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7:25 PM ET, February 22, 2017


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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  —  Republicans trust Donald Trump.  Everyone else trusts the media.  —  That is the finding of a Quinnipiac University poll which shows a dramatic split between Republicans and other Americans when it comes to matters of trust.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Report: Conway sidelined after going ‘off message’
Discussion: RedState
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
White House Pushes Back On Report That Conway Is ‘Sidelined’ From TV
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Pence filling out voter fraud task force
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Fight Erupts in Trump Administration Over Transgender Students' Rights  —  WASHINGTON — A fight over a draft order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
NYT: Sessions And DeVos Clashed Over Protections For Transgender Students
Constituents search for ‘missing’ representatives  —  (CNN)Some Americans would like you to believe their Republican members of Congress have mysteriously gone missing.  Those constituents have turned to some creative ways to voice their displeasure.  —  After testy town halls for representatives …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Here you go: Pick a politician, watch them get yelled at
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz: People at my town hall ‘intended to bully and intimidate’ me
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
McConnell-linked group to hardliners: It's repeal AND replace
Discussion: The Hill and Vox
Associated Press:
Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them
Discussion: Politico
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 …
New York Times:
The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm With Industry  —  WASHINGTON — During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups …
Shushannah Walshe / ABC News:
New EPA head Scott Pruitt's emails indicate close ties to oil and gas producers
Discussion: The Week and Associated Press
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 …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Bill Maher, Faulted for Booking Milo Yiannopoulos, Takes Credit for His Fall  —  If you were disappointed that Bill Maher brought Milo Yiannopoulos onto his HBO show “Real Time” last week, Mr. Maher is not especially bothered.  —  In a telephone interview on Tuesday night …
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.
Will Oremus / Slate:
15 Metal Albums Whose Titles Are Less Dark Than the Washington Post's New Motto  —  The Washington Post unveiled a cheery new motto this week: “Democracy dies in darkness.”  The phrase now appears beneath the newspaper's name on its website and Snapchat Discover page, although it has yet to make its way into the print edition.
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
The Washington Post forgets that American democracy was born in the darkness
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Harwood / CNBC:
Congressional Republicans don't expect Trump to offer his own health or tax plans  —  Last year, candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and give Americans a better, cheaper replacement.  Last month, President-elect Trump vowed, “we'll be filing a plan” as soon as the Senate confirmed his Health secretary.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Axios
CBS News:
Woman's warning about shirt wrapped around car windshield goes viral  —  While getting into her car after work at Genesee Valley Mall in Flint, Michigan, Thursday night, Ashley Hardacre spotted a piece of bunched-up clothing sitting on her windshield.  Someone had draped a blue flannel shirt …
Discussion:, AOL, IJR, KTLA, WAVY-TV and FOX31 Denver
Esther Yu Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
GOP congressman worries about terrorists using bales of marijuana to smuggle nukes into the U.S.  —  Rep. Trent Frank's claim is dubious.  —  While defending the need to build a costly wall along the southern U.S. border, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) claimed on Wednesday that nuclear bombs …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP congressman says nuclear bomb could be smuggled in a ‘bale of marijuana.’ Don't laugh too hard.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Associated Press:
DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check  —  White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing was among the six staffers who were dismissed from the White House last week after being unable to pass an FBI background check, according to sources.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Liberal Values
Lea Speyer /
Texas Pre-School Teacher Removed From Classroom After Twitter Calls to ‘Kill Some Jews’ Come to Light  —  A pre-school teacher in Texas has been suspended from the classroom pending an investigation into her encouraging social media followers to “kill some Jews,” The Algemeiner has learned.
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
The Media Do Battle With a Pragmatic New President  —  Trump talked policy in his Florida rally, but journalists thought it was about them.  —  During labor disputes at major newspapers, it's not uncommon for reporters to withhold their bylines from stories to demonstrate frustration with management and win sympathy from readers.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pence makes surprise visit to vandalized Jewish cemetery  —  Vice President Pence on Wednesday made a surprise visit to a historic Jewish cemetery near St. Louis to condemn the recent vandalism that took place there.  —  “From the heart, there is no place in America for hatred or acts …
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Mexico says will ‘not accept’ unilateral U.S. immigration policies  —  Mexico will not accept new “unilateral” U.S. immigration proposals, and will not hesitate in approaching the United Nations to defend immigrants, the country's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with senior U.S. officials.
John Gramlich / Pew Research Center:
5 facts about crime in the U.S.  —  Donald Trump made crime-fighting an important focus of his campaign for president, and he cited it again during his inaugural address in January.  With the White House and Justice Department announcing steps to address violence in American communities …
Discussion: Washington Post
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George Neumayr / The American Spectator:
Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
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Los Angeles Times:
Worst flooding in 100 years hits San Jose, forcing 14,000 to evacuate
Discussion: KTLA
Adam Steinbaugh / Washington Examiner:
Hundreds of campuses encourage students to turn in fellow students for offensive speech
Associated Press:
Remnants of pipeline protest camp go up in flames
Discussion:, Fox17 and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
McDonald's to Cut Prices on Drinks as Industry Slumps
Discussion: AOL
Austin Wright / Politico:
GOP senator wants Flynn to testify on Russia ties
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Maine Calling
Ed Klein /
When It Comes to Chaos, Trump Has Nothing on Previous Presidents
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Undocumented Woman With a Brain Tumor Locked Up by ICE
John Etchemendy / Stanford News:
The threat from within  —  Former Provost John Etchemendy …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump's rally, pastor says
Discussion: Instapundit and Raw Story