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12:20 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
Benjamin Wittes / 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.
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 …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role … President Trump on Saturday ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State and restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser …
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Trump boots top officials — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  In another series of executive orders on Saturday, Pres. Donald Trump restructured the National Security Council (NSC) and created a position …
Discussion: Politico and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Trump's Immigration Fiasco Might Be More Premeditated Than We Think
Discussion:, Raw Story, Unfogged and Vox
Sfrantzman / Seth J. Frantzman:
Obama's administration made the “Muslim ban” possible and the media won't tell you  —  I was outraged by the ban on refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East.  I've covered refugees fleeing war in Iraq and Syria over the last two years, meeting families on the road in Greece …
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Facing intense criticism, some Republicans are speaking out against Trump's refugee ban.
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” …
Discussion: Gothamist and The Last Tradition
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.
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Discussion: Washington Post and Infowars
Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed:
We Talked To People Who Fought For ISIS. This Is How They Plan To Use Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mother Jones
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Warm Welcome for Syrians in a Country About to Ban Them
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions
David Brody /
Brody File Exclusive Interview: President Trump Relying On God Now More Than Ever
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The White House:
Discussion: 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: Power Line and Axios
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Donald Trump's Start is Rocky, But Far Better Than Many Skeptics Hoped, Which Brings Me to Evan McMullin
Discussion: IJR