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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump to McConnell: Go nuclear if necessary … President Trump on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  (R-Ky.) to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if Democrats block his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.  —  “If we end up with that gridlock …
New York Times:
Neil Gorsuch, the Nominee for a Stolen Seat
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
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Gorsuch is perfect choice for Supreme Court, fulfills a Trump promise
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Neil Gorsuch's mother once ran the EPA. It didn't go well.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and DCist
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.
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Franken slams Cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his record
Discussion: RedState
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
Sally Yates was wrong and should have resigned
Discussion: neo-neocon
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
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, Althouse, 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.
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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Austin Wright / Politico:
House Dems to investigate Flynn's Russia speaking gig
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Nohr / Omaha World-Herald:
Nebraska flag flew upside down at Capitol for 10 days and ‘nobody noticed,’ says senator who wants design change  —  This Nebraska state flag flew over Gardez, Afghanistan, when a Nebraska National Guard team served there in 2005.  Here, Col. Tom Schuurmans presents then-Gov. Dave Heineman …
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.”
 
 
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Anna Palmer / Politico:
Comstock a no-show at weekend town halls
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Trump's claim that he did ‘substantially’ better with blacks than other GOP presidential candidates
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse shreds Trump's first week at AG hearing: ‘A gong show with a nuclear button’
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Dem: Trump could be impeached over immigration order
Discussion: Raw Story, BuzzFeed and RedState
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