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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.
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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.
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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Pence filling out voter fraud task force
Discussion: RedState
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
White House Pushes Back On Report That Conway Is ‘Sidelined’ From TV
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
ABC News:
Spicer says angry town halls are hybrid of upset people and professional protesters
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Huge stakes for Trump immigration do-over
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
NYT: Sessions And DeVos Clashed Over Protections For Transgender Students
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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EXPOSEDbyCMD:
OKLAHOMA AG RELEASES 7,564 PAGES IN RESPONSE TO CMD REQUEST  —  OKLAHOMA AG RELEASES 7,564 PAGES IN RESPONSE TO CMD REQUEST  —  Under court order, Oklahoma Attorney General's office releases previously withheld emails and holds back others; more emails expected on February 27
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Thousands of emails detail EPA head's close ties to fossil fuel industry
Discussion: Engadget
Dustin Racioppi / NorthJersey.com:
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Snopes.com, IJR, AOL, KTLA, WAVY-TV and FOX31 Denver
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why chaotic town halls mean less than you think  —  President Trump and the Obama administration share a stance toward protests at town halls: Meh.  —  Here's Trump on Tuesday evening in response to flare-ups at GOP town halls in recent days. … And here's White House press secretary Robert Gibbs …
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Axios:
McConnell-linked group to hardliners: It's repeal AND replace
Discussion: The Hill and Vox
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
7 Earth-Size Planets Identified in Orbit Around a Dwarf Star  —  Not just one, but seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away, offering the first realistic opportunity to search for biological signs of alien life outside of the solar system.
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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 …
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Daniel Marans / The Huffington Post:
Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race
Discussion: Salon, Washington Post and BuzzFeed
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump's rally, pastor says  —  A Florida pastor who took his 11-year-old daughter to a campaign-style rally for President Trump said he hoped the event would serve as a civics lesson — but that it turned instead into a spectacle where “demonic activity was palpable.”
Discussion: Instapundit and Raw Story
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
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: Liberal Values
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Here you go: Pick a politician, watch them get yelled at  —  One of the legitimate marvels of the American political system is that regular old Americans can yell at our elected officials.  It's not a particularly nice thing to do, of course, but you're not going to, say …
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 Etchemendy / Stanford News:
The threat from within  —  Former Provost John Etchemendy, in a recent speech before the Stanford Board of Trustees, outlined challenges higher education is facing in the coming years.  Following is an excerpt from that talk.  —  Universities are a fundamental force of good in the world.
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Undocumented Woman With a Brain Tumor Locked Up by ICE  —  The 26-year-old undocumented woman was in a detention center in Texas when she started complaining of headaches earlier this month.  —  The pain was caused by a brain tumor and, today, lawyers for the woman who remains in the custody …
Ed Klein / Townhall.com:
When It Comes to Chaos, Trump Has Nothing on Previous Presidents  —  If you get most of your news from the mainstream media, you might come to the conclusion that the first month of Donald Trump's administration is unique in the annals of presidential chaos and incompetence.
 
 
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Austin Wright / Politico:
GOP senator wants Flynn to testify on Russia ties
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Maine Calling
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP congressman says nuclear bomb could be smuggled in a ‘bale of marijuana.’ Don't laugh too hard.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Hill and alan.com
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional Leaders
Discussion: Washington Post
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Actually, Sweden is having big trouble with Mideast refugees
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
American attitudes to Jews
New York Post:
Interracial couple charged $700 per week for racist graffiti on their home
Discussion: TheBlaze and AOL
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Myth of the U.S. Immigration Crisis
Discussion: Mother Jones and NBC News
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Unpopular, But Not As Unpopular As Liberals Think
NBC News:
Poll: Majority of Americans Worried About War, Feel Favorably Toward NATO
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Chuck Todd Before He Tweets Again
John Bresnahan / Politico:
'They're trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos