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1:35 PM ET, January 31, 2017


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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump's immigration order  —  Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped Donald Trump's top aides draft the executive order curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed …
Department of Homeland Security:
Statement from Secretary Kelly on the President's Appointment of Thomas D. Homan as Acting ICE Director  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the president appointed Mr. Thomas D. Homan acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  —  Since 2013, Mr. Homan has served …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Under fire, Trump weighs new changes to refugee ban  —  Republican sources tell us that the Department of Homeland Security may issue “implementation guidance” that would allow for softening, and even policy changes, to President Trump's travel restrictions on migrants.
New York Times:
Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him
Democrats Escalate Fight Over Sessions After Trump Fires Yates
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
National Review:   Why Yates Had to Go  —  It is a very simple proposition.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP panel chairman defends his staff working on Trump immigration order
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Watch Sally Yates answer the question that got her fired by President Trump
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Trump has fired the acting attorney general who ordered Justice Dept. not to defend president's travel ban
JGoldsmith / Lawfare:
Quick Thoughts On Sally Yates' Unpersuasive Statement
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.
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 …
Meg Wagner / New York Daily News:
First President Trump-ordered raid kills 8-year-old American girl, six years after her teenage brother died in drone strike  —  The first U.S. citizen casualty of President Trump's military is an 8-year-old girl — who died six years after her big brother was killed in a raid ordered by former President Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Intercept
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Democrats boycott confirmation hearings for Price and Mnuchin, blocking votes
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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” …
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Republican Fausts  —  Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump.  They don't particularly admire him as a man, they don't trust him as an administrator, they don't agree with him on major issues, but they respect the grip he has on their voters …
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.
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 …
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Can Jared and Ivanka Outrun Donald Trump's Scandals?  —  Less than a fortnight into his new post, Kushner appears unable to control his father-in-law—and is “furious” that his efforts are being undermined.  —  On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump descended upon the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes flanked …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
White House: Trump will enforce LGBTQ workplace protections  —  The White House said early Tuesday that President Trump will continue to enforce an Obama-era executive order protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community in the workplace.  —  “President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect …
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 …
Madeline Conway / Politico:
DHS chief promises to carry out Trump's immigration order ‘humanely’  —  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday strongly defended President Donald Trump's sweeping executive order restricting immigration, saying such a measure was “long overdue.”  —  Speaking at a press conference …
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
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