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6:15 PM ET, February 7, 2017

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Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving the embattled nominee only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.
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Mark Bauerlein / Vox:
The job of the education secretary isn't to defend public schools. It's to help kids learn.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mother Jones
Jim Acosta / CNN:
White House ramping up search for communications director after Spicer's rocky start  —  Washington (CNN)The White House is ramping up its search for a new communications director in an effort to lighten the load of embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer, multiple sources told CNN.
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and TVNewser
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Washington Post:
Here are the 78 terrorist attacks the White House says were largely under-reported  —  The White House on Monday night released a list of 78 terrorist attacks in response to an assertion earlier in the day by President Trump that the “very dishonest press” often doesn't report on them.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow  —  House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staff from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told POLITICO.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republican lawmakers face rising anger at town halls  —  Republican lawmakers hoping for a break from the politically charged atmosphere in Washington, D.C., have instead been met with protests at home.  —  From California to Florida, liberal activists are bringing the fight to the doorsteps …
Discussion: Common Dreams, Infowars and Vox Popoli
Virgin:
Richard vs Barack - kiteboard and foilboard challenge  —  It was a huge honour to be able to invite President Barack and Michelle Obama down to the British Virgin Islands for a complete break after Barack finished his second term as President and the family left the White House.
New York Times:
One-Third Don't Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same  —  A sizable minority of Americans don't understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act.  —  These findings, from a poll by Morning Consult, illustrate the extent of public confusion over a health law …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Texas mystery: Who's the senator Trump offered to help Rockwall sheriff ‘destroy?’  —  WASHINGTON — There's a Texas state senator with a new target on his back, courtesy of President Donald Trump and the Rockwall County sheriff.  —  At a meeting Tuesday morning with sheriffs from around the country …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump offers to ‘destroy career’ of Texas state senator at meeting with sheriff
BBC:
Trump says terror attacks ‘under-reported’: Is that true?  —  US President Donald Trump has accused the media of under-reporting terror attacks, and produced a list to back up his claim.  Is he right?  —  While on a visit to US Central Command, a wing of the Department of Defense …
Discussion: The Guardian and ThinkProgress
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The Independent:
Donald Trump's staff get him to agree to policies by saying 'Obama wouldn't have done it'  —  Military officials got Donald Trump to agree to the botched Yemen raid by suggesting Barack Obama would never have had the courage to do it, it has been reported.  The raid, which had been planned …
Sen. Chuck Schumer / Politico:
Neil Gorsuch Needs 60 Votes  —  In a little more than two weeks, President Donald Trump has put an unprecedented strain on the Constitution.  He's unleashed a flurry of legally dubious executive orders, including his travel ban designed to keep people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering our country.
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Associated Press:
Gorsuch Paid $3.28 Million by Former Firm, Under 2005 Deal
Discussion: Politico
Michael McConnell / Hoover Institution:
Neil Gorsuch: An Eloquent Intellectual
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’: Tapper Confronts Conway for WH Claims on Media Terror Coverage  —  CNN's Jake Tapper faced off with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway this afternoon over the White House's claims about the media's lacking coverage of terrorist attacks.
