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9:30 PM ET, February 17, 2017


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Associated Press:
Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups  —  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (GARANCE BURKE)  —  (AP) — The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near …
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
A suspicious pattern is emerging for how the White House handles its most controversial plans  —  The White House quickly denied an explosive Associated Press report published Friday morning that said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was seeking to mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops …
Teresa Welsh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump wouldn't be first president to mobilize National Guard for immigration enforcement
Discussion: TheBlaze
CBS News:
AP: Trump admin considers using 100,000 National Guard troops for immigration raids
Discussion: Washington Post
Dara Lind / Vox:
The Trump administration proposed deputizing some National Guard units to arrest immigrants
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump's entire worldview  —  John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump.  And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.  —  During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Arizona Republican delivered …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Team's Growth Forecasts Far Rosier Than Those of CBO, Private Economists  —  While there are often disparities between the White House and independent agencies on growth projections, they are rarely this large  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has drafted preliminary economic growth forecasts …
Discussion: Axios and
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Report: Trump transition ordered government economists to cook up rosy growth forecasts
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Erin Gloria Ryan / New York Times:
The Downfall of Kellyanne Conway  —  As Kellyanne Conway sleepwalks her way through a series of increasingly embarrassing interviews, it's been hard not to feel sorry for her.  It was difficult not to feel bad for her when “Saturday Night Live” depicted her as a craven hack driven to …
Jen Psaki / CNN:
My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team
Discussion: Politico
Steven Beutler / New Republic:
A Medical Theory for Donald Trump's Bizarre Behavior  —  Many mental health professionals believe the president is ill. But what if the cause is an untreated STD?  —  Al Franken recently raised a provocative question about Donald Trump: Is he mentally ill?
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and The Guardian
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump ignores ‘the grown-ups’ in his Cabinet  —  President Donald Trump this week abruptly dropped the nation's commitment to a two-state solution for Middle East peace — without reviewing the specifics of his new strategy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Suspect in North Korea killing ‘thought she was taking part in TV prank’  —  Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, duped and ‘not aware it was assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents’, says head of police  —  An Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing …
Simon Denyer / Washington Post:
In China, a sense of betrayal after the assassination of Kim Jong Nam
CBS News:
Trump yells at CIA director over reports intel officials are keeping info from him  —  CBS News has learned that on Thursday, an angry President Trump called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and yelled at him for not pushing back hard enough against reports that the intelligence community was withholding information from the commander-in-chief.
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt, longtime adversary of EPA, confirmed to lead the agency  —  Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma's attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency's next administrator.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CBS's John Dickerson: Donald Trump Didn't Ruin the Press's Reputation, We Did That Ourselves  —  CBS's Face the Nation host John Dickerson was critical of President Donald Trump's haranguing of the press during a Thursday press conference, but told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
'I'm a Dead Man Walking'  —  None of this feels normal.  The congressman greets me inside his Washington office wearing a wrinkly collared shirt with its top two buttons undone, faded denim jeans and grungy, navy blue Crocs that expose his leather-textured feet.
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Creationist Ken Ham: Dinosaurs fought gladiator battles against humans and giants  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Creationist and Christian fundamentalist Ken Ham believes that in ancient times humans and dinosaurs co-existed with a race of giants and they all did battle with each other in gladiator-style combat.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Congress keeps Trump grounded  —  The Senate left town Friday with Trump's administration barely staffed, Republicans' legislative agenda stuck in neutral and Democrats using parliamentary tactics to make senators and staffers' life a blur of partisan fights and all-night debates.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama's New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bulls**t’  —  It is difficult to overstate just how enraged state Democratic activists and leaders are with Organizing for Action (OFA), the political and community-organizing army that grew out of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters divided over trusting Trump or the media  —  Slightly more voters find the White House more truthful than the media, according to the latest Fox News Poll.  —  In addition, most feel the press is tougher on President Trump than it was on President Obama.
Discussion: Fox News Insider, Hot Air and Mediaite
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
A Jewish Reporter Got to Ask Trump a Question.  It Didn't Go Well.  —  Jake Turx is a newly minted White House correspondent for a publication that has never before had a seat in the White House press corps: Ami Magazine, an Orthodox Jewish weekly based in Brooklyn.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump says he's killing it; GOP wants intervention  —  Top Republicans tell us they're as rattled as ever by President Trump and his White House — and want an intervention.  Their gravest long-term concern (beyond the Russia scandal): Trump's devil-may-care effort to run the free world …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Democrats raise questions about Trump's mental health  —  A growing number of Democrats are openly questioning President Trump's mental health.  —  Rep. Earl Blumenauer  —  (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution's procedures for removing a president.
Conservatives Object to Obamacare Replacement's Tax Credits  —  Refundable tax credit would help people buy insurance coverage  —  Debate underscores difficulty in agreeing on a new plan  —  Some conservative House Republicans are objecting to a major part of the Obamacare replacement outline presented …
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Vox
David French / National Review:
The Rise of the Tough-Guy Right  —  Too many conservatives mistake the admission of inconvenient truths for weakness.  —  It's not worth spending much time talking about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday.  He was the same guy we've watched since he came down that escalator on June 16, 2015.
Discussion: RedState
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
President Trump's approval rating is at Barack Obama's all-time low  —  Since he announced his candidacy, there have been a grand total of seven polls collected by Huffington Post Pollster in which half the country views President Trump favorably.  That's seven polls out of 514, 1.4 percent of the total.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were ‘normal’  —  Islamic State militant Amar Hussein says he reads the Koran all day in his tiny jail cell to become a better person.  He also says he raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities, and shows few regrets.
Discussion: Geller Report and Hot Air
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Flynn Pressured U.N. On Israel Vote Before Taking Office  —  A month before inauguration, President Donald Trump's would-be national security adviser sought to scupper a U.N. resolution condemning Israel.  —  Nearly a month before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, Michael Flynn …
Discussion: Fox News
David Brooks / New York Times:
What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like  —  I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term.  Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Trump's mental state is like a train that long ago left freewheeling and iconoclastic, has raced through indulgent …
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
After working for Trump's campaign, British data firm eyes new U.S. government contracts  —  During last year's race, President Trump's campaign paid millions of dollars to a data science firm, Cambridge Analytica, that touted its ability to target voters through psychological profiling.
FOX News Radio:
Chris Wallace: President Trump Calling On Reporters Who Are Favorable To Him Is Exactly What President Obama Did  —  On Thursday's edition of Kilmeade & Friends Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, discussed the relationship between President Trump and the media and how accusations …
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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Christopher Mele / New York Times:
You've Been Accepted to Columbia. Oops, Our Error.
Discussion: AOL and The Week
Michael Stratford / Politico:
DeVos gets beefed-up security
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Pentagon: No record Flynn's paid Russian event was allowed
Katy Murphy / Mercury News:
California bill would make Election Day a state holiday
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
19-PAGE GOP pamphlet on OBAMACARE …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Group making anti-Trump robocalls is closely tied to a pro-Trump PAC
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Building Global Community
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Mitch McConnell says GOP will pass health and tax reform without Democrats
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Sportswriting Has Become a Liberal Profession—Here's How It Happened
Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Betsy DeVos's Brother Is Setting Up A Private Army For China, Sources Say
Michael Beckel / Center for Public Integrity:
Lobbyists helped bankroll Donald Trump's transition
Evan McMullin / New York Times:
A Party to the Russian Connection
Discussion: Politicus USA