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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell Sees ‘High Level of Satisfaction’ With Trump Administration  —  WASHINGTON — Although 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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Alabama governor leaning toward ‘Big Luther’ Strange to replace Sessions
NBC News:
Warren Silenced For Reading Coretta Scott King Letter at Sessions Debate
ABC News:
The Note: Warren Silenced in the Senate
Discussion: Vox
YouTube:
Sen. McConnell Refuses to Let Sen. Warren Speak About Attorney General Nominee Sessions
USA Today:
Why Elizabeth Warren was accused of ‘impugning’ Jeff Sessions
Discussion: CNN, Axios and Raw Story
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 …
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Trump attacks judges weighing travel ban
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump offers his own oral argument defending travel ban
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:   Schumer Says Gorsuch Avoided His Questions ‘Like the Plague’
Associated Press:
'Justice Scalia's Seat' Has a History Going Back 150 Years
Discussion: Morning Consult
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.
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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 …
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Department of Defense looks to rent space in Trump Tower
Discussion: twitchy.com
The Huffington Post:
GOP Senator On Obamacare Replacement: 'There's Not Any Real Discussion Taking Place Right Now'  —  Republicans are finding it much harder to craft health care reform replacement than it was to campaign on repeal.  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Wall Street Journal:   The ObamaCare Cleanup Begins
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.
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.
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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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's secrets  —  President Trump has begun reaching out to veterans of earlier White Houses for advice, as he seeks to bring more order and stability to a chaotic internal power structure that relies on competing and sometimes conflicting centers of gravity.
NorthJersey.com:
Secaucus transgender boy returns to Scouting  —  MAPLEWOOD — In a moment of historic significance, Joe Maldonado put on a Cub Scout uniform on Tuesday night as he became a member of Pack 20 in Essex County while his mother held back tears — one week after the Boy Scouts of America changed …
Discussion: Associated Press
NEllingsen / Lawfare:
It's Not Foreigners Who are Plotting Here: What the Data Really Show  —  Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson meets with Minneapolis Muslim Community / Department of Homeland Security  —  A little more than a week ago, Benjamin Wittes posted a piece about the malevolence …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Tulsi Gabbard in New Trouble Over Her Syria Jaunt  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's visit with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has already raised controversy.  Now she's in hot water yet again for failing to comply with House ethics rules.  Gabbard hasn't yet submitted the required disclosure forms …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
Pittsburgh has finally realized it's in a toxic relationship with Uber  —  The honeymoon is over for Uber and Pittsburgh.  After bending over backward to accommodate the ride-sharing company's driverless car ambitions, city officials are tired of being taken for granted.
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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Julia Marsh / Reuters:
Melania wins ‘substantial’ settlement from blogger over prostitution claims  —  More On:  —  Melania Trump has won a “substantial” amount of money in a settlement with Maryland blogger who wrote about claims that she had once worked as a prostitute.  —  “The First Lady of the United States …
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: Washington Post and WHNT-TV
 
 
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James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
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Guy Taylor / Washington Times:
Trump ready to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain that Obama blocked
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Weighs Terrorist Designation for Muslim Brotherhood
Rich Yeselson / Politico:
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Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line Has Disappeared From Four More Retailers
Discussion: Raw Story, Althouse and Racked
Tim Wallace / Telegraph:
EU faces crisis as IMF warns Greek debts are on ‘explosive’ path
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Hill Republicans quake at Trump's budget-busting wish list
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
An Iron Stomach, and Other Qualities
Discussion: Mother Jones
Media Matters for America:
After Breitbart Attacked An Author For Criticizing Trump, A Horde Of “Alt-Right” Trolls Harassed Her
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How President Trump Could Seize More Power After a Terrorist Attack
Hina Shamsi / ACLU:
Flying Home From Abroad, a Border Agent Stopped and Questioned Me ... About My Work for the ACLU