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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.
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.
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.
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
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ becomes new battle cry after McConnell silences Elizabeth Warren
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Mitch McConnell Sees ‘High Level of Satisfaction’ With Trump Administration
Discussion: Hot Air and Axios
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
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 …
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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.
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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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
White House Correspondents' Dinner in Trouble as Trump Scares Off Hollywood Stars and Media  —  “I see it as a huge opportunity for a comedian to do something interesting,” says Larry Wilmore, who headlined 2016's dinner, as the host gig goes unfilled and MSNBC mulls whether to have its party amid the president's press war.
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
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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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Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
Alabama Governor: If We Can Put A Man On The Moon, We Can Build More Prisons
Discussion: Hit & Run
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
LeBron James Rips Trump's Immigration Ban “That Divides and Excludes People”
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Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Intel chooses White House to announce $7B factory investment
Discussion: Politico
Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
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Becca Stanek / The Week:
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Mike Allen / Axios:
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