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2:55 PM ET, February 21, 2017


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Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants  —  The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Resurgent
Dara Lind / Vox:
The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump's immigration crackdown  —  Almost everyone in the US without papers is now a priority for deportation.  —  The Department of Homeland Security is officially putting the sweeping executive orders that President Donald Trump signed …
New York Times:
New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released a set of documents translating President Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security into policy, bringing a major shift in the way the agency enforces the nation's immigration laws.
Trump Plan: Deport to Mexico Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally, Regardless of Nationality
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Administration Tightens Deportation, Detention Rules
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
Riots erupt in Sweden's capital just days after Trump comments  —  Just two days after President Trump provoked widespread consternation by seeming to imply, incorrectly, that immigrants had perpetrated a recent spate of violence in Sweden, riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood …
Associated Press:
Discussion: IJR
Virginia Hale / Breitbart:
Sweden: Looting, Cars Torched, Police Attacked as Riots Break out in Migrant Suburb
Discussion: New York Times and Geller Report
To see more from Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect on Facebook, log in or create an account. … Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect  —  Statement of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, on President Trump's acknowledgment of Antisemitism today:
Esther Yu Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
Trump claims he denounces anti-Semitism ‘wherever I get a chance.’ Actually, he doesn't.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Iowa Republican wants to require ‘partisan balance’ at universities  —  A senior Iowa state senator wants to require state universities and colleges to consider a job candidate's political affiliation during the hiring process, in order to create more partisan balance among faculty.
Discussion: RedState
Pat Rynard / Iowa Starting Line:
Senator Mark Chelgren Aims To Purge Democrats From Iowa Universities
Discussion: Political Wire
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa senator wants political balance among university professors
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's unbroken streak of falsehoods now stands at 33 days  —  Donald Trump has been president for all or part of 33 days.  He has averaged four falsehoods or misleading statements a day(!) in that time.  There hasn't been a single day of Trump's presidency in which he has said nothing false or misleading.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Clinton campaign chairman: ‘Forces within the FBI’ may have tried to help Trump win  —  The Clinton campaign has made no secret of its displeasure over FBI Director James Comey disclosing, just 11 days before Election Day, that the bureau was looking into more Hillary Clinton emails.
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
A boy who can't speak depends on Medicaid.  What happens to him if it's cut?  —  ENTON, Mo. — When Kim and Rich Rankin decided to adopt, they figured they would bring home an older child.  They were almost finished raising seven children, and thought they were done with babies.
Jonathan Cohn / The Huffington Post:
Here's One Reason Why Trump's Legislative Agenda Is Flailing
Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
California Secession Advocate Faces Scrutiny Over Where He's Based: Russia  —  YEKATERINBURG, Russia — This provincial Russian city, about 1,000 miles east of Moscow, is about as unlikely a place as any to find the leader of one of the more unlikely political causes to arise in opposition to President Trump.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Steve Phillips / New York Times:
Move Left, Democrats  —  The Democratic National Committee will choose its next leader on Saturday, and when it does it should choose a leader who will resist the pressure to pursue the wrong white people.  Hundreds of articles have been written about the imperative of attracting more support …
Discussion: Rush
Ashley Lisenby / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
UNIVERSITY CITY  • As many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery were toppled over the weekend here in a case that is making national headlines.  —  Anita Feigenbaum, executive director of the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, said officials will be cataloging the damage Tuesday and notifying relatives whose families are affected.
Discussion: Vox and NPR
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: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Hamilton Nolan / The Concourse:
Chill With The “Journalists Are Heroes” Thing  —  Whoa now.  Everyone take a deep breath.  —  Yes, it is true that we live in dangerous and uncertain times.  It is true that our dear president hates the press—not a unique sentiment among presidents, certainly, but unique in its venomous stupidity.
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Counselor To The President Kellyanne Conway On The Stand-up Of The Administration  —  Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway joined me this morning to talk about the first month of the presidency of Donald Trump and the road ahead:  —  Audio:  —  02-21hhs-conway  —  Transcript:
Discussion: Raw Story, Hot Air and Politico
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How Trump spent his first month in office, by the numbers  —  From the moment Donald Trump was sworn in as president on the steps of the Capitol until noon Monday, precisely one month had passed.  A total of 744 hours.  —  Here's how he spent each one.  —  Let's start at the top.
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Robert W. Merry / The American Conservative:
The Meaning of Trump  —  The startling nature of Donald Trump's …
Discussion: Power Line
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: House Dem IT Guys In Security Probe Secretly Took $100K In Iraqi Money
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Protesters Ready for Trump's First Visit to New York as President
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside Trump's SCOTUS strategy
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Jodi Enda / CNN:
These Republicans didn't like Trump at first. They do now.
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Trump's first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year
Discussion: Vox and CNN
Will Bunch /
Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste
Discussion: Eschaton
David Weigel / Washington Post:
In Ohio's Trump country, a House conservative gets an earful
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0. With Trump as president, is the rustic Md. retreat doomed?
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringes of Washington to the center of power
Discussion: Mother Jones
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas