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1:20 PM ET, February 22, 2017

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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 …
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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 …
The Hill:
Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls
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
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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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos's downfall  —  HBO's Bill Maher is taking credit for sudden and dramatic fall of former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, declaring that his decision to book the alt-right provocateur on his Friday show led to his demise.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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Matt Stoller / The Intercept:   DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez's Bank-Friendly Record Could Kneecap the Democratic Party
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump on DNC race: Ellison ‘predicted early that I would win!’
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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.
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.
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Curtis Tate / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell gets a taste of town-hall protests at luncheon in Kentucky
Discussion: NPR
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.
New York Post:
Interracial couple charged $700 per week for racist graffiti on their home  —  An interracial Connecticut couple refuses to cover up a racial slur that was spray painted on their garage door until authorities conduct a thorough investigation - even though the “blight” is costing them a $100-a-day fine.
Discussion: TheBlaze and AOL
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: Mother Jones and NBC News
Tennessean.com:
MTSU poll finds slim majority of Tennesseans approve of Donald Trump … CONNECT  —  President Donald Trump won Tennessee with a commanding 61 percent of the vote in November, but a month into his presidency a smaller majority of Tennesseans approved of him, according to a poll released Wednesday by Middle Tennessee State University.
Discussion: The Week
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.
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Muslim activists raise over $70,000 to aid vandalized Jewish cemetery  —  As of early Wednesday morning, a crowdfunding campaign started by Muslim activists had raised over $70,000 in an effort to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, Missouri.
Writing - Enquiry:
Mike Dubke  —  Graduates of Hamilton College boast a number of impressive accolades.  Perhaps one of our most notable alumni, at least in recent years, is Mike Dubke, class of '92, who has been tapped as President Trump's new communications director.  Dubke is poised to take over the position …
Associated Press:
Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate who claims improper testimony about his race tainted his death sentence.  —  The justices voted 6-2 in favor of inmate Duane Buck.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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.
 
 
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