heated exchange  —  A top aide to President Trump said she has a recording of a dispute with a White House reporter, and has shared parts of it with journalists.  —  Omarosa Manigault, a communications official …
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.
Discussion: The Week and The Stranger …
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed:
A DREAMer Was Arrested During A Raid And Now Immigration Officials Have Been Ordered To Explain Why
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog
NBC News:
Harrison Ford in Incident With Passenger Plane at California Airport  —  Actor Harrison Ford was involved in a potentially serious incident Monday in California as he was piloting his private plane, a single-engine Husky, NBC News has learned.  —  Ford, an experienced pilot who collects vintage planes …
Associated Press:
White House: Mideast peace may not be 2-state solution  —  The Trump administration suggested Tuesday that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may not come in the form of a two-state solution — a position that could represent a dramatic shift from former President Barack Obama, who said he saw no alternative.
Discussion: Vox, Axios, Politico and ABC News
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Michael Crowley / Politico:
Trump to greet Netanyahu by abandoning ‘2-state’ doctrine
Discussion: New York Times
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Trump's approval rating is underwater with Iowans  —  Donald Trump is starting his presidency underwater with Iowans.  —  Forty-two percent of Iowans approve of the job the newly inaugurated Republican is doing as president, while 49 percent disapprove, according to the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.
Discussion: BizPac Review
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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The Local:
Mass sexual assaults by refugees in Frankfurt ‘completely made up’
Discussion: RT
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017, #12
Discussion: Business Insider and RT
Timothy Noah / Politico:
Exclusive: Puzder's ex-wife told Oprah he threatened ‘you will pay for this’
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and ThinkProgress
Paul Cassell / Washington Post:
Is Berkeley really looking for the protesters who shut down Yiannopoulos?
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Gertz Follow / Washington Free Beacon:
Russian Jets Buzzed U.S. Destroyer
Dominic Rushe / The Guardian:
Donald Trump lifts anti-corruption rules in ‘gift to the American oil lobby’
The Guardian:
Journalists shot dead in Dominican Republic during Facebook Live video
Media Matters for America:
NBC News Appoints An Iraq War Cheerleader As Its New President