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11:45 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” …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Rosie O'Donnell: I'll play Bannon on ‘SNL’ if asked
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Franken: DeVos ‘fundamentally incompetent’ to lead Education Dept  —  (D-Minn.) blasted Betsy DeVos, President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Education, as Democrats staged a late-night protest over her nomination.  —  “During her hearing, Ms. DeVos proved beyond a shadow of a doubt …
Pence Set to Break Senate Tie on DeVos' Confirmation Vote
Discussion: ABC News
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Approve the Cabinet  —  There is no serious case against DeVos, Price, or Mnuchin.
Discussion: Instapundit
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Senate to vote today on confirmation of Betsy DeVos
Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Mike Pence's Vote on a Cabinet Nominee Would Be Historic
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
Carrie Levine / Center for Public Integrity:
Secret money fueling pro-Betsy DeVos ad campaigns
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and
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:
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
Sen. Chuck Schumer / Politico:
Neil Gorsuch Needs 60 Votes
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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.
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, CNN and The Week
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 …
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
A Supreme Court Deadlock on Trump's Travel Ban?  Not So Fast  —  Justice Kennedy may have other ideas.  —  As our Monday editorial details, there is every reason to believe that the eventual ruling of the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court will control the outcome of litigation …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How to stop an autocracy  —  The danger isn't that Trump will build an autocracy.  It's that congressional Republicans will let him.  —  There is nothing about the Trump administration that should threaten America's system of government.  The Founding Fathers were realistic about the presence and popularity of demagogues.
Discussion: Politico and
Media Matters for America:
Conway's Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn't An “Honest Mistake”; It's Part Of A Pattern  —  It turns out senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway didn't misspeak only one time when she referenced a fictional “massacre” that unfolded in Bowling Green, KY, at the hands of two Iraqi-born men in 2011.
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: Infowars
ABC News:
The Note: A Day of Tests for Trump  —  The blame game has begun - and there's nothing, really, to blame on anyone yet.  President Trump on Monday said the “very, very dishonest press” isn't reporting on terrorist attacks in Europe.  The White House followed up with a typo-filled list …
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly Defends Travel Ban But Regrets Quick Rollout  —  In his first appearance before Congress as secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly called President Trump's executive order on immigration “lawful and constitutional” but said he should have delayed the order's rollout …
Discussion: Politico
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Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
MSNBC's Tur Suggests Trump Will Be Responsible for ‘Suspicious Deaths’ of Journalists
Discussion: Infowars
Kristine Guerra / Washington Post:
A small Arkansas town has its first murder suspect in decades. He's 12.
Detroit News:
GOP targets Stabenow in new ad, first of 2018 cycle
Discussion: Washington Post
Cindy Adams / Page Six:
Inside Donald Trump's interview with Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Huffington Post's new editor seeks new audience — Trump voters
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Eli Stokols / Politico:
What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Sorry! American politics will get worse
Signal Mountain Man Planned Small Militia Unit For “High Casualties” …
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
About 20 Rabbis Arrested During Protest Over Trump Travel Ban
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump's White House tries to rehab its Hill outreach
Discussion: Raw Story