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10:05 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.”
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
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
Eugene Scott / CNN:
King: Leakers should be ‘purged’ from intelligence community  —  Flynn called victim of political assassination  —  (CNN)Rep. Steve King is interested in investigating members from the intelligence community who leaked information that high level advisers close to then-presidential nominee …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   What Trump Is Doing Is Not O.K.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why you should fear the leaks that felled Mike Flynn
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
F.B.I. Interviewed Flynn in Trump's First Days in Office, Officials Say
Media Matters for America:   Fox Hosts Claim Media Are Unfairly Paying More Attention To Trump's Flynn Scandal Than They Did To Benghazi
Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?
Dan Rather / Facebook:
Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: In Final Interview, Defiant Flynn Insists He Crossed No Lines, Leakers Must Be Prosecuted
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House
Jeff Poor / Breitbart:
Limbaugh on Flynn Resignation: ‘The Question Is What Did Barack Obama Know and When Did He Know It?’
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:   Doubts grow that GOP can repeal Obamacare
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn's Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies
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: Mediaite and New York Magazine
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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 …
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Mika Brzezinski Firmly Says Conway Will No Longer Be Booked on Morning Joe: 'She's Not Credible Anymore'
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Senate Democrats to hold special meeting on Trump-Russia ties
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The Local:
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Dominic Rushe / The Guardian:
Donald Trump lifts anti-corruption rules in ‘gift to the American oil lobby’
The Guardian:
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