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4:30 AM ET, February 1, 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Ayotte to lead White House team shepherding Supreme Court nominee  —  The White House has assembled a team of political veterans with deep experience navigating the Senate to help shepherd President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.  —  Leading the effort will be former senator Kelly Ayotte …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Pelosi on Gorsuch: ‘A very hostile appointment’  —  Pelosi says Gorsuch is a ‘hostile appointment’  —  (CNN)House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump's newly named Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as “a very hostile appointment” and “a very bad decision …
Discussion: Mediaite and
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.
Matt Vespa /
War: Senate Democrats Prepare To Filibuster Trump's SCOTUS Pick No Matter What
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Jarring New Level of Confrontation and Conflict Hits Washington
Discussion: American Power
New York Times:
It's ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ as Trump Summons Finalists to White House
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:   Judge Neil Gorsuch Backs Scalia's ‘Originalist’ Approach
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: The Week, Engadget and Daily Kos
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Only a third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them safer  —  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 …
Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Left Protests While Trump Junks Obama's Global Immigration Plan
Discussion: VDARE
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,” …
Hoeven, Cramer say Acting Secretary of the Army has directed Corps to issue final easement for DAPL  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after speaking today with Vice President Pence and Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer:
Terray Sylvester / Reuters:
Clean-up begins at Dakota pipeline protest camp
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Prosecutors mull child porn charges for Weiner: report
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators says they aren't committed to voting for Betsy DeVos on Senate floor  —  Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — said Tuesday they are not yet committed to voting for Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary on the Senate floor.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Vox
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
DeVos questionnaire appears to include passages from uncited sources
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems escalate anti-Trump offensive
Discussion: Power Line
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Trump Ignored All of Obama's Advice—and Now He's in a World of Trouble
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Hill
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: and Raw Story
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Mysterious intruder rattles GOP lawmakers
 Earlier Items: 
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump, recalling DNC hack, boasts of his election win to cyber experts
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Democrat Patient  —  Ignoring the symptoms, misdiagnosing …
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Trump's Favorite Voter-Fraud Activist Hedges His Claims
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Westminster: Meet the New Breeds
Discussion: Refinery29 and The Week
E.J. Schultz / Ad Age:
See Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad About an Immigrant's Tale
Discussion: Refinery29, Mediaite and The Week