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11:40 AM ET, February 5, 2017


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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Appeals court rejects Trump administration's request to restore travel ban  —  A federal appeals court early Sunday rejected the Department of Justice's (DOJ) request to restore President Trump's travel ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Discussion: RedState, and IJR
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
DOJ appealing travel ban ruling  — Friday night, federal Judge James Robart, halted the enforcement of Trump's order, effective nationwide  — The Justice Department is expected to file its brief laying out its legal argument later Saturday night  —  Washington (CNN)The Justice Department …
Robert Barnes / LawNewz:
On Trial: Why Trump's Immigration Ban Will Win Over Seattle Judge's Nationwide Order  —  Opening Statement  —  On Friday, a Boston federal judge issued a 21 page decision debunking the arguments against Trump's Executive Order suspending migration from certain countries pending further review.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Appeals Court Denies Request For “Immediate” Order Bringing Back Trump's Travel Ban
Discussion: Power Line and Politicus USA
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Pence Defends Trump ‘Speaking His Mind’ About Federal Judge, Promises ‘All Legal Means’ to Challenge Ruling
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Appeals Court Rejects Request to Immediately Restore Travel Ban
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Meet the Bush-nominated federal judge who halted Trump's executive order
Angela Hart / Sacramento Bee:
McClintock exits with police escort after raucous town hall meeting in Roseville  —  Facing a packed auditorium and raucous crowd, Republican Rep. Tom McClintock on Saturday defended his party's national agenda and voiced strong support for President Donald Trump's controversial executive actions …
Tampa Bay Times:
A Bilirakis gathering turns out to be strongly pro-Obamacare  —  PALM HARBOR — Rep. Gus Bilirakis issued the call to residents of his conservative district on Facebook: Come share your thoughts on the future of health care.  —  More than 200 people took the Republican congressman up on it …
Julie Westfall / Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds of people showed up for a town hall with California's Rep. Tom McClintock, and things got intense
Discussion: Axios
Victoria Colliver / Politico:
Republicans face anger over Obamacare repeal during town halls
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Sanders on Trump" ‘This guy is a fraud’  —  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that President Donald Trump “is a fraud” and is working with Wall Street as the president looks to roll back some banking regulations.  —  “It is hard not to laugh, to see President Trump alongside these Wall Street guys.
Discussion: Political Wire
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
McConnell rebukes Trump's judge attack  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's positions on Russia, voter fraud and the travel ban, while criticizing the president for attacking a federal judge.  —  “It is best not to single out judges …
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
VP Mike Pence Did Not Ask Supreme Court Nominee About Roe V. Wade
Discussion: Associated Press
John Fund / National Review:   Round Two for the Supreme Court?
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats aim to make Steve Bannon a scarier Karl Rove  —  Democrats spent years turning George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove into a bogeyman whose mere mention sent liberals' blood boiling.  Now, members of Congress are doing the same to top Trump hand Steve Bannon — but in much darker terms.
Discussion: Political Wire
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Steve Bannon's Book Club
Discussion: Axios
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
Trump's Radical Anti-Americanism  —  As the President rejects our foundational principles, all we can turn to is our instinct for shared defiance.  —  Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, the couple who did so much to bear witness to the terrible truths of the Second World War, came to town last week …
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Errors From The Press Are Piling Up In The Opening Weeks Of The Trump Administration  —  Journalists can't seem to get their stories straight in the opening weeks of the Trump administration, whether in tweets or in articles where falsehoods have been spread almost daily.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Prosecute the Rioters  —  And make sure that we condemn them as well.  —  From time to time over the years, the eminent historian Daniel Pipes has lamented that treason, not just as a crime but as a concept, appears defunct in the West.  The question of bringing treason charges against jihadists has been raised from time to time.
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Mitt Romney: No regrets about criticizing Trump, but time to recognize his ‘strong start’  —  PARK CITY — Mitt Romney said Friday he has no regrets about criticizing then candidate Donald Trump in a stinging speech last year but now sees the new president as having “obviously gotten off to a very strong start.”
Patrick Maguire / The Guardian:
Two-thirds of Britons believe Trump is ‘threat to international stability’  —  Over half surveyed believe US president is untrustworthy and that UK state visit should be cancelled, new poll finds  —  Britain's verdict on Trump?  Improve non-US allies and be prepared  —  Read more
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Google Redefines The Word ‘Fascism’ To Smear Conservatives, Protect Liberal Rioters  —  Has Google, the world's most popular search engine, changed the definition of the word “fascism” to protect liberal mobs using violence to silence those who disagree with them politically?  The evidence suggest they have.
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New Film Links McVeigh to Far-Right Ahead of OKC Bombing
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
G.O.P. Hurries to Slash Oil and Gas Rules, Ending Industries' 8-Year Wait
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Pence leaves door open to easing Russia sanctions
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
Is the Met Museum ‘a Great Institution in Decline’?
CBC News:
In his own words: Imam Hassan Guillet's address at Quebec City funeral for 3 mosque victims
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
AME bishops sound a battle cry against the Trump administration
Neil Johnson / GazetteXtra:
Hundreds protest Trump, Ryan in Janesville
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Schumer's dilemma: Satisfying the base while protecting his minority
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News Insider:
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
China Assails U.S. Pledge to Defend Disputed Islands Controlled by Japan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
'We'll do better': Trump's White House tries to gain a sense of order amid missteps
Discussion: New Yorker and The Guardian
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
8 million people could be deported under Trump's immigration order
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Pelosi loses bid to rehang controversial cop painting in Capitol complex
Discussion: RedState
Katie Yoder / NewsBusters:
Abortion Sympathizer Katie Couric: Even a ‘Female Fetus’ Can ‘Feel’ Male
Discussion: RedState, The Gateway Pundit and IJR