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7:50 AM ET, January 24, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders on Monday to falsely claim that millions of unauthorized immigrants had robbed him of a popular vote majority, a return to his obsession …
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote  —  Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Mediaite and Axios
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump repeats debunked voter fraud claim at meeting with Hill leaders  —  In his first meeting with congressional leaders of both parties since taking office, President Donald Trump on Monday reiterated a debunked claim that he lost the national popular vote only because of widespread voter fraud.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The first days inside Trump's White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot  —  President Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil interfaith prayer service, when the flashes of anger began to build.  —  Trump turned on the television …
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Spicer: ‘Negative’ Trump coverage is ‘demoralizing’
Discussion: Politico
Louis Nelson / Politico:
White House press briefings to go virtual
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Political Wire
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Oh, Saturday Night Live, Honey, No  —  Oh jeez, Saturday Night Live.  You didn't have to do this.  Really, you didn't.  You got away with the Hillary-Clinton-singing-"Hallelujah" thing, but that was a uniquely terrible week (and long before it was apparent that Hillary Clinton had, in fact, given up).
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Katie Rich Suspended Over Barron Trump Tweet, Issues Apology
Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
This is how Donald Trump engineers applause  —  When Donald Trump visited the CIA over the weekend to make a speech, many commentators noted that his audience clapped and cheered enthusiastically.  Now, according to CBS News, intelligence sources are pushing back:
CBS News:
Sources say Trump's CIA visit made relations with intel community worse
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump's latest hire alarms allies of Ryan — and bolsters Bannon  —  When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's red-brick Georgian revival in Janesville, Wis., was surrounded last July by women whose children were murdered by undocumented immigrants, conservative writer Julia Hahn published a scathing report …
Federal Register:
Special Observances: National Day of Patriotic Devotion (Proc.  9570)  —  An unpublished Presidential Document by the Executive Office of the President on 01/24/2017  —  This document is unpublished.  It is scheduled to be published on 01/24/2017.  —  Once it is published it will be available on this page in an official form.
Associated Press:
Trump's Pick for Health Secretary Faces New Senate Hearing  —  A second Senate committee is ready to interrogate President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary, a nominee who's backed by Republicans but under fire from Democrats for his support for tearing down President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and his past stock trades.
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Associated Press:
Trump Budget Pick Mulvaney Faces Senate Hearing
Discussion: Politico
Sean Langille / Washington Examiner:
Limo torched in DC protests belongs to Muslim immigrant, may cost $70,000 in damages  —  The limousine that was set on fire during the anti-Trump anarchist protest in downtown Washington on Inauguration Day is owned by a Muslim immigrant who says the damage could cost his company $70,000.
Siraj Hashmi / Red Alert Politics:   Anti-Trump protesters ruin Muslim immigrant's livelihood by torching limo
Kate Sheppard / The Huffington Post:
EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say  —  It's unclear whether the freeze is temporary or indefinite.  —  WASHINGTON The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there.  —  EPA staff has been instructed to freeze …
Jenna Lifhits / Weekly Standard:
Republicans Rethinking Relationship with Schumer after Pompeo Incident  —  Burr on Schumer: “He lied.”  —  Republican leadership is rethinking its relationship with Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer after Schumer betrayed a promise to allow a vote last Friday on President Donald Trump's pick …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pompeo confirmed, sworn in as head of CIA
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA director
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Why Trump's Staff Is Lying  —  One of the most striking features of the early Trump administration has been its political uses of lying.  The big weekend story was the obviously false claim of Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, that Trump pulled in the largest inauguration crowds in American history.
Ashley Feinberg / The Slot:
Melania Trump Definitely Loves Her Husband and Is Very Happy to Be Here  —  Remember the inauguration?  That was fun, wasn't it?  We all had a very nice and good time welcoming in our new president, Donald J. Trump.  But of all the many, many happy people in attendance …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump Signs Anti-Abortion Executive Order Surrounded By Men  —  It seems like women might be interested in this policy too.  —  Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON On Monday, surrounded by other white men, President Donald Trump signed an anti-abortion executive order …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sean Spicer's defense of himself and explanation of Donald Trump's sensitivity, annotated  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer held his first official White House press briefing on Monday, and given the events of the weekend — in which Spicer made easily disproven claims about the crowds …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump takes aim at federal workers, trade deals as he settles into White House
Discussion: Power Line, The Atlantic and CNBC
The Huffington Post:
Of Course The CIA Gave Trump Standing Ovations.  He Never Let Them Sit.  —  President Trump is bragging about his standing ovations, but he never asked CIA employees to take their seats.  —  S.V. Date  —  WASHINGTON - While President Donald Trump brags about how hundreds of CIA employees gave …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Abandons Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama's Signature Trade Deal  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump formally abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, pulling away from Asia and scrapping his predecessor's most significant trade deal on his first full weekday in office, administration officials said.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
FBI reviewed Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador but found nothing illicit  —  The FBI in late December reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn — national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Column U.S. judge finds that Aetna misled the public about its reasons for quitting Obamacare  —  Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini groused about the Department of Justice lawsuit blocking the company's merger with Humana in an interview this summer on Aetna's website.  (Aetna)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Shikha Dalmia / The Week:
The foolish Democratic crusade against Betsy DeVos
Discussion: Hit & Run and Eduwonk
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Alphabet Gets Robotics Pioneer Back After Her Stint With Apple
Discussion: Axios and The Verge
Mike Lee / The Federalist:
How Congress And Trump Can Reform Taxes To Put America First
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump's opening weekend gets lowest approval of modern era
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Trump's speech wasn't divisive. He said he'd fight for all Americans.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Celebs Threatening Trump Doesn't Help
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Piggott / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Former Executive Director of Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR Joins Trump Administration
Emily Peck / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Apologizes For Much-Ridiculed Story About Fathers
John Nolte / Daily Wire:
Response to Ben Shapiro: Five Reasons I Don't Care If Donald Trump Lies
Discussion: RedState