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2:50 PM ET, February 9, 2017


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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 …
Laurel Raymond / ThinkProgress:
Kellyanne Conway tells America to 'buy Ivanka's stuff,' may have violated federal law  —  Your taxpayer dollars just paid for a “free commercial” for the President's daughter's business.  —  Kellyanne Conway, who is a counselor to President Donald Trump, gave a “free commercial” …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Ex-ethics czar: Kellyanne Conway faces ‘a range of penalties’ for promoting Ivanka's brand on Fox
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway: 'Go buy Ivanka's stuff'
Discussion: The Atlantic
Fox News Insider:
Kellyanne Conway on Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line: ‘Go Buy It Today!’
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 …
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PREPARES TO EXECUTE “VICIOUS” EXECUTIVE ORDER ON DEPORTATIONS  —  Donald Trump's first executive order as president, signed on January 25, called for a series of dramatic new measures aimed at hardening the country's domestic immigration enforcement apparatus.
Discussion: Raw Story
Arizona Republic:
Protesters ring ICE in Phoenix: Could woman in custody be the first deported because of Trump's orders?
Nigel Duara / Los Angeles Times:
Longtime Phoenix resident in U.S. illegally detained in early display of Trump executive order's reach
Discussion: CNN and KTLA
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
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: RedState, The Verge and Daily Wire
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sheldon Adelson to have dinner with Trump, adviser says
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump contradicts Gorsuch spokesman, accuses Blumenthal of misrepresenting comments  —  President Trump on Thursday contradicted a spokesman for his Supreme Court nominee in a tweet blasting Sen. Richard Blumenthal  —  (D-Conn.), who told reporters that Judge Neil Gorsuch called Trump's tweets attacking federal judges “demoralizing.”
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump lashes out at Blumenthal for relaying Gorsuch's ‘disheartening’ comments
The Daily Beast:
Trump Pretends Gorsuch Didn't Say What He Said
Discussion: TheBlaze
New York Sun:
The Gorsuch Gaffe
Discussion: CNN
Media Matters for America:
“Great News!”:  White Nationalists See Sessions' Attorney General Confirmation As Major Step Toward Achieving Their Racist Goals  —  Jeff Sessions Confirmed By U.S. Senate For Attorney General Post  —  Sessions Confirmed On “A Near-Party-Line Vote.”  Jeff Sessions, who has served …
Daniel Sparkman / Office of the Governor of Alabama:
Governor Bentley Appoints Alabama U.S. Senator
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN and RedState
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
California Farmers Surprised That Trump Is Anti-Immigrant
Discussion: KTLA and Eschaton
Natalie Kitroeff / Los Angeles Times:   How this garlic farm went from a labor shortage to over 150 people on its applicant waitlist
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Silencing Sen. Elizabeth Warren ‘was long overdue’  — The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday was ruled to be in violation of Senate rules for impugning another senator.  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor Tuesday was “long overdue.”
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Warren's moment galvanizes the left
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
Singer Aretha Franklin: ‘I am retiring this year’ after release of new album  —  Franklin says she will continue to do select special events  —  DETROIT - Aretha Franklin told Local 4's Evrod Cassimy she plans to “retire” this year after the release of her new album.
Discussion: The Week, ABC News and The Guardian
Esther Addley / The Guardian:
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin announces her retirement
Discussion: The Week
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: Vox, NBC News and Axios
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 …
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
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Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
Dems Call for Their Party's Autopsy—But Won't Admit the Patient Is Dead
Discussion: CBS News, Breitbart and Hot Air
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Is the Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ the New Tea Party?
Discussion: Instapundit
Olivia Marcus / Amino Blog:
The most disproportionately common injury in every state
Discussion: Mother Jones and STAT
Holly Zachariah / The Columbus Dispatch:
Klan vows renewed push in Ohio, other states
Discussion: AOL
Jeffrey S. Passel / Pew Research Center:
20 metro areas are home to six-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in U.S.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Media Matters for America:
Sexist Fox & Friends Segment Hosts Author Claiming Women's “Natural State” In Marriage Is To Be The “Beta”
Discussion: Raw Story
Quoctrung Bui / New York Times:
A Secret of Many Urban 20-Somethings: Their Parents Help With the Rent
Discussion: Mother Jones
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Americans Trust Trump Administration More Than News Media in New Poll
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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STEVE BOOM, 48  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would make almost …
Discussion: Axios and Business Insider
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Pence hires libertarian Calabria as chief economist
Discussion: Econbrowser
Ian Bogost / The Atlantic:
The Myth of Apple's Great Design
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Apple iCloud Hoards ‘Deleted’ Browser History Going Back More Than A Year
Discussion: The Verge
Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed:
Senators Are Pissed Their Constituents Can't Get Through As Phone Calls Flood The Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Alleged gang rape shown on Facebook shocks Sweden
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The End of Facts in the Trump Era
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Dallas County failed to report 5,842 votes cast in 2016 election