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10:55 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 …
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos's Book
USA Today:
Could Milo Yiannopoulos now lose his lucrative 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.
Le Pen Gains in French Polls as Security Concerns Win Voters
Discussion: Hot Air
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump calls anti-Semitism ‘horrible’  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday decried anti-Semitism, calling recent threats against Jewish community centers “horrible” and a “reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
Discussion: and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Jewish cemetery vandalized. Jewish centers threatened. ADL calls on Trump to ‘step forward’.
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
More than 60 threats to Jewish Centers across the US, authorities investigating
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Trump's first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year
Discussion: The Guardian
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump's aides don't want to admit the President is golfing
Christina Dugan /
David Cassidy Reveals He Is Battling Dementia: ‘A Part of Me Always Knew This Was Coming’  —  David Cassidy is battling dementia.  —  The 66-year-old actor, widely known for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the 1970s series The Partridge Family, reveals to PEOPLE that he is fighting the memory loss disease.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
WATCH: CIA veteran and NSC spokesperson scalds ‘deceitful, delusional’ Trump as he quits agency  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  In a blistering piece written for the Washington Post — with accompanying video — a CIA veteran went public with his resignation from the agency saying …
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.
Discussion: Business Insider and TalkLeft
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
This Century Is Broken  —  Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era.  It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period.  No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars, fewer plagues.
Discussion: US Macmillan
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.
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.
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
Ashley Lisenby / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Up to 200 headstones damaged at Jewish cemetery, director says … People walk through toppled graves at Chesed She Emeth Cemetery in University City on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 where almost 200 gravestones were vandalized over the weekend.  Photo by Robert Cohen,
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
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
The arrogant thinking of liberal sports writers  —  “Today, sports writing is basically a liberal profession, practiced by liberals who enforce an unapologetically liberal code,” writes Bryan Curtis at The Ringer.  He's right.  —  You can see it in the way sportswriters police a consensus …
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 …
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser
Brandon Morse / TheBlaze:
New study shows 75 percent of Venezuelans losing dangerous amounts of weight due to starvation  —  The South American country of Venezuela, infamously known for its wide reaching socialist policies that have left the country devastated, has reached a point where its citizens are losing almost 20 pounds due to their lack of food.
Discussion: Hot Air and Infowars
Fox News:
Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste
Discussion: Eschaton
Steven Overly / Washington Post:
Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims
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
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Contradicting Trump on Russia: Russian Officials
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Seven Days in February
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Democracy Can't Function Without Secrecy
Discussion: Power Line
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Austin Wright / Politico:
Lawmakers to Trump: End unchecked war powers
Discussion: RedState
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump to roll back Obama's climate, water rules through executive action
Steven Morris / The Guardian:
British Muslim teacher denied entry to US on school trip
Discussion: Raw Story
Lia Eustachewich / New York Post:
Pope says texting at the dinner table could lead to war
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Trump admin to rescind trans student protections: source
Discussion: Towleroad and Advocate
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