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9:40 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.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
How Trump kept Gorsuch nomination a secret until the clock struck 8  —  Tuesday night's presidential announcement of a Supreme Court nomination had all the makings of a Donald J. Trump production — except for this: The secret held.  —  When President Trump strode down the red-carpeted hallway …
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
What Neil Gorsuch, Trump's SCOTUS Pick, Means for American Women  —  Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's nominee for the vacancy on the Supreme Court, is a consistently conservative judge who'd enter the court at a critical moment for reproductive rights.  Though Gorsuch, a federal judge …
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
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 …
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.
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?
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Ayotte to lead White House team shepherding Supreme Court nominee
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
War: Senate Democrats Prepare To Filibuster Trump's SCOTUS Pick No Matter What
New York Times:
It's ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ as Trump Summons Finalists to White House
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Jarring New Level of Confrontation and Conflict Hits Washington
Discussion: American Power
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Judge Neil Gorsuch, an Echo of Scalia in Philosophy and Style
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Neil Gorsuch: A Worthy Heir to Scalia
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, The Week and Daily Kos
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Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Left Protests While Trump Junks Obama's Global Immigration Plan
Discussion: VDARE
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,” …
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Terray Sylvester / Reuters:
Clean-up begins at Dakota pipeline protest camp
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
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 …
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: alan.com
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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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump  —  The signs of popular dissent from President Trump's opening volley of actions have been plain to see on the nation's streets, at airports in the aftermath of his refu­gee and visa ban, and in the blizzard of outrage on social media.
 
 
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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
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
First on CNN: Treasury secretary nominee's foreign money links bring new scrutiny
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Political Wire
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
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Trump Ignored All of Obama's Advice—and Now He's in a World of Trouble
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can't Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Jake Tapper airs footage of Spicer calling Trump order a ‘ban’
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Mysterious intruder rattles GOP lawmakers
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Democrat Patient  —  Ignoring the symptoms, misdiagnosing …