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5:35 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.
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Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
NYT: Sessions And DeVos Clashed Over Protections For Transgender Students
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
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Pence filling out voter fraud task force
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Axios
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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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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, The Week and Mediaite
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 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
Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time
Discussion: Common Dreams
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, AOL, IJR, KTLA, WAVY-TV and FOX31 Denver
Pamela Engel / Business Insider:
Sebastian Gorka, Trump's combative new national security aide, is widely disdained within his own field  —  It was May 2016 and Sebastian Gorka, a former editor at Breitbart News who is now a senior official in President Donald Trump's White House, had been invited to speak at a Defense Intelligence Agency conference.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Esther Yu Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
GOP congressman worries about terrorists using bales of marijuana to smuggle nukes into the U.S.  —  Rep. Trent Frank's claim is dubious.  —  While defending the need to build a costly wall along the southern U.S. border, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) claimed on Wednesday that nuclear bombs …
Discussion: alan.com and Talking Points Memo
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP congressman says nuclear bomb could be smuggled in a ‘bale of marijuana.’ Don't laugh too hard.
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Remnants of pipeline protest camp go up in flames  —  CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Some of the last remnants of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp went up in flames Wednesday as opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land.
Discussion: FOX6Now.com, Fox17 and Hot Air
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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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Liberal Values
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pence makes surprise visit to vandalized Jewish cemetery  —  Vice President Pence on Wednesday made a surprise visit to a historic Jewish cemetery near St. Louis to condemn the recent vandalism that took place there.  —  “From the heart, there is no place in America for hatred or acts …
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Gehad El-Haddad / New York Times:
I Am a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Not a Terrorist  —  TORA, Egypt — I write this from the darkness of solitary confinement in Egypt's most notorious prison, where I have been held for more than three years.  I am forced to write these words because an inquiry is underway …
Lea Speyer / Algemeiner.com:
Texas Pre-School Teacher Removed From Classroom After Twitter Calls to ‘Kill Some Jews’ Come to Light  —  A pre-school teacher in Texas has been suspended from the classroom pending an investigation into her encouraging social media followers to “kill some Jews,” The Algemeiner has learned.
Will Oremus / Slate:
15 Metal Albums Whose Titles Are Less Dark Than the Washington Post's New Motto  —  The Washington Post unveiled a cheery new motto this week: “Democracy dies in darkness.”  The phrase now appears beneath the newspaper's name on its website and Snapchat Discover page, although it has yet to make its way into the print edition.
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.
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
Adam Steinbaugh / Washington Examiner:
Hundreds of campuses encourage students to turn in fellow students for offensive speech  —  Universities are the cradle of free speech, where ideologies and ideas clash, where academics and activists can agree, disagree, or be disagreeable.  This is particularly true in the United States …
Discussion: HeterodoxAcademy.org
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
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
7 Earth-Size Planets Orbit Dwarf Star, NASA and European Astronomers Say  —  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 signs of alien life outside of the solar system.
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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Adelle Nazarian / Breitbart:
CIA Analyst, Hillary Donor: ‘I Quit Because of Trump’ but Decision Wasn't Political
Los Angeles Times:
Worst flooding in 100 years hits San Jose, forcing 14,000 to evacuate
Discussion: KTLA
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check
Hollywood Reporter:
Oscars Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Can't Name One Best Picture Nominee
Discussion: IndieWire, Mediaite and Washington Post
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
McDonald's to Cut Prices on Drinks as Industry Slumps
Discussion: AOL
Austin Wright / Politico:
GOP senator wants Flynn to testify on Russia ties
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Maine Calling
Ed Klein / Townhall.com:
When It Comes to Chaos, Trump Has Nothing on Previous Presidents
 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Undocumented Woman With a Brain Tumor Locked Up by ICE
John Etchemendy / Stanford News:
The threat from within  —  Former Provost John Etchemendy …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
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
John Bresnahan / Politico:
'They're trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos