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8:00 AM ET, February 17, 2017

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Washington Post:
Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador  —  Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States before President …
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CNN:
Harward says no to national security adviser role  — A friend of Harward's said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic  —  (CNN)Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward has turned down President Donald Trump's offer to be national security adviser, sources told CNN Thursday.
CBS News:
Vice Admiral Robert Harward turns down national security adviser job  —  Vice Admiral Robert Harward has rejected President Trump's offer to be the new national security adviser, CBS News' Major Garrett reports.  —  Sources close to the situation told Garrett Harward and the administration …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Harward turns down Trump's national security adviser offer
Discussion: RedState
John Walcott / Raw Story:
‘A sh*t sandwich’: Trump's choice for national security adviser reportedly turned down offer
Discussion: alan.com and New York Times
Evan Perez / CNN:
Flynn changed story to FBI, no charges expected
New York Times:
Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference  —  President Trump on Thursday announced his new nominee for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, during a news conference at the White House.  Following is a transcript of that event, as prepared by the Federal News Service.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
An amazing moment in history: Donald Trump's press conference  —  Trump: Press illegally gets information  — Trump sparred with the press for over an hour, calling reports “fake news” but decrying the leaks that led to them  — He touted his own poll numbers, victory over Hillary Clinton …
Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner Delivers Critique of CNN to Time Warner Executive  —  Trump's son-in-law and adviser complains that coverage has been slanted against the president  —  Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, has expressed the administration's deep concerns about CNN's news coverage.
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Erin Corbett / Raw Story:   ‘Little Jared complaining about me’: Ana Navarro slams Kushner for complaints about her Trump coverage
BostonGlobe.com:
Christie says Trump made him order the meatloaf at meal together  —  TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week.  —  Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, joined Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Gov. Paul LePage on Trump: 'We got to tell him that the TV show's over and he's gotta move on now'
New York Times:
In 77 Chaotic Minutes, Trump Defends ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, smarting from a series of crises, moved his surrogates aside on Thursday and assigned the rescue of his month-old presidency to the only spokesman he's ever really trusted — himself.
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BuzzFeed:
Trump Winery Seeks Even More Foreign Workers  —  The Virginia wine producer, owned by Eric Trump, is the latest Trump family business to seek foreign guest workers for US jobs.  Latest request asks for 23 laborers, on top of six sought in December.  —  WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16 …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:   Trump winery seeks more foreign help: report
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Out of the loop: Rex Tillerson finds state department sidelined by White House  —  America's top diplomat is operating with senior staff positions left vacant, his deputy vetoed and foreign policy made by an ideological clique around Trump  —  Rex Tillerson began his first foreign outing …
Discussion: RT, Bloomberg and The Mahablog
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Margaret Brennan / CBS News:   State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson
Associated Press:
Chaffetz seeks charge of ex-Clinton aide in email inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who has refused Democratic requests to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving President Donald Trump, is seeking criminal charges …
Sydney Brownstone / The Stranger …:
Detained Dreamer's Lawyers Say Government Doctored Legal Document to Try and Prove False Gang Affiliation  —  Daniel Ramirez Medina's lawyers say the government doctored his request to be removed from the Northwest Detention Center's gang unit.  —  Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina …
CNN:
Officials: Mike Dubke to be named as White House communications director  —  Washington, D.C. (CNN)Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke is expected to be named as White House Communications Director, two administration officials tell CNN.  —  The appointment is expected to be announced as early as Friday, the officials say.
Discussion: The Week and Washington Times
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Anti-Trump reporter gets unwelcome surprise
Discussion: IJR and The Guardian
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House dismisses 6 over failed background checks  —  Several White House staffers were dismissed Thursday morning after failing FBI background checks, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Some of the aides were “walked out of the building by security” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump family's elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense  —  On Friday, President Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.  —  On Saturday, Trump's sons Eric and Don Jr. …
Discussion: Business Insider
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
A Sign That Obamacare Exchanges Are Failing  —  Yet more bad news for Obamacare this week: Molina Healthcare lost $110 million on the exchanges last year, and the CEO told investors, “There are simply too many unknowns with the marketplace program to commit to our participation beyond 2017.”
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Ryan struggles to sell tax reform plan to fellow Republicans  —  Paul Ryan showed up to Senate Republicans' weekly lunch on Tuesday hoping to salvage a controversial pillar of his tax reform plan that would change how imports and exports are taxed.  “Keep your powder dry,” the House speaker pleaded.
Discussion: Political Wire
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Trump tells Jewish magazine's reporter to ‘sit down,’ blames anti-Semitism on ‘the other side’  —  Trump: I am the least anti-Semitic person  — A reporter from a Jewish magazine asked Trump about threats to dozens of Jewish Community Centers  —  Washington (CNN)In response …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Building Global Community  —  On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business.  Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?  —  History is the story of how we've learned …
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Dan Rather says Flynn's resignation could lead to scandal worse than Watergate  —  The former CBS News anchorman has an ominous feeling about where Flynnghazi is going to take us  —  Former CBS News anchorman Dan Rather has some ominous predictions about the larger implications of the resignation …
Discussion: alan.com
 
 
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New York Times:
Bring On the Special Prosecutor
Christine Byers / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis County cop says he was told to ‘tone down his gayness’
Discussion: Washington Post and Towleroad
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule
Discussion: Mashable and Greentech Media
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
HP pressures law firms to engage in discrimination
Discussion: National Review
Alex Thompson / VICE News:
Duck and cover  —  Members of Congress are set to return …
Liam Deacon / Breitbart:
French police have been filmed fleeing from armed mobs as riots continue in Paris for the second week …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
House G.O.P. Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
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Ian Cross / WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC …:
FBI arrests man in Myrtle Beach allegedly planning attack ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance
Los Angeles Times:
The White House has found ways to end protection for Dreamers while shielding Trump from blowback
Chicago Tribune:
Former Obama aide fined $90,000 for illegally lobbying Emanuel on Uber's behalf
Discussion: Business Insider and Axios