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9:25 PM ET, January 31, 2017

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CNN:
First on CNN: Trump bringing Supreme Court favorites to Washington  —  (CNN)The two judges who have been considered the top finalists to be President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman — are being brought to Washington ahead of tonight's White House announcement, sources tell CNN.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House ices out CNN  —  The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.  —  “We're sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” …
Benny Johnson / IJR:
Exclusive: President Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Confirmed by Two High-Ranking Officials  —  Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
President Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Trump announced Tuesday night at the White House.  —  The nomination of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appellate judge from Colorado …
Discussion: alan.com and IJR
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump picks Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court  —  President Trump selected Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday, opting in the most important decision of his young presidency for a highly credentialed favorite …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Judge Neil Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump campaigned as a Washington outsider.  But his first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, has deep roots in the city and the establishment Mr. Trump often criticized.
New York Times:
It's ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ as Trump Summons Finalists to White House  —  President Trump is bringing his top two candidates for the Supreme Court to the White House on Tuesday, adding to the tension ahead of his prime-time court announcement.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Who is Neil Gorsuch?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Neil Gorsuch is Trump's SCOTUS nominee. Background, bio, facts and political views
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and ABC News
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   A Jarring New Level of Confrontation and Conflict Hits Washington
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Ayotte to lead White House team shepherding Supreme Court nominee
Discussion: Political Wire
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Roe v. Wade: How Trump's Appointment of a Supreme Court Justice Might Affect Abortion Rights
Discussion: Politico, DCist, Washington Post and Axios
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump trip canceled; Harley Davidson wasn't comfortable with likely protests  —  US President Donald Trump speaks to the staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017.  Trump vowed to restore “control” of US frontiers as he moved Wednesday to fulfil his pledge to …
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs  —  The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living …
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Weigh Child-Pornography Charges Against Anthony Weiner  —  Former congressman is being investigated for sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl  —  Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former Rep. Anthony Weiner …
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Prosecutors mull child porn charges for Weiner: report
Discussion: RedState
NBC News:
SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid  —  Two Americans killed in first military raid under President Trump 1:09  —  In what an official said was the first military raid carried out under President Donald Trump, two Americans were killed in Yemen on Sunday …
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Meg Wagner / New York Daily News:
First President Trump-ordered raid kills 8-year-old American girl, six years after her teenage …
Discussion: The Intercept
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Only a third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them more safe  —  Imposing a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim countries, President Donald Trump said the move would help protect the United States from terrorism.  But less than one-third of Americans believe …
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Jake Tapper airs footage of Spicer calling Trump order a ‘ban’ … CNN's Jake Tapper played footage Tuesday afternoon of White House press secretary Sean Spicer describing President Trump's executive order on immigration as a “ban” on multiple occasions.  —  Earlier Tuesday …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
DeVos questionnaire appears to include passages from uncited sources  —  President Trump's nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, appears to have used several sentences and phrases from other sources without attribution — including from a top Obama administration civil rights official.
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Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators says they aren't committed to voting for Betsy DeVos on Senate floor
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vox
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CBS News:
Oprah Winfrey becomes special contributor to “60 Minutes”  —  Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed broadcaster, producer, actress and philanthropist, will become a special contributor to “60 Minutes,” the news magazine's executive producer Jeff Fager announced on Tuesday.
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Westminster: Meet the New Breeds  —  The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the most prestigious canine competition in the United States, has added three new breeds to its annual event, which for the first time will also include a program featuring cats.  —  The introduction of the new breeds …
Discussion: Refinery29 and The Week
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement … White supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies.  A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Mysterious intruder rattles GOP lawmakers  —  For hours, the intruder strolled around what should have been one of the most tightly secured buildings in the country.  —  Inside the Loews Hotel in downtown Philadelphia at various points Thursday were President Trump, Vice President Pence …
E.J. Schultz / Ad Age:
See Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad About an Immigrant's Tale  —  Budweiser is dialing the clock back to 1857 for its Super Bowl ad that tells the brand's origin story.  But the tale about Adolphus Busch's arduous journey to America from Germany comes off as very relevant today amid …
Discussion: Mediaite, Refinery29 and The Week
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Wall Street Journal Editor: Stop Calling The Travel Ban Countries “Majority Muslim”  —  Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerry Baker has instructed editors to stop referring to the countries targeted in President Trump's travel and refugee executive order as “seven majority Muslim countries” …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can't Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser  —  Remember Amherst College student “John Doe,” who was expelled for sexual misconduct, even though he had good reason to believe that his accuser had actually assaulted him?
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Allen / Axios:
Team Hillary blames Obama more than Putin  —  The worst-kept secret inside Democratic circles is how bitter Hillary Clinton's team is at President Obama over her election loss.  We have heard from numerous, anguished people in Clinton-land blaming Obama — more than Putin, FBI Director James Comey or …
 
 
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