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7:30 AM ET, February 10, 2017

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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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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 …
Discussion: Axios
Reuters:
Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty - sources
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.
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
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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
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 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.
CNN:
Threats against judges in immigration ban cases leads to increased security
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com and TheBlaze
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
3 key Trump mistakes that led to the travel ban court defeat
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
The Latest: Justice Department Says It's Weighing Options
Discussion: ABC News and Joe.My.God.
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
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
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 …
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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
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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’
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 …
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.
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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.
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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.
Ben Solis / cm-life.com:
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.
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Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
A Hitler Valentine's Day card was handed out on campus. University officials want to know why.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Lisa Yanick-Jonaitis / The Morning Sun:
Bigoted Valentine card causes uproar, anger at CMU student group
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
UC Berkeley Student Paper Publishes Five Op-Eds Defending Violent Riots
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Immigration arrests in L.A. spark fear, outrage, but officials say they are routine
Discussion: The Texas Observer and KTLA
According To Hoyt:
And Marry Our Fortunes Together
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.S. General Seeks ‘a Few Thousand’ More Troops in Afghanistan
Cal Thomas / Townhall.com:
Major Media Remain in Denial
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Saudis foot tab at Trump hotel
Discussion: The Week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democratic division simmers at feel-good retreat
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
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jeb Hensarling / Wall Street Journal:
How We'll Stop a Rogue Federal Agency
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrat moves to force House debate on Trump's alleged business conflicts and Russia ties
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Mysterious Disappearance of the Biggest Scandal in Washington
Discussion: emptywheel and Daily Kos
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Inside Chuck Schumer's Plan to Take on President Trump
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Olivia Marcus / Amino Blog:
The most disproportionately common injury in every state
Discussion: STAT and Mother Jones
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John McCain's brutal rejoinder to Sean Spicer