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9:10 AM ET, February 10, 2017


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Eugene Kontorovich / Washington Post:
The 9th Circuit's dangerous and unprecedented use of campaign statements to block presidential policy  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has just upheld a nationwide temporary injunction on President Trump's executive order relating to refugees and visas from certain countries.
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 …
Fox News:
Republicans push bill to split up ‘nutty 9th Circuit’  —  As judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals weigh the legality of President Trump's immigration executive order, a Republican push to split up the controversial court — and shrink its clout — is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
3 key Trump mistakes that led to the travel ban court defeat
James Piereson / The New Criterion:
The president should withdraw his executive order
Discussion: Power Line
David French / National Review:
The Ninth Circuit Just Issued a Dangerous Ruling against Donald Trump's Immigration Order
Discussion: Power Line
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Why The Ninth Circuit Ruled Against Trump's Refugee Order
Discussion: Power Line and
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say  —  National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office …
New York Times:
Flynn Is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office  —  WASHINGTON — Weeks before President Trump's inauguration, his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, discussed American sanctions against Russia, as well as areas of possible cooperation …
Anger erupts at Republican town halls  —  Murfreesboro, Tennessee (CNN)More than seven years after angry anti-Obamacare town halls erupted across the country, raw emotions are boiling over again — this time, as the Republican Party under President Donald Trump gears up to dismantle Barack Obama's legacy.
Discussion: Washington Post and
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jason Chaffetz Town Hall Filled With Over 1000 Angry Constituents  —  Jason Chaffetz is having a rough week, capped off with an angry town hall meeting tonight with the venue filled to capacity and more chanting outside.  —  First, he was called to [the principal's] Trump's office …
The Salt Lake / Salt Lake Tribune:
Watch: Utahns instigate while Chaffetz rebuffs their calls to investigate
CBS News:
Mexican foreign minister helped Jared Kushner re-write Trump border wall speech  —  Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray personally made changes to President Donald Trump's speech announcing an executive order calling for the construction of a border wall, according to Mexican officials.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrat moves to force House debate on Trump's alleged business conflicts and Russia ties
Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty - sources
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Solidcore gym founder calls out Ivanka Trump after workout  —  The owner of trendy Washington-area gym chain Solidcore lashed out at Ivanka Trump over Facebook on Thursday after finding out the president's eldest daughter took her exercise class.  —  “What you do when you find out Ivanka Trump just took …
Discussion: Washington Times
Bwittes / Lawfare:
How to Read (and How Not to Read) Today's 9th Circuit Opinion  —  Today's 9th Circuit decision is a bit less of a big deal than it will play in the press tomorrow; it will play big both of the high stakes of the current litigation and because of some rhetorical excess in the opinion itself.
Courtney Reagan / CNBC:
Online sales for the Ivanka Trump brand fell 26 percent in January  —  While Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump merchandise got a lot of headlines, it's not the top online retail partner for the brand.  —  According to an analysis of email receipts by Slice Intelligence, online …
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Ivanka should be a role model but Hillary's hateful losers are so bitter they will stoop to ANYTHING to get at her dad
The Independent:
Donald Trump has signed three executive orders to deal with “public safety”, including handing more authority to the police.  —  At the formal ceremony to appoint Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, the President outlined the new mandate that Mr Sessions would have, including tackling crime, drug cartels and terrorism.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government  —  Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he's growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.  —  In interviews, nearly two dozen people who've spent …
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.
New York Times:
Trump Tells Xi Jinping U.S. Will Honor ‘One China’ Policy  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday evening that the United States would honor the “One China” policy, reversing his earlier expressions of doubt about the longtime diplomatic understanding …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Exclusive: Syria's Assad tells Yahoo News some refugees are ‘definitely’ terrorists  —  Weighing in on one of the most contentious issues in American politics — the danger posed to host countries by the 4.8 million people who have fled from Syria's civil war — Syrian President Bashar Assad told Yahoo News …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
CNN host Chris Cuomo says ‘fake news’ insult is ‘equivalent of the n-word for journalists’  —  CNN host Chris Cuomo said on Thursday that he believes hurling the “fake news” insult at journalists is similar to when individuals use racial slurs against minorities.
Le Pen: French Jews Will Have to Give Up Israeli Citizenship  —  Asked specifically about Jews and Israel, she said: 'Israel isn't an EU member.'  —  In a France ruled by the far-right Marine Le Pen, Jewish citizens will be forced to give up their Israeli citizenship, the Front National party leader said on Thursday.
Threats against judges in immigration ban cases leads to increased security  —  More than one travel ban judge threatened  —  (CNN)Threats against more than one judge involved in legal challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration have prompted federal …
Discussion: and TheBlaze
Julia Edwards Ainsley / Reuters:
Exclusive - Trump border ‘wall’ to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build: internal report  —  President Donald Trump's “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct …
Ben Solis /
Anti-Semitic Valentine's Day card sparks controversy; Ross issues statement condemning card's message  —  Central Michigan University President George Ross issued a statement Thursday that criticized a Valentine's Day card handed out by a member of the College Republicans at CMU on Wednesday.
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
A Hitler Valentine's Day card was handed out on campus. University officials want to know why.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump gets ready for some golf course diplomacy with Japan's Abe  —  President Donald Trump is said to be a gracious host at his golf courses.  He high-fives his playing partners after a good shot and keeps his cool when his own game goes awry, according to friends, never cursing or throwing his clubs.
Discussion: Axios and Althouse
Jose Moran:
Time for Tesla to Listen  —  I'm proud to be part of a team that is bringing green cars to the masses.  As a production worker at Tesla's plant in Fremont for the past four years, I believe Tesla is one of the most innovative companies in the world.  We are working hard to build the world's #1 car—not just electric, but overall.
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Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Immigration arrests in L.A. spark fear, outrage, but officials say they are routine
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Discussion: The Week
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Top oversight lawmakers ask ethics office to recommend discipline for Conway
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democratic division simmers at feel-good retreat
Discussion: RedState, ABC News and Hot Air
Jeb Hensarling / Wall Street Journal:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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