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11:40 AM ET, February 23, 2017

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Fox News Insider:
Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes Dies at Age 66  —  Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes has passed away at age 66 after a brief illness.  —  Colmes leaves behind his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement:  —  Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness.  He was 66-years-old.
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest  —  A purported cyberhack of the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggests that he was the victim of a blackmail attempt while he was serving as Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman last summer.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts  —  House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources.
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway blames bitter Democrats on town hall crowds
Discussion: The Week
Darius Tahir / Politico:
Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare  —  Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not going to happen.”  —  Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Dispatch News:
Murkowski tells Legislature she'll consult Alaska leaders before voting on repeal of Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
In first month of Trump presidency, State Department has been sidelined  —  The Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of U.S. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel …
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NBC News:
Trump Takes Over CPAC — But Will He Own the Conservative Movement Too?
Discussion: Progress Pond
Rumana Ahmed / The Atlantic:
I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House  —  In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council.  My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for.  I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman …
Nicholas Evangelista / Project Veritas:
Project Veritas Releases Over 100 Hours of Audio From Inside CNN  —  · James O'Keefe Offers $10,000 Award for Content Which Exposes Media Malfeasance  —  · Anonymous Source Within CNN Provided Audio to Project Veritas  —  · More Audio Yet to be Released in a WikiLeaks Style Dump
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
McMaster May Reorganize Trump's Foreign Policy Team Once Again  —  WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump's new national security adviser, is considering a reorganization of the White House foreign policy team that would give him control of Homeland Security and guarantee full access …
Howard Fischer / Arizona Capitol Times:
Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent  —  Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Root and Raw Story
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Will anti-Trump backlash let Democrats win the Georgia special election to replace Tom Price?  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  ROSWELL, Ga.—National Democrats are deploying resources to Georgia in hopes that the special election to replace Tom Price becomes a referendum on Donald Trump.
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Pamela Engel / Business Insider:
Sebastian Gorka, Trump's combative new national security aide, is widely disdained within his own field
Discussion: New York Magazine
USA Today:
Mexico says no to Trump's new deportation rules  —  MEXICO CITY — Mexico will vigorously fight U.S. mass deportations of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico and refuse to accept any non-Mexicans expelled across the border, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday.
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Wall Street Journal:
Top U.S. Officials Met With Defiance in Visit to Mexico
Discussion: Politico
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Chaffetz probing national park's tweet welcoming new monument  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz  —  (R-Utah) is investigating a months-old tweet from his state's Bryce Canyon National Park.  —  Chaffetz reportedly suspects that the tweet, which was posted in December …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Christie turned down Labor secretary job: report  —  President Trump offered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the job of Labor secretary after a lunch meeting last week, Politico reported on Wednesday.  —  The offer came as the president's previous labor secretary pick Andrew Puzder's nomination was in jeopardy.
Discussion: RedState
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Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump's 'Apprentice'-style hiring is upending Washington
Discussion: Political Wire
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism  —  Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp.  It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle, an upscale Capitol Hill eatery frequented by the Fox News star.  (Carlson, who typically skips breakfast …
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Apple criticizes Trump's transgender decision  —  Apple is voicing opposition to President Trump's move to rescind guidance to schools that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and other facilities that correspond with their gender identity.  —  “We disagree with any effort …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Associated Press:
Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Death of Compassion  —  Folks, we have been here before.  —  After Ronald Reagan, a celebrity-turned-politician, carried 49 states in his devastating defeat of Walter Mondale in 1984, Democrats were whining and moaning, shuffling their feet and scratching their heads.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Inside Ivanka Trump's Campaign for a $500 Billion Child-Care Plan  —  She met with members of the House and Senate last week  —  Tax overhaul should include child care deduction, she's said  —  Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politicus USA
Jack Davis / Western Journalism:
Trumps Will Be Dancing, Not Listening, On Oscar Night  —  “... a phenomenal event.”  —  by  —  As Hollywood's stars deliver their off-the-cuff condemnations of President Donald Trump at Sunday night's Academy Awards, the president and first lady Melania Trump will be having a ball.  —  Literally.
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment  —  The senator traveled to Kurdish-controlled Kobani, U.S. officials say  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters …
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts  —  WASHINGTON  —  More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Lawyers: ICE detainee with brain tumor removed from hospital  —  An undocumented immigrant diagnosed with a brain tumor while under Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody was returned to a detention center from a Texas hospital, her lawyers said.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Straightforward From Here To The Left's Fascist, Maybe Violent, Endgame  —  The Democrat Party, its Media serfs, and Social Justice Incorporated are all outraged because we uppity normals are again presuming to rule ourselves, and their agony is delightful.  Less delightful is how …
Toriano Porter / Kansas City Star:
Suspect in custody after shooting at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe leaves one dead, two injured  —  A gunman shot three people in a packed Olathe bar on Wednesday, killing one and leading authorities on a manhunt that ended with the suspect's arrest early Thursday in Henry County, Missouri.
Discussion: The Root and FOX2now.com
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Even if Trump Is the Enemy, His Voters Aren't  —  A few days ago, I blithely tweeted a warning that Democrats often sound patronizing when speaking of Trump voters.  That provoked a vehement reaction. … “Sorry,” Jason tweeted back, “but if someone is supporting a racist ignoramus who wants …
Patrice Wilding / The Times-Tribune:
Hillary Clinton to speak at St. Patrick's Day Dinner in Scranton  —  When she arrives, 214 days will have passed since she last set foot in the Electric City.  But on Friday, March 17, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to Scranton.  —  The former presidential candidate …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Inside Uber's Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin'.”  The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes …
 
 
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Harvard University Gazette:
Rihanna named Humanitarian of Year
Discussion: AOL, Mashable, The Root and Mediaite
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
New York Police Lower Cost Estimate of Guarding Trump and His Tower
Discussion: The Week
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Meet Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh: The Woman Who Helps Coordinate Trump's White House
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Mocks China for ‘Dancing to U.S. Tune’
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Fourth Circuit Runs Roughshod over Heller and the Second Amendment
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Paustenbach:
DNC: Dollars 'N Cents
Discussion: ABC News and Salon
Charles Ventura / USA Today:
Majority of Americans trust the media more than Trump: poll
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump's open door Oval Office
Alan Freeman / Washington Post:
The trickle of refugees fleeing the U.S. to Canada could become a deluge in the spring
Bethany McLean / Vanity Fair:
The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle
Discussion: BizPac Review
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Trump Vowed to Protect the Safety Net. What if His Appointees Disagree?
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses
Discussion: Axios
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tegna / KHOU-TV:
Man kicked off flight to Houston for racist remarks
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story