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5:05 AM ET, February 8, 2017


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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell: Warren's blistering Sessions speech broke Senate rules  —  (D-Mass.) of breaking the Senate's rules with a blistering floor speech against Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  's attorney general nomination.  —  The Senate's top Republican interrupted Warren's speech to argue that she was violating …
Discussion: Oregonian, Vox, Politico and RedState
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions's character  —  Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator's character.
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct  —  White House leaks are common, but leakers suggesting the president might be unfit for office are not.  —  S.V. Date  —  Senior White House Correspondent, The Huffington Post  —  White House reporter, The Huffington Post
New York Times:
Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions  —  WASHINGTON — Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions …
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.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Rosie O'Donnell as Steve Bannon? SNL could really make Trump angry if it wanted to.
Ryan Browne / CNN:
First on CNN: US military to rent space in Trump Tower  —  Washington (CNN)The US military is looking to lease space in Trump Tower.  —  “In order to meet official mission requirements, the Department of Defense is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements …
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Department of Defense looks to rent space in Trump Tower  —  The Department of Defense is seeking to rent space in President Trump's New York skyscraper, Trump Tower, a move that could directly funnel government money into the president's business interests.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Appeals Court Panel Appears Skeptical of Trump's Travel Ban  —  WASHINGTON — A three-judge federal appeals panel voiced skepticism Tuesday at the Justice Department's broad defense of President Trump's targeted travel ban during arguments over the president's power to impose immigration restrictions based on national security concerns.
Ruthann Robson / Vox:
A constitutional expert explains the issues at stake in Trump's travel ban
Associated Press:
The Latest: Arguments Over Trump's Travel Ban Conclude
Discussion: New York Times, RedState and Politico
Hina Shamsi / ACLU:
Flying Home From Abroad, a Border Agent Stopped and Questioned Me ... About My Work for the ACLU  —  Last week, I was flying home from a work trip and faced Customs and Border Protection questioning unlike anything I've ever experienced in over 25 years of travel into and out of this country …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Tapper, Conway have heated exchange in tense interview  —  CNN anchor Jake Tapper and President Trump's counselor, Kellyanne Conway, went toe-to-toe in a 25-minute-long interview on Tuesday that was punctuated by several heated exchanges over the accuracy of statements the president has made and the media's treatment of Trump.
Discussion: RedState
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   ‘What a president says is more important than a candidate’: Jake Tapper goes off on Trump for lying
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   ‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’: Tapper Confronts Conway for WH Claims on Media Terror Coverage
Julia Belluz / Vox:
No, Canadians do not flee en masse for US health care  —  Canada made a surprise appearance in a CNN health care debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.  —  Cruz, claiming he knows a lot about Canada because he was born there, said Canadians leave their country …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Cruz, Sanders face off on Obamacare
Discussion: Politicus USA, Hot Air and Joe.My.God.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How President Trump Could Seize More Power After a Terrorist Attack  —  Since September 11, 2001, ninety-four people have been killed in the United States in ten attacks carried out by a total of twelve radical Islamist terrorists.  Each of the attackers was either an American citizen or a legal resident.
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.
Media Matters for America:
After Breitbart Attacked An Author For Criticizing Trump, A Horde Of “Alt-Right” Trolls Harassed Her  —  A slew of online trolls attacked Rosa Brooks for an article she wrote in Foreign Policy discussing possible consequences of Donald Trump's historically abnormal presidency.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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 …
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 …
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Disney Q1 Revenue Weighed Down By ESPN Struggles  —  Media networks reported a dip in revenue and profit  —  The Walt Disney Company began its fiscal year with a whimper, as the entertainment giant was unable to successfully fend off headwinds facing its cable business, reporting revenue that fell short of expectations.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Make Haste — Deliberately  —  If Trump shows that his actions are a reaction to past extremes, his changes will win public support.  —  The emperor Augustus who oversaw the transition from the nonstop civil war of a collapsing republic to the Principate — with all the good and bad …
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
An Iron Stomach, and Other Qualities  —  This is an age of much churning on the right, and this may particularly apply to conservative opinion journalism.  I know a bit about this world.  So does Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire.  He used to work at Steve Bannon's Breitbart.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Tony Romm / Politico:
Before immigration furor, tech giants donated to Trump inauguration  —  Some of the same technology giants that are waging a legal war against President Donald Trump's immigration policies quietly offered support to his inauguration in January — complete with some previously undisclosed checks, POLITICO confirmed Tuesday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
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 …
Dave Burke / Daily Mail:
92% of left-wing activists live with their parents and one in three is unemployed, study of Berlin protesters finds  —  The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found.
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
The Problem of Two Unreliable Narrators: Trump Versus the Media  —  When both the person in power and his critics are both perceived as lacking credibility, the person in power is likely to come out on top.  —  I was at the gym yesterday catching up on the latest Hardcore History podcast …
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
17-35105 State of Washington v. Trump 3:00 PM 2/7  —  Live audio stream from Courtroom One in the James R. Browning Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco, California.
Discussion: Jamie Dupree and NPR
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Steve King: Putin Does Allow Freedom of Dissent, He Never Murdered Prominent Critic  —  Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King argued Sunday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was not nearly as bad as critics charged, noting that Putin has never murdered one of his prominent critics.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
More Democrats are familiar with Stephen Bannon than Charles Schumer  —  Stephen K. Bannon, former head of Breitbart and now senior aide to President Donald Trump — it's been quite a year — has emerged as a favorite target of liberal frustration.  Bannon's been depicted as the power-behind …
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Hungary submits plans to EU to detain all asylum seekers
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How Liberal Websites Pushed A Dubious Claim That Trump “Turned Off” A Recorder For His Call With Putin
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump's Twitter feed ignored terror attacks that White House claims media neglected
George K. Yin / Washington Post:
Congress has the power to obtain and release Trump's tax returns
Discussion: CNNMoney
Monmouth University:
3-in-10 struggling to maintain current financial situation
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
France: Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 245 Per Cent
Ben Bradley / WGN-TV:
All CPS students sent home with letter accusing Gov. Rauner of ‘cheating’ kids
Discussion: RedState and TheBlaze
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Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Syria has secretly executed thousands of political prisoners: rights group
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
Melania Trump reaches settlement in libel lawsuit against Maryland blogger
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Democrats are lost on immigration — and they'd better rethink their ideas to beat Trump
Discussion: alicublog and National Review