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Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:
Why Mitch McConnell Used A Senate Rule To Silence Elizabeth Warren  —  Republicans say elevating Warren ahead of a tough election cycle for red-state Democrats and showing that the party is trying to keep the Senate functioning — even as it grinds to a halt — works in the GOP's favor.
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Republican Senators Vote to Formally Silence Elizabeth Warren  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators voted on Tuesday to formally silence a Democratic colleague for impugning a peer, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, by condemning his nomination for attorney general while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP  —  Washington (CNN)The Senate has silenced Elizabeth Warren.  —  And by doing so, majority Republicans just handed the liberal firebrand a megaphone — further elevating President Donald Trump's fiercest and most prominent critic in the Senate and turning her into a Democratic hero.
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
GOP Senate Votes To Gag Warren For Incivility.  Here Are 3 Reasons That's Incredibly Dumb.  —  On Tuesday evening, the Senate voted to censure Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for savaging Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President Trump's pick for Attorney General.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate Democrats echo Warren on the floor, baiting GOP
Eder Campuzano / Oregonian:
Jeff Merkley reads Coretta Scott King's letter about Jeff Sessions on Senate floor (video)
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Rule Used to Silence Warren Was Created to Protect Delicate Feelings of Senate's Foremost Lynching Advocate
Discussion: Daily Kos
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell Sees ‘High Level of Satisfaction’ With Trump Administration
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and Axios
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ becomes new battle cry after McConnell silences Elizabeth Warren
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
T.J. Maxx Backs Away From Ivanka Trump as President Assails Nordstrom  —  Last week, employees at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls got very clear instructions about where to put signs for Ivanka Trump products: in the garbage.  —  The TJX Companies, the retailers' parent company …
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Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Trump blasts Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka's clothing line  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted luxury department store Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka Trump's label, a move that drew immediate criticism for further blurring the line between Trump's administration and his family's businesses.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Spicer: Nordstrom Dropping Ivanka Trump's Line Is ‘Direct Attack’ On Prez
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch calls Trump's tweets ‘disheartening’  —  Trump rips federal judge who halted travel ban  —  Washington (CNN)Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that President Donald Trump's tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nine Senate Democrats Say Gorsuch Deserves a Vote
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Approval Rating Slides Despite Support for Travel Ban  —  While a majority of voters back President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, they're souring on his performance in the wake of its implementation, according to a new poll.
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Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Makes Up Atlanta Islamist Terror Attack  —  Kellyanne Conway's “Bowling Green massacre” isn't the only case of a White House aide pointing to a terror attack that didn't happen to make the case for President Donald Trump's controversial executive order limiting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
CBS News:
A note from Charlie Rose  —  Almost 15 years ago skilled surgeons replaced my aorta valve with a new replacement valve.  It has served me well enabling me to live the vigorous, full, complete life you are all so familiar with.  No one loves life more than I do.
Emma Loop / BuzzFeed:
John McCain Says The Recent Yemen Raid Was A “Failure”  —  The Trump administration called the raid — which killed 14 members of al-Qaeda and resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL — “highly successful” and “an intelligence gathering mission.”  —  Mark Wilson / Getty Images
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Sam Shead / Business Insider:
Inside the crash of Fling, the startup whose founder partied on an island while his company burned through $21 million  — London-based social media app Fling burned through $21 million in less than three years.  — Fling never brought in any revenue.  — The founder splashed …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump's faux-pas diplomacy  —  President Donald Trump spent much of a recent phone call with French President Francois Hollande veering off into rants about the U.S. getting shaken down by other countries, according to a senior official with knowledge of the call, creating an awkward interaction with a critical U.S. ally.
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
The Ninth Circuit and President Trump's Lies  —  If there was a single question at the center of Tuesday afternoon's hearings on President Trump's executive order keeping people from seven Muslim-majority nations and all refugees out of the country, it was this: Do the courts, or the American people …
Discussion: Althouse
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
Exclusive: Alleged mastermind tells Obama 9/11 was America's fault  —  The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks wrote former President Barack Obama in a long suppressed letter that America brought the 9/11 attacks on itself for years of foreign policy that killed innocent people across the world.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
“Just Following Orders”  —  Horror stories about the lawlessness of Customs and Border Protection agents in the aftermath of Trump's immigration ban.  —  In the days after Donald Trump signed his executive order on immigration, it became clear that Customs and Border Protection officers …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Rick Santorum: Trump can lie about the murder rate because he's not ‘bound by all the facts’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum excused President Donald Trump for lying about the U.S. murder rate by arguing that the president's false statements come …
Discussion: NPR and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Tapper a GOP target after grilling Conway  —  A source with direct knowledge tells Axios that Republican operatives were urging at least one conservative-friendly website to write Jake Tapper hit pieces yesterday after his hard-hitting interview with Kellyanne Conway.
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg:
Prominent Republicans Push Carbon Tax in White House Meeting  —  Former White House advisers, cabinet secretaries pressing tax  —  Environmental regulations would be dropped in exchange  —  A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders, including former Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Comforts of the Betsy DeVos War  —  In these distinctly abnormal times for the republic, with Donald Trump in the White House and a group of unprepared revolutionaries around him, one must be grateful for small doses of normalcy and politics as usual.  Thank heavens, then, for Senate Democrats …
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Wall Street Journal editor to face critics  —  Amid growing newsroom discontent over his perceived resistance to critical coverage of Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerry Baker will host a town hall meeting next week where he is expected to address the paper's reporting …
Fox News Insider:
Radiation at Japan's Fukushima Reactor Is Now at ‘Unimaginable’ Levels  —  The radiation levels at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are now at “unimaginable” levels.  —  Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered.
Bloomberg:
Chelsea Clinton's Husband Closes His Hedge Fund  —  Eaglevale Partners, the hedge fund co-founded by Marc Mezvinsky, the son-in-law of Hillary and Bill Clinton, closed in December, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.  —  Eaglevale, based in New York, is in the process …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump attacks judges weighing travel ban  —  President Trump on Wednesday went after a panel of federal judges weighing whether a court order blocking his travel ban should be lifted.  —  Speaking to a gathering of law enforcement officials, Trump argued the judges should immediately reinstate …
Discussion: Politico and Rewire
Julian Zelizer / Washington Post:
Protests didn't hurt Reagan, and they're not going to stop Trump  —  Low approval ratings and public outcry can work in favor of outsider politicians. … Demonstrators march against President Trump's executive order fast-tracking the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
CNNMoney:
Trump labor nominee said 40% of his workers were once undocumented  —  Andrew Puzder in 60 seconds  —  Donald Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, has in the past said that a large number of his employees were in the country illegally.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF reaches deal for free tuition at City College  —  A deal announced by Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee today will make San Francisco the first city in the nation to make community college free to all city residents.  —  City College of San Francisco will be free of charge …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump administration seen as more truthful than news media: poll  —  The Trump administration is more trusted than the news media among voters, according to a new Emerson College poll.  —  The administration is considered truthful by 49 percent of registered voters and untruthful by 48 percent.
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Maria L La Ganga / The Guardian:
Idaho judge says rape is ‘a direct consequence of the social media system’
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
White House Correspondents' Dinner in Trouble as Trump Scares Off Hollywood Stars and Media
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
LeBron James Rips Trump's Immigration Ban “That Divides and Excludes People”
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Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
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Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Investigators Probing Plane That Got Too Close to Air Force One, Sources Say
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter J. Hotez / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
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NEllingsen / Lawfare:
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Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct