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2:30 PM ET, February 23, 2017


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Darius Tahir / Politico:
Boehner: Republicans won't repeal and replace Obamacare  —  Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not going to happen.”  —  Boehner, who resigned in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando health care conference …
Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Dispatch News:
Murkowski tells Legislature she'll consult Alaska leaders before voting on repeal of Medicaid expansion  —  (Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Dispatch News)  —  JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski moved Wednesday to ease Alaskans' concerns about congressional Republicans' plans for the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Vox, KTUU-TV, TheBlaze and Axios
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Repeal of Health Law Faces Obstacles in House, Not Just in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Nicholas Evangelista / Project Veritas:
Project Veritas Releases Over 100 Hours of Audio From Inside CNN  —  · James O'Keefe Offers $10,000 Award for Content Which Exposes Media Malfeasance  —  · Anonymous Source Within CNN Provided Audio to Project Veritas  —  · More Audio Yet to be Released in a WikiLeaks Style Dump
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Project Veritas ‘CNN Leaks’ fall flat  —  For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O'Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.  —  Some staffers at CNN were legitimately alarmed …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
O'Keefe Drops “Bombshell” Undercover Footage From Within CNN
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest  —  A purported cyberhack of the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggests that he was the victim of a blackmail attempt while he was serving as Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman last summer.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump calls deportation push a ‘military operation’  —  President Trump on Thursday called his effort to ramp up deportations a “military operation” aimed at ridding the U.S. of “really bad dudes.”  —  “We're getting really bad dudes out of this country,” he said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs.
Discussion: ABC News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’
Discussion: Political Wire
USA Today:
Mexico says no to Trump's new deportation rules
Wall Street Journal:
Top U.S. Officials Met With Defiance in Visit to Mexico
Discussion: Politico
Fox News Insider:
Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes Dies at Age 66  —  Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes has passed away at age 66 after a brief illness.  —  Colmes leaves behind his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement:  —  Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness.  He was 66-years-old.
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN TO CONTROVERSIAL WHITE HOUSE TERRORISM ADVISER SEBASTIAN GORKA'S ANGRY CALL TO A CRITIC  —  An embattled White House terrorism advisor whose academic credentials have come under widespread fire telephoned one of his main critics at home Tuesday night and threatened legal action against him, Newsweek has learned.
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.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Conway blames bitter Democrats on town hall crowds
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill, and The Week
ABC News:
Democratic leaders make their final pitch for DNC chair
Discussion: Politico
Rumana Ahmed / The Atlantic:
I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House  —  In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council.  My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for.  I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman …
Discussion: Raw Story
Howard Fischer / Arizona Capitol Times:
Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent  —  Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.
Melissa Pamer / KTLA:
Cellphone Video Shows Anaheim Struggle Between 13-Year-Old Boy and Off-Duty LAPD Officer Who Fired Weapon  —  Cellphone video captured a physical struggle between an off-duty LAPD officer and a 13-year-old boy that led to the officer firing his weapon and the teen in Anaheim police custody.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Root, The Week and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
McMaster May Reorganize Trump's Foreign Policy Team Once Again  —  WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump's new national security adviser, is considering a reorganization of the White House foreign policy team that would give him control of Homeland Security and guarantee full access …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Undocumented woman with brain tumor refused surgery, forcibly removed from Texas hospital: lawyer  —  An undocumented woman in desperate need of brain surgery has been forcibly removed from a Texas hospital — and her relatives in New York fear she could lose her life, a family representative said early Thursday.
Discussion: Eschaton
Tony Romm / Politico:
Tech opens new war with Trump over transgender rights rollback  —  Apple, Uber and Microsoft led a growing collection of tech companies taking aim at President Donald Trump after he issued a directive on Wednesday that rolls back federal protections for transgender students in public schools.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Christie turned down Labor secretary job: report  —  President Trump offered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the job of Labor secretary after a lunch meeting last week, Politico reported on Wednesday.  —  The offer came as the president's previous labor secretary pick Andrew Puzder's nomination was in jeopardy.
Discussion: RedState
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump's 'Apprentice'-style hiring is upending Washington
Discussion: Political Wire
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The Death of Compassion  —  Folks, we have been here before.  —  After Ronald Reagan, a celebrity-turned-politician, carried 49 states in his devastating defeat of Walter Mondale in 1984, Democrats were whining and moaning, shuffling their feet and scratching their heads.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism  —  Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp.  It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle, an upscale Capitol Hill eatery frequented by the Fox News star.  (Carlson, who typically skips breakfast …
Discussion: Mediaite
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Danish man who videoed himself burning the Quran charged with blasphemy  —  Case is first time Danish prosecutors have charged anyone with blasphemy in 46 years  —  A Danish man who posed a video of himself setting fire to the Quran on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in the first such prosecution for 46 years.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz's very strange prediction of an upcoming Supreme Court vacancy  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) made a pretty odd prediction Thursday: He said he believed there would be a Supreme Court vacancy shortly after Neil Gorsuch's likely confirmation to the existing one.
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Sean Hannity Shares Fake News Story Calling John McCain ‘War Criminal’  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity recently shared a tweet calling Republican Arizona Senator John McCain a “globalist war criminal” and linking to a fake news story about the senator.  —  “Wow if true,” Hannity tweeted Wednesday night.
NBC News:
Trump Takes Over CPAC — But Will He Own the Conservative Movement Too?  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter  —  Angry voters lash out against GOP, Trump at town halls for 2nd straight day 3:09
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
In first month of Trump presidency, State Department has been sidelined
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Trump expected to huddle with top GOP donors in Palm Beach
Discussion: Politicus USA
Irene Plagianos / DNAinfo New York:
NYPD's ‘Hipster Cop’ Retiring After 25 Years in Lower Manhattan
Discussion: Gothamist
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Will anti-Trump backlash let Democrats win the Georgia special election to replace Tom Price?
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
Toriano Porter / Kansas City Star:
Suspect in custody after shooting at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe leaves one dead, two injured
Discussion: The Root and
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Even if Trump Is the Enemy, His Voters Aren't
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts
Discussion: Washington Post
Kurt Schlichter /
Straightforward From Here To The Left's Fascist, Maybