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9:00 PM ET, February 16, 2017


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Washington Post:
Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador  —  Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States before President …
Harward says no to national security adviser role  — A friend of Harward's said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic  —  (CNN)Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward has turned down President Donald Trump's offer to be national security adviser, sources told CNN Thursday.
Discussion: TheBlaze and Mediaite
CBS News:
Vice Admiral Robert Harward turns down national security adviser job  —  Vice Admiral Robert Harward has rejected President Trump's offer to be the new national security adviser, CBS News' Major Garrett reports.  —  Sources close to the situation told Garrett Harward and the administration …
Washington Post:
Trump's pick to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser turns down offer, people familiar with decision say  —  Retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, now a senior executive at Lockheed Martin, would have brought decades of experience in the demanding, highly selective world of Navy SEALs …
Evan Perez / CNN:   Flynn changed story to FBI, no charges expected
New York Times:
Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference  —  President Trump on Thursday announced his new nominee for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, during a news conference at the White House.  Following is a transcript of that event, as prepared by the Federal News Service.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's combative, grievance-filled news conference, annotated  —  A solemn President Trump turned his Thursday afternoon announcement of a new labor secretary nominee into a screed against the media and large-scale defense of his first four weeks as president.  —  It was remarkable.
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
The 8 Craziest Moments Of Trump's Impromptu Press Conference  —  In a hastily-called Thursday press conference carried live on national TV, President Donald Trump was completely off the map.  —  During the hour-plus event in the East Room of the White House, ostensibly held to announce …
Discussion: The Stranger … and rubber hose
Jeff Stein / Vox:
9 things it's hard to believe the president of the United States actually just said  —  Minutes after President Donald Trump's press conference concluded on Thursday afternoon, CNN's Jake Tapper called it “unhinged” and “wild.”  —  Here are nine quotes from the presser that back up that assessment.
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Merica / CNN:
On false claims about his Electoral College win's spot in history
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
President Trump's combative, freewheeling, “fake news” press conference, explained
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
An amazing moment in history: Donald Trump's press conference
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
In First Month, Views of Trump Are Already Strongly Felt, Deeply Polarized  —  Opposition to Trump's refugee policy; improved views of economy  —  Less than a month after Donald Trump took office, the public's initial impressions of the new president are strongly felt, deeply polarized and far more negative than positive.
Pew Research Center:
1. Early public attitudes about Donald Trump  —  Overall, 39% say they approve of how Trump is handling his job as president, while 56% say they disapprove and 6% do not offer a view.  Job ratings for Trump are more negative than for other recent presidents at similar points in their first terms.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump unleashes fury after four long weeks
Los Angeles Times:
The White House has found ways to end protection for Dreamers while shielding Trump from blowback
Discussion: Daily Kos
German Lopez / Vox:
Trump keeps lying about his Electoral College victory
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Gov. Paul LePage on Trump: 'We got to tell him that the TV show's over and he's gotta move on now'  —  (CNN)Republican Gov. Paul LePage, a supporter of President Donald Trump, said Thursday morning that too many people are vying for power within the White House and that the President should stop treating it like a TV show.
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Trump family's elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense  —  On Friday, President Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.  —  On Saturday, Trump's sons Eric and Don Jr. …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox News anchor Heather Nauert in talks to be State Dept. spokesperson  —  Fox News anchor Heather Nauert is in talks to be named the next spokesperson for the State Department, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks tell POLITICO.  —  Nothing is final, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson …
Bloomberg:   Tillerson Forced to Stay at Sanitarium in German Village for G-20
Tillerson Has Awkward First Encounter With Lavrov at G-20
Discussion: RT, The Guardian and
Hannah Devlin / The Guardian:
Woolly mammoth on the verge of resurrection, scientists say  —  Scientist leading ‘de-extinction’ effort says Harvard team just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant  —  The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago …
Discussion: Mashable, AOL and
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
‘Woolly mammoth’ will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Infowars
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump says ‘I inherited a mess,’ blasts media and detractors at combative news conference  —  President Trump on Thursday aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors generally in a sprawling, stream-of-consciousness news conference …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:   White House dismisses 6 over failed background checks
Chicago Tribune:
Former Obama aide fined $90,000 for illegally lobbying Emanuel on Uber's behalf  —  David Plouffe speaks before United States President Barack Obama appears at campaign fundraiser at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL on April 14, 2011.  —  A former senior executive for Uber who once served …
Discussion: Axios and Business Insider
Ian Cross /, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC …:
FBI arrests man in Myrtle Beach allegedly planning attack ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’  —  MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Building Global Community  —  On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business.  Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?  —  History is the story of how we've learned …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
About ‘The Press Conference’  —  This is that rare time when I think the cliched phrase is appropriate: That press conference speaks for itself.  There's very little I can think to add.  It all amounts to a confirmation of what most of us already know.  This man is not emotionally …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
New York Times:
A HUD Official Once Criticized Trump.  Now He's an Ex-Official.  —  WASHINGTON — A top aide to President Trump's housing secretary nominee, Ben Carson, was fired and led out of the department's headquarters by security on Wednesday after writings critical of Mr. Trump surfaced in his vetting …
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Chief gaming regulator secretly recorded conversation with attorney general, turned tape over to FBI  —  This morning, The Nevada Independent filed a public records request for the recording of the attorney general made by the chairman of the Gaming Control Board.
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Trump's F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening  —  Boeing CEO said to be in room as Trump phoned program chief  —  Lockheed has faced Trump attacks over cost of F-35 contract  —  Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls …
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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Unions Are Losing Their Decades-Long ‘Right-to-Work’ Fight
Trump Winery Seeks Even More Foreign Workers
Discussion: Raw Story
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance
Discussion: Politico
Trump promises new immigration order as DOJ tells court to hold off
Discussion: Hot Air
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
US gov't: Arrested Seattle ‘dreamer’ admitted gang ties
GOP May Cap Insurance Tax Break as ACA Repeal Bill Nears
Discussion: Vox and Balloon Juice
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats say they were kicked out of meeting with ICE official
Discussion: Daily Kos
Trump wants a wall. Border experts want a fence
Discussion: Hot Air, New York Magazine and Axios
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump asks black journalist to help set up meeting with Congressional Black Caucus
David Brody /
This Just In From CNN: More Fake News!
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve
Kremlin Tells Media to Cut Back on Fawning Trump Coverage, Sources Say
Jon Schwarz / The Intercept:
Carter Page, at Center of Trump Russian Investigation, Writes Bizarre Letter to DOJ Blaming Hillary Clinton