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9:10 PM ET, February 7, 2017

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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.
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Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands
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
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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.
Washington Post:
Here are the 78 terrorist attacks the White House says were largely under-reported
New York Post:
CNN's excuse for banning Conway doesn't add up
Discussion: BizPac Review
CNN:
Trump's claim that media under-covers terrorism is baloney
Discussion: emptywheel
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
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.
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Arguments Over Trump's Travel Ban Conclude
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and RedState
Washington Post:
Trump's loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban
Discussion: New York Times
Ruthann Robson / Vox:
A constitutional expert explains the issues at stake in Trump's travel ban
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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Ryan / Brennan Center for Justice:
Brennan Center to House: Do Not Terminate the Only Federal Agency Protecting Voter Systems
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Trump Appeared On TV To Talk About Terrorist Attacks He Now Says Were Not Covered  —  Trump Claimed That “The Very, Very Dishonest Press Doesn't Want To Report” On Terrorist Attacks  —  Trump: “In Many Cases, The Very, Very Dishonest Press Doesn't Want To Report” On Terrorist Attacks.
Discussion: Washington Post
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YouTube:
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
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
Melania Trump reaches settlement in libel lawsuit against Maryland blogger  —  First lady Melania Trump has settled her defamation lawsuit against a Maryland blogger, who agreed to apologize to the Trump family and pay her a “substantial sum,” her lawyers said in a statement they released Tuesday morning.
George K. Yin / Washington Post:
Congress has the power to obtain and release Trump's tax returns  —  George K. Yin is a professor of law and taxation at the University of Virginia and a former chief of staff of the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.  —  Though our new president may not realize it …
Discussion: CNNMoney
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.
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
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Democrats are lost on immigration — and they'd better rethink their ideas to beat Trump  —  It's a good thing for Democrats that President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration was so haphazardly implemented.  —  Trump's chaotic and too-broad action inflamed the Democratic base …
Discussion: National Review
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: TheBlaze and The American Mirror
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.
 
 
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Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
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Ben Bradley / WGN-TV:
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Michael McConnell / Hoover Institution:
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration