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9:40 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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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.”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   What Trump Is Doing Is Not O.K.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Interviewed Flynn in Trump's First Days in Office, Officials Say
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Why you should fear the leaks that felled Mike Flynn
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House
Media Matters for America:   Fox Hosts Claim Media Are Unfairly Paying More Attention To Trump's Flynn Scandal Than They Did To Benghazi
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: In Final Interview, Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted
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.
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
Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Limbaugh on Flynn Resignation: ‘The Question Is What Did Barack Obama Know and When Did He Know It?’
Wall Street Journal:
Mike Flynn Is First Casualty of Turmoil in Trump Administration  —  Senior ranks of the administration are creating headlines of their own as they jockey for power and influence with the president  —  WASHINGTON—Dining at his oceanside resort in Florida on Friday, President Donald …
Discussion: The Week
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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
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:   Doubts grow that GOP can repeal Obamacare
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 …
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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Dylan Byers / CNN:
Sean Spicer isn't finished  —  Washington (CNN)Sean Spicer has barely moved into his office.  —  Three weeks after the inauguration, the only things adorning the White House press secretary's shelves are a framed picture of himself at the podium, a book on Naval Special Warfare …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Discussion: The Resurgent
Bertha Coombs / CNBC:
Humana says it plans to pull out of Obamacare exchanges in 2018
Discussion: Daily Wire, The Hill and New York Times
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 …
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Trump to greet Netanyahu by abandoning ‘2-state’ doctrine  —  Benjamin Netanyahu has never had it so good in Washington.  —  After eight years of visits to an Obama White House where he was seen as a political adversary and an obstacle to Middle East peace, the Israeli Prime Minister …
Discussion: New York Times
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Luke Baker / Reuters:   Trump to welcome Netanyahu as Palestinians fear U.S. shift
Associated Press:
White House: Mideast peace may not be 2-state solution
Discussion: Vox, Axios, Politico and ABC News
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
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.
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and ThinkProgress
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
It's Boom Time Again for America's Largest Banks
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Paul Cassell / Washington Post:
Is Berkeley really looking for the protesters who shut down Yiannopoulos?
Discussion: Hot Air
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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