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8:35 PM ET, February 1, 2017


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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 …
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”
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Supreme Court pick rewards Republicans for sticking with Trump, vindicates McConnell strategy
Madeline Conway / Politico:   Pence: The media gave us no ‘honeymoon’
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Gorsuch is perfect choice for Supreme Court, fulfills a Trump promise
Vivian Salama / Associated Press:
TRUMP TO MEXICO: TAKE CARE OF ‘BAD HOMBRES’ OR US MIGHT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them, according to an excerpt …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
No 'G'day, mate': On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags  —  It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America's staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.
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 …
Kimberly Hefling / Politico:
DeVos nomination stands at 50-50
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Two Republican senators say they will vote against DeVos for education secretary
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” …
WH national security adviser: Iran is ‘on notice’
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House puts Iran ‘on notice,’ won't rule out military force
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Puts Iran ‘on Notice’
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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 …
New York Times:
How Senators Voted on Rex Tillerson
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 …
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 …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Cafe Hayek
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.
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 …
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.
Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam - sources  —  The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.
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.”
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Caroline Stanley / Refinery29:
Exclusive: Sheryl Sandberg Is The Warrior America Needs Right Now — Here's Why  —  It's no secret that President Trump and many of his GOP counterparts would love to “defund” Planned Parenthood.  In fact, cutting off federal funds to the 100-year-old organization — which services 2.5 million …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox Business beats CNBC in total viewers for 4th straight month  —  Fox Business Network beat rival CNBC in total business-day viewers for the fourth consecutive month in January, according to Nielsen Research.  —  In the busy month leading up to and after the inauguration of President Trump …
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
New York Post:
Boston Marathon bombing survivor to wed fireman who saved her  —  More On:  —  When Roseann Sdoia was laid up with an amputated leg in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, love was the last thing on her mind.  —  But her mother, ever the matchmaker, saw a perfect opportunity as handsome firefighter Mike Materia hovered nearby.
Discussion: Fox News Insider, WQAD-TV and RedState
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Comstock a no-show at weekend town halls  —  Rep. Barbara Comstock stood up constituents over the weekend who attended two townhalls with questions about an Obamacare repeal and the Trump Administration's travel ban.  —  The centrist Virginia Republican invited people in her districts to …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
New York City Bodegas Will Shut Down To Protest The Immigration Ban  —  Yemeni-run grocery stores across the city will close from 12-8 p.m. on Thursday in protest of the controversial executive order.  —  Michael Corey / Flickr / Via  —  Days after New York yellow cab drivers went …
Discussion: Raw Story, Gothamist, Mediaite and NY1 News
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Article 50: UK parliament votes in favor of starting Brexit process
Jedediah Purdy / New Republic:
America's New Opposition  —  From Occupy Wall Street …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / Breitbart:
Muslim Mob Rapes 15 Christian Women in ‘Revenge Attack’ for Conversions
Associated Press:
Congressional Republicans Move to Dismantle Obama Rules
Discussion: Politico
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Texas Dem: Trump's immigration order is possible grounds for impeachment
Discussion: The Hill and BuzzFeed
 Earlier Items: 
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump travels to honor remains of slain Navy SEAL
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Pew Research Center:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, TheBlaze and NPR
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Franken slams Cruz for ‘trying to impugn’ his record
Discussion: RedState
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration is radicalizing Democratic voters, creating a challenge for the party, Rep. Adam Schiff says
Discussion: Shakesville