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5:45 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 …
Dara Lind / Vox:
The Trump administration proposed deputizing some National Guard units to arrest immigrants  —  The Department of Homeland Security says it was never seriously considered.  —  The Department of Homeland Security considered — but says it rejected — letting governors in 11 states decide whether …
Teresa Welsh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump wouldn't be first president to mobilize National Guard for immigration enforcement
Discussion: TheBlaze
Evan McMullin / New York Times:
A Party to the Russian Connection  —  President Trump's disturbing Russian connections present an acute danger to American national security.  According to reports this week, Mr. Trump's team maintained frequent contact with Russian officials, including senior intelligence officers, during the campaign.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Erin Gloria Ryan / New York Times:   The Downfall of Kellyanne Conway
Paul Krugman / New York Times:   The Silence of the Hacks  —  The story so far: A foreign …
Jen Psaki / CNN:
My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team
Discussion: Politico
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
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Report: Trump transition ordered government economists to cook up rosy growth forecasts
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Officials: Mike Dubke to be named as White House communications director  —  Washington, D.C. (CNN)Crossroads Media founder Mike Dubke is expected to be named as White House Communications Director, two administration officials tell CNN.  —  The appointment is expected to be announced as early as Friday, the officials say.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
CBS's John Dickerson: Donald Trump Didn't Ruin the Press's Reputation, We Did That Ourselves
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
CBS News John Dickerson On The Elite media, President Trump And The Public's Opinion Of Both
Discussion: Breitbart and The Federalist
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
Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner Delivers Critique of CNN to Time Warner Executive  —  Trump's son-in-law and adviser complains that coverage has been slanted against the president  —  Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, has expressed the administration's deep concerns about CNN's news coverage.
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Ana Navarro hits Kushner for complaining about CNN: 'Oh, baby boy, I'm so sorry'
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 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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values and NBC News
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 …
Discussion: Medium and Daily Kos
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
EPA employees call on senators to reject Trump EPA pick: report  —  In an unusual show of opposition for federal employees, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers have been calling their senators to urge them to reject President Trump's pick to lead their agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.
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.
Margaret Brennan / CBS News:
State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson  —  While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.  —  Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources …
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 …
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.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Dem senator: I may face 2018 primary from Tea Party-esque progressives  —  (D-Mo.) on Thursday compared a faction of Democrats calling for their party to become increasingly progressive to the Tea Party movement that grew out of Republicans' opposition to President Barack Obama
Chris Massie / CNN:
Sen. Claire McCaskill says she may face 2018 primary, compares Democratic base to Tea Party
Discussion: Need To Know Network and Mediaite
John Podesta / Washington Post:
Trump's dangerous strategy to undermine reality  —  John Podesta, the chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, served as counselor to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.  —  President Trump's fake-news pivot isn't subtle.
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Sorry media — this press conference played very different with Trump's supporters  —  MORE FROM:  —  Maybe it's not a coincidence that Barnum & Bailey is folding its tents this year.  After all, how could the circus possibly compete with Donald Trump?  —  The president proved once again that he is the greatest show on earth.
Katy Murphy / Mercury News:
California bill would make Election Day a state holiday  —  SACRAMENTO - Many Californians would no longer have to worry about squeezing a trip to the polls into their working day if a bill proposed by a Silicon Valley lawmaker becomes law.  —  Assembly Bill 674, authored by Evan Low …
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Foreign Policy:
Russians Are Turning on Donald Trump  —  One month in, the new White House is looking chaotic and weak — the opposite of what Russia respects in a politician.  —  MOSCOW - Several months ago, on the outskirts of Moscow, someone took white paint and scrawled a short statement of political protest onto the side of a garbage depot.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
19-PAGE GOP pamphlet on OBAMACARE — HILLARY dines with Kate McKinnon in NYC — ‘FINE-TUNED MACHINE’ on display during 77-minute presser — THE JUICE: WARNING to members of the House going home  —  Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds ... Subscribe on iTunes http …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida Doctors May Discuss Guns With Patients, Court Rules
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
President Trump's approval rating is at Barack Obama's all-time low
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Georgy / Reuters:
Captive Islamic State militant says mass rapes were ‘normal’
Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Group making anti-Trump robocalls is closely tied to a pro-Trump PAC
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Mitch McConnell says GOP will pass health and tax reform without Democrats
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Prep school cancels party at Trump Wollman Rink over parents' protests
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump's regulatory freeze in full force
Discussion: Geller Report and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Sportswriting Has Become a Liberal Profession—Here's How It Happened
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The price of loyalty to Trump is high and rising
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
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
White House Staff Are Using A “Secure” App That's Really Not So Secure
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Chaffetz seeks charge of ex-Clinton aide in email inquiry