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ProPublica:
Comey's Testimony on Huma Abedin Forwarding Emails Was Inaccurate  —  FBI director James Comey generated national headlines last week with his dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, explaining his “incredibly painful” decision to go public about the Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop.
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation  —  FBI Director James B. Comey overstated key findings involving the Hillary Clinton email investigation during testimony to Congress last week, according to people close to the inquiry.
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Chris Murphy: We'll hit Republican “liars” with Medicare-for-all if Trumpcare passes.  —  The staggering dishonesty of the Republican Party's efforts to sell the American Health Care Act hasn't gone unnoticed among Democrats, and it will have a lasting impact on national politics, especially if the bill becomes law.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A French Lesson for the American Media  —  The hacked emails from Emmanuel Macron's French campaign appear to be spectacularly mundane, according to people who have read them.  They include briefings on issues, personal exchanges and discussions of the weather.
Discussion: AOL, more at Mediagazer »
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Iowa congressman walks out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa — An Iowa congressman walked out of a television interview on Monday, declining to explain why his staff is pre-screening constituents who plan to attend his town hall meetings this week.
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KCRG-TV:
Blum walks out of interview with TV9  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Congressman Rob Blum, who represents Iowa's First District, sat down one on one with TV9 Investigative Reporter Josh Scheinblum for an interview.  —  But the interview ended abruptly, with Rep. Blum walking out during our second question.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
GOP Rep. Rod Blum storms out of interview
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump  —  White Americans carried Donald Trump to the White House.  He won college-educated white voters by a four-point margin over Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls.  But his real victory was among members of the white working class …
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
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PRRI:
Beyond Economics: Fears of Cultural Displacement Pushed the White Working Class to Trump |  PRRI/The Atlantic Report  —  Perhaps the most contested question from the 2016 presidential election is what factors motivated white working-class voters to support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a margin of roughly two to one.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Left adopts shock tactics in Obamacare repeal fight  —  One newly formed progressive super PAC is planning to cart caskets to Republican lawmakers' districts and hold mock funerals for their constituents.  Another activist is encouraging protesters to ship their own ashes — should they die without health care —to GOP lawmakers.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republicans: Obamacare repeal won't sink us in 2018
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Dem senator rips GOP insurance claim: ‘What the f—k is that?’
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Wisconsin's Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748)  —  A new study shows how voter-ID laws decreased turnout among African-American and Democratic voters.  —  Donald Trump holds a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, November 1, 2016.  (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)
New Republic:
Sarah Jones  —  The New York Times allowed an anti-choice group to write a press release on the op-ed page.  —  Mad about Bret Stephens?  The Times sees that and respects your rage, choosing to double down on its decision to publish right-wing propaganda.
Discussion: Eschaton and New York Times
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Lori Szala / New York Times:
The Problem With Linking Abortion and Economics
Discussion: twitchy.com
David Byler / Real Clear Politics:
How Bad Is the Democratic Senate Map for 2018?  —  Right now, the stars seem aligned for Democratic gains in 2018.  President Trump's approval rating is low, Democrats lead in the House generic ballot and special elections show Republicans losing ground with some voters.
Discussion: Need To Know Network
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Associated Press:   Senate GOP struggles to find challengers for some Democrats
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
OBAMA STARTS DEFINING HIS NEW ROLE IN THE AGE OF TRUMP  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump.  —  After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches …
Discussion: Need To Know Network
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Obama: ‘You get the politicians you deserve’
HuffPost:
Trump Administration Cites Segregation-Era Ruling To Defend Its Travel Ban  —  In 1971, the Supreme Court decided that courts shouldn't investigate the motivations of officials who closed public pools rather than integrate them.  —  WASHINGTON In a brief defending its ban on citizens …
Tegna / KING-TV:
Tunnel at plutonium finishing plant collapses in Hanford … Hundreds of workers were in “take cover” position after a tunnel in a plutonium finishing plant collapsed at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation early Tuesday morning.  —  The AP reports no workers were in the tunnel at the time of collapse.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Goodbye To My Friend, Bob Owens  —  Like many people, I first “met” Bob Owens through the Internet when he was running his own blog about firearms and other musings.  His work was regularly forwarded to my email inbox and it quickly became clear that not only was his work good, he had many fans.
