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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate confirms Sessions as attorney general  —  The Senate voted Wednesday night to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  (R-Ala.) as attorney general, capping a vicious debate that left Democrats and Republicans alike seething at times.  —  No Republicans went against Sessions in the 52-47 vote.
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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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as attorney general  —  The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, following a bitter debate in the chamber that saw Republicans formally rebuke Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for the manner in which she criticized her colleague from Alabama.
Adele M. Stan / American Prospect:
Warren Silenced: The Patriarchy Strikes Back  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington.  —  There's nothing the patriarchy hates more than a woman who's got a point to make, especially a powerful point to make against the man the white patriarchy means …
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Read Coretta Scott King's Letter That Got Sen. Elizabeth Warren Silenced
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Jeff Sessions confirmed as Trump's attorney general
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ becomes new battle cry after McConnell silences Elizabeth Warren
Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate Democrats echo Warren on the floor, baiting GOP
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren:
During the debate on whether to make Jeff Sessions the next …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
What was Mitch McConnell thinking?
Discussion: Politicus USA, Hot Air and ABC News
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Rule Used to Silence Warren Was Created to Protect Delicate Feelings of Senate's Foremost Lynching Advocate
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Nordstrom's shares up nearly 5 percent after clash with Donald Trump
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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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump's attacks on judiciary are ‘demoralizing’  —  President Trump's escalating attacks on the judicial branch drew denunciation Wednesday from his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who told lawmakers that the attacks were “demoralizing” and “disheartening” …
Discussion: Breitbart, TalkLeft and TheBlaze
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nine Senate Democrats Say Gorsuch Deserves a Vote
Holly Yan / CNN:
Sean Spicer cites Atlanta terror attack that never happened  —  (CNN)Another high-profile Trump administration official has made statements about a terror attack that never occurred.  —  This time, it's Press Secretary Sean Spicer.  Three times in one week, Spicer alluded to a terror attack in Atlanta by someone from overseas.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Outside the Beltway
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Marcus Thompson II / Mercury News:
Exclusive: Stephen Curry responds to Under Armour boss who supports Trump  —  Surprised, the Warriors star got an explanation directly from Kevin Plank, stands by his shoe company  —  Once again, Stephen Curry has found himself in the middle of a political issue.
Discussion: ProFootballTalk, USA Today and Mashable
NBC News:
Yemen Raid: Spicer Says McCain, Other Critics Owe Apology to Dead SEAL  —  White House: Not Calling Yemen Raid A Success Is A ‘Disservice to Ryan Owens’ 1:38  —  The White House said Wednesday that anyone who questions the success of last week's deadly U.S.-led raid in Yemen “owes an apology” to the Navy SEAL who was killed there.
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The Bureau of Investigative Journalism:
Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Daniel Craig / PhillyVoice:
Pennsylvania senator to Trump: Come after me, you ‘s***-gibbon’  —  A Pennsylvania lawmaker had strong words for Donald Trump after the president reportedly joked he would “destroy” a Texas lawmaker's career.  —  In a Facebook post, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery …
Steve Rukavina / CBC News:
Canadian woman turned away from U.S. border after questions about religion, Trump  —  ‘We found videos on your phone that are against us,’ Fadwa Alaoui says she was told by a border agent  —  A woman from the Montreal suburb of Brossard says she was denied entry into the U.S. Saturday …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
MJ Lee / CNN:
Newest Republican Obamacare plan: ‘Reconciliation Plus’  —  Cruz, Sanders debate Obamacare in 90 seconds  —  Washington (CNN)Top Republican lawmakers are forging ahead with a strategy of including Obamacare replacement measures in a repeal bill that would roll back big chunks of the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Eclectablog, The Daily Signal and Vox
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
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 …
Discussion: EcoWatch
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.
Daniel Burke / CNN:
100 evangelical leaders buy ad to denounce Trump's refugee ban  —  Judges challenge lawyers on travel ban hearing  —  (CNN)Scores of evangelical leaders, including at least one from each state, have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement to denounce President Donald Trump's temporary ban on refugees …
Discussion: The Hill, DCist and Faithwire
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.
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Facebook introduces features to curb discrimination  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced the rollout of new tools designed to combat discrimination in its advertising products.  —  The social media giant's new policies name specific protected races, ethnicities and nationalities …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Government Contractor Facing Federal Indictment for Willful Retention of National Defense Information
Discussion: New York Times
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Willie J. Parker Changed His Mind About Abortion
Discussion: LifeNews.com and TheBlaze
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as ‘unreliable’ source for website
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
The Ninth Circuit and President Trump's Lies
Discussion: Althouse
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
White House Correspondents' Dinner in Trouble as Trump Scares Off Hollywood Stars and Media
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Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
New stock questions plague HHS nominee Tom Price as confirmation vote nears
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Investigators Probing Plane That Got Too Close to Air Force One, Sources Say
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bloomberg:
Chelsea Clinton's Husband Closes His Hedge Fund
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Rick Santorum: Trump can lie about the murder rate because he's not ‘bound by all the facts’
Discussion: NPR and Lawyers, Guns & Money