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9:40 AM ET, February 21, 2017


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Roxane Gay is Spelled With One “N”:
All I really need to say:  —  In canceling Milo's book contract, Simon & Schuster made a business decision the same way they made a business decision when they decided to publish that man in the first place.  When his comments about pedophilia/pederasty came to light, Simon & Schuster realized …
USA Today:
Could Milo Yiannopoulos now lose his lucrative book deal?  —  If you troll a black comedian on Twitter, attack feminists and liberal Democrats in toxic terms and trash women who use birth control, you can get a lucrative book deal.  If you seem to condone sex between men and boys — and it's on tape — could you lose your book deal?
Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Exclusive: White House delivered EU-skeptic message before Pence visit - sources  —  In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America's “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat …
Simon Carraud / Reuters:
France's Le Pen cancels meet with Lebanon grand mufti over headscarf  —  French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.
Discussion: Infowars
Le Pen Gains in French Polls as Security Concerns Win Voters
Discussion: Hot Air
Venezuela Is a Ticking Time Bomb  —  Over the last two decades, the now-deceased Hugo Chavez and his handpicked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, have wreaked havoc in Venezuela.  Socialist economic policies and government corruption have destroyed a once-thriving economy sitting on the world's largest oil reserves.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Fox News:
Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Brandon Morse / TheBlaze:
New study shows 75 percent of Venezuelans losing dangerous amounts of weight due to starvation
Discussion: Hot Air and Infowars
Mar-a-Lago: Trump's Winter White House takes over Palm Beach  —  Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)President Donald Trump, a newcomer to the White House, is still developing his relationship with the people of Washington.  But that's far from the case with the people of Palm Beach …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House reverses on Trump's golf game
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Political Wire
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Last man standing: McMaster for NSA?  —  I think Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be the next national security advisor.  Like Vice Adm. Bob Harward, General David Petraeus reportedly has withdrawn over the issue of being able to bring in his own staff.  And Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas  —  AUSTIN — The group of 40 people gathered at a popular burger and fish taco restaurant in San Antonio listened eagerly to the latest news about the anti-vaccine fight taking place in the Texas legislature.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0.  With Trump as president, is the rustic Md. retreat doomed?  —  THURMONT, Md. — Dwayne Snurr, a janitor and lifelong resident of this rural, working-class town 60 miles from the White House, was eating chicken wings in a cafe off Main Street last week …
New York Daily News:
TSA allows Kennedy Airport passengers to walk through security checkpoint without being screened  —  No lines.  No waiting.  And no TSA screeners.  —  Eleven passengers strolled through a security lane without being screened at Kennedy Airport early Monday after Transportation Security …
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringes of Washington to the center of power  —  Sebastian Gorka at the International Special Training Center's Military Assistance Course in Germany.  For him, the terror threat is rooted in Islam and “martial” parts of the Koran that he says predispose some Muslims to acts of terror.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's nominees gripe the White House isn't protecting them  —  Candidates for top jobs in President Donald Trump's administration are getting spooked after Andrew Puzder's nomination was scuttled and they fear the White House isn't doing enough to protect them from grueling confirmations …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Jewish cemetery vandalized.  Jewish centers threatened.  ADL calls on Trump to ‘step forward’. … The gravesites of more than 170 Jews were vandalized at a cemetery in University City, Mo., sometime over the weekend.  —  And on Monday, the Anti-Defamation League reported a wave …
Andy Banker /
Vandals target historic Jewish cemetery in University City
Discussion: Geller Report, Hot Air and TheBlaze
David Weigel / Washington Post:
In Ohio's Trump country, a House conservative gets an earful  —  MARION, Ohio — It was Rep. Jim Jordan's second Presidents' Day visit to the home of Warren G. Harding, but it was the first to be surrounded by protesters.  Nearly 200 people had swarmed the building, their signs accusing …
New York Times:
What to Watch: Republicans Return to Town Halls, and Protesters Follow
Discussion: Axios and Tampa Bay Times
Edward Price / Washington Post:
I didn't think I'd ever leave the CIA.  But because of Trump, I quit.  —  Edward Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until this month, most recently as the spokesman for the National Security Council.  —  Nearly 15 years ago, I informed my skeptical father that I was pursuing a job with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Seven Days in February  —  Trumps' critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted.  —  A 1964 political melodrama, Seven Days in May, envisioned a futuristic (1970s) failed military cabal that sought to sideline the president of the United States over his proposed nuclear-disarmament treaty with the Soviets.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump to roll back Obama's climate, water rules through executive action  —  President Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures.  —  While both directives will take time to implement …
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Trump admin to rescind trans student protections: source  —  Despite pleas from parents of transgender children and LGBT employees, the Trump administration is set Tuesday to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access …
Discussion: Advocate
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
Pope says texting at the dinner table could lead to war  —  Pope Francis delivers a speech during a visit at the Roma Tre University.  —  More On:  —  Pope Francis wants youngsters to BRB from their cell phones at the dinner table, warning that the lack of face-to-face communication with adults could result in “war.”
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Trump White House is already cooking the books
Discussion: Daily Wire
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
For-Profit Schools, an Obama Target, See New Day Under Trump
David Brooks / New York Times:
This Century Is Broken  —  Most of us came of age in the last half …
Discussion: US Macmillan
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Contradicting Trump on Russia: Russian Officials
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Democracy Can't Function Without Secrecy
Discussion: Power Line
Austin Wright / Politico:
Lawmakers to Trump: End unchecked war powers
Trump has 3,643 websites that range from to
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Steven Morris / The Guardian:
British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dies Suddenly
Discussion: BizPac Review and CBS New York
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Obama pollster Cornell Belcher on the failures that led to President Trump: “What happens …
Kelly Mclaughlin / Daily Mail:
Is Putin the world's real richest man? …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris White / LawNewz:
Woman Says No ‘Trump Supporters’ Roommate Ad Meant to Protect Her Home From ‘Bigots’
Discussion: Daily Wire and Hot Air
Jeb Lund / Esquire:
Dispatches from the Saturday night Trump rally.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Milo Yiannopoulos / Facebook:
I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim.  —  I would like to …