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9:35 AM ET, February 17, 2017

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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Sorry media — this press conference played very different with Trump's supporters  —  MORE FROM:  —  Maybe it's not a coincidence that Barnum & Bailey is folding its tents this year.  After all, how could the circus possibly compete with Donald Trump?  —  The president proved once again that he is the greatest show on earth.
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Journalists Whisper at Trump's Crazy Press Conference: ‘This Is Insane’  —  On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump's staff corralled the White House press corps into the East Room of the White House so that he could sing the praises of his new Labor Secretary pick, Alexander Acosta.
John Podesta / Washington Post:
Trump's dangerous strategy to undermine reality  —  John Podesta, the chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, served as counselor to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.  —  President Trump's fake-news pivot isn't subtle.
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference
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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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 …
John Walcott / Raw Story:
‘A sh*t sandwich’: Trump's choice for national security adviser reportedly turned down offer  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  President Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, sources familiar with Harward's decision said on Thursday.
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Harward turns down Trump's national security adviser offer
Discussion: RedState
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
A Jewish Reporter Got to Ask Trump a Question.  It Didn't Go Well.  —  Jake Turx is a newly minted White House correspondent for a publication that has never before had a seat in the White House press corps: Ami Magazine, an Orthodox Jewish weekly based in Brooklyn.
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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.
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  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Wall Street Journal report revealed Thursday that President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner complained about media network CNN …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Ana Navarro hits Kushner for complaining about CNN: 'Oh, baby boy, I'm so sorry'
Discussion: RedState
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'
David Brooks / New York Times:
What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like  —  I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term.  Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent …
Discussion: The Week
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New York Times:   For a Troubled President, the Media Is a Satisfying Target
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
White House Staff Are Using A “Secure” App That's Really Not So Secure  —  Some senior officials are using a new messaging app that may not be as secure as it claims.  “We would not recommend this app to someone looking for secure messaging,” one expert told BuzzFeed News.
Discussion: Axios
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: Hot Air, The Week and Washington Times
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Anti-Trump reporter gets unwelcome surprise
Discussion: The Root and IJR
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: Towleroad
Margaret Brennan / CBS News:
State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson  —  While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.  —  Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources …
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Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Out of the loop: Rex Tillerson finds state department sidelined by White House
Discussion: RT, Bloomberg and The Mahablog
Tim Alberta / Politico:
'I'm a Dead Man Walking'  —  None of this feels normal.  The congressman greets me inside his Washington office wearing a wrinkly collared shirt with its top two buttons undone, faded denim jeans and grungy, navy blue Crocs that expose his leather-textured feet.
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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 …
Evan McMullin / New York Times:
A Party to the Russian Connection  —  President Trump's disturbing Russian connections present an acute danger to American national security.  According to reports this week, Mr. Trump's team maintained frequent contact with Russian officials, including senior intelligence officers, during the campaign.
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Man with white supremacist ties accused of plotting attack ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’  —  A South Carolina man with white supremacist connections and an apparent admiration for Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting an attack …
Discussion: The Root
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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’
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.
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 …
Congressman Elijah Cummings:
Cummings Issues Statement in Response to President Trump's Press Conference  —  Washington, D.C. (Feb. 16, 2017)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's press conference:
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US News:
CARTOON GALLERY … Remember Michael Flynn?  The national …
New York Post:
Bogus Times scoops on Trump, Russia are recycled propaganda  —  Take a deep breath and realize how precious little substance there is in all the breathless reporting about supposed skulduggery by President Trump, his team and the Russian government.  If the nation's lucky …
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.”
 
 
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Art Swift / Gallup:
In US, Record-High 72% See Foreign Trade as Opportunity
New York Times:
Trump's Inroads in Union Ranks Have Labor Leaders Scrambling
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
WISCONSIN STUDENTS DEMAND FREE TUITION FOR BLACK STUDENTS
Discussion: The Root and Althouse
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
What Betsy DeVos wishes she said at her confirmation hearing
Discussion: Gizmodo
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The dizzying, mesmerizing Trump show
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Trump Will Issue New Travel Order Instead of Fighting Case in Court
Discussion: Hit & Run, alan.com and Politico
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Dan Rather says Flynn's resignation could lead to scandal worse than Watergate
Discussion: alan.com
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule
Discussion: Greentech Media and Mashable
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
HP pressures law firms to engage in discrimination
Discussion: National Review
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House dismisses 6 over failed background checks
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Hot Air, Business Insider and Axios