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9:50 AM ET, February 7, 2017


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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House rattled by McCarthy's spoof of Spicer  —  As the press secretary for a president who's obsessed with how things play on cable TV, Sean Spicer's real audience during his daily televised press briefings has always been an audience of one.  —  And the devastating “Saturday Night Live” …
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.
New York Times:
President Trump's Real Fear: The Courts  —  When President Trump doesn't get what he wants, he tends to look for someone to blame — crooked pollsters, fraudulent voters, lying journalists.  Anyone who questions him or his actions becomes his foe.  —  Over the past few days …
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Sorry: Trump's immigration order is totally legal  —  MORE FROM:  —  If the law means anything, the Trump administration will succeed in overturning the so-called court ruling against its travel ban.  —  The nationwide stay of the ban issued by Judge James Robart, a Washington state-based federal district judge, is tissue-thin.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
All eyes on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in battle over Trump's travel ban
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Andrew Puzder, Trump's Labor Pick, Admits to Hiring Undocumented Maid  —  WASHINGTON — Andrew F. Puzder, President Trump's pick to head the Labor Department, who has come under fire for criticizing worker protections, acknowledged on Monday that he previously employed an undocumented immigrant to clean his house.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Has Another Problem: Undocumented Help
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump's Labor Dept. pick admits to employing undocumented worker
Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Republicans Double Down on Push to Repeal Obamacare  —  Conservative Republicans, worried about growing voices within the party advising or accepting a slower pace for repealing the Affordable Care Act, are redoubling their push to speed the GOP's long-desired goal.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
From ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’: Campaign Talk on Health Law Meets Reality
Discussion: Axios
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.
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 …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Melania sues Mail Online a third time for claiming she was an escort  —  More On:  —  Melania Trump has filed her third defamation lawsuit against the Mail Online over an August 2016 article that accused her of having once been a prostitute, arguing for the first time that the story ruined her …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Melania Trump missed out on ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to make millions, lawsuit says
Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Mike Pence's Vote on a Cabinet Nominee Would Be Historic  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, call him the tiebreaker.  —  A vice president does not have much on his plate, as far as constitutional responsibilities go.  He presides over the official count of electoral votes once, possibly twice …
Discussion: The Week
Gregory Giroux / Bloomberg:
A History of the Rare Senate Tie-Breaker
Discussion: The Week
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands  —  Theresa May has joked about the size of Donald Trump's hands at a private fundraiser as she made light of a photograph of the pair at the White House.  —  The Prime Minister's tongue-in-cheek remarks came after her visit …
Discussion: The Week
NBC News:
Yemen Raid Had Secret Target: Al Qaeda Leader Qassim Al-Rimi  —  Exclusive: Top al-Qaeda Leader was Target of U.S. Raid in Yemen, Sources Say 2:40  —  The Navy SEAL raid in Yemen last week had a secret objective — the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who survived …
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Sorry!  American politics will get worse  —  Donald Trump was a symptom, not the cause, of our cancerous politics — and the disease is metastasizing.  —  Signs of it spreading are everywhere.  —  In our politics:  — There is no market for normal politics, much less compromise.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Federalist and Daily Kos
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's suggestion that the media is ignoring terrorist attacks traces to a familiar source: InfoWars  —  President Trump made a whopper of a claim on Monday, suggesting that the media is deliberately ignoring terrorist attacks.  —  “It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Critic, Who Said He Was Poisoned in 2015, Falls Into Coma  —  MOSCOW — A leader of the Russian opposition who has been a vocal critic of what he calls a Kremlin policy of assassinating political enemies has fallen into a life-threatening coma caused by an unknown poison, his wife said on Monday.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read  —  The first weeks of the Trump presidency have brought as much focus on the White House's chief strategist, Steven Bannon, as on the new president himself.  But if Bannon has been the driving force behind the frenzy of activity in the White House …
Discussion: The Week and Power Line
Kelly Mclaughlin / Daily Mail:
‘Step up and speak out’: Hillary Clinton makes a rallying cry for women to rise up against the Trump administration as she speaks on video for the first time since the inauguration to say ‘the future is female’  —  By , KELLY MCLAUGHLIN FOR MAILONLINE  —  Hillary Clinton said female leaders need …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican  —  ROME — When Steve Bannon was still heading Breitbart News, he went to the Vatican to cover the canonization of John Paul II and make some friends.  High on his list of people to meet was an archconservative American cardinal …
Discussion: Millennial
Kanye West — Deletes All Trump Tweets I'm Not with Him Anymore  —  Kanye West has scrubbed his Twitter account of all things Trump, and it's because he's super unhappy with the president's performance over his first 2 weeks in office.  —  Kanye had tweeted about Trump in a positive light after the election.
Deena Zaru / CNN:
Kanye West deletes all tweets defending Trump meeting
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Rachel Desantis /
Lena Dunham: ‘Soul-crushing pain’ of Trump's election made me lose weight  —  Most people turn to diets and exercise to lose extra pounds, but Girls star Lena Dunham is sharing a new weight-loss trick you may not want to try at home.  —  Dunham stopped by Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show Monday morning …
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
About 20 Rabbis Arrested During Protest Over Trump Travel Ban  —  About 20 rabbis affiliated with a liberal Jewish group were arrested on Monday night after blocking the street near the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle in Manhattan to protest an executive order …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump's White House tries to rehab its Hill outreach  —  Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's most prominent aides, trekked to Capitol Hill Monday morning on a diplomatic mission — to reassure the 100 or so Senate GOP communications staffers that Trump has no intention …
Carrie Levine / Center for Public Integrity:
Secret money fueling pro-Betsy DeVos ad campaigns  —  Conservative groups making final push to save Trump's education secretary pick  —  Only 100 U.S. senators — not the general public — will vote to approve President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees.  —  But that's not stopping several …
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and
Paul Cassell / Washington Post:
Did Yiannopoulos secretly send more than 100 thugs to Berkeley to break up his own speech?  —  Last week, more than 100 masked thugs invaded the University of California at Berkeley campus and forced the cancellation of a speech by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Discussion: Power Line
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Never Believe the Republicans' B.S. Ever Again  —  Their silence on Trump reveals that their Obama-era sanctimony was fake.  —  It's forgotten history at this point, but the stunningly over-hyped Hillary Clinton email server controversy that ultimately cost her the presidency grew …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Seems to Side With Russia in Comments on Ukraine
Discussion: Boing Boing and Reuters
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
On Russia, Trump Is a Code Pink Republican
Discussion: Hot Air
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Trump wants to push back against Iran, but Iran is now more powerful than ever
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
On Trump, Keep it Simple (In 5 Points)
 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Ylan Mui / CNBC:
Trump pulls back on delay for investor protection rule, raising new questions about regulation
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
First on CNN: Pro-Trump group hacked, website taken down in Cabinet fight
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState