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5:30 PM ET, February 7, 2017

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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 …
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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.
BBC:
Trump says terror attacks ‘under-reported’: Is that true?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
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
Discussion: Infowars and Vox Popoli
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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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 …
Michael McConnell / Hoover Institution:
Neil Gorsuch: An Eloquent Intellectual  —  Within hours of the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States, the battle lines had already formed.  Leftwing groups were reflexively opposed—as they would oppose any Republican nominee.  Right-leaning groups rallied in support.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Associated Press:
Gorsuch Paid $3.28 Million by Former Firm, Under 2005 Deal
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Rosie O'Donnell as Steve Bannon?  SNL could really make Trump angry if it wanted to.  —  Rosie O'Donnell, perhaps President Trump's ultimate nemesis, answered the call within one minute.  Twitter had decided that she should play White House strategist Steve Bannon on “Saturday Night Live,” and O'Donnell saw the idea almost instantly.
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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
White House rattled by McCarthy's spoof of Spicer
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ginsburg: I would back changing the Electoral College  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she would support changing the Electoral College.  —  “There are some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College,” she said late Monday at Stanford Law School in California, according to CNN.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com, CNN and RedState
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cbsnews.cbs.com:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Electoral College needs to be changed
Discussion: Politico, Vox and TheBlaze
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 …
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 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Mike Pence, a man of the House, becomes Trump's eyes and ears in the Senate  —  Just two and a half weeks into his tenure, Vice President Pence will do something that Joe Biden never did in eight years: cast a tiebreaking vote in the Senate.  —  The Constitution only assigns two real responsibilities …
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CNN:
Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary; vice president casts historic tie-breaking vote
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 …
Evelyn Turner / USA Today:
Sessions tried to jail me for helping people vote: Voices  —  It would be a great step backwards if he got the job others used to expand voting rights.  —  While my husband and I were trying to help black people vote in Alabama, Jeff Sessions was trying to put us in jail.
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 …
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: The American Mirror and TheBlaze
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban  —  Throughout Donald Trump's campaign and now into the first weeks of his presidency, critics suggested that he cool his incendiary rhetoric, that his words matter.  His defenders responded that, as Corey Lewandowski said, he was being taken too “literally.”
Discussion: New York Times
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Philadelphia ice cream shop rolls out ImPeach Sundae  —  An ice cream parlor in Philadelphia is rolling out a new option for its customers: the ImPeach Sundae.  —  Franklin Fountain posted a photo of its new sundae option on Instagram.  —  The sundae is made up of peach ice cream …
Discussion: RedState
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
 
 
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Brady Huggett / Nature:
US immigration order strikes against biotech
Discussion: NBC News, Business Insider and STAT
Robert W. Merry / The American Conservative:
A Profound Question Behind the Immigration Debate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jugal K. Patel / New York Times:
A Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
Melania Trump reaches settlement in libel lawsuit against Maryland blogger
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
JoAnn Wise / Washington Post:
Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers. I know: He was for me.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plan to Overhaul Tax Code Gets Held Up at the Border
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