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1:25 PM ET, January 29, 2017


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Inside the confusion of the Trump executive order and travel ban  — Trump's unilateral moves reflect the President's desire to quickly make good on his campaign promises  — But they also encapsulate the pitfalls of an administration largely operated by officials with scant federal experience
Bwittes / Lawfare:
Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump's Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas  —  The malevolence of President Trump's Executive Order on visas and refugees is mitigated chiefly—and perhaps only—by the astonishing incompetence of its drafting and construction.
David French / National Review:
Trump's Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria  —  The hysterical rhetoric about President Trump's executive order on refugees is out of control.  Let's slow down and take a look at the facts.  —  To read the online commentary, one would think that President …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Trump's Immigration Fiasco Might Be More Premeditated Than We Think  —  Harold Pollack on President Trump's immigration fiasco: … This sure seems to be the case.  For the barely believable story of just how incompetent the whole exercise was, check out this CNN story.  It will leave your jaw on the floor.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Official, in Reversal, Says Green Card Holders Won't Be Barred
Discussion: Political Wire
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump doubles down on refugee ban
Discussion: Vox, Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Sfrantzman / Seth J. Frantzman:
Obama's administration made the “Muslim ban” possible and the media won't tell you
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Trump Gives Controversial Adviser Stephen Bannon Seat at National Security Council Meetings  —  President Donald Trump has tapped his controversial senior adviser and chief strategist Stephen Bannon for a permanent seat at National Security Council meetings in what some experts are calling an …
The Hill:
Trump signs three more executive actions  —  President Trump signed three executive actions on Saturday afternoon focusing on lobbying, a reorganization of the National Security Council and a plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  —  The executive action caps off a busy …
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Trump boots top officials — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council
Discussion: Politico and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Customs agents ignore judge, enforce Trump's travel ban: ACLU  —  SEE ALSO  —  Federal judge grants stay for those detained under Trump's travel ban  —  :0  —  A Brooklyn federal judge took on President Trump Saturday night,...  The ACLU is getting “multiple reports” …
Mother Jones:
A Federal Judge Just Issued a Stay Against Donald Trump's “Muslim Ban”
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
President Trump's First Defeat  —  “It's working out very nicely,” President Donald Trump said on Saturday afternoon as he signed his latest batch of executive actions.  “You see it in the airports.”  —  It was the usual confident swagger from a man accustomed to getting his way.
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
The Trump bulldozer  —  We can't stress this enough: Watch closely the specific, substantive moves of the Trump White House.  Try to block out the white noise of outlandish statements and unforced errors, and the hyperventilating they provoke.  —  Otherwise, you miss the big — and in some cases, radical — changes coming our way.
Ryan Browne / CNN:
US servicemember killed in raid on al Qaeda in Yemen  —  Yemenis look at the wreckage of a vehicle on February 9, 2016, in the aftermath of clashes between forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and al-Qaeda members in the Mansura suburb of Aden.
Discussion: Axios
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Commando Killed in Yemen in Trump's First Counterterror Operation
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Conway: Travel chaos ‘small price to pay’ for security  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that international travel disruptions in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration from predominantly Muslim nations was a “small price to pay” for greater security.
Discussion: Political Wire, AOL and Joe.My.God.
Derek Hunter /
The Media Honestly Doesn't Get It  —  In 1968, if you'd railed endlessly about how the United States would never, ever send men to the moon, you would've had some crow to eat the following year.  —  If you made your declarations not in your local pub, but on television and in the newspaper …
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Donald Trump, the refugee ban, and the triumph of cruelty  —  Trump's immigration crackdown is an exercise in government cruelty.  —  On Friday, Donald Trump made the most plainly indefensible promise of his presidential campaign a reality.  He suspended all refugee admissions to the US for 120 days …
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Facing intense criticism, some Republicans are speaking out against Trump's refugee ban.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Border Patrol Defies Judge, U.S. Senator at Dulles Airport as His First Constitutional Crisis Unfolds  —  Late Saturday night, in the jam-packed baggage terminal for international arrivals at Washington Dulles International Airport, dozens of lawyers and hundreds of protesters watched …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
Hours After Landing in U.S., Cleveland Clinic Doctor Forced to Leave by Trump's Order  —  Dr. Suha Abushamma's flight back to Saudi Arabia took off minutes before a federal judge ordered such forced removals to stop.  “She was basically racing against Trump,” a colleague and friend said.
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
A Clarifying Moment in American History  —  There should be nothing surprising about what the Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he had underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.  —  {{#existing_user}}  —  Your newsletter subscription preferences have been updated.
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Dems would honor killer, not victim
Discussion: Instapundit
Airport protests against the Muslim Ban
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Trump Net Approval Rating Drops 8 Points In First Week In Office
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politicus USA
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Warm Welcome for Syrians in a Country About to Ban Them
Kit Daniels / Infowars:
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions
The White House:
Discussion: Lawfare, Politico, NPR and Washington Post
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Anti-choice advocate admits to Joy Reid her ultimate goal is to make birth control illegal
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Doug P. /
D'OH! NY Times WH correspondent asks for fact check on terrorism claim, tweeters oblige
Discussion: TheBlaze, Power Line, Politico and Axios