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7:40 AM ET, February 3, 2017


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John Sexton / Hot Air:
Despite loads of media coverage, Neil Gorsuch never started a ‘Fascism Forever’ club in high school
Jerusalem Post:
Trump warns Israel: Stop announcing new settlements  —  White House official tells ‘Post’ all parties should cease ‘unilateral actions,’ affirms two-state solution.  —  WASHINGTON - The White House warned Israel on Thursday - in a surprising statement - to cease settlement announcements that are …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
White House: Israeli settlement construction ‘may not be helpful’ for peace  —  The White House on Thursday declared that Israeli settlement construction beyond the country's current borders “may not be helpful” in achieving peace — a statement that represented a break from President Donald …
New York Times:
Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama's Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, after promising a radical break with the foreign policy of Barack Obama, is embracing key pillars of the former administration's strategy, including warning Israel to curb construction of settlements …
Trump to Order Review of Dodd-Frank, Halt Obama Fiduciary Rule  —  Move delays April implementation of rule prohibiting conflicts  —  Moves emphasize removal of regulatory burdens: Official  —  President Donald Trump will order a sweeping review of the Dodd-Frank Act rules enacted in response …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank Law, Fiduciary Rule  —  President Donald Trump on Friday plans to sign an executive action to scale back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law, in a sweeping plan to dismantle much of the regulatory system put in place after the financial crisis.
Discussion: Axios
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:   Trump plots overhaul of financial market rules
Michael Crowley / Politico:
White House nixed Holocaust statement naming Jews  —  The State Department drafted its own statement last month marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that explicitly included a mention of Jewish victims, according to people familiar with the matter, but President Donald Trump's White House blocked its release.
Katie Pavlich /
Ben Shapiro Crushes Clock Boy in Court  —  On Thursday afternoon a Texas Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro by Mohammed Mohammed, the father of “clock boy” Ahmed Mohammed.  —  Claiming defamation, Mohammed filed the lawsuit in October 2015 …
Discussion: BizPac Review and RedState
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Uber C.E.O. to Leave Trump Advisory Council After Criticism  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick needed everyone to take a deep breath.  —  The chief executive of Uber was holding a regularly scheduled all-hands meeting on Tuesday at the ride-hailing company's San Francisco headquarters …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Bob Iger Won't Attend Trump White House Meeting
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick leaves President Trump's advisory council
Discussion: Axios and The Verge
Andrew Kaczynski / CNNMoney:
Howard Stern: Trump wants to be loved, presidency will be ‘detrimental’ to his mental health  —  Donald Trump's crude talk on The Howard Stern Show  —  Howard Stern said on his program Wednesday that Trump will hate being president and the role will be detrimental to his mental health.
Still no executive order on voter fraud, as Trump moves on
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
House votes to overturn Obama gun rule  —  The House on Thursday struck down an Obama-era regulation that could block some recipients of disability benefits from buying guns.  —  The House voted 235-18 to roll back a rule that required the Social Security Administration to report people …
Ted Barrett / CNN:
House rolls back rule restricting gun sales to severely mentally ill
New York Times:
G.O.P. Campaign to Repeal Obamacare Stalls on the Details  —  WASHINGTON — Congress's rush to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, once seemingly unstoppable, is flagging badly as Republicans struggle to come up with a replacement and a key senator has declared that the effort is more a repair job than a demolition.
Linda Girardi / Chicago Tribune:
Rep. Roskam's office cancels Obamacare meeting when reporter shows up
Tom Roussey / WJLA-TV:
Former Norwegian Prime Minister held for questioning at Dulles Airport  —  A former prime minister of Norway tells ABC7 he was questioned and prevented from leaving Dulles Airport for about an hour Tuesday, apparently because he had visited Iran in 2014.  —  Kjell Magne Bondevik served …
Discussion: The Guardian and The Last Refuge
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Trump said he'll ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson Amendment.  What is it and why should people care?  —  In his address at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Trump made one clear policy declaration: “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.”  —  What is that?
Victoria Kim / Los Angeles Times:
An assault on an elderly Korean woman that went viral on Facebook is not being investigated as hate crime  —  An elderly Korean woman was assaulted in Koreatown Wednesday afternoon, in an attack that one social media post alleged was racially motivated.  —  An 83-year-old Korean woman …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nordstrom Says It's Cutting Ivanka Trump Brand Due to Poor Sales  —  Chain was targeted by anti-Trump campaign Grab Your Wallet  —  Retailer cites the brand's performance in making the decision  —  Nordstrom Inc. will stop selling the controversial Ivanka Trump brand this season …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi slams Bannon: ‘White supremacist’ now on security council  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Stephen Bannon on Thursday, saying President Trump's senior adviser is a racist who has no business sitting on the National Security Council (NSC).
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Ryan starts stockpiling for 2018
Discussion: Politico
Daily Express:
Shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’ erupt in court as Rotherham men JAILED for child sex abuse
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Seasoned Spymaster Linked to Waterboarding Named CIA Deputy
Discussion: Politico
Streiff / RedState:
Trump's New Religious Freedom Executive Order Is Little Short Of Awesome
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards: We're Non-Partisan, Ready To Make Deal With Trump
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Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Shouting match over Russia erupts at House hearing