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12:55 PM 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.
New York Times:
Neil Gorsuch, the Nominee for a Stolen Seat  —  It's been almost a year since Senate Republicans took an empty Supreme Court seat hostage, discarding a constitutional duty that both parties have honored throughout American history and hobbling an entire branch of government for partisan gain.
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
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Warren says she'll oppose Trump's Supreme Court nominee
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump to McConnell: Go nuclear if necessary
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire and Axios
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Who is Neil Gorsuch?
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BACKSTORY: How Trump got to yes on Gorusch …
Discussion: RedState
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
How Trump kept Gorsuch nomination a secret until the clock struck 8
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 …
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 …
Republicans vote to suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations  —  (CNN)Senate Republicans took an extraordinary step Wednesday to move forward with two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet nominees after confronting a boycott from Democrats across the aisle.
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
GOP forces Mnuchin, Price vote to Senate floor
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Dems boycott confirmation votes for Trump nominees
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Dems boycott committee vote on Trump's EPA pick
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Althouse, Raw Story and AOL
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
REPORT: Melania Trump ‘Will Reevaluate’ Plans, May Not End Up Moving Into White House After All
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, Salon and
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Sessions approved by Senate committee
Discussion: TalkLeft and Joe.My.God.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump
Discussion: Vox, TheBlaze and New York Times
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
Corporate Communications / News and Corporate …:
Hillary Rodham Clinton to Author New Book of Personal Essays for Simon & Schuster  —  NEW YORK, February 1, 2017—Hillary Rodham Clinton will publish a new book of personal essays with Simon & Schuster.  The essays will be inspired by the hundreds of quotations she has been collecting for decades.
Discussion: Politico, Mashable, IJR and The Week
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: Clinton will reflect on 2016 race in new book
Discussion: AOL, Refinery29 and The Daily Caller
Bethany Mandel / The Federalist:
Facebook Dead At 12, A Victim Of 2016  —  If I were to write an obituary for Facebook, it might look something like this: … The Facebook, known as Facebook or FB for short, was invented as a tool to connect users with friends, family, and occasionally brands.
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Dem: Trump could be impeached over immigration order  —  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) says Congress should consider impeaching President Trump if he orders federal agencies to ignore the a judge's stay on parts of his controversial immigration order.  —  If Trump orders the Customs …
Discussion: RedState
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Congressman Says Trump Could Be Impeached If He Overstepped Authority On Travel Ban
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low as prices rise
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Considers Legal Options Against Trump's Immigration Order
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Slow Pace of Obamacare Repeal Leaves House Conservatives Fuming
Discussion: Politicus USA
The Guardian:
Eight-year-old American girl ‘killed in Yemen raid approved by Trump’
New York Times:
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
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Tom Steyer Moves Beyond Climate
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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Trump Could Rearrange the U.S. House
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump security's use of force questioned
Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House ices out CNN
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump trip canceled; Harley Davidson wasn't comfortable with likely protests