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12:55 PM ET, February 12, 2017


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Aaron Short / New York Post:
Trump's White House eyes potential foes in 2020 election  —  The White House is already tracking which Democrats could challenge President Trump in 2020 and Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand aren't on the list, sources told The Post.  —  Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump hits Cuban: 'He's not smart enough to run for president'  —  President Trump on Sunday blasted Mark Cuban, saying the billionaire is not smart enough to run for the White House.  —  “I know Mark Cuban well,” the president tweeted.  —  “He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested …
Dwain Price / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Mark Cuban warns CEOs to be careful with talk about President Trump  —  DALLAS  —  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes with the climate laid down by President Donald Trump's administration, CEO's across America are in a very difficult spot.  —  Earlier this week during an interview with CNBC …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Gillibrand: I'm not running for president in 2020  —  (D-N.Y.) is denying rumors that she will run for president in 2020.  —  “No, I am running for Senate.  I'm running for Senate in 2018,” she said during an interview Sunday with radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
Discussion: RedState and Politicker
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
White House Senior Adviser: ‘The Judiciary is Not Supreme’
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:   Stephen Miller Is a ‘True Believer’ Behind Core Trump Policies
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Stephen Miller: Administration looking at new ways to do travel ban
Discussion: Raw Story
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway's dangerous game  —  Kellyanne Conway once again put herself at the center of controversy this week when she went on national television and declared she was doing a “free commercial” for Ivanka Trump's clothing line, ethics laws be damned.  Media snarked, ethics watchdogs barked …
Discussion: Associated Press
Defections by Sears, Kmart cap week of controversy for Trump brands  —  Trump-branded consumer products have suffered new blows, with U.S. retailers Sears Holdings Corp and Kmart Corp discontinuing online sales of 31 Trump Home items, while new details emerged showing sales of Ivanka Trump's brand fell …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Meryl Streep Pledges to Stand Up to ‘Brownshirts’ in Tirade Against Trump  —  Meryl Streep, in a fiery speech criticizing President Trump on Saturday night, pledged to stand up against “brownshirts and bots” at a time when she and others are increasingly denouncing his administration's policies and the president himself.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Christie: Flynn needs to clear up Russia conversation details with Trump, Pence  —  Chris Christie: ‘Only one president at a time’  —  Washington (CNN)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized President Donald Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn Sunday, saying he needs to clear …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Latimer / Politico:
Hillary Clinton Is Running Again  —  Hillary Clinton will run for president.  Again.  —  No inside information informs this prediction.  No argument is advanced as to whether her run is a good or a bad idea—there are many ways to make a case either way.
Chadwick Moore / New York Post:
I'm a gay New Yorker — and I'm coming out as a conservative  —  Chadwick Moore in his East Williamsburg home … When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, I knew it would be controversial.  In the gay and liberal communities in particular …
Discussion: Towleroad and BizPac Review
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Report: 72 convicted of terrorism from ‘Trump 7’ mostly Muslim countries  —  Since 9/11, 72 individuals from the seven mostly Muslim countries covered by President Trump's “extreme vetting” executive order have been convicted of terrorism, bolstering the administration's immigration ban.
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is a grandstanding phony  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was right to invoke Rule 19 against Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for her personal harangue against her “friend and colleague” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).  Dignity is flowing out of Washington …
Washington Post:
A gift and a challenge for Democrats: A restive, active and aggressive base  —  A super PAC formed to reelect Barack Obama in 2012 is driving activists to congressional town halls.  Veterans of Bill Clinton's administration are joining marches and plotting bigger ones for the spring.
Discussion: Hot Air
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump impeached?  You can bet on it  —  There's already talk of impeachment, just three weeks into Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.  In fact, many are already betting on it.  —  Gambling houses all over the world are taking in action on whether Trump, inaugurated just last month, will resign or be impeached.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
A hastily called news conference caps a surreal day for Trump in South Florida  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It was, in many respects, a surreal day in South Florida.  It started with President Trump high-fiving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a Trump-branded golf course at a morning event that the media was kept from witnessing.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Cynthia Littleton / Page Six:
Grammys producer wants stars to be political during speeches  —  Originally Published By:  —  Ken Ehrlich to Produce Grammy Awards Through 2020  —  In a fraught moment of political protest across the country, the live mic at televised award shows has become a potent weapon.
Discussion: RedState, TheBlaze and NBC News
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump's presidency  —  MORE FROM:  —  When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops.  Troops?  Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Cade Metz / Wired:
The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Swift repeal of Obama rules leaves former staffers steaming
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Newspaper Apologizes For Using Alec Baldwin Photo In Trump Cover Story
Discussion: Gizmodo, NBC News and Political Wire
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Can This Presidency Be Saved?  —  THE peak of Donald Trump's presidency …
Discussion: AOL and Balloon Juice
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences
 Earlier Items: 
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
GOP senator: Physical border wall ‘would rate very low’ among Texans
Discussion: Political Wire
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Are Democrats Falling Into Trump's Trap?
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
“There's anti-Semitism in the White House”: What made the Anne Frank Center get political on Twitter
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John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
New Poll: Trump Supporters Believe ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ Was Real
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Georgetown Prof Defends Islamic Slavery
Discussion: Power Line
Herb Jackson / USA Today:
Congressman: Rarely used law could make Trump tax returns public