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3:45 PM ET, January 29, 2017

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CNN:
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
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Official, in Reversal, Says Green Card Holders Won't Be Barred  —  WASHINGTON — A top White House official appeared to reverse a key part of President Trump's immigration order on Sunday, saying that people from the affected countries who hold green cards will not be prevented from returning to the United States.
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 …
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council  —  As President, my highest priority is to ensure the safety and security of the American people.  In order to advise and assist me in executing this solemn responsibility, as well as to protect and advance …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump doubles down on refugee ban  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday doubled down on his executive order to severely curb the entry of refugees and legal immigrants — insisting on Twitter that America needs “extreme vetting” to avoid the “horrible mess” elsewhere, and suggesting it was Christians who deserved priority in admissions.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Giuliani: Trump asked me how to do a Muslim ban ‘legally’  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said in an interview on Saturday that President Trump had previously asked him about legally implementing a “Muslim ban.”  —  But Giuliani then disputed the notion …
Discussion: Vox, AOL, Mediaite and WDTN-TV
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Trump just made an unprecedented, ‘radical’ change to the National Security Council
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and The Mahablog
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Judge halts deportations as refugee ban causes worldwide furor
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 …
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Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:   The Media Honestly Doesn't Get It
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McCain blasts Bannon placement on National Security Council
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and Joe.My.God.
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Trump boots top officials — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Commando Killed in Yemen in Trump's First Counterterror Operation  —  WASHINGTON — One American commando was killed and three others injured in a fierce firefight overnight with Qaeda militants in central Yemen, a senior American official said Sunday morning.
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
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Ryan Browne / CNN:
US servicemember killed in raid on al Qaeda in Yemen
Discussion: Axios
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
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, Joe.My.God. and AOL
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.
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” …
Media Matters for America:
Rudy Giuliani Brags That He Crafted Trump's Muslim Ban  —  JEANINE PIRRO (HOST): Does the ban have anything to do with religion?  How did the president decide the seven countries?  I understand the permanent ban on the refugees.  OK, talk to me.  —  RUDY GIULIANI: OK.  I'll tell you the whole history of it.
Discussion: Vox and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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.
Discussion: STAT
 
 
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Dems would honor killer, not victim
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GroundGame:
Airport protests against the Muslim Ban
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Gallup: Trump Net Approval Rating Drops 8 Points In First Week In Office
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politicus USA
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
President Trump's First Defeat
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SANCTUARY SHERIFF FACES REMOVAL FROM OFFICE FOR AIDING CRIMINAL ILLEGALS
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Anti-choice advocate admits to Joy Reid her ultimate goal is to make birth control illegal
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
WH: No mention of Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day because others were killed too