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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump to McConnell: Go nuclear if necessary
Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Supreme Court Pick Determined That A Badly Botched Execution Was An “Innocent Misadventure”
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
What Neil Gorsuch, Trump's SCOTUS Pick, Means for American Women
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Neil Gorsuch's mother once ran the EPA. It didn't go well.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and DCist
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Gorsuch is perfect choice for Supreme Court, fulfills a Trump promise
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  —  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, Politico, Hot Air and alan.com
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Sessions approved by Senate committee
Discussion: RedState, TalkLeft and Joe.My.God.
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Sally Yates was wrong and should have resigned
Discussion: neo-neocon
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Franken slams Cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his record
Discussion: RedState
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“I don't care what they want at this point,” said Orrin Hatch.
Discussion: Power Line and Associated Press
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 in trouble  —  Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday they will vote against Education Department nominee Betsy DeVos, leaving her with no votes to spare to survive a looming confirmation vote.  —  No Democrats are expected to vote for DeVos …
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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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's claim that he did ‘substantially’ better with blacks than other GOP presidential candidates
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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, Althouse, Gothamist, IJR, 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.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as Secretary of State  —  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 have emerged with important international allies.
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Nicole Gaouette / CNN:
Senate approves Trump pick for top US diplomat
Discussion: RedState
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.
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
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Democrats are becoming the party of secession
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
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Lawmakers Seek Pentagon Probe of Mike Flynn's Russia Today Ties  —  Several top Democratic members of Congress are asking the Defense Department to investigate whether retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, violated the Constitution …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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
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.
 
 
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