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8:35 AM ET, February 23, 2017


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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Tom Cotton faces uproar at town hall meeting … Sen. Tom Cotton  —  (R-Ark.) faced a wave of opposition during a town hall meeting on Wednesday, as droves of protesters jeered and heckled him over topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Emily Crockett / Vox:
Woman with dying husband confronts Tom Cotton: “What kind of insurance do you have?”  —  Republican lawmakers around the country are facing angry backlash from their constituents over Obamacare and other issues at packed town halls.  But an event for Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton on Wednesday night got especially heated.
Associated Press:
DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest …
Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
Brent Griffiths / Politico:   POLITICO survey: DNC race is a nail-biter
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Kellyanne Conway sidelined from TV after Flynn debacle  —  Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible spokesperson for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance, White House sources told CNNMoney on Wednesday.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:   Media more trustworthy than Trump, poll finds
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Lawyers: ICE detainee with brain tumor removed from hospital  —  An undocumented immigrant diagnosed with a brain tumor while under Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody was returned to a detention center from a Texas hospital, her lawyers said.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
In first month of Trump presidency, State Department has been sidelined  —  The Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of U.S. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tillerson looking for ways to raise his public profile
John Bresnahan / Politico:
GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts  —  House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet  —  Cost estimates for a new Air Force One still being refined  —  Service awards next contracts for design, aircraft by June 30  —  The Air Force can't account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he's negotiated …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Conservative provocateur targets CNN with secret recordings  —  Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe is setting his sights on CNN.  —  O'Keefe said in a telephone interview with CNN on Wednesday that he has “a few hundred hours” of “secretly recorded material” from inside the network.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
McMaster May Reorganize Trump's Foreign Policy Team Once Again  —  WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump's new national security adviser, is considering a reorganization of the White House foreign policy team that would give him control of Homeland Security and guarantee full access …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem.  Any plan that could zoom through the House would hit roadblocks …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Harwood / CNBC:
Congressional Republicans don't expect Trump to offer his own health or tax plans
Discussion: New York Magazine and Axios
Pamela Engel / Business Insider:
Sebastian Gorka, Trump's combative new national security aide, is widely disdained within his own field  —  It was May 2016 and Sebastian Gorka, a former editor at Breitbart News who is now a senior official in President Donald Trump's White House, had been invited to speak at a Defense Intelligence Agency conference.
Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Sees Tax Overhaul by August  —  Economic growth at 3% or higher is also among Trump administration's ambitious goals, he says  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin laid out ambitious goals to secure a U.S. tax-code overhaul by August and to deliver economic growth …
Discussion: Axios and Business Insider
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest  —  A purported cyber hack of the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggests that he was the victim of a blackmail attempt while he was serving as Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman last summer.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Inside Uber's Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin'.”  The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
How Trump's campaign staffers tried to keep him off Twitter  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign staffers claim they cracked the code for tamping down his most inflammatory tweets, and they say the current West Wing staff would do well to take note.  —  The key to keeping Trump's …
Dallas Morning News:
Arlington preschool teacher fired over ‘Kill some Jews’ tweet, other anti-Semitic posts  —  An Arlington preschool teacher has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a tweet that said “kill some Jews.”  —  Nancy Salem, who was fired from The Children's Courtyard …
Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses  —  Ivanka Trump is learning more about economic policy as she takes on a more visible role in and around Washington.  —  On Wednesday, the first daughter visited the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship …
Discussion: Axios
Dustin Racioppi /
Christie among candidates for sports radio job  —  After spending the better part of the last three years competing for a future life in politics - president, vice president or a senior role in the White House - Gov. Chris Christie could soon be in contention for a job that would keep …
Alan Freeman / Washington Post:
The trickle of refugees fleeing the U.S. to Canada could become a deluge in the spring  —  OTTAWA — As desperate asylum seekers continue to flee the Trump administration's immigration crackdown by crossing into Canada, concern is growing here over whether the country will be able to cope if the number of migrants keeps growing.
Tegna / KHOU-TV:
Man kicked off flight to Houston for racist remarks  —  HOUSTON- A man was taken off a United flight headed to Houston after making racist remarks towards passengers on Saturday. … HOUSTON- A man was taken off a United flight headed to Houston after making racist remarks towards passengers on Saturday.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Inside Ivanka Trump's Campaign for a $500 Billion Child-Care Plan  —  She met with members of the House and Senate last week  —  Tax overhaul should include child care deduction, she's said  —  Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses …
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Trump Vowed to Protect the Safety Net.  What if His Appointees Disagree?  —  WASHINGTON — Two days before Election Day, Donald J. Trump traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, and proclaimed that he was the protector of federal programs aimed at helping elderly and low-income Americans.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Appeals Court Says AR-15s Are Not Constitutionally Protected  —  Sorry, NRA: the Second Amendment does not guarantee a right to assault weapons  —  AR-15s and other assault weapons with large magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment and can be lawfully banned, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Police Fear Trump Immigration Orders May Handcuff Effort to Fight Gangs  —  BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — After five teenagers were found dead in this town last year, murdered by the members of a transnational gang with ties to El Salvador, a local problem turned into a national flash point, a referendum on illegal immigration.
Eric Goodman / Daily Texan:
McRaven backs journalists, stresses value of communication in Moody talk  —  Retired U.S. Admiral and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven spoke at the Belo Media Center Tuesday evening.  —  TAGS  —  William H. McRaven, retired U.S. Admiral and UT System Chancellor …
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Discussion: BizPac Review
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
Cary man had AK-47, made threat against non-Muslims, feds say
Discussion: Engadget and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Kugle / Washington Free Beacon:
Maxine Waters Says the Darndest Things
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Liberal activists warn party's lawmakers: Primaries are coming
Discussion: RedState
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Democrats' Best Bet to Retake the House? Follow the Sun
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexican migrant dies minutes after deportation in possible border suicide
Discussion: AOL and The Guardian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge blocks California law limiting publication of actors' ages
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz: People at my town hall ‘intended to bully and intimidate’ me
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden Campaigns for Delaware Candidate in Crucial State Race
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller