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9:15 AM ET, February 11, 2017


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US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier  —  Washington (CNN)For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN.
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states  —  U.S. immigration authorities made a series of arrests in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown number of undocumented immigrants, immigration lawyers and advocates said.
New York Times:
Reports of Raids Have Immigrants Bracing for Enforcement Surge  —  In Austin, Tex., undocumented women working in a laundromat cowered in the back of the room, petrified after seeing a video and a photograph of apprehensions outside a local grocery store and burger joint.
Federal agents conduct sweeping immigration enforcement raids in at least 6 states  —  U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Donald Trump's Jan. 26 order …
NBC News:
Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: Official  —  U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a “gift” to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a “spy” and a “traitor” who deserves to be executed.
The Hill:
Trump not planning to appeal travel ban ruling to Supreme Court  —  The Trump administration is not planning to appeal a temporary hold on the president's travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday.  —  But the White House said it will forge ahead on the broader battle …
NBC News:
White House Rewriting Trump's Controversial Travel Ban Order: Sources
Trump to Dems: ‘Pocahontas is now the face of your party’  —  McConnell disagrees with Trump's voter fraud claim  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump taunted Democrats by telling them “Pocahontas is now the face of your party” — his insult of choice for Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump brings up vote fraud again, this time in meeting with senators  —  President Donald Trump can't stop—won't stop—talking about the election.  —  On Thursday, during a meeting with 10 senators that was billed as a listening session about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
CIA freezes out top Flynn aide  —  A top deputy to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was rejected for a critical security clearance, effectively ending his tenure on the National Security Council and escalating tensions between Flynn and the intelligence community.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Just how much trouble is Michael Flynn in?
Elaina Plott / Washingtonian:
Exclusive: White House Has Interviewed Carl Higbie for Press Secretary  —  Carl Higbie has interviewed for the position of White House press secretary, according to two senior administration officials familiar with the matter.  “Well, I can say that I've offered my services,” Higbie confirms for Washingtonian when reached by phone.
Washington Post:
Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway hires a chief of staff  —  Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump and one of the most visible figures in the administration, is expanding her operation inside the White House by hiring a veteran congressional staffer as her chief of staff.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Peter W. Stevenson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump and the art of the super-awkward handshake  —  We know President Trump is concerned with appearances - especially when he's on television, or in front of news photographers or large crowds.  —  We also know that President Trump is concerned with hands - how large they are, how strong they are - just look at them!
Discussion: WREG-TV, and
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump has some awkward exchanges with the Japanese prime minister
Discussion: Towleroad and ABC News
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Japanese prime minister's stay at Mar-a-Lago will be a gift from President Trump
Discussion: RedState
Ralph Ellis / CNN:
Protesters block Betsy DeVos from entering public school in Washington  — “I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” DeVos says  —  (CNN)Protesters briefly blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she tried to enter a public school on Friday morning.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This video of Betsy DeVos being blocked by protesters shows what a powder keg our politics are
Sam Sweeney / WJLA-TV:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos physically blocked by protesters from entering D.C. school
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
DOJ nixes request to halt order against trans student protections  —  On the day after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its request to halt partially an order against Obama administration guidance protecting transgender students …
Discussion: Human Rights Campaign
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Swarming crowds and hostile questions are the new normal at GOP town halls  —  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Republicans in deep red congressional districts spent the week navigating massive crowds and hostile questions at their town hall meetings — an early indication of how progressive opposition movements …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Grist
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:   A Utah Congressman Faces the ‘Resistance’ in His Home State
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
REVEALED: This is what secretive billion-dollar startup Magic Leap has been working on  —  Magic Leap, the $4.5 billion startup backed by Google building technology that “augments” human vision with digital imagery, is scrambling to finish a working prototype before an important board meeting next week.
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and Mashable
Aimee Green / Oregonian:
Guilty: Man who pulled gun out at 'Don't Shoot PDX' protest  —  A man who pulled out a gun at a Don't Shoot Portland march and pointed it at a crowd of protesters in downtown Portland was found guilty Friday of 21 felony and misdemeanor crimes.  —  Multnomah County Circuit Judge Thomas Ryan …
Mickey White / RedState:
Breaking: Mob Gathering Outside Mitch McConnell's Home in Kentucky  —  This isn't going to end well.  There is a crowd forming outside Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell's house in Louisville, Kentucky.  Phil Lewis, a front page editor for the Huffington Post shared these pictures via his twitter account Friday night.
Discussion: The Geller Report and TheBlaze
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Charles E. Schumer / New York Times:
Charles Schumer: Judge Gorsuch, We Won't Be Fooled Again
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
GOP bill would gut EPA
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters to stave off hunger amid mounting food crisis
Discussion: Hot Air
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
White House Probing Leaks After Details of Call Between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Released
Discussion: Washington Post
Pew Research Center:
How Americans Encounter, Recall and Act Upon Digital News
Discussion: Axios
Larry Schweikart / Breitbart:
Democrats Are in Worse Shape than Even They Think
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Obamas sign with agency for speaking gigs
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Chicago Sun Times:
Four accused in Facebook Live torture case plead not guilty
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, WGN-TV and The Root
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal
Mikael Wood / Los Angeles Times:
Katy Perry gets political: Listen to her new song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’