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11:25 AM ET, February 10, 2017


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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 because of the high stakes of the current litigation and because of some rhetorical excess in the opinion itself.
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
3 key Trump mistakes that led to the travel ban court defeat  —  President Donald Trump's three-week-old administration took a thrashing from a federal appeals court Thursday as a panel of three judges unanimously rejected his request to resume enforcement of his controversial travel ban executive order.
Fox News:
Republicans push bill to split up ‘nutty 9th Circuit’
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Why The Ninth Circuit Ruled Against Trump's Refugee Order
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss
David French / National Review:
The Ninth Circuit Just Issued a Dangerous Ruling against Donald Trump's Immigration Order
Discussion: Power Line
James Piereson / The New Criterion:
The president should withdraw his executive order
Discussion: Power Line
US appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban
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
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Protesters swarm Chaffetz town hall  —  (R-Utah) on Thursday faced a flood of protesters during a town hall in his home state.  —  Demonstrators repeatedly disrupted the House Oversight Committee chairman, challenging him over his treatment of President Trump.
The Salt Lake / Salt Lake Tribune:
Watch: Utahns instigate while Chaffetz rebuffs their calls to investigate  —  Amid constant booing, the Republican has a hard time trying to answer questions about public lands, Trump and immigration.  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz tried to respond to questions, but many of his answers went unheard.
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
UNDER FIRE, CONWAY MAINTAINS SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Kellyanne Conway, the high-profile White House counselor, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, fact checkers and the media.  But she's so far maintained the support of her boss, President Donald Trump.
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
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Cooper withdraws from solicitor general consideration
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump  —  PPP's new national poll finds that Donald Trump's popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks.  On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving.
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
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Jared Kushner proves to be a shadow diplomat on U.S.-Mexico talks
Discussion: Political Wire
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
The US's One-China Policy Explained  —  Then-President-elect Donald Trump's unprecedented phone conversation with the leader of Taiwan in December, followed by his anti-China tweets, signaled strongly that upon becoming president he could seek to deviate from America's long-standing one-China policy.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Art Swift / Gallup:
Americans See US World Standing as Worst in a Decade  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans believe the world at large sees the U.S. more unfavorably (57%) than favorably (42%), their worst assessment of the country's image in 10 years.  A year ago, Americans' perceptions were more positive than negative.
Discussion: Vox
'I won't condemn Israel, it's been through enough'  —  “I understand Israel very well and I respect Israel. ...  I would like to see peace [between Israel and the Palestinians] and beyond,” U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel Hayom in an exclusive interview Thursday …
Michelle Moons / Breitbart:
Kamala Harris's First Bill: Lawyers for Border Detainees  —  California's newest U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris, revealed her first piece of legislation on Thursday, the Access to Counsel Act, which targets President Donald Trump's travel restriction executive order by providing lawyers …
Associated Press:
12.2 Million People Have Signed Up for Obamacare This Year  —  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KEVIN S. VINEYS)  —  Washington (AP) — More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created …
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and Associated Press
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Senate confirms Obamacare opponent Price to lead health department
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Taboo Italian Thinker Is Enigma to Many, but Not to Bannon  —  ROME — Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon's dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly combed over a speech that Mr. Bannon, President Trump's ideological guru, made in 2014 to a Vatican conference …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Raw Story
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 …
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Alexis Simendinger / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Pays Top West Wing Advisers $180,000
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Social media users parody Trump's ‘see you in court’ tweet
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
‘Bad Dude’? No, but Deported Anyway
Tia Mitchell / Florida Times Union:
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson could face primary challenge in state Sen. Randolph Bracy
Discussion: Daily Kos
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French manicures, Bud Light and fly fishing: How Trump staffers are changing Washington
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Discussion: The Week
Courtney Reagan / CNBC:
Online sales for the Ivanka Trump brand fell 26 percent in January
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
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