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Politico:
What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?  —  On Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated conservative federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  After 11 days packed full of executive actions—on everything from immigration to military spending to trade …
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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.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Michael Moore to Dems: Block Gorsuch or face primaries  —  Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday threatened any Senate Democrats who do not block President Trump's Supreme Court nominee with primary challenges in their next election.  —  Trump announced his pick of Judge Neil Gorsuch …
Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Supreme Court Pick Determined That A Badly Botched Execution Was An “Innocent Misadventure”
Madeline Conway / Politico:   Pence: The media gave us no ‘honeymoon’
New York Times:
Neil Gorsuch, the Nominee for a Stolen Seat
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
What Neil Gorsuch, Trump's SCOTUS Pick, Means for American Women
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Neil Gorsuch's mother once ran the EPA. It didn't go well.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and DCist
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Two GOP senators to vote ‘no’ on Betsy DeVos  —  in back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor announced Wednesday that they would oppose Betsy DeVos's nomination to be Education secretary.  —  They are the first two Republicans to break with Trump on any of his Cabinet picks …
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Kimberly Hefling / Politico:
DeVos nomination stands at 50-50  —  Betsy DeVos has no votes to spare heading into a looming confirmation vote next week.  —  Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday they will vote against Education Department nominee.  That could very well mean a 50-50 standoff …
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators say they will vote against DeVos for education secretary
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Idiots’ — Senate tensions boil over
Discussion: ABC News, Politico, Hot Air and alan.com
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“I don't care what they want at this point,” said Orrin Hatch.
Discussion: Associated Press and Power Line
WJBK-TV:
Man who claimed mom died in Iraq after Trump's ban lied, Imam confirms  —  DETROIT (WJBK) - The leader of a mosque in Dearborn has confirmed to FOX 2 that a man who claimed his mother died in Iraq after being barred from returning to the United States under a ban instituted by President Trump this weekend …
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Chris Kyle's Iraqi Interpreter on Temporary Refugee Ban: Trump is Cleaning Up Obama's Trash
Hamilton Nolan / The Concourse:
A Full Transcript Of Donald Trump's Black History Month Remarks  —  February is Black History Month.  This morning, Donald Trump held a White House event to mark the occasion.  Below is an accurate transcript of his remarks.  —  [Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star published the first transcript …
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's claim that he did ‘substantially’ better with blacks than other GOP presidential candidates
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as Secretary of State Amid Record Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday in a 56-to-43 vote to become the nation's 69th secretary of state just as serious strains …
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Reuters:
U.S. Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of state
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicole Gaouette / CNN:
Senate approves Trump pick for top US diplomat
Discussion: RedState
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Trump administration ‘officially putting Iran on notice’, says Michael Flynn  —  National security adviser issues statement in response to recent Iranian actions as expert warns the White House ‘could stumble into war’  —  The Trump administration has said it was “officially putting Iran on notice” …
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Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Puts Iran ‘on Notice’
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin / Reuters:
Iran confirms missile test, drawing tough response from Trump aide
Discussion: TheBlaze
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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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Franken slams Cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his record
Discussion: RedState
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Sessions approved by Senate committee
Discussion: RedState, TalkLeft and Joe.My.God.
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.
Reuters:
Covering Trump the Reuters Way  —  In a message to staff today, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler wrote about covering President Trump the Reuters way:  —  The first 12 days of the Trump presidency (yes, that's all it's been!) have been memorable for all - and especially challenging for us in the news business.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump loses suit over golf club memberships  —  A federal judge has ordered a golf club owned by President Donald Trump to refund nearly $6 million to members who said Trump's team essentially confiscated refundable deposits after taking over the country club in 2012
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Trump transition email shows initial effort to oust all inspectors general  —  An email from the Trump transition team on the evening of Jan. 13 instructed all transition team leaders to “reach out tonight and inform” the inspectors general in their agencies “that they are being held over on a temporary basis.”
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain
 
 
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Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
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