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6:10 PM ET, February 9, 2017


 Top Items: 
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 …
Fox News Insider:
Kellyanne Conway on Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line: ‘Go Buy It Today!’  —  After Nordstrom decided to drop Ivanka Trump's fashion line from its department stores, a number of retailers have recently followed suit.  —  Neiman Marcus, Belk, Jet, ShopStyle, Home Shopping Network …
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW FILES ETHICS COMPLAINTS AGAINST KELLYANNE CONWAY  —  Washington, DC—Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway's official endorsement of Ivanka Trump's products from the White House this morning was an apparent violation of federal law, ethics regulations and other standards of conduct …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Hit & Run and Mediaite
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.
Laurel Raymond / ThinkProgress:
Kellyanne Conway tells America to 'buy Ivanka's stuff,' may have violated federal law
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 …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Mysterious Disappearance of the Biggest Scandal in Washington  —  The biggest election-related scandal since Watergate occurred last year, and it has largely disappeared from the political-media landscape of Washington.  —  According to the consensus assessment of US intelligence agencies …
Discussion: emptywheel and Daily Kos
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
She Showed Up Yearly to Meet Immigration Agents.  Now They've Deported 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:
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump falsely accuses senator of misrepresenting Gorsuch criticism
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 …
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 …
Olivia Marcus / Amino Blog:
The most disproportionately common injury in every state  —  What can medical codes tell us about getting hurt in America?  —  Every time you go to the doctor, your diagnosis is recorded as a medical code.  They're notoriously complicated—more than 3,000 ICD codes are used just to describe physical injuries.
Discussion: Mother Jones and STAT
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Can What Worked in 2016 Translate to 2018?  —  There's been lots of uncertainty and confusion in these first three weeks of the Trump Administration.  But one thing is quite clear: Trump is going to run his White House like he ran his campaign.  That means a chaotic and conflict driven …
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
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety  —  TASK FORCE ON CRIME REDUCTION AND PUBLIC SAFETY  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to reduce crime and restore public safety …
The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal …
Discussion: Hit & Run and AOL
Gena Wolfson / Hear & Now:
CNN's Chris Cuomo: ‘I see being called fake news as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists’ … Attacks on the press for being ‘fake news’ have become a staple of President Trump's rhetoric, with CNN — hosts/reporters included — often being called out by name.
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 …
Grabien News RSS:
Trump: ‘Phenomenal’ Tax Cut Package Coming in 2-3 Weeks  —  'We're going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal'  —  President Trump to his conservative critics: I read you loud and clear!  —  After coming under criticism from many on the right …
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 …
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Inside Chuck Schumer's Plan to Take on President Trump  —  Put Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump in a room together and you can't miss the connection.  They are the leaders of rival parties, sharp opponents on Twitter and in the press, but they live by the same words, as big and bold as the city that made them.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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 …
STEVE BOOM, 48  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would make almost any list of the world's most powerful people.  In retail, he's clearly on top, and in tech, he's close to it.  In book publishing, he would be the undisputed No. 1 for 10 years running.  In addition to a $65 billion stake in Amazon …
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Cabinet Won't Include Chairman of CEA  —  The White House Council of Economic Advisers is being demoted by the Trump administration, which said in a statement Wednesday that the president's cabinet won't include the chairman of the CEA, an official that President Donald Trump also has yet to name.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrat moves to force House debate on Trump's alleged business conflicts and Russia ties  —  BALTIMORE — In an escalation of Democratic efforts to highlight questions about President Trump's potential conflicts of interest and alleged ties to Russia, a senior House Democrat is dusting off …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Should House Democrats write off rural congressional districts?  —  BALTIMORE — Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has one of the most sensitive jobs in Washington.  —  The third-term Democrat, representing New York's Hudson Valley, is leading a review into what House Democrats did wrong in 2016.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Wanted Mel Gibson for His Movie About Nazis, Abortion, ‘Mutants’  —  More than a decade before Stephen K. Bannon became one of President Donald Trump's closest White House aides, he tried to make an epic documentary-style film about the eugenics movement, Adolf Hitler, “blood purity …
Discussion: The Week, Business Insider and Gizmodo
Chuck Modiano / New York Daily News:
Stand up to Trump with your Patriots teammates: An open letter to Chris Long  —  In September it was time for you to speak up — and you did.  And now it is time for you to standup — and you should.  —  You are receiving this open letter with the hope that you will publicly refuse …
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Bigoted Valentine card causes uproar, anger at CMU student group
Discussion: Associated Press
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
NEWSFLASH: Why DC will continue to face GRIDLOCK …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ray A. Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Anna Wintour on Fashion, Politics and Vogue
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP congressman: Democrats acting the same way they did leading up to Civil War
Julie Shaw /
Pa. ex-con in castration case arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot judge
Discussion: Moonbattery and LGBTQ Nation
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Is the Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ the New Tea Party?
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Quoctrung Bui / New York Times:
A Secret of Many Urban 20-Somethings: Their Parents Help With the Rent
Discussion: Mother Jones and Refinery29
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
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The End of Facts in the Trump Era
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Twitter shares crater after ugly revenue miss, shockingly weak guidance