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4:45 PM ET, February 23, 2017


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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 …
Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Dispatch News:
Murkowski tells Legislature she'll consult Alaska leaders before voting on repeal of Medicaid expansion  —  (Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Dispatch News)  —  JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski moved Wednesday to ease Alaskans' concerns about congressional Republicans' plans for the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Axios, Vox, KTUU-TV and TheBlaze
Center for American Progress:
Why the Emerging Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Will Fail
Discussion: Axios and Business Insider
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace ‘not going to happen’
Discussion: Bipartisan Report, Politico and Vox
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Project Veritas ‘CNN Leaks’ fall flat  —  For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O'Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.  —  Some staffers at CNN were legitimately alarmed …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
O'Keefe Drops “Bombshell” Undercover Footage From Within CNN  —  As promised two days ago on the Sean Hannity radio show, James O'Keefe and his team at Project Veritas just released covertly captured, previously unheard audio footage from within the CNN newsroom.
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN TO CONTROVERSIAL WHITE HOUSE TERRORISM ADVISER SEBASTIAN GORKA'S ANGRY CALL TO A CRITIC  —  An embattled White House terrorism advisor whose academic credentials have come under widespread fire telephoned one of his main critics at home Tuesday night and threatened legal action against him, Newsweek has learned.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
DHS chief softens Trump's talk on immigration  —  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly softened the administration's rhetoric on immigration Thursday, contradicting President Donald Trump's characterization of his deportation plan as he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to repair …
USA Today:
Mexico says no to Trump's new deportation rules
Wall Street Journal:
Top U.S. Officials Met With Defiance in Visit to Mexico
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Arrives in Mexico Facing Twin Threats to Relations
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz's very strange prediction of an upcoming Supreme Court vacancy  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) made a pretty odd prediction Thursday: He said he believed there would be a Supreme Court vacancy shortly after Neil Gorsuch's likely confirmation to the existing one.
Not best of times for US - Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Hannity apologizes for sharing ‘inaccurate’ story about McCain  —  Fox's Sean Hannity has apologized for sharing a story on Twitter that calls Sen. John McCain  —  (R-Ariz.) a “war criminal.”  —  “I retweeted an inaccurate article.  My apologies to @SenJohnMcCain,” the “Hannity” host wrote on Thursday afternoon.
Discussion: RedState, The Gateway Pundit and AOL
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Wash. governor orders agencies to ignore immigration requests  —  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday signed an executive order blocking state law enforcement agencies from detaining undocumented immigrants at the request of federal officials, days after the Trump administration began ramping up immigration enforcement actions.
Discussion: RedState
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Connecticut governor to cops: Don't follow Trump immigration orders
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Kansas City Star:
Suspect in Olathe shooting allegedly told bartender he killed two Middle Eastern men  —  The suspect in Wednesday night's triple shooting in Olathe allegedly told a bartender in Clinton, Mo., before he was arrested that he had killed two Middle Eastern men, The Star has learned.
Discussion: The Root
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.
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.
Media Matters for America:
CPAC Is Trying To Wash The “Alt-Right” Stench Off Breitbart  —  The term “alt-right” is toxic.  It should be.  The loose confederation of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and misogynists have spent the last year spreading fear, hatred, and conspiracy theories.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Priebus and Bannon push back on the idea they are warring forces
Discussion: Axios
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump calls deportation push a ‘military operation’  —  President Trump on Thursday called his effort to ramp up deportations a “military operation” aimed at ridding the U.S. of “really bad dudes.”  —  “We're getting really bad dudes out of this country,” he said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs.
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Says His Admin's Deportation Enforcement Is A ‘Military Operation’
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Undocumented woman with brain tumor refused surgery, forcibly removed from Texas hospital: lawyer  —  An undocumented woman in desperate need of brain surgery has been forcibly removed from a Texas hospital — and her relatives in New York fear she could lose her life, a family representative said early Thursday.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton
Daily Mail:
Get off my grass!  Protests erupt in LA after off-duty cop was filmed pulling his GUN …
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Danish man who videoed himself burning the Quran charged with blasphemy  —  Case is first time Danish prosecutors have charged anyone with blasphemy in 46 years  —  A Danish man who posed a video of himself setting fire to the Quran on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in the first such prosecution for 46 years.
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 …
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump wants to expand U.S. nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing U.S. Playbook
Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Katie Orr / NPR:
Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office
 Earlier Items: 
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Trump's federal hiring freeze forces two Army bases to close child care programs
Discussion: My Daily Dose
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Will anti-Trump backlash let Democrats win the Georgia special election to replace Tom Price?
Discussion: Politico, Wall Street Journal and AOL
Jack Davis / Western Journalism:
Trumps Will Be Dancing, Not Listening, On Oscar Night
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Chaffetz probing national park's tweet welcoming new monument
Discussion: The Week and AOL