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11:25 AM ET, February 9, 2017

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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  —  Talk about disheartening.  That's the word President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is using to describe President Trump's remarks in respect of the riders of the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals.  The president is upset …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch calls Trump's tweets ‘disheartening’
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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Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump White House besieged by leaks  —  's White House has sprung a remarkable number of leaks since his inauguration.  —  The question is where they're coming from.  —  Barely a day goes by without some unusual tale emerging from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Recent examples in a single …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump struggling to fill one of the worst jobs in Washington  —  Controlling the message coming out of Donald Trump's White House may seem like an impossible task — and it's one that many are hesitant to try right now.  —  The White House has gone without a full-time communications director since …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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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
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.
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.
Gregory Viscusi / Bloomberg:
Paris to Build Barrier Around Eiffel Tower to Counter Terrorism  —  Paris plans to build a barrier around the Eiffel Tower to limit the risk of terrorism.  —  The city is setting aside 20 million euros ($21.3 million) for the project and will evaluate proposals with consideration for their aesthetics.
Discussion: The Geller Report
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 …
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
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
Chuck Schumer vs. the ‘Resistance’  —  Rebelling against Trump is tempting, but moderation is the key to majority status.
Scott Bland / Politico:
Pictures of Trump's thumbs up proved to be fundraising gold  —  The more often Donald Trump gave his supporters two thumbs up in 2016, the more they cracked open their wallets.  —  That's one of many lessons the Republican National Committee's digital experiment team learned in 2016 …
Discussion: Michael Babyak and Political Wire
Will Jordan / Borderline:
Donald Trump's Approval Rating in Context  —  Just how bad is Donald Trump's approval rating, historically speaking?  —  It has already been pointed out that the current President rose to majority disapproval far more quickly than any other president, but I wanted to take a closer look …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Morgan Eads / Lexington Herald-Leader:
White nationalists plan conference for ‘white working families’ at state park in Eastern Kentucky
Discussion: Raw Story
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump advisers' space plan: To moon, Mars and beyond
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP swimming in Obamacare replacements, but no consensus
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Companies Plow Ahead With Moves to Mexico, Despite Trump's Pressure
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite and New York Magazine
Ann Coulter / Breitbart:
A Maniac Is Running Our Foreign Policy! (It's Not Trump)
USA Today:
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Conservative grassroots leaders are planning a series of massive pro-President Donald …