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9:55 PM ET, February 9, 2017

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Top oversight lawmakers ask ethics office to recommend discipline for Conway
Media Matters for America:
On Fox, Kellyanne Conway Urges Viewers To “Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff”
Discussion: Politicus USA and France 24
ABC News:
White House: Trump ‘Absolutely’ Backs Conway Amid Criticism
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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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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TheBlaze
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban  —  A federal appeals panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump's controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries can continue entering the United States.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Justice Department Says It's Weighing Options
Discussion: ABC News and Joe.My.God.
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: Daily Kos and emptywheel
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump presses senators to work again on immigration reform
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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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’
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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: STAT and Mother Jones
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 …
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Daniel Sparkman / Office of the Governor of Alabama:
Governor Bentley Appoints Alabama U.S. Senator
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, The Atlantic and alan.com
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democratic division simmers at feel-good retreat  —  BALTIMORE — House Democrats ditched Washington this week to find their voice.  But the rifts opened by their brutal Election Day defeat — and President Donald Trump's tumultuous ascension — keep drowning them out.
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air and Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
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 …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump to pay for Abe's Mar-a-Lago visit  —  President Donald Trump will personally foot the bill for the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend, a senior administration official said.  —  The trip will take place after Abe and Trump hold meetings at the White House on Friday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump targeted Japan during the campaign. Now its prime minister is embracing the new president.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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 …
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 …
Jeb Hensarling / Wall Street Journal:
How We'll Stop a Rogue Federal Agency  —  Congress can defund Elizabeth Warren's unaccountable and unconstitutional CFPB.
 
 
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Courtney Reagan / CNBC:
Online sales for the Ivanka Trump brand fell 26 percent in January
Discussion: New York Times, The Guardian and IJR
Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
Yazidis to Anti-Trumpers: Where Were You During Islamic State Genocide Against Us?
Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis / The Morning Sun:
Bigoted Valentine card causes uproar, anger at CMU student group
Discussion: Associated Press
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Cabinet Won't Include Chairman of CEA
Discussion: Political Wire
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