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3:40 PM ET, February 22, 2017

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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.
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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Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
White House Pushes Back On Report That Conway Is ‘Sidelined’ From TV
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Richard Sisk / Military.com:
McMaster Would Need Trump's OK to Bump Bannon from NSC
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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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
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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Reuters:
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.
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Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Can Trump's relations with Mexico be repaired? His top envoys head there to try
Discussion: The Guardian and Mother Jones
Axios:
McConnell-linked group to hardliners: It's repeal AND replace  —  A political advocacy group with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is sending a message to conservative hardliners: We're repealing and replacing Obamacare, so get used to it.  —  The group, One Nation …
Discussion: The Hill and Vox
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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 …
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The Atlantic:
Anti-Defamation League Receives Bomb Threat at New York Headquarters  —  The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) received a bomb threat to its New York headquarters Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of threats targeting U.S. Jewish organizations.  Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO …
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post and The Root
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
American attitudes to Jews
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: IJR, AOL, KTLA, WAVY-TV and FOX31 Denver
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:
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, The Daily Caller and Axios
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Matt Stoller / The Intercept:
DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez's Bank-Friendly Record Could Kneecap the Democratic Party
Discussion: naked capitalism
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
In Trump Era, What Partisans Want From Their Congressional Leaders  —  Republicans would trust Trump over GOP leaders if they disagree  —  As President Trump prepares for his address next week to a joint session of Congress, Republicans say they are more inclined to trust the president …
Discussion: Washington Post
TMZ.com:
Harrison Ford, VIDEO of Taxiway Landing (VIDEO)  —  Harrison Ford — Video of Taxiway Landing  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Harrison Ford's taxiway landing Monday was caught on video, and it promises to be the centerpiece of the FAA investigation.  —  The video was captured by cameras trained …
Discussion: USA Today, fox8.com, IJR and Mediaite
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 …
 
 
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John Etchemendy / Stanford News:
The threat from within  —  Former Provost John Etchemendy …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Use of weaponized drones by ISIS spurs terrorism fears
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
Actually, Sweden is having big trouble with Mideast refugees
Associated Press:
Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Interracial couple charged $700 per week for racist graffiti on their home
Discussion: TheBlaze and AOL
Newsweek:
Trudeau says Canada won't halt illegal border crossing despite opposition
Discussion: Hot Air
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
The Myth of the U.S. Immigration Crisis
Discussion: Mother Jones and NBC News
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
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats face fierce urgency of 2018
Discussion: Political Wire and Instapundit
John Bresnahan / Politico:
'They're trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman'
Discussion: Daily Kos