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10:50 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
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
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
John Walcott / Raw Story:
‘A sh*t sandwich’: Trump's choice for national security adviser reportedly turned down offer
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: Balloon Juice, AOL, Raw Story and Axios
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: NBC News
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'
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.
Discussion: Politicus USA
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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.
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Anti-Trump reporter gets unwelcome surprise
Discussion: The Root and IJR
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 …
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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
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
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 …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Democrats raise questions about Trump's mental health  —  A growing number of Democrats are openly questioning President Trump's mental health.  —  Rep. Earl Blumenauer  —  (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution's procedures for removing a president.
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. …
George Prayias / Rush:
Trump Triumphs Over Press  —  RUSH: In very measured tones, the president is firing howitzers at the media and the Washington establishment.  I'll characterize this later.  Let's just JIP it now to get in here while we can.  —  THE PRESIDENT: ...doing what I pledge to do.  That's all I'm doing.
Discussion: Business Insider
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New York Times:
Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference
Cal Thomas / Townhall.com:
A New Direction on Education  —  American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency.  This is not debatable.  According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
What Betsy DeVos wishes she said at her confirmation hearing
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Finds It Has No Records Approving Mike Flynn's Russian-TV Pay  —  Lawmakers seek further information on former national security adviser's 2015 Moscow visit  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon hasn't found any documents indicating that Mike Flynn received authorization to accept money …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Big Week for Health Care  —  “In the fight to save the ACA, next week is absolutely pivotal,” Topher Spiro tweeted on Thursday, referring to the health care law.  “And YOU can help...”  —  The fight for the law is really a fight to prevent millions of people from losing health insurance and, by extension, medical care.
Discussion: Vox
 
 
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Kelsey Bradshaw / Houston Chronicle:
Report: Photos appear to show cartel members readying for war in post-'El Chapo' power struggle
Discussion: Instapundit
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
White House: Air Force One will not be used as a ‘prop’ at political rally
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Resurgent
Jen Psaki / CNN:
My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team
Discussion: Politico
Kathleen Masterson / NPR:
Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.
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
New York Post:
Bogus Times scoops on Trump, Russia are recycled propaganda
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
A Sign That Obamacare Exchanges Are Failing
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
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