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10:45 PM ET, March 1, 2017

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Adam Entous / Washington Post:
Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose  —  Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members …
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New York Times:
Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking  —  WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration's last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates …
Fox News:
Ex-Clinton volunteer slammed, loses job, after swipe at widow of fallen SEAL  —  A former Hillary Clinton volunteer drew swift condemnation — and lost his job — after mocking the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL who was honored by the president during his congressional address Tuesday night.
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Kim LaCapria / Snopes.com:
Did Democrats Refuse to Stand for a Navy SEAL's Widow?  —  An unrelated image of Keith Ellison and Debbie Wasserman Schultz was apparently used to claim Democrats refused to honor a Navy SEAL's widow during a presidential speech.  —  CLAIM  —  Democrats Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Associated Press Attacks Trump's Tribute to Ryan Owens  —  Response to President Trump's speech last night has been overwhelmingly positive, and the high point of the speech was Trump's emotional tribute to fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens and his widow, Carryn Owens.
Discussion: New York Daily News
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The pundits are wrong. Trump's handling of the Ryan Owens affair was contemptibly cynical.
Tammy Webber / Associated Press:   Was Trump tribute to fallen soldier fitting or calculated?
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
REPORT: White House Lied to Journalists About Trump Speech in ‘Misdirection Play’  —  CNN reported Wednesday on a senior administration official admitting that the White House intentionally misled reporters ahead of President Donald Trump's congressional address in order to get generate positive press coverage …
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Associated Press:   White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump shows happiness by going quiet
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Announce Only Republicans Are Allowed to See New Health-Care Plan  —  Yesterday, House Speaker Paul Ryan boasted that his party would follow a deliberate, transparent process to repeal and replace Obamacare.  “This is how the legislative process is supposed to be designed …
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Bloomberg:
Republicans Hide New Obamacare Draft Under Shroud of Secrecy  —  GOP House Energy and Commerce members to see draft Thursday  —  Panel said to use special viewing room to guard against leaks  —  House Republican leaders have a new version of their major Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Politicus USA
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Beau Biden's widow having affair with his married brother  —  MORE FROM:  —  The widow of Joe Biden's late son Beau Biden has started a romantic relationship with her former brother-in-law, Hunter Biden, the former Vice President's younger son.  —  Hallie Biden, who was devastated …
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Worst Performance of Trump's Presidency Now Belongs to the Press Corps  —  The media's reaction to his speech to Congress was shameful.  —  By the time Mitt Romney selected him to be his running mate in 2012, Paul Ryan (then chairman of the House Budget Committee) had already cultivated …
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Alex Pareene / The Concourse:
You Cretins Are Going To Get Thousands Of People Killed  —  Here's what you have to understand about the sort of people who become anchors, nonpartisan pundits, centrist columnists, and cable news political correspondents: They didn't sign up to be the resistance.  They don't want Donald Trump to fail.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Republican PAC pumps cash into Georgia to defend Tom Price seat  —  WASHINGTON  —  A Republican super PAC will spend $1.1 million on television ads against the Democrat trying to turn a special election in Georgia into America's first referendum on President Donald Trump.
Discussion: YouTube and Daily Kos
Sarah Fowler / The Clarion Ledger:
Immigrant detained after press conference  —  Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  —  Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday, shortly after speaking at a news conference …
Julia Edwards Ainsley / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump administration has found only $20 million in existing funds for wall - document  —  President Donald Trump's promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters.
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
A raid in remote Yemen and a SEAL's death still reverberate for Trump  —  Almost as soon as the team of U.S. and Emirati commandos slipped into the darkened village, their weapons shouldered in the moonless night, a surprise counter­attack erupted and a veteran Navy SEAL was hit.
Discussion: New York Times
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Attitude Magazine:
World exclusive: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ set to make Disney history with gay character  —  Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in history, smashing records when its first trailer racked up more than 127 million views in just 24 hours last November.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
GOP lawmaker: ‘Poorly dressed’ Democratic women wore ‘bad-looking white pantsuits’  —  A Republican congressman who is potentially eyeing a Senate run mocked Democratic women on Wednesday for wearing white at President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress.
