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12:40 AM ET, February 9, 2017

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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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Bill Chappell / NPR:
Read Coretta Scott King's Letter That Got Sen. Elizabeth Warren Silenced  —  One day after Senate Republicans invoked a conduct rule to end Sen. Elizabeth Warren's speech against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King urging the Senate …
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.
Julia Limitone / Fox Business:
Dr. Alveda King: Sen. Warren Used the King Name to Stir Up Emotions
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, AOL and Politico
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.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Nordstrom's shares up nearly 5 percent after clash with Donald Trump
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
Spicer: Nordstrom Dropping Ivanka Trump's Line Is ‘Direct Attack’ On Prez
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump's attacks on judiciary are ‘demoralizing’
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Gorsuch: Trump's attack on judges ‘demoralizing’
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: AOL, ProFootballTalk, USA Today and Mashable
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 …
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Dem to unveil bill requiring a White House psychiatrist  —  Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) reportedly plans to file a bill that would require the White House to have an in-house psychiatrist.  —  “I'm looking at it from the perspective of, if there are questions about the mental health of the president …
Discussion: Daily Wire
USA Today:
Muslim U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was held by U.S. Customs  —  Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American to medal for the United States in the Olympics, said Tuesday she was recently detained at U.S. Customs for two hours without explanation.
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
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Conservative grassroots leaders are planning a series of massive pro-President Donald Trump rallies nationwide, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.  —  On Feb. 27 and March 4, the rallies—dubbed the Spirit of America Rallies—will spring up nationwide in cities and towns across America.
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.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism:
Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen  —  Relatives of people killed in the raid gather in one of the decimated houses.  Photo by Nasser al Sane  —  Planned for months, it was decided over dinner.  —  The raid on a village in rural Yemen reportedly aimed …
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Anti-Milo organizer: Window-smashing Cal protest ‘stunningly successful’  —  Organizers of the anti-Milo Yiannopoulos demonstration last week at UC Berkeley that ended in $100,000 worth of window-breaking chaos declared it a “stunningly successful” protest — one they'll happily repeat …
Discussion: Breitbart and Power Line
Erin Corbett / Raw Story:
Georgia white supremacist under FBI investigation after police find evidence of ricin in his car  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  William Christopher Gibbs, a 27-year-old man from Fannin County, Georgia is under FBI investigation after driving himself to the hospital last week …
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
Catherine Shoard / The Guardian:
Judy Garland ‘sexually harassed’ by munchkin co-stars on Wizard of Oz set  —  Posthumous memoir by Garland's ex-husband Sid Luft claims teenage star was groped by actors on set  —  In the key scene in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland skips down the yellow brick road with her dog Toto and hundreds of helpful munchkins.
Discussion: KTLA, The Daily Caller and Towleroad
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 and Gizmodo
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
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
Ana Marie Cox / New York Times:
Willie J. Parker Changed His Mind About Abortion  —  Your book, “Life's Work,” is rooted in the fact that you have a moral and spiritual argument in favor of abortion rights, and you talk about your shift from someone who, for religious reasons, didn't want to provide abortion to someone who, for religious reasons, did.
Discussion: LifeNews.com and TheBlaze
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
Government Contractor Facing Federal Indictment for Willful Retention of National Defense Information
Discussion: New York Times
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Facebook introduces features to curb discrimination
Discussion: RedState
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
White House Correspondents' Dinner in Trouble as Trump Scares Off Hollywood Stars and Media
Fox News Insider:
Radiation at Japan's Fukushima Reactor Is Now at ‘Unimaginable’ Levels
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
CBS News:
A note from Charlie Rose