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2:25 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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Bloomberg:
Pence Set to Break Senate Tie on DeVos' Confirmation Vote
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and CANNONFIRE
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Franken: DeVos ‘fundamentally incompetent’ to lead Education Dept
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Approve the Cabinet  —  There is no serious case against DeVos, Price, or Mnuchin.
Discussion: Instapundit
Mark Bauerlein / Vox:
The job of the Education Secretary isn't to defend public schools. It's to help kids learn.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hit & Run
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.
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” …
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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.
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BBC:
Trump says terror attacks ‘under-reported’: Is that true?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
What's largely and glaringly missing from Trump's list of terrorist attacks: Non-Western victims
Discussion: The Guardian and Common Dreams
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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Michael McConnell / Hoover Institution:   Neil Gorsuch: An Eloquent Intellectual
cbsnews.cbs.com:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Electoral College needs to be changed
Discussion: TheBlaze
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ginsburg: I would back changing the Electoral College
Discussion: CNN and RedState
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I'd like to change the Electoral College
Discussion: Vox
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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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: Vox Popoli and Infowars
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Republicans Double Down on Push to Repeal Obamacare
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Rich Lowry / New York Post:   Sorry: Trump's immigration order is totally legal
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump offers to ‘destroy career’ of Texas state senator at meeting with sheriff … President Trump on Tuesday offered to go after a Texas state senator who was the target of complaints from a local sheriff.  —  During a White House meeting, Rockwall County, Texas, Sheriff Harold Eavenson told …
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 and twitchy.com
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 …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'He'll never be back': CNN's Alisyn Camerota mocks GOP lawmaker after disastrous appearance  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  CNN's Chris Cuomo once again hammered a member of Congress on air for trying to dodge difficult questions.  The interview was so contentious …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Mediaite and The Slot
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 and Hot Air
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Melania Trump missed out on ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to make millions, lawsuit says  —  A lawyer for first lady Melania Trump argued in a lawsuit filed Monday that an article falsely alleging she once worked for an escort service hurt her chance to establish “multimillion dollar …
 
 
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Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plan to Overhaul Tax Code Gets Held Up at the Border
John Whitesides / Reuters:
From disputes to a breakup: wounds still raw after U.S. election
Discussion: TheBlaze
Ryan Heath / Politico:
BUZZ: NBC to spin off ‘Weekend Update’ to weekly primetime show …
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Washington Post:
Trump's loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban
Discussion: New York Times
Joshua Berlinger / CNN:
13,000 people hanged in secret at Syrian prison, Amnesty says
Media Matters for America:
Conway's Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn't An “Honest Mistake”; It's Part Of A Pattern
ABC News:
The Note: A Day of Tests for Trump
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How to stop an autocracy  —  The danger isn't that Trump will build an autocracy.
Discussion: Politico and twitchy.com
Kristine Guerra / Washington Post:
A small Arkansas town has its first murder suspect in decades. He's 12.
Cindy Adams / Page Six:
Inside Donald Trump's interview with Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: Axios
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Critic, Who Said He Was Poisoned in 2015, Falls Into Coma
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Sorry! American politics will get worse