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7:30 AM ET, February 8, 2017

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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: Vox, Oregonian, Politico and RedState
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions's character  —  Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator's character.
During the debate on whether to make:
During the debate on whether to make Jeff Sessions the next Attorney General, I tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the floor of the Senate.  The letter, from 30 years ago, urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell Sees ‘High Level of Satisfaction’ With Trump Administration  —  WASHINGTON — While there is plenty of anxiety in Washington about the shaky early performance of the Trump administration, don't count Senator Mitch McConnell among the hand wringers.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Alabama governor leaning toward ‘Big Luther’ Strange to replace Sessions
Discussion: Political Wire and al.com
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct  —  White House leaks are common, but leakers suggesting the president might be unfit for office are not.  —  S.V. Date  —  Senior White House Correspondent, The Huffington Post  —  White House reporter, The Huffington Post
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at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions …
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.
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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.
Associated Press:
'Justice Scalia's Seat' Has a History Going Back 150 Years  —  On the night Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he was thinking about history.  —  “The towering judges that have served in this particular seat on the Supreme Court …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Poll: Democrats want leaders to block Trump  —  Democratic voters are sending a clear message to their elected officials in Washington: Stop Donald Trump at all costs.  —  A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that just 34 percent of Democratic voters want their party's elected officials …
Discussion: Political Wire and Morning Consult
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
More Democrats are familiar with Stephen Bannon than Charles Schumer
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Ryan Browne / CNN:
First on CNN: US military to rent space in Trump Tower  —  Washington (CNN)The US military is looking to lease space in Trump Tower.  —  “In order to meet official mission requirements, the Department of Defense is working through appropriate channels and in accordance with all applicable legal requirements …
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Department of Defense looks to rent space in Trump Tower  —  The Department of Defense is seeking to rent space in President Trump's New York skyscraper, Trump Tower, a move that could directly funnel government money into the president's business interests.
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
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   ‘What a president says is more important than a candidate’: Jake Tapper goes off on Trump for lying
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   ‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’: Tapper Confronts Conway for WH Claims on Media Terror Coverage
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 …
Julia Belluz / Vox:
No, Canadians do not flee en masse for US health care  —  Canada made a surprise appearance in a CNN health care debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.  —  Cruz, claiming he knows a lot about Canada because he was born there, said Canadians leave their country …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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.
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Dave Burke / Daily Mail:
92% of left-wing activists live with their parents and one in three is unemployed, study of Berlin protesters finds  —  The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Hill Republicans quake at Trump's budget-busting wish list  —  President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation's roads and bridges, boost military spending, slash taxes and build a “great wall.”  But Republicans on Capitol Hill have one question for him: How the heck will we pay for all of this?
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
Tony Romm / Politico:
Before immigration furor, tech giants donated to Trump inauguration  —  Some of the same technology giants that are waging a legal war against President Donald Trump's immigration policies quietly offered support to his inauguration in January — complete with some previously undisclosed checks, POLITICO confirmed Tuesday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple Hires Amazon's Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business  —  Former Amazon executive also held roles at Netflix and Roku  —  The hire lets company to beef up team seeking content deals  —  Apple Inc. has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon.com Inc.'s Fire TV unit …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Make Haste — Deliberately  —  If Trump shows that his actions are a reaction to past extremes, his changes will win public support.  —  The emperor Augustus who oversaw the transition from the nonstop civil war of a collapsing republic to the Principate — with all the good and bad …
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 …
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
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Disney Q1 Revenue Weighed Down By ESPN Struggles  —  Media networks reported a dip in revenue and profit  —  The Walt Disney Company began its fiscal year with a whimper, as the entertainment giant was unable to successfully fend off headwinds facing its cable business, reporting revenue that fell short of expectations.
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 Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
The Problem of Two Unreliable Narrators: Trump Versus the Media  —  When both the person in power and his critics are both perceived as lacking credibility, the person in power is likely to come out on top.  —  I was at the gym yesterday catching up on the latest Hardcore History podcast …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Hungary submits plans to EU to detain all asylum seekers
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Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump's Twitter feed ignored terror attacks that White House claims media neglected
George K. Yin / Washington Post:
Congress has the power to obtain and release Trump's tax returns
Discussion: CNNMoney
Monmouth University:
3-in-10 struggling to maintain current financial situation
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
France: Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 245 Per Cent
Ben Bradley / WGN-TV:
All CPS students sent home with letter accusing Gov. Rauner of ‘cheating’ kids
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Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Steve King: Putin Does Allow Freedom of Dissent, He Never Murdered Prominent Critic
Discussion: Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Syria has secretly executed thousands of political prisoners: rights group
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Morse / Washington Post:
Melania Trump reaches settlement in libel lawsuit against Maryland blogger
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Democrats are lost on immigration — and they'd better rethink their ideas to beat Trump
Discussion: The Week, alicublog and National Review