Media Matters for America:
Roger Stone Selling “Advertising Opportunities” With “President Donald Trump's Confidant”  —  Roger Stone is marketing “opportunities” for advertisers based on his access to President Donald Trump.  —  Stone has a decades-long relationship with Trump and worked as a paid consultant on his presidential campaign in 2015.
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Coffee Shops Skip Wi-Fi to Encourage Customers to Actually Talk  —  At HotBlack Coffee, a cafe in downtown Toronto, you can get walnut butter squares, lemon poppy seed muffins, biscotti and, of course, coffee.  —  But one thing you can't get there: Wi-Fi.  —  Jimson Bienenstock …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
'Y'all see why I voted for him?':  Jimmy Carter says he was a Bernie Sanders supporter  —  Jimmy Carter and the Clintons have long had a frosty relationship.  In 1992, he declined to endorse Bill Clinton, saying “people are looking for somebody who is honest and tells the truth.”
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Officials: Trump Approves Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds  —  Two U.S. defense officials tell NBC News that President Donald Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia — an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.  —  One of the officials said the move is significant …
Discussion: AOL
Sean Cockerham / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
President Kamala Harris?  She's making the first moves.  —  LOS ANGELES  —  Now's the time prospective presidential candidates start taking the subtle but crucial behind-the-scenes steps that get them noticed by the political intelligentsia, and Sen. Kamala Harris is quietly following the script.
Discussion: Politicaldog101.Com
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump is turning liberals into conspiracy theorists  —  (CNN)Much has been written about how President Trump's election has had a profound impact on the Republican party.  What's drawn less attention — but deserves more! — is how Trump is affecting Democrats.
YouTube:
Jimmy Kimmel on Response to Emotional Monologue About Baby & Health Care Debate … Jimmy returns from his time off after his newborn son Billy had heart surgery and he talks about the outpouring of love and support he has received, the not-so-nice things some people have said …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CBS Philly
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
JERK ALERT: Secret Service Holds Kellyanne Conway Back From Airport Heckler  —  Enough is enough.  —  Obama's DOJ Reprimanded The SPLC For Accusing An Immigration Reductionist Group Of Being Racist  —  US |  ALEX PFEIFFER  —  ‘McCarthyite ad hominem attacks’
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Duke Divinity Crisis: The Documents Are Out  —  A source at DDS sends me the original e-mail exchanges that have caused the current crisis.  Here they are, chronologically presented:  —  1. On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 9:21 AM, Anathea Portier-Young wrote:  —  Dear Faculty Colleagues,
John Bowden / The Hill:
Graham wants panel to look into Trump's business dealings: report  —  Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) wants to look into President Trump's potential business ties to Russia as part of a Senate investigation, according to a CNN report.  —  The GOP senator told CNN's Manu Raju that his interest …
David McCabe / Axios:
Inside Zuck's real political strategy  —  Mark Zuckerberg is on a nationwide tour that has people thinking about his political ambitions.  But events on the trip are mostly private, which Facebook says encourages the people Zuckerberg is meeting with to be candid without the press watching.
Discussion: The Week
Anna Momigliano / Washington Post:
Italian forces ignored a sinking ship full of Syrian refugees and let more than 250 drown, says leaked audio  —  (Marina Militare via Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)  —  MILAN — Almost four years ago, 268 Syrian refugees — including 60 children — lost their lives in a shipwreck …
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Moon Jae-in Poised to Win South Korean Presidency, Exit Polls Show  —  Exit polls show huge victory for Mr. Moon, who has said that South Korea needs to learn to say ‘no’ to the U.S.
 
 
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Richard Simmons sues National Enquirer over stories claiming he is changing gender
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CNN:
Unusually public debate over Paris climate accord nears conclusion, officials say
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Discussion: CBS Miami and The Daily Caller
Daniel Lombroso / The Atlantic:
Church Militant: A Right-Wing Media Empire in the Making
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Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3
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Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Canadians' opinion of US at 35-year low
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Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality
Bloomberg:
Yates Fuels Questions About Trump's 18-Day Delay in Firing Flynn
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
FBI investigating Jane Sanders for alleged bank fraud: report
Discussion: Political Wire, Hot Air and AOL
Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu angry Lauder advised Abbas
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