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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump's America will be on vivid display at annual conservative gathering  —  The conservative movement in America now belongs to President Trump.  —  Thousands of activists will arrive in Washington this week for an annual gathering that will vividly display how Trump has pushed …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Root
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Associated Press:
Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days
Discussion: Politico
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
CPAC Organizer Tries To Pawn Off Milo Yiannopoulos as “Libertarian”
Discussion: Mediaite
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Support for Obamacare is rising  —  The 2010 health care law is becoming more popular, even as it heads toward the chopping block — further complicating efforts by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal and replace it.  —  While both Trump and Republicans …
Discussion: The Week
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The Hill:
Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
A lone GOP Georgia congressman holds a rocky town hall meeting
Discussion: twitchy.com
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Trump officials weigh fate of birth-control mandate
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Chuck Todd Before He Tweets Again  —  If Twitter is hurting Trump, what is it doing to credibility of the press?  —  Among the commentariat, it is an article of faith that Donald Trump's fondness for Twitter only damages himself and his presidency.  —  That may turn out to be right …
The Hill:
Trump steps up deportation push  —  The Trump administration on Tuesday released a pair of memos outlining aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, potentially resulting in millions of deportations if the White House puts muscle and money behind the policies.
Discussion: The Federalist
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
These are the American people Trump calls enemies of the American people  —  Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a fourth-generation military man, deployed twice to Afghanistan.  The second time, as a 22-year-old Marine corporal in 2010, he led an eight-man infantry team into combat.
Discussion: The Hill and EAGnews.org
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?  —  A pillar of famously-liberal Silicon Valley is underwriting Washington's biggest gathering of conservatives.  —  Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Daily Beast that Facebook made a six-figure contribution to CPAC …
Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg:
Le Pen Wins Over Women Voters Who Feel Left Behind in France  —  Anti-EU candidate attracted 2 million women voters since 2012  —  Nationalist vows to defend France's freedom against Islamists  —  French women are starting to picture their next president as a divorced mother of three.
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The Hill:
Ellison holds edge in DNC race  —  As Democrats head to Atlanta this weekend to vote on their party's next chair, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee chair is coming down to its two leading candidates.  —  Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom Perez …
Discussion: Politico
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
With NAFTA in Trump's crosshairs, Mexico's border factories brace for the unknown  —  EL PASO — If you sleep on a memory foam mattress, chances are good that its fabric cover was made here in a small factory in this desert border town on the westernmost edge of Texas.
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:   Beto O'Rourke is a Mexico-loving liberal in Texas. Can he really beat Ted Cruz?
NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Worried About War, Feel Favorably Toward NATO  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans, divided sharply along party lines, are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to results from the latest NBC News|  SurveyMonkey poll.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Bresnahan / Politico:
'They're trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman'  —  Republicans need a new campaign villain — and Elizabeth Warren is looking increasingly like their choice.  —  With Barack Obama and Harry Reid out of office and Nancy Pelosi toiling deep in the minority, Republicans are in search …
New York Times:
Mr. Trump's ‘Deportation Force’ Prepares an Assault on American Values  —  The homeland security secretary, John Kelly, issued a remarkable pair of memos on Tuesday.  They are the battle plan for the “deportation force” President Trump promised in the campaign.
Fox News:
Louisiana woman hailed as a hero for stopping man from beating police officer  —  Authorities said a Louisiana woman “made a big difference” Sunday when she jumped on a suspect's back to save a police officer from a brutal beatdown.  —  Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was being hailed as a hero, The Advocate reported.
Discussion: The Resurgent, Faithwire, TheBlaze and IJR
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Man sentenced for vandalizing Trump's Hollywood star  —  A Los Angeles man was sentenced Tuesday for destroying President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  —  James Lambert Otis, 53, pleaded no contest to one felony count of vandalism stemming from the incident last October, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post:
School Asks Teachers To Take Down Pro-Diversity Posters, Saying They're ‘Anti-Trump’  —  Now, the students are fighting back.  —  WASHINGTON School administrators in a 93 percent white Maryland county recently asked high school teachers to take down pro-diversity posters from classrooms …
Discussion: Mashable and Raw Story
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats face fierce urgency of 2018  —  Near a nadir of political power, Democrats across the country say their comeback must begin with key races next year — and warn that failure to make big gains in state races in 2018 will doom them to another decade in the minority in Washington.
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump's 3,000 websites — and what they say about his rise to power  —  In Trump We Trust — .com, that is.  —  Not your politics?  Maybe check out ThrowOutTrump.com.  —  Actually, they're both empty websites, what you call parked domain names: bought and paid for, but not used.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mashable
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
I Ignored Trump News for a Week.  Here's What I Learned.  —  I spent last week ignoring President Trump.  Although I am ordinarily a politics junkie, I didn't read, watch or listen to a single story about anything having to do with our 45th president.  —  What I missed, by many accounts …
Washington Post:
100 days of Trump claims  —  Throughout President Trump's first 100 days, the Fact Checker team will be tracking false and misleading claims made by the president since Jan. 20.  —  Jump to the full list  —  In the days so far, we've counted 132 false or misleading claims.  —  Highlight claims about:
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump, Pseudoauthoritarian  —  Donald Trump is an authoritarian by instinct.  He displays the classic traits of an authoritarian personality — a man obsessed with domination and humiliation, and unable to tolerate cognitive dissonance.  (Guidance for Trump's presidential daily brief directs …
CNN:
Sweden: Riots erupt in Stockholm neighborhood  — US President Donald Trump earlier suggested immigrants in Sweden were to blame for an increase in crime  —  Stockholm, Sweden (CNN)Riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood of Stockholm Monday night, as residents clashed …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities  —  An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.  —  The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.
Discussion: BizPac Review, TheBlaze and Hot Air
Dan Hendrickson / WHOTV:
13Raw: Emotional Crowd Yells After Sen. Ernst as Town Hall Meeting Wraps … MAQUOKETA, Iowa — The national trend of Republican lawmakers facing angry crowds of constituents arrived in Iowa today.  —  Tuesday afternoon Sen. Joni Ernst sat through a 45 minute town hall meeting in Maquoketa.
Discussion: CNN, The Week, NBC News and NBC New York
 
 
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Cabinet picks clash with White House over hiring
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
NATO to US: Yes, sir, Mr. Trump
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Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
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Madison Park / CNN:
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ABC News:
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Amy Bushatz / Military.com:
Federal Hiring Freeze Suspends Some Army Child Care Programs
Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Katherine Gregg / providencejournal.com:
Lincoln Chafee defends Trump, criticizes Raimondo and does not rule out return to politics
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
McMaster needs Senate confirmation to keep 3 stars
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
U.S. Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks: sources
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Engadget and CNN
Associated Press:
NYC medical examiner says more study needed in death of Russian diplomat
Discussion: Political Wire