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11:55 PM ET, February 22, 2017


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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.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Media more trustworthy than Trump, poll finds  —  Republicans trust Donald Trump.  Everyone else trusts the media.  —  That is the finding of a Quinnipiac University poll which shows a dramatic split between Republicans and other Americans when it comes to matters of trust.
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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Report: Conway sidelined after going ‘off message’
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Tom Cotton faces uproar at town hall meeting … Sen. Tom Cotton  —  (R-Ark.) faced a wave of opposition during a town hall meeting on Wednesday, as droves of protesters jeered and heckled him over topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Emily Crockett / Vox:
Woman with dying husband confronts Tom Cotton: “What kind of insurance do you have?”  —  Republican lawmakers around the country are facing angry backlash from their constituents over Obamacare and other issues at packed town halls.  But an event for Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton on Wednesday night got especially heated.
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.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Trump administration rolls back 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 …
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts  —  House Republicans next week plan to derail a Democratic resolution that would have forced disclosure of President Donald Trump's potential ties with Russia and any possible business conflicts of interest, according to multiple House sources.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Harwood / CNBC:
Congressional Republicans don't expect Trump to offer his own health or tax plans
Discussion: New York Magazine and Axios
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Conservative provocateur targets CNN with secret recordings  —  Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe is setting his sights on CNN.  —  O'Keefe said in a telephone interview with CNN on Wednesday that he has “a few hundred hours” of “secretly recorded material” from inside the network.
Dustin Racioppi /
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time  —  In fight to define party in age of Donald Trump, Sanders followers want to transform it from the bottom up by taking control of low-level state and county posts  —  In Washington, Democrats …
Discussion: Washington Post and Common Dreams
Lea Speyer /
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.
Dallas Morning News:   Arlington preschool teacher fired over ‘Kill some Jews’ tweet, other anti-Semitic posts
Tegna / KHOU-TV:
Man kicked off flight to Houston for racist remarks  —  HOUSTON- A man was taken off a United flight headed to Houston after making racist remarks towards passengers on Saturday. … HOUSTON- A man was taken off a United flight headed to Houston after making racist remarks towards passengers on Saturday.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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.
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
The Washington Post forgets that American democracy was born in the darkness
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Inside Uber's Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin'.”  The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes …
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, KTLA, AOL, WAVY-TV and FOX31 Denver
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 …
Eric Goodman / Daily Texan:
McRaven backs journalists, stresses value of communication in Moody talk  —  Retired U.S. Admiral and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven spoke at the Belo Media Center Tuesday evening.  —  TAGS  —  William H. McRaven, retired U.S. Admiral and UT System Chancellor …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check  —  White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing was among the six staffers who were dismissed from the White House last week after being unable to pass an FBI background check, according to sources.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Appeals Court Says AR-15s Are Not Constitutionally Protected  —  Sorry, NRA: the Second Amendment does not guarantee a right to assault weapons  —  AR-15s and other assault weapons with large magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment and can be lawfully banned, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet  —  Cost estimates for a new Air Force One still being refined  —  Service awards next contracts for design, aircraft by June 30  —  The Air Force can't account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he's negotiated …
Shannon Najmabadi / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Meet the Math Professor Who's Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry  —  A Tufts University professor has a proposal to combat gerrymandering: give more geometry experts a day in court.  —  Moon Duchin is an associate professor of math and director of the Science, Technology and Society program at Tufts.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
In first month of Trump presidency, State Department has been sidelined  —  The Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of U.S. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Lawyers: ICE detainee with brain tumor removed from hospital  —  An undocumented immigrant diagnosed with a brain tumor while under Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody was returned to a detention center from a Texas hospital, her lawyers said.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Mexican migrant dies minutes after deportation in possible border suicide  —  The bridge where Guadalupe Olives Valencia, 44, fell to his death near the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing.  (Alejandro Tamayo / The San Diego Union-Tribune)  —  A Mexican man who had just been deported …
Discussion: AOL and The Guardian
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge blocks California law limiting publication of actors' ages  —  A federal judge has barred the State of California from enforcing a new law limiting online publication of actors' ages.  —  Acting in a case brought by online movie information website IMDb, U.S. District Court Judge Vince …
Discussion: Washington Post
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USA Today:
Police start arresting Dakota Pipeline protesters as camp deadline passes
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
George Neumayr / The American Spectator:
Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz: People at my town hall ‘intended to bully and intimidate’ me
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Joe Biden Campaigns for Delaware Candidate in Crucial State Race
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
The Media Do Battle With a Pragmatic New President
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pence makes surprise visit to vandalized Jewish cemetery
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Los Angeles Times:
Worst flooding in 100 years hits San Jose, forcing 14,000 to evacuate
Discussion: KTLA
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
McDonald's to Cut Prices on Drinks as Industry Slumps
Discussion: AOL
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump's rally, pastor says
Discussion: Instapundit and Raw Story
John Gramlich / Pew Research Center:
5 facts about crime in the U.S.
Discussion: Washington Post and Wonk Wire
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Bill Maher, Faulted for Booking Milo Yiannopoulos, Takes Credit for His Fall