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11:30 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.
President Trump had the chance to select:
President Trump had the chance to select a consensus nominee to the Supreme Court.  To the surprise of absolutely nobody, he failed that test.  —  Instead, he carried out his public promise to select a nominee from a list drawn up by far right activist groups that were financed by big business interests.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Make Republicans Nuke the Filibuster to Confirm Neil Gorsuch  —  Once Mitch McConnell blockaded Barack Obama's last Supreme Court nomination, and then Donald Trump carried the Electoral College, the chance that Republicans would fill the vacancy rose to 100 percent.
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Warren says she'll oppose Trump's Supreme Court nominee  —  (D-Mass.) on Tuesday pledged to oppose President Donald Trump  —  's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.  —  “Based on the long and well-established record of Judge Gorsuch …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump Goes With Gorsuch
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
What Neil Gorsuch, Trump's SCOTUS Pick, Means for American Women
Fox News:
Ted Cruz reportedly says nuclear option is on table in Supreme Court pick
Discussion: Politico, Instapundit and ABC News
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Who is Neil Gorsuch?
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump picks Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
New York Times:
Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
How Trump kept Gorsuch nomination a secret until the clock struck 8
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
President Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Idiots’ — Senate tensions boil over  —  The Senate has become embroiled in bitterness and name-calling less than two weeks after Inauguration Day.  —  The usually genteel chamber of Congress has been anything but recently amid controversial directives from the White House …
Discussion: Politico and
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP changes rules to push through nominees after Dem boycott  —  Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump's Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott.  —  The Senate Finance Committee advanced a pair of Trump's nominees …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Dems boycott committee vote on Trump's EPA pick
Discussion: Political Wire
Republicans vote to suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations
Discussion: KTLA and
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Dems boycott confirmation votes for Trump nominees
Us Weekly:
First Lady Melania Trump May Stay in NYC Permanently and Never Move Into the White House  —  President Donald Trump may have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue all to himself.  —  Though Donald, 70, and his wife Melania announced in November that the first lady would relocate from New York City …
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and AOL
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Poll: 1-in-4 voters believe Trump's vote-fraud claims  —  One in four voters believe President Donald Trump's unsupported claim that millions of votes were illegally cast in the 2016 election, but more people believe that Trump benefited from any electoral malfeasance instead of Hillary Clinton.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Poll: If There Was Voter Fraud, Trump Benefited Most
Discussion: Politicus USA and Washington Times
Adriano Udani / Washington Post:   Who believes in voter fraud? Americans who are hostile to immigrants
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.
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Sally Yates was wrong and should have resigned  —  Sally Yates is neither a hero, nor a villain.  She made an honest mistake when she instructed the entire Justice Department not to defend President Trump's wrong-headed executive order on immigration.  The reasons she gave in her letter referred …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Times
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,” …
Goldie Blumenstyk / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He Will Lead Federal Task Force on Higher-Ed Policy  —  Jerry L. Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has been asked by President Trump to head up a new task force that will identify changes that should be made to the U.S. Department of Education's policies and procedures …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CANNONFIRE
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump security's use of force questioned  —  Donald Trump's private security lacked basic procedures and policies — including for the use of force — giving guards free rein during the campaign and transition to physically confront protesters and journalists they found objectionable …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DNC boots candidate from chairmanship race for criticizing Ellison's Islamic faith  —  The Democratic National Committee is kicking a candidate out of the chairmanship race after he told The Hill that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) should not be the party's next leader because he is a Muslim.
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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Trump Aide's Deal With Chinese Firm Raises Fear of Tangled Interests
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Hatch: All ObamaCare taxes ‘need to go’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Former vice president Biden to launch charitable foundation
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Tom Steyer Moves Beyond Climate
Bethany Mandel / The Federalist:
Facebook Dead At 12, A Victim Of 2016
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Free speech on campus, a legislative proposal
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump raised $11 million in December
Discussion: USA Today
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Steve Bannon at odds on Islam, China with decades of U.S. foreign policy doctrine
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Sanders, Cruz to face off in debate over future of ObamaCare
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
John Harwood / CNBC:
Conservative Christian leader expects Trump to advance ‘religious liberties’ on gay rights through executive order
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Joe.My.God.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Trump Could Rearrange the U.S. House
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
United by post-inauguration marches, Democratic women plan to step up activism
Daniel Shapiro / Foreign Policy:
So You Want to Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem? Here's How.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems escalate anti-Trump offensive
Discussion: Power Line