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3:05 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 …
Discussion: The Week and Refinery29
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The Michael Flynn problem starts at the top: Jill Lawrence  —  Trump is his role model.  That's the uncomfortable truth at the heart of his abrupt exit.  —  If you start firing people for lying, for purveying fake news, for making U.S. foreign policy before you take office …
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 …
Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?  —  Hours after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled top officials about his pre-inauguration talks with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage everyone to move on.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
New York Times, Newsmax fall victim to fake Flynn Twitter account
Washington Post:
Flynn's swift downfall: From a phone call in the Dominican Republic to a forced resignation at the White House
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
With Michael Flynn Gone, Russia Sees a Different Trump
Discussion: Business Insider
NBC News:
Mike Pence Told About Flynn Warning Two Weeks After Trump, White House
Annie Karni / Politico:
Flynn's ouster leads to more chaos in Trump world
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'That's the definition of treason': Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration
Discussion: Politico
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Chaffetz Probes White House's Handling of Sensitive Information
Discussion: IJR and FOX40
Washington Post:   Flynn episode ‘darkens the cloud’ of Russia that hangs over Trump administration
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:   Mensch: Flynn Investigation Will Lead To Trump's Impeachment, ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’ [VIDEO]
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:   The White House Is Already In Flames
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
FBI needs to explain why Flynn was recorded, Intelligence Committee chairman says
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
In the early weeks of the new administration, the humbling of a president
Discussion: Defense One and Politico
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Washington Times
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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:
Humana pulls out of Obamacare for 2018  —  The Obamacare exodus has begun.  —  Humana (HUM) announced it is pulling out of Obamacare for 2018 on Tuesday, the same day it ended a merger agreement with Aetna (AET).  —  It's the first major insurer to exit Obamacare under President Trump, who has promised to repeal the law.
Thomson IR:
Humana Continues to Build Upon Proven Strategy Following Termination of Merger with Aetna …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Humana to drop out of ObamaCare marketplace at end of 2017
Discussion: CNBC, New York Times, Vox, Hot Air and AOL
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 …
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 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
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
 
 
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Dominic Rushe / The Guardian:
Donald Trump lifts anti-corruption rules in ‘gift to the American oil lobby’
Associated Press:
White House: Mideast peace may not be 2-state solution
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
The Guardian:
Journalists shot dead in Dominican Republic during Facebook Live video
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
Media Matters for America:
NBC News Appoints An Iraq War Cheerleader As Its New President
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Biden, Democrats pull out stops for state Senate race
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Justin Huggler / Telegraph:
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Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Just Broadcast a Dangerous Misconception About Autism Rates
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That's Happened To Donald Trump
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ethics office calls on White House to discipline Conway
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Raw Story