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Media Matters for America:
Conway's Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn't An “Honest Mistake”; It's Part Of A Pattern
New York Post:
CNN's excuse for banning Conway doesn't add up
Discussion: BizPac Review
Ari Berman / The Nation:
House Republicans Just Voted to Eliminate the Only Federal Agency That Makes Sure Voting Machines Can't Be Hacked  —  Republicans made it easier to steal an election by killing the Election Assistance Commission.  —  By ,  —  In a little-noticed 6-3 vote today, the House Administration …
Chris Edelson / Baltimore Sun:
Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump  —  (Video by Ken Lam) … A week ago, men and women went to work at airports around the United States as they always do.  They showered, got dressed, ate breakfast, perhaps dropped off their kids at school.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
GOP Congressman Insists White Terrorist Attacks Are Totally Different  —  Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) also pointed to “the good things” that came from the shooting of black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.  —  Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) vehemently defended President Donald Trump's ban …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Keith Ellison Is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was.  Maybe He's Just What Democrats Need. … Last May, as Donald Trump was locking up the Republican nomination, a prophetic clip began circulating among portions of the left.  It was a nearly one-year-old segment of ABC's Sunday show This Week …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ginsburg: I would back changing the Electoral College  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she would support changing the Electoral College.  —  “There are some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College,” she said late Monday at Stanford Law School in California, according to CNN.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com, CNN and RedState
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I'd like to change the Electoral College
Discussion: cbsnews.cbs.com, Vox and TheBlaze
Ruthann Robson / Vox:
A constitutional expert explains the issues at stake in Trump's travel ban  —  A federal judge in Washington state has imposed a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of President Donald Trump's executive order banning residents from seven countries from entering the United States — either as refugees or as travelers.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration  —  Overlooked in Donald Trump's campaign crusade against illegal immigration was his vow to crack down on legal immigration, too.  —  Now, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a reliable Trump ally, is taking steps to execute that part …
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Donald Trump's Dangerous End Game  —  Why the president is accusing journalists and judges of enabling terrorists.  —  The term “fake news” outlived its usefulness almost as soon as it became common parlance, and is perhaps only valuable now as a marker for whether journalism …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Trump makes false statement about U.S. murder rate to sheriffs' group  —  President Trump met Tuesday morning with a group of sheriffs from the National Sheriffs Association, a group which consists of more than 3,000 sheriffs from around the country.  And to this sworn group of law enforcement veterans …
Discussion: Business Insider
Reuters:
U.S. Army to grant final permit for controversial Dakota pipeline: court filing  —  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday.  —  The line had been delayed for several months …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
Evelyn Turner / USA Today:
Sessions tried to jail me for helping people vote: Voices  —  It would be a great step backwards if he got the job others used to expand voting rights.  —  While my husband and I were trying to help black people vote in Alabama, Jeff Sessions was trying to put us in jail.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
From disputes to a breakup: wounds still raw after U.S. election  —  Burning passions over Donald Trump's presidency are taking a personal toll on both sides of the political divide.  For Gayle McCormick, it is particularly wrenching: she has separated from her husband of 22 years.
Discussion: The American Mirror and TheBlaze
JoAnn Wise / Washington Post:
Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers.  I know: He was for me.  —  After decades of work at Hardee's, I have no savings, no health benefits and no plans for retirement.  —  In 1984, I was hired as a cashier at Hardee's in Columbia, S.C., making $4.25 an hour.  By 2005, 21 years later, my pay was only at $8 an hour.
Robert W. Merry / The American Conservative:
A Profound Question Behind the Immigration Debate  —  Behind the sturm und drang that greeted President Trump's recent executive action on refugees lies the broader issue of U.S. immigration policies over the past half-century.  And behind those immigration policies lies a profound question facing Americans …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and 24Ahead
 
 
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Brady Huggett / Nature:
US immigration order strikes against biotech
Discussion: NBC News, Business Insider and STAT
Jugal K. Patel / New York Times:
A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump beats Obama and Bush in race to the golf course
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and The Week
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
Melania Trump reaches settlement in libel lawsuit against Maryland blogger
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Philadelphia ice cream shop rolls out ImPeach Sundae
Discussion: RedState
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
CONFUSION: Nancy Pelosi says ‘Seen nothing I can work with President Bush on’
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Kelly says ‘no chaos’ after travel ban: ‘You can take my word for it’
Discussion: ABC News
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Democrats are lost on immigration — and they'd better rethink their ideas to beat Trump
Discussion: National Review
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plan to Overhaul Tax Code Gets Held Up at the Border
Washington Post:
Trump's loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban
Discussion: New York Times
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'He'll never be back': CNN's Alisyn Camerota mocks GOP lawmaker after disastrous appearance
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands