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10:50 PM ET, February 9, 2017


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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.
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Eugene Kontorovich / Washington Post:   The 9th Circuit's dangerous and unprecedented use of campaign statements to block presidential policy
Associated Press:
The Latest: Justice Department Says It's Weighing Options
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Threats against judges in immigration ban cases leads to increased security
Discussion: and TheBlaze
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
9th Circuit rules against reinstating travel ban
Associated Press:
Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban
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.
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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Top oversight lawmakers ask ethics office to recommend discipline for Conway  —  The two top lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee on Thursday called on the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to recommend disciplinary action against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for publicly promoting Ivanka Trump's clothing line.
Fox News Insider:
Kellyanne Conway on Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line: ‘Go Buy It Today!’
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
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Political Wire
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 …
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
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrat moves to force House debate on Trump's alleged business conflicts and Russia ties
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump to pay for Abe's Mar-a-Lago visit
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Cal Thomas /
Major Media Remain in Denial  —  Since Donald Trump's election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories.  Didn't they help twice elect Barack Obama?  Why didn't the formula work this time?
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Saudis foot tab at Trump hotel  —  A lobbying firm working for Saudi Arabia paid for a room at Donald Trump's Washington hotel after Inauguration Day, marking the first publicly known payment on behalf of a foreign government to a Trump property since he became president.
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump presses senators to work again on immigration reform
Discussion: Mother Jones
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