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4:40 PM ET, January 31, 2017

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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Dems delay Sessions vote  —  Senate Democrats used a procedural move Tuesday to stall a committee vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  's nomination to be attorney general, one day after the growing controversy surrounding President Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim nations led to the firing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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 …
Bloomberg:
Democrats Escalate Fight Over Sessions After Trump Fires Yates
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Trump's Talk About Muslims Led Acting Attorney General to Defy Ban
New York Times:
Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Him
Euan McKirdy / CNN:
Jeff Sessions grilled Sally Yates on constitutional duty during 2015 hearing
National Review:   Why Yates Had to Go  —  It is a very simple proposition.
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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Benny Johnson / IJR:
Exclusive: President Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Confirmed by Two High-Ranking Officials
Discussion: KTLA
CNN:
Democrats consider backing off big battle over Trump's Supreme Court pick
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Roe v. Wade: How Trump's Appointment of a Supreme Court Justice Might Affect Abortion Rights
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and Politico
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer takes issue with ‘ban’ label used by Trump  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Tuesday at his daily briefing that the executive order signed by the president last week does not constitute a “travel ban.”  Just over an hour earlier, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the same.
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump's immigration order
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The number of people affected by Trump's travel ban: About 90,000
MJ Lee / CNN:
In accidental ‘reply all’ to reporter, Collins thanks CEO for defending HHS nominee  —  (CNN)The head of an Australian pharmaceutical company is forcefully denying to CNN that Rep. Tom Price, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Human Services, was offered a special discounted rate of the firm's stocks.
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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 …
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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
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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Eva Moskowitz / New York Post:
Why we need an outsider like Betsy DeVos as education secretary
Discussion: Eduwonk
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” …
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Upset in WSJ newsroom over editor's directive to avoid ‘majority Muslim’ in immigration ban coverage
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 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 …
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 …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Obama's Protections for L.G.B.T. Workers Will Remain Under Trump
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Boy Scouts welcome transgender boys, prompting conservatives to flee  —  They couldn't possibly let their sons associate with their trans friends.  —  Considering how long the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) struggled with whether to allow gay and bi boys to participate in the organization …
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Fox News:
It's time for churches to sever ties with Boy Scouts
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon believes attack on Saudi frigate meant for US warship  —  The Iranian-backed suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials told Fox News.  —  The incident in question occurred …
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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Bloomberg:
Le Pen's Main Rival Hit by Fresh Scandal in French Election
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Tom Randall / Bloomberg:
Tesla's Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass
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 Earlier Items: 
Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
Cancel the Oscars  —  Trump's immigration order has grave implications …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
How Obama will take on Trump  —  Barack Obama and his aides expected …
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
Indivisible Kentucky:
Military Flying TRUMP FLAG in Louisville, KY