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11:40 AM ET, February 9, 2017

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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus Want You to Know They Are Friends  —  “We're just finishing,” Steve Bannon told me.  “Reince is giving me my daily back massage.”  —  The two men burst into a fit of conspiratorial laughter.  —  “Off the record!”  Reince Priebus said.  —  “Off the record!”
Discussion: The Week
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump struggling to fill one of the worst jobs in Washington
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump White House besieged by leaks
Discussion: Daily Wire
Politico:
Trump: McCain 'doesn't know how to win anymore'
Discussion: ABC News
Breitbart:   Please join us Thursday evening on the Breitbart News Facebook page for an exclusive interview …
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Conway: ‘Completely false’ that White House can't fill communications director job
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Blumenthal: We're careening ‘toward a constitutional crisis’ … (D-Conn.) on Thursday warned that the country is heading toward a “constitutional crisis,” moments after President Trump attacked him for sharing Trump's Supreme Court nominee's concerns with the president's attacks on judges.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: Blumenthal lied about Vietnam, ‘misrepresents’ what Gorsuch said  —  President Donald Trump attacked the military record of Sen. Richard Blumenthal Thursday morning, suggesting that the Connecticut lawmaker misrepresented his conversation with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch …
New York Sun:   The Gorsuch Gaffe
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch calls Trump's tweets ‘disheartening’
The Daily Beast:
Trump Pretends Gorsuch Didn't Say What He Said
Discussion: TheBlaze
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Warren's moment galvanizes the left  — Warren had been debating the qualifications of her Senate colleague, Jeff Sessions, to be attorney general  —  Washington (CNN)Democrats searching for a new rallying cry might have Senate Republicans to thank for their newest line: “She persists.”
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate confirms Sessions as attorney general  —  The Senate voted Wednesday night to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions  —  (R-Ala.) as attorney general, capping a vicious debate that left Democrats and Republicans alike seething at times.  —  No Republicans went against Sessions in the 52-47 vote.
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
ACLU vows to sue Sessions if he violates Constitution as AG  —  The American Civil Liberties Union vowed to sue Jeff Sessions  —  if he violates the Constitution immediately after he was confirmed by the Senate as attorney general.  —  “If he violates the Constitution, we'll sue,” the ACLU tweeted on Wednesday night.
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
She Showed Up Yearly to Meet Immigration Agents.  Now They're Deporting Her.  —  PHOENIX — For eight years, Guadalupe García de Rayos had checked in at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office here, a requirement since she was caught using a fake Social Security number during …
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Nigel Duara / Los Angeles Times:
Longtime Phoenix resident in U.S. illegally detained in early display of Trump executive order's reach  —  An executive order by President Trump has expanded deportation priorities to include any immigrants in the country illegally who had been convicted of a criminal offense, regardless of its severity.
Discussion: Fox News and KTLA
Bloomberg:
Trump's Oval Office Tweets Force CEOs to Choose Fight or Flight  —  The president crossed a new line with Nordstrom attack  —  Starbucks, Apple, Alphabet criticized immigration order  —  President Donald Trump is injecting himself into the daily business of U.S. companies to an unprecedented extent …
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Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway: 'Go buy Ivanka's stuff'
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Holly Yan / CNN:
Sean Spicer cites Atlanta terror attack that never happened  —  (CNN)Another high-profile Trump administration official has made statements about a terror attack that never occurred.  —  This time, it's Press Secretary Sean Spicer.  Three times in one week, Spicer alluded to a terror attack in Atlanta by someone from overseas.
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Jacob Sullum / Hit & Run:
Trump Does Not Know What Civil Forfeiture Is, but He Likes It  —  In a meeting with county sheriffs from around the country on Tuesday, President Trump jokingly (we hope!) threatened to “destroy [the] career” of a Texas legislator who proposed requiring the government to obtain a conviction …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The End of Facts in the Trump Era  —  If you connect with America's anger and paranoia, you can steamroll our most sacred institutions without ever having to tell the truth  —  The order floated down from the lunatic's castle late on a Friday.  No more visas of any kind from seven countries …
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 …
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Twitter shares crater after ugly revenue miss, shockingly weak guidance  —  Twitter shares sank on Thursday after the social media company reported quarterly revenue that missed Wall Street's expectations, and issued guidance that fell far short of estimates.
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable  —  Trump's top adviser thinks we're in “the great Fourth Turning in American history.”  —  Money in Politics Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  JM Rieger  —  Producer, The Huffington Post
Mike Cason / al.com:
Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in U.S. Senate  —  Gov. Robert Bentley today announced he has selected state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in the United States Senate.  —  Sessions on Wednesday was confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney General by a 52-47 vote and was sworn in by President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post, alan.com and IJR
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Dallas County failed to report 5,842 votes cast in 2016 election  —  Thousands of ballots in Dallas County went uncounted on Election Day last November because of a mistake in how county officials reported their results to the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed:
Senators Are Pissed Their Constituents Can't Get Through As Phone Calls Flood The Senate  —  Just about everything Donald Trump has done since he became president has caused a deluge of calls for senators, resulting in concerns that their constituents can't get through to them.
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Obama's party-building legacy splits Democrats  —  A painful Democratic rift over Barack Obama's political legacy is finally bursting into the open.  —  For years, the former president's popularity among Democrats stifled any public critiques of his stewardship of the party …
Discussion: Axios
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Alleged gang rape shown on Facebook shocks Sweden  —  Outrage and shock are spreading across Sweden over a case against three men of foreign origin arrested on suspicion of raping a woman and broadcasting it live on Facebook.  —  Swedish authorities said Wednesday that the case …
 
 
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Ingrid Jacques / Detroit News:
Opponents make DeVos ‘more resolute’
The American Interest:
The Campus Left Grew More Radical During the Obama Years
Scott Bland / Politico:
Pictures of Trump's thumbs up proved to be fundraising gold
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Gregory Viscusi / Bloomberg:
Paris to Build Barrier Around Eiffel Tower to Counter Terrorism
Discussion: The Geller Report
Morgan Eads / Lexington Herald-Leader:
White nationalists plan conference for ‘white working families’ at state park in Eastern Kentucky
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP swimming in Obamacare replacements, but no consensus
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
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Will Jordan / Borderline:
Donald Trump's Approval Rating in Context
Discussion: Washington Post
Ann Coulter / Breitbart:
A Maniac Is Running Our Foreign Policy! (It's Not Trump)