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7:30 PM ET, February 9, 2017

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Washington Post:
Conway may have broken key ethics rule by touting Ivanka Trump's products, experts say  —  President Trump's official counselor, Kellyanne Conway, may have broken a key ethics rule Thursday morning when she told TV audiences to “go buy Ivanka's stuff.”  —  Federal employees are banned …
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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Cooper withdraws from solicitor general consideration  —  Chuck Cooper, the conservative Supreme Court litigator, is withdrawing his name from consideration to be the next solicitor general, opening the door for the husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to be appointed to the role.
Fox News Insider:
Kellyanne Conway on Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line: ‘Go Buy It Today!’  —  After Nordstrom decided to drop Ivanka Trump's fashion line from its department stores, a number of retailers have recently followed suit.  —  Neiman Marcus, Belk, Jet, ShopStyle, Home Shopping Network …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW FILES ETHICS COMPLAINTS AGAINST KELLYANNE CONWAY  —  Washington, DC—Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway's official endorsement of Ivanka Trump's products from the White House this morning was an apparent violation of federal law, ethics regulations and other standards of conduct …
ABC News:
White House: Trump ‘Absolutely’ Backs Conway Amid Criticism
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Ex-ethics czar: Kellyanne Conway faces ‘a range of penalties’ for promoting Ivanka's brand on Fox
Discussion: Politico, The Atlantic and Joe.My.God.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss  —  WASHINGTON — A three-judge federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously refused to reinstate President Trump's targeted travel ban, delivering the latest and most stinging judicial rebuke to his effort …
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court maintains suspension of Trump's immigration order  —  A federal appeals court has maintained the freeze on President Trump's controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue entering the U.S.
Bloomberg:
Appeals Court Keeps U.S. Doors Open During Immigration Fight
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Vox Popoli
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
9th Circuit rules against reinstating travel ban
Discussion: neo-neocon, alan.com and TheBlaze
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Appeals Court Keeps Block on Trump Immigration Order in Place
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump Tweets ‘SEE YOU IN COURT’ After Ruling
Discussion: ABC News and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban
Discussion: Axios and Talking Points Memo
Reuters:
Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty - sources  —  In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States …
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Mysterious Disappearance of the Biggest Scandal in Washington  —  The biggest election-related scandal since Watergate occurred last year, and it has largely disappeared from the political-media landscape of Washington.  —  According to the consensus assessment of US intelligence agencies …
Discussion: emptywheel and Daily Kos
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump presses senators to work again on immigration reform
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Gena Wolfson / Hear & Now:
CNN's Chris Cuomo: ‘I see being called fake news as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists’ … Attacks on the press for being ‘fake news’ have become a staple of President Trump's rhetoric, with CNN — hosts/reporters included — often being called out by name.
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
She Showed Up Yearly to Meet Immigration Agents.  Now They've Deported Her.  —  PHOENIX — For eight years, Guadalupe García de Rayos had checked in at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office here, a requirement since she was caught using a fake Social Security number during …
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Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PREPARES TO EXECUTE “VICIOUS” EXECUTIVE ORDER ON DEPORTATIONS
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus Want You to Know They Are Friends  —  “We're just finishing,” Steve Bannon told me.  “Reince is giving me my daily back massage.”  —  The two men burst into a fit of conspiratorial laughter.  —  “Off the record!”  Reince Priebus said.  —  “Off the record!”
Discussion: The Week
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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump White House besieged by leaks
Discussion: The Verge, RedState and Daily Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John McCain's brutal rejoinder to Sean Spicer  —  Donald Trump took on Sen. John McCain's status as a war hero and won the GOP nomination anyway.  —  Sean Spicer took on John McCain's expertise on military matters and got this: … The White House press secretary took an extraordinary position Wednesday …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Secrecy surrounds White House cybersecurity staff shakeup  —  The Obama-appointed chief information security officer was charged with keeping the president and his staff safe from cyber-threats posed by hackers and nation-state attackers.  —  The chief information security officer …
New York Times:
California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers  —  MERCED, Calif. — Jeff Marchini and others in the Central Valley here bet their farms on the election of Donald J. Trump.  His message of reducing regulations and taxes appealed to this Republican stronghold …
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Olivia Marcus / Amino Blog:
The most disproportionately common injury in every state  —  What can medical codes tell us about getting hurt in America?  —  Every time you go to the doctor, your diagnosis is recorded as a medical code.  They're notoriously complicated—more than 3,000 ICD codes are used just to describe physical injuries.
Discussion: Mother Jones and STAT
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump targeted Japan during the campaign.  Now its prime minister is embracing the new president.  —  As foreign leaders have recoiled and recalibrated amid President Trump's bluster and bullying on the world stage, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has taken another tack — offering the new American president an embrace.
Discussion: Politico
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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump to pay for Abe's Mar-a-Lago visit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Grabien News RSS:
Trump: ‘Phenomenal’ Tax Cut Package Coming in 2-3 Weeks  —  'We're going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal'  —  President Trump to his conservative critics: I read you loud and clear!  —  After coming under criticism from many on the right …
Media Matters for America:
“Great News!”:  White Nationalists See Sessions' Attorney General Confirmation As Major Step Toward Achieving Their Racist Goals  —  Jeff Sessions Confirmed By U.S. Senate For Attorney General Post  —  Sessions Confirmed On “A Near-Party-Line Vote.”  Jeff Sessions, who has served …
Billboard:
STEVE BOOM, 48  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would make almost any list of the world's most powerful people.  In retail, he's clearly on top, and in tech, he's close to it.  In book publishing, he would be the undisputed No. 1 for 10 years running.  In addition to a $65 billion stake in Amazon …
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Inside Chuck Schumer's Plan to Take on President Trump  —  Put Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump in a room together and you can't miss the connection.  They are the leaders of rival parties, sharp opponents on Twitter and in the press, but they live by the same words, as big and bold as the city that made them.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump falsely accuses senator of misrepresenting Gorsuch criticism  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump falsely accused a Democratic senator Thursday of misrepresenting his Supreme Court nominee's words, according to several familiar with the incident.
Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Trump Does Not Know What Civil Forfeiture Is, but He Likes It  —  In a meeting with county sheriffs from around the country on Tuesday, President Trump jokingly (we hope!) threatened to “destroy [the] career” of a Texas legislator who proposed requiring the government to obtain a conviction …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrat moves to force House debate on Trump's alleged business conflicts and Russia ties  —  BALTIMORE — In an escalation of Democratic efforts to highlight questions about President Trump's potential conflicts of interest and alleged ties to Russia, a senior House Democrat is dusting off …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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