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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 …
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 …
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 and The Daily Caller
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump on DNC race: Ellison ‘predicted early that I would win!’
Discussion: Axios
Laurie Penny / Pacific Standard:
On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America's New Right  —  What happens when a movement of gamers recognizes they're not players, but pawns?  —  Have you heard the one about the boy who cried Fake News?  —  This is a story about truth and consequences.
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
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: The Root
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Associated Press:
Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and Mediaite
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 …
NY1 News:
NY1 Online: Hearing from the Senator  —  NY1 VIDEO: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sat down with Bobby Cuza for a comprehensive interview.  —  Despite her opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she thinks he will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Myth of the U.S. Immigration Crisis  —  With the rise of Donald Trump, anti-immigrant sentiment has reached levels not seen in decades in the U.S. Anger against illegal immigration and fear of refugees, previously confined to the fringes of the Republican base, are now at the center of public dialogue.
Discussion: NBC News
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across …
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The Hill:
Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls  —  Most Republicans in swing districts are steering clear of in-person town hall gatherings this week, hoping to avoid the anti-President Trump protesters determined to make them the star of a viral YouTube video.
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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.
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.
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 …
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: Hit & Run, The Root, Mashable and Raw Story
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Beto O'Rourke is a Mexico-loving liberal in Texas.  Can he really beat Ted Cruz?  —  EL PASO — Beto O'Rourke has long believed that the closer you get to the Mexican border, the less you fear it.  So on a recent afternoon, the Democratic congressman who may challenge Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat walked into Juarez for lunch.
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:   With NAFTA in Trump's crosshairs, Mexico's border factories brace for the unknown
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.
The Huffington Post:
The Movement Resisting Donald Trump Has A Name: The (Local) Democratic Party  —  While outside groups are getting the attention, local Democratic parties nationwide are seeing a surge of interest.  —  Local Democratic parties are confronting a problem in the Trump era that is as confounding as it is unexpected: space.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Unpopular, But Not As Unpopular As Liberals Think  —  Do you wonder why Donald Trump thinks he's wildly popular beyond the nefarious precincts of those enemies of the people, the liberal news media?  The president himself offered a succinct talking point on that subject near …
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.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Cabinet picks clash with White House over hiring  —  The White House's deep involvement in hiring decisions across the government is frustrating some of President Donald Trump's Cabinet secretaries, spurring early tussles between the president's advisers and leaders of federal agencies.
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 …
 
 
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Jeremy Herb / Politico:
McMaster needs Senate confirmation to keep 3 stars
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