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9:10 AM ET, February 16, 2017


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Wall Street Journal:
Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump  —  U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
New York Times:
White House Plans to Have Trump Ally Review Intelligence Agencies  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Gizmodo Ads Target Potential Trump Leakers  —  Facebook ads steer government agency employees to, which explains how to securely send tips and documents  —  With the Trump administration proving to be a leaky ship in its early days, one news outlet is launching an ad blitz to find the next Deep Throat.
Discussion: Mashable and Axios
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Office of Director of National Intelligence: We don't withhold intel from Trump  —  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence denied on Wednesday reports that intelligence community officials have withheld intelligence from President Donald Trump.  —  The ODNI statement …
Discussion: ABC News and Wall Street Journal
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump to take breather from White House, hold rally this weekend  —  President Donald Trump is returning to the trail.  —  The president will hold a rally Saturday afternoon at a hangar in Melbourne, Florida.  It will be his first campaign-style rally since his so-called thank-you tour during …
Grabien News RSS:
After Likening Trump to Hitler, Journalists Upset They're Not Getting Called on for Questions
Discussion: Instapundit
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   CNN's Jim Acosta slams Trump for ducking Russia questions by only calling on right-wing news outlets
Sarah D. /
'Karma's a b*tch, isn't it'? Sneering MSM lose it when Trump calls on Katie Pavlich, CBN
Discussion: Power Line, and Hot Air
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
Carter Page, at Center of Trump Russian Investigation, Writes Bizarre Letter to DOJ Blaming Hillary Clinton  —  Carter Page, briefly a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, sent a peculiar, rambling letter this week to the Department of Justice, asking it to review …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Guardian
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators unnerved by Trump-Russia relationship
Discussion: Politico
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Why Trump Can't Come Clean on Russia
ABC News:
The Note: Trump Dodges Questions on Russia  —  Yesterday, as most days in this White House, was a day of contrasts.  The president didn't answer any questions about the biggest story: his campaign and associates having “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials,” …
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Senate Judiciary Committee requests FBI, DOJ briefing on Michael Flynn
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Alyssa Canobbio / Washington Free Beacon:
Mattis on Flynn's Resignation: ‘Frankly, This Has No Impact’
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
Philip Elliott / TIME:
Inside Donald Trump's White House Chaos  —  For two years, Donald Trump mastered the art of disruption.  Name a political precept and he probably broke it during his improbable march to the White House.  But disruption in government—the rulemaker breaking the rules—turns out to be more costly.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Priebus struggles to control fractious White House  —  Reince Priebus, facing growing criticism and calls for his ouster, is racing to bring order to a White House that looks to be spiraling out of control.  —  After weeks of West Wing turmoil and critiques from the president himself …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kurt Eichenwald / Newsweek:
U.S. ALLIES CONDUCT INTELLIGENCE OPERATION AGAINST TRUMP STAFF AND ASSOCIATES, INTERCEPTED COMMUNICATIONS  —  U.S. DONALD TRUMP RUSSIA  —  As part of intelligence operations being conducted against the United States for the last seven months, at least one Western European ally intercepted …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Hullabaloo
Marty Schladen / El Paso Times:
ICE detains domestic-violence victim in court  —  AUSTIN - Six federal immigration agents went to the El Paso County Courthouse last week and arrested an undocumented woman who had just received a protective order alleging that she was a victim of domestic violence.
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Majority Leader Takes on High-Wire Balancing Act  —  Mitch McConnell aims to offset his differences with Trump by focusing on shared goals  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, trying to manage an ambitious legislative agenda amid White House turmoil …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Trump Making It ‘Harder’ on Himself Than Necessary, McConnell Says
Discussion: Mediaite
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Leaked Emails Show Justice Clarence Thomas's Wife Pushing Travel Ban  —  Justice Clarence Thomas's wife is organizing in support of President Donald Trump's agenda.  And it might make her husband's life a little complicated.  —  In an email sent to a conservative listserv on Feb. 13 …
Discussion: Raw Story
US Special Ops chief: US government ‘in unbelievable turmoil’  —  WH: Eroded trust leads to Flynn dismissal  — But his remarks come soon after Michael Flynn was forced to step down as national security adviser  —  Washington (CNN)The head of US Special Operations Command said Tuesday …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Business Insider
Ricky O'Donnell /
Donald Trump declines ESPN's offer to fill out March Madness bracket
Discussion: and USA Today
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian spy ship spotted closer to US, near Navy submarine base  —  The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov on Wednesday morning was spotted 40 miles closer to the U.S. — and not far from a Navy submarine base in Connecticut, a U.S. official told Fox News.  —  The ship was spotted 30 miles south of Groton …
Southern Poverty Law Center:
Hate groups increase for second consecutive year as Trump electrifies radical right  —  The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's …
New York Times:
Day Without Immigrants to Hit Washington in the Stomach  —  WASHINGTON — In a city where expense account meals are a central part of power players' lives, some of Washington's best-known restaurants will shutter their doors on Thursday in solidarity with a national campaign to draw attention to the power and plight of immigrants.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
G.O.P.'s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on a legislative elliptical trainer, gliding toward nowhere.
Richard Pollock / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: How The Nation's Spooks Played The Game ‘Kill Mike Flynn’  —  Ted Cruz Tries To Wreck Liz Warren's Legacy With One Sentence  —  Democrats Announce HUGE Show Of No-Confidence In Crucial Senate Race  —  Why Did The FBI Just Release Trump Real Estate Records From The 70s?  —  US |
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Zooming in on Washington and Baltimore's ‘snow hole’  —  Call it snow hole central.  In the Mid-Atlantic region and even beyond, the Washington-Baltimore region occupies its own special island of snowless-ness.  —  Washington's snowfall so far this winter?  1.4 inches (normal winter to date is 11.6 inches).
Eric Posner / New York Times:
Judges v. Trump: Be Careful What You Wish For  —  The opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding the temporary restraining order against President Trump's travel ban has received a fair amount of criticism from legal experts.
Discussion: Simple Justice
Florida Today:
Confirmed: Donald Trump to rally in Melbourne on Saturday  —  President Donald Trump's visit to Melbourne has been confirmed.  —  He will appear at a rally that begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.  Doors will open at 3 p.m.
Us Weekly:
Melania Trump Is ‘Miserable’ as First Lady, ‘Unhappy With How Her Life Ended Up’  —  While her husband, Donald Trump, wields his power as president, first lady Melania Trump is struggling with the realities of her new role and the scrutiny that comes with it, insiders reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly.
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Discussion: NPR and New York Times
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Discussion: Business Insider and Mashable
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“The world is on fire”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
China awards Trump valuable new trademark
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Americans are seriously stressed out about the future of the country, survey finds
Discussion: The Week and Bloomberg
Mattis Delivers NATO a Hard Warning: Pay Up or U.S. Retreats
Discussion: Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McCain announces opposition to Trump's pick for budget chief
Discussion: Politico
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Andrew Puzder withdraws labor nomination, throwing White House into more turmoil
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Beware Triggering the Coup Theory
Discussion: The Atlantic and neo-neocon