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2:30 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.
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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.
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
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Neil Gorsuch's mother once ran the EPA. It didn't go well.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump to McConnell: Go nuclear if necessary
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Who is Neil Gorsuch?
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Trump picks Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BACKSTORY: How Trump got to yes on Gorusch …
Discussion: RedState
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: ABC News and alan.com
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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 …
CNN:
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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“I don't care what they want at this point,” said Orrin Hatch.  —  “They” = Senate Democrats.  —  Senate Democrats have been failing to attend committee meetings (as a way to stop the confirmation of Trump Cabinet nominees).  Hatch is the chair of the Finance Committee where every seat on the Democratic side was empty.
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Sessions approved by Senate committee  —  A Senate committee voted to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  (R-Ala.) to be attorney general on Wednesday, two days after the growing controversy surrounding President Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim nations led to the firing of an acting attorney general for insubordination.
Discussion: RedState, TalkLeft and Joe.My.God.
Elana Schor / Politico:
GOP breaks Dem blockade on Mnuchin and Price
Discussion: Hot Air
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: alan.com, Gothamist, IJR, Althouse, Raw Story and AOL
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J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
REPORT: Melania Trump ‘Will Reevaluate’ Plans, May Not End Up Moving Into White House After All
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.
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.
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.
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Poll: If There Was Voter Fraud, Trump Benefited Most
Discussion: Politicus USA and Washington Times
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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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Chris Kyle's Iraqi Interpreter on Temporary Refugee Ban: Trump is Cleaning Up Obama's Trash
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: neo-neocon
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump's campaign paid his businesses millions over course of campaign  —  The final bill is in: Donald Trump's campaign paid his companies $12.8 million from the time he launched his improbable presidential bid in the lobby of his company's flagship Trump Tower property through the end of last year …
Discussion: The Week
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump security's use of force questioned
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration is radicalizing Democratic voters, creating a challenge for the party, Rep. Adam Schiff says  —  As protests spread over policy announcements from the Trump administration, Democrats must work to encourage participation in politics, but face a danger of the party becoming too radicalized …
Discussion: Shakesville
Cameron Knight / USA Today:
Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low as prices rise  —  The country's bacon reserves are at the lowest levels in half a century.  —  In other words, pig farmers can't keep up with the world's sizzling appetite for those fatty, smoky strips of sheer eating pleasure.
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 …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shreds Trump's first week at AG hearing: ‘A gong show with a nuclear button’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used his time at confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on Wednesday to lash out at President Donald Trump's “gong show” administration.
 
 
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Two GOP senators to vote ‘no’ on Betsy DeVos
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Stephen Stapczynski / Bloomberg:
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Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Franken slams Cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his record
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Trump transition email shows initial effort to oust all inspectors general
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Slow Pace of Obamacare Repeal Leaves House Conservatives Fuming
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Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Dem: Trump could be impeached over immigration order
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New York Times:
Trump Aide's Deal With Chinese Firm Raises Fear of Tangled Interests
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Hatch: All ObamaCare taxes ‘need to go’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Tom Steyer Moves Beyond Climate
USA Today:
Steve Bannon at odds on Islam, China with decades of U.S. foreign policy doctrine
Discussion: Washington Post
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
How Trump Could Rearrange the U.S. House
Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House ices out CNN