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12:30 PM ET, February 22, 2017

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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here you go: Pick a politician, watch them get yelled at  —  One of the legitimate marvels of the American political system is that regular old Americans can yell at our elected officials.  It's not a particularly nice thing to do, of course, but you're not going to, say …
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Support for Obamacare is rising  —  The 2010 health care law is becoming more popular, even as it heads toward the chopping block — further complicating efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal and replace it.  —  While both Trump and Republicans …
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and The Week
David Anderson / Baltimore Sun:
Rep. Harris is a no-show for Affordable Care Act town hall at Harford Community College  —  About 200 people came out to Harford Community College Tuesday evening for a town hall meeting about the Affordable Care Act.  —  The Aegis … Privacy Policy  —  More than 200 people showed …
The Hill:
Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Bill Maher, Faulted for Booking Milo Yiannopoulos, Takes Credit for His Fall  —  If you were disappointed that Bill Maher brought Milo Yiannopoulos onto his HBO show “Real Time” last week, Mr. Maher is not especially bothered.  —  In a telephone interview on Tuesday night …
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos's downfall  —  HBO's Bill Maher is taking credit for sudden and dramatic fall of former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, declaring that his decision to book the alt-right provocateur on his Friday show led to his demise.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump's America will be on vivid display at annual conservative gathering
New York Times:
Fight Erupts in Trump Administration Over Transgender Students' Rights  —  WASHINGTON — A fight over a draft order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
Discussion: Political Wire, Towleroad and Eduwonk
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Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and Mediaite
The Hill:
Ellison holds edge in DNC race  —  As Democrats head to Atlanta this weekend to vote on their party's next chair, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee chair is coming down to its two leading candidates.  —  Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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Matt Stoller / The Intercept:   DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez's Bank-Friendly Record Could Kneecap the Democratic Party
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump on DNC race: Ellison ‘predicted early that I would win!’
Discussion: Axios
Laurie Penny / Pacific Standard:
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America's New Right  —  What happens when a movement of gamers recognizes they're not players, but pawns?  —  Have you heard the one about the boy who cried Fake News?  —  This is a story about truth and consequences.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
I Ignored Trump News for a Week.  Here's What I Learned.  —  I spent last week ignoring President Trump.  Although I am ordinarily a politics junkie, I didn't read, watch or listen to a single story about anything having to do with our 45th president.  —  What I missed, by many accounts …
NY1 News:
NY1 Online: Hearing from the Senator  —  NY1 VIDEO: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sat down with Bobby Cuza for a comprehensive interview.  —  Despite her opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she thinks he will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
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Curtis Tate / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell gets a taste of town-hall protests at luncheon in Kentucky
Discussion: NPR
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Unpopular, But Not As Unpopular As Liberals Think  —  Do you wonder why Donald Trump thinks he's wildly popular beyond the nefarious precincts of those enemies of the people, the liberal news media?  The president himself offered a succinct talking point on that subject near …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Mr. Trump's ‘Deportation Force’ Prepares an Assault on American Values  —  The homeland security secretary, John Kelly, issued a remarkable pair of memos on Tuesday.  They are the battle plan for the “deportation force” President Trump promised in the campaign.
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Chuck Todd Before He Tweets Again  —  If Twitter is hurting Trump, what is it doing to credibility of the press?  —  Among the commentariat, it is an article of faith that Donald Trump's fondness for Twitter only damages himself and his presidency.  —  That may turn out to be right …
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
The women got up in Brat's grill, and then some  —  BLACKSTONE, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who drew national notice after complaining that women were “in my grill” because he was reluctant to hold a town hall meeting, finally relented and came face to face with those women …
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NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Worried About War, Feel Favorably Toward NATO  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans, divided sharply along party lines, are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to results from the latest NBC News|  SurveyMonkey poll.
Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post:
School Asks Teachers To Take Down Pro-Diversity Posters, Saying They're ‘Anti-Trump’  —  Now, the students are fighting back.  —  WASHINGTON School administrators in a 93 percent white Maryland county recently asked high school teachers to take down pro-diversity posters from classrooms …
The Huffington Post:
The Movement Resisting Donald Trump Has A Name: The (Local) Democratic Party  —  While outside groups are getting the attention, local Democratic parties nationwide are seeing a surge of interest.  —  Local Democratic parties are confronting a problem in the Trump era that is as confounding as it is unexpected: space.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Myth of the U.S. Immigration Crisis  —  With the rise of Donald Trump, anti-immigrant sentiment has reached levels not seen in decades in the U.S. Anger against illegal immigration and fear of refugees, previously confined to the fringes of the Republican base, are now at the center of public dialogue.
Discussion: NBC News
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Man sentenced for vandalizing Trump's Hollywood star  —  A Los Angeles man was sentenced Tuesday for destroying President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  —  James Lambert Otis, 53, pleaded no contest to one felony count of vandalism stemming from the incident last October, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Cabinet picks clash with White House over hiring  —  The White House's deep involvement in hiring decisions across the government is frustrating some of President Donald Trump's Cabinet secretaries, spurring early tussles between the president's advisers and leaders of federal agencies.
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?  —  A pillar of famously-liberal Silicon Valley is underwriting Washington's biggest gathering of conservatives.  —  Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Daily Beast that Facebook made a six-figure contribution to CPAC …
Writing - Enquiry:
Mike Dubke  —  Graduates of Hamilton College boast a number of impressive accolades.  Perhaps one of our most notable alumni, at least in recent years, is Mike Dubke, class of '92, who has been tapped as President Trump's new communications director.  Dubke is poised to take over the position …
New York Post:
Interracial couple charged $700 per week for racist graffiti on their home  —  An interracial Connecticut couple refuses to cover up a racial slur that was spray painted on their garage door until authorities conduct a thorough investigation - even though the “blight” is costing them a $100-a-day fine.
Discussion: TheBlaze and AOL
John Bresnahan / Politico:
'They're trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman'  —  Republicans need a new campaign villain — and Elizabeth Warren is looking increasingly like their choice.  —  With Barack Obama and Harry Reid out of office and Nancy Pelosi toiling deep in the minority, Republicans are in search …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
These are the American people Trump calls enemies of the American people  —  Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a fourth-generation military man, deployed twice to Afghanistan.  The second time, as a 22-year-old Marine corporal in 2010, he led an eight-man infantry team into combat.
The Hill:
Trump steps up deportation push  —  The Trump administration on Tuesday released a pair of memos outlining aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, potentially resulting in millions of deportations if the White House puts muscle and money behind the policies.
Discussion: The Federalist
 
 
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate
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Newsweek:
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Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
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John Benny / Reuters:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Root
Washington Post:
100 days of Trump claims
Madison Park / CNN:
More than 200 protesters indicted on rioting charges from Inauguration Day
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg:
Le Pen Wins Over Women Voters Who Feel Left Behind in France
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Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump's 3,000 websites — and what they say about his rise to power
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos, Mashable and CNNMoney
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke is a Mexico-loving liberal in Texas. Can he really beat Ted Cruz?
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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CNN:
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