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10:10 PM ET, February 7, 2017


 Top Items: 
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.
Washington Post:
Here are the 78 terrorist attacks the White House says were largely under-reported
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
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   ‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’: Tapper Confronts Conway for WH Claims on Media Terror Coverage
Madeline Conway / Politico:   Trump's Twitter feed ignored terror attacks that White House claims media neglected
New York Post:
CNN's excuse for banning Conway doesn't add up
Discussion: BizPac Review
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 …
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.
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
More Democrats are familiar with Stephen Bannon than Charles Schumer
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Mike Pence, a man of the House, becomes Trump's eyes and ears in the Senate
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell: Warren's blistering Sessions speech broke Senate rules  —  (D-Mass.) of breaking the Senate's rules with a blistering floor speech against Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  's attorney general nomination.  —  The Senate's top Republican interrupted Warren's speech to argue that she was violating …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions  —  WASHINGTON — Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions …
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 …
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
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
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
Ben Bradley / WGN-TV:
All CPS students sent home with letter accusing Gov. Rauner of ‘cheating’ kids  —  Share Update: … CHICAGO — Intense rhetoric between Chicago democrats and Illinois' republican governor is nothing new, but some parents are upset it is now being played out in a letter sent home with their kids.
Discussion: RedState and TheBlaze
Cruz, Sanders face off on Obamacare  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz urged fellow Republicans Tuesday to quickly “honor the promises” the party made over the years to repeal Obamacare.  —  “2010, 2014, 2016, I believe were a mandate from the voters.  We're tired of the premiums going up.
Discussion: Vox, Politicus USA, Hot Air and Joe.My.God.
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.
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
An Iron Stomach, and Other Qualities  —  This is an age of much churning on the right, and this may particularly apply to conservative opinion journalism.  I know a bit about this world.  So does Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire.  He used to work at Steve Bannon's Breitbart.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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Scott Arbeiter / New York Times:
I'm Pro-Life, and Pro-Refugee  —  I am an evangelical Christian …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Media Matters for America:
Trump Appeared On TV To Talk About Terrorist Attacks He Now Says Were Not Covered
Discussion: Washington Post
Monmouth University:
3-in-10 struggling to maintain current financial situation
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Disney Q1 Revenue Weighed Down By ESPN Struggles
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
France: Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 245 Per Cent
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump administration to approve final permit for Dakota Access pipeline
 Earlier Items: 
Evelyn Turner / USA Today:
Sessions tried to jail me for helping people vote: Voices
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Trump makes false statement about U.S. murder rate to sheriffs' group
Discussion: Business Insider
John Whitesides / Reuters:
From disputes to a breakup: wounds still raw after U.S. election
Discussion: The American Mirror and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Trump's loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban
Discussion: New York Times
Michael McConnell / Hoover Institution:
Neil Gorsuch: An Eloquent Intellectual
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Exclusive: How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration