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11:30 PM ET, January 31, 2017

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Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch  —  I am hard-pressed to think of one thing President Trump has done right in the last 11 days since his inauguration.  Until Tuesday, when he nominated an extraordinary judge and man, Neil Gorsuch, to be a justice on the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Axios and twitchy.com
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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.
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Neil Gorsuch: A Worthy Heir to Scalia  —  Judge Neil Gorsuch (Federalist Society/YouTube)  —  Donald Trump will nominate a textualist and an originalist Supreme Court justice in the vein of Antonin Scalia.  —  President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court will be Neil Gorsuch …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Who is Neil Gorsuch?  —  What you need to know about Trump's extraordinarily conservative nominee for the Supreme Court.  —  Judge Neil Gorsuch is Republican nobility—the son of Anne Gorsuch Burford, who spent her brief tenure as President Reagan's EPA administrator cutting staff …
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 …
New York Times:
It's ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ as Trump Summons Finalists to White House
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
War: Senate Democrats Prepare To Filibuster Trump's SCOTUS Pick No Matter What
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:   Judge Neil Gorsuch Backs Scalia's ‘Originalist’ Approach
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Jarring New Level of Confrontation and Conflict Hits Washington
Discussion: American Power
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: Washington Post, Politico, DCist and Axios
Amy Lange / WJBK-TV:
Detroit family caught in Iraq travel ban, mom dies waiting to come home  —  DETROIT (WJBK) - A local business owner flies to Iraq to bring his mother back home to the US for medical treatment.  But under President Trump's ban on immigration and travel from seven predominately Muslim nations, he was forced to leave his family behind.
Discussion: Engadget and Daily Kos
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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 …
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 …
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,” …
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
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Terray Sylvester / Reuters:
Clean-up begins at Dakota pipeline protest camp
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Spicer: Trump executive order ‘not a travel ban’
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 …
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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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 …
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
 
 
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Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Left Protests While Trump Junks Obama's Global Immigration Plan
Discussion: VDARE
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can't Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Dreyfuss / Mother Jones:
Southwest Airlines Wants the Department of Transportation to “Put America First”
Discussion: Flightglobal.com and Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Mysterious intruder rattles GOP lawmakers
 Earlier Items: 
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Trump's Favorite Voter-Fraud Activist Hedges His Claims
E.J. Schultz / Ad Age:
See Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad About an Immigrant's Tale
Discussion: Mediaite
CBS News:
Oprah Winfrey becomes special contributor to “60 Minutes”
Discussion: Mashable, RedState, The Week, NBC News and NPR