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9:40 AM ET, February 14, 2017


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Washington Post:
Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say  —  BREAKING: Michael Flynn, Trump's embattled national security adviser, is resigning amid controversy over communication with Russian ambassador.  —  The acting attorney general informed …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Flynn Resignation Raises Tough Questions for FBI, Intel Services  —  The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday evening raises troubling questions about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the intelligence services.
New York Times:
Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser  —  WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts  —  Source: WH knew Flynn misled officials on Russia  —  Washington (CNN)Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, two sources tell CNN.  —  His departure came just after reports surfaced …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Why Donald Trump let Michael Flynn go  —  Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, carried on this past weekend as planned, despite reports that he had inappropriate conversations with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office.  Flynn trekked to Mar-a-Lago …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Wind Is Sown  —  I had wanted to end my work evening on the post I published just after 8 PM.  Let me conclude on this note.  Tonight's revelations (by which I mean those which preceded Michael Flynn's resignation) make it even more clear that there is much more going on out of view than we realize.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dems blast Chaffetz for declining to investigate Flynn  —  Democrats on the House Oversight Committee ripped into Chairman Jason Chaffetz  —  (R-Utah) on Monday for ignoring their requests to investigate White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Flynn sets record with only 24 days as national security adviser.  The average tenure is about 2.6 years.  —  Michael Flynn set a record on Monday with his resignation as the White House national security adviser: No one in the 64-year history of the role had a shorter tenure than his, not by a long shot.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Mashable and Instapundit
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russian lawmakers rush to the defense of Trump's ex-national security adviser  —  MOSCOW — Leading Russian lawmakers rushed to defend President Trump's former national security adviser on Tuesday after he resigned for misleading senior White House officials, including Vice President Pence, about his contacts with Russia.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn's resignation  —  THE BIG IDEA: President Trump should thank his lucky stars that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, because Democrats would be announcing a Benghazi-style inquest today if they could.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Upheaval is now standard operating procedure inside the White House
JGoldsmith / Lawfare:   The Spotlight Will Now Shift to the White House Counsel
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Harward emerges as front-runner to replace Flynn following talks
Discussion: The Week and AOL
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Scarborough rips Conway as an ‘out of the loop’ liar after Flynn resignation
Discussion: ABC News
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Adam Schiff drops bombshell: Michael Flynn may have used encryption to hide Russia talks from US
Paul Sonne / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Flynn's Brief White House Stint Caps Contentious Career
USA Today:
Flynn apologizes after admitting he may have discussed sanctions with Russia
White House was warned Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalist says Omarosa Manigault bullied her and mentioned a ‘dossier’ on her  —  Conflict and controversy seem to follow Omarosa Manigault, who stirred up plenty of both as a reality-TV star and a longtime associate of President Trump.  —  Manigault, who is now a communications official …
Foreign Policy:
The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump  —  Vladimir Putin's entourage cheered the outcome of the U.S. election - until they saw exactly what they were dealing with.  —  In 2016, a senior Russian official explained to a group of visiting foreigners why the government had decided …
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Take A Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind  —  Wait, is this how Republicans end up preventing an Obamacare repeal?  —  Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night …
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts  —  Move came after the Journal asked about videos in which he included anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery  —  Felix Kjellberg, who has 53 million subscribers to his “PewDiePie” YouTube channel, reacts as two men hold up a sign saying …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
White House Grants Press Credentials to a Pro-Trump Blog  —  The Gateway Pundit, a provocative conservative blog, gained notice last year for its fervent pro-Trump coverage and its penchant for promoting false rumors about voter fraud and Hillary Clinton's health that rocketed around the right-wing internet.
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
The Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade  —  Evan Morris, a high-flying corporate lobbyist, is suspected of embezzling millions of dollars in what is shaping up to be a sprawling Washington influence scandal
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Virginia Judge Blocks Trump's Travel Ban—Maybe Forever  —  A federal judge in Virginia just handed down one of the biggest defeats yet to President Donald Trump's travel ban.  Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the ban in Virginia until it can be fully argued out in court.
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Eyes New Tactic to Press China  —  The White House is exploring a new tactic to discourage China from undervaluing its currency to boost exports, part of an evolving Trump administration strategy to challenge the practices of the U.S.'s largest trading partner while stepping back from direct confrontation.
Discussion: Axios and Instapundit
T. Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
More mainstream media mess-ups: The Muslim Olympian 'detained because of President Trump's travel ban' was detained under Obama  —  Reporters are at it again - and again, and again and again.  —  The latest spun-up, anti-President Trump story involves Ibtihaj Muhammad …
Josh Katz / New York Times:
Older Judges and Vacant Seats Give Trump Huge Power to Shape American Courts  —  Who has appointed federal judges?  —  In the weeks since taking office, President Trump has derided appellate court decisions as “ridiculous” and “disgraceful,” called the legitimacy of federal judges into question …
Discussion: Forbes
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
N.Y. Times reprimands reporter for sharing ‘unfounded rumor’ about Melania Trump  —  Editors at the New York Times have reprimanded a reporter for referring to first lady Melania Trump as a “hooker” at an event Sunday night, calling the remarks “completely inappropriate.”
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Kim Jong-un's brother ‘assassinated with poisoned needles by female agents’  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's brother has been assassinated in Malaysia, South Korean media reports.  Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport after being attacked by two women with “poisoned needles,” according to local TV reports.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Trump ties to Upper East Side school stirs moms  —  Donald Trump Jr. and President Donald Trump  —  MORE FROM:  —  Upper East Side moms are having a spirited online debate over whether to boycott a school where a grandchild of President Trump is a student.
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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