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4:15 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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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
CNN:
Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary; vice president casts historic tie-breaking vote
Bloomberg:
Pence Set to Break Senate Tie on DeVos' Confirmation Vote
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and CANNONFIRE
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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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 …
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
Associated Press:
Gorsuch Paid $3.28 Million by Former Firm, Under 2005 Deal  —  Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch gave up a $1 million a year paycheck when he left his private law practice a decade ago for less financially rewarding work as a government lawyer and then a judge.
Discussion: Politico
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Washington Post:
Trump's loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban
Discussion: New York Times
Sen. Chuck Schumer / Politico:
Neil Gorsuch Needs 60 Votes
Michael McConnell / Hoover Institution:   Neil Gorsuch: An Eloquent Intellectual
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I'd like to change the Electoral College
Discussion: Vox
cbsnews.cbs.com:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Electoral College needs to be changed
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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.
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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
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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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 …
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
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 …
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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 …
JoAnn Wise / Washington Post:
Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers.  I know: He was for me.  —  After decades of work at Hardee's, I have no savings, no health benefits and no plans for retirement.  —  In 1984, I was hired as a cashier at Hardee's in Columbia, S.C., making $4.25 an hour.  By 2005, 21 years later, my pay was only at $8 an hour.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Philadelphia ice cream shop rolls out ImPeach Sundae
Discussion: RedState
Kyle Olson / The American Mirror:
CONFUSION: Nancy Pelosi says ‘Seen nothing I can work with President Bush on’
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Kelly says ‘no chaos’ after travel ban: ‘You can take my word for it’
Discussion: ABC News
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning
Sara Berlinger / KFYR-TV:
Sanitation crews work to remove massive amounts of garbage from DAPL protest camp before spring thaw
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Democrats are lost on immigration — and they'd better rethink their ideas to beat Trump
Discussion: National Review
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plan to Overhaul Tax Code Gets Held Up at the Border
 Earlier Items: 
John Whitesides / Reuters:
From disputes to a breakup: wounds still raw after U.S. election
Discussion: The American Mirror and TheBlaze
Media Matters for America:
Conway's Bowling Green Massacre Claim Wasn't An “Honest Mistake”; It's Part Of A Pattern
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How to stop an autocracy  —  The danger isn't that Trump will build an autocracy.
Discussion: Politico and twitchy.com
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
'He'll never be back': CNN's Alisyn Camerota mocks GOP lawmaker after disastrous appearance
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands
Discussion: The Week and twitchy.com
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican
Discussion: Millennial, Raw Story and Hot Air
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Melania Trump missed out on ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to make millions, lawsuit says