Wall Street Journal:
White House Explores Options, Including Use of Military Force, to Counter North Korean Threat  —  The strategy review comes as recent events have strained stability in Asia  —  An internal White House review of strategy on North Korea includes the possibility of military force or regime change …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Iowa Pol's Bio Changed After ‘Sizzler U’ Discrepancy Emerges  —  An Iowa lawmaker who is pushing a controversial bill that caps the number of Democrats that state universities can hire as professors claimed on a government web site that he got a “business degree” from the “Forbco Management school.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Trump's Congress Address Pulls 43 Million Viewers, Far From Comparable Obama Speech  —  Up from recent State of the Union addresses, the event is still off a steep 17 percent from 2009.  —  President Donald Trump made his first big televised appearance from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night …
Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Antarctica hits record high temperature at balmy 63.5°F  —  An Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has set a heat record at a balmy 63.5° Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius), the U.N. weather agency said on Wednesday.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Will Disney's Bob Iger Run for President in 2020?  Hollywood Friends Are Nudging  —  Iger told THR in June that “a lot of people have urged me to seek political office,” and now he's considering the prodding for him to lead the Democratic ticket.  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger already runs the world's most successful media company.
The Huffington Post:
Trump Administration Sets Off Alarm Bells By Pulling Nominees To Regulatory Commissions  —  The deconstruction of the administrative state is underway.  But expect Senate Republicans to push back.  —  WASHINGTON The Trump administration has begun pulling pending nominees …
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
The State of Trump's State Department  —  The flags in the lobby of the State Department stood bathed in sunlight and silence on a recent afternoon.  “It's normally so busy here,” marveled a State Department staffer as we stood watching the emptiness.  “People are usually coming in for meetings …
New York Times:
Trump Moves to Become Master of His Own Messages  —  WASHINGTON — He joked with ABC's George Stephanopoulos after filleting him in public, brought up a recent “60 Minutes” episode with CBS's Scott Pelley and shook hands with Jake Tapper of CNN, the cable network that the commander in chief loves to hate.
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Katie Hopkins / Daily Mail:
Where females fear to tread: KATIE HOPKINS reports from Sweden, the Scandi-lib paradise where terrified women have vanished from the streets and a conspiracy of silence and self-censorship on immigration buries the truth  —  By , KATIE HOPKINS FOR MAILONLINE  —  I didn't come to Sweden for the riots.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Watch the hilarious ad that could doom the House Republican tax plan  —  Meet the “everything tax.”  —  Major retail chains have been grumbling for months about a House Republican proposal to replace the corporate income tax with a new kind of broad consumption tax, known to wonks …
Discussion: Politico
Seth Frantzman / Algemeiner.com:
Why Were the 7,000 Antisemitic Incidents Under Obama Largely Ignored?  —  In the last two months, almost 100 Jewish community centers and day schools have been targeted with antisemitic threats.  The map of the threats is shocking.  It stretches from Maine to Florida, Texas, Colorado, all the way to California and Washington.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats fire two IT staffers amid criminal investigation  —  Two House Democrats this week fired technology staffers linked to an ongoing criminal investigation, more than a month after the couple in question was barred from House computer networks.  —  Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) …
Discussion: Hot Air
Sebastian Gorka / National Review:
The Swamp Takes Aim at Seb Gorka  —  A series of hit pieces is part of an effort to take down the White House counterterrorism adviser.  —  They've taken down General Michael Flynn.  The former Trump national-security adviser resigned under fire when a false narrative …
Discussion: RedState and Right Wing Watch
 
 
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Charlie Nash / Breitbart:
Google has pledged $11.5 million to combat “racial bias” …
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Donald Trump wants to run the government as a business. But he's never been any good at that either
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Left threatens Trump-friendly senators with primary challenges
Discussion: Daily Wire and Hot Air
David Morgan / Reuters:
Senate Democrats seek Trump tax returns
Reuters:
Cabinet members lobby Trump to remove Iraq from new travel ban: officials
Discussion: Political Wire
The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation …
Discussion: The Root and 1A
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Kendzior / Quartz:
Trump played nice for a night—a technique straight out of the autocrat's playbook
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’
Hannah Fry / Los Angeles Times:
Video of men reeling in shark at Huntington Beach Pier sparks state investigation
Tampa Bay Times:
Rubio is asked to leave Tampa office over disruption from weekly protests
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Washington Post:
White House proposes cutting EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs
Discussion: The Week