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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.
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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.
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.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate Democrats echo Warren on the floor, baiting GOP  —  Elizabeth Warren's fellow Democrats are taking to the Senate floor to read the same letter criticizing attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions that got Warren formally chastised by the GOP — but drawing no similar objections so far as they push back against her rare rebuke.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Republican Senators Vote to Formally Silence Elizabeth Warren
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: Hot Air and Axios
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Republicans vote to rebuke Elizabeth Warren, saying she impugned Sessions's character
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  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that Nordstrom's decision to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line is an attack on the president's policies and his daughter.
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nine Senate Democrats Say Gorsuch Deserves a Vote
Christopher Brennan / New York Daily News:
Trump launched Yemen raid after being told Obama wouldn't have been ‘bold enough,’ report says  —  President Trump was convinced to launch a “botched” counterterrorism raid in Yemen after being told that the Obama administration would have never attempted one, according to a report.
Discussion: RedState and CNN
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New York Times:
Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Moonbattery
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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
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Intel chooses White House to announce $7B factory investment  —  During their meeting at the Oval Office, Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich told Trump that the company is investing $7 billion in a new factory in Arizona, per White House pool reports.  Krzanich said that the factory — which will create the …
Discussion: Politico
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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.
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
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
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Investigators Probing Plane That Got Too Close to Air Force One, Sources Say  —  Incident involving Trump's plane occurred over Florida  —  Risk of collision said to be low as planes flew parallel  —  U.S. aviation investigators are probing an incident in which a private plane …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
 
 
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