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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 …
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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 …
Associated Press:
Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days  —  Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.
Discussion: Politico
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
CPAC Organizer Tries To Pawn Off Milo Yiannopoulos as “Libertarian”
Ben Howe / The Atlantic:
Milo Yiannopoulos and the Church of Winning
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
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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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Dustin Volz / Reuters:
U.S. Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks: sources
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Engadget and CNN
Sophie Gilbert / The Atlantic:
Simon & Schuster's Completely Avoidable Milo Yiannopoulos Disaster  —  On Monday, when videos reemerged on social media in which the Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos seemed to condone sexual relationships between adult men and teenagers below the age of consent, the overwhelming response was one of outrage.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos resigns following outrage over his past comments about pedophilia
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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Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
Activists place ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner on Statue of Liberty pedestal  —  Activists unfurled a “Refugees Welcome” banner on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday afternoon.  —  The National Park Service said the banner was placed just before 1 p.m., and rangers took …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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NBC New York:
‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner Unfurled at Statue of Liberty
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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
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?
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:
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
 
 
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Jana Winter / The Daily Beast:
Why America Can't Spot Dirty Bombs
Discussion: The Resurgent
Madison Park / CNN:
More than 200 protesters indicted on rioting charges from Inauguration Day
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
ABC News:
Serena Marshall talks to voters at Rep. Dave Brat's (R-VA) town hall
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Tony Rizzo / Kansas City Star:
Columbia man charged with plotting Islamic State terror attack on Kansas City
Discussion: kplr11.com and Hot Air
CNN:
Sweden: Riots erupt in Stockholm neighborhood
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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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities
Discussion: BizPac Review, TheBlaze and Hot Air
Associated Press:
NYC medical examiner says more study needed in death of Russian diplomat
Discussion: Political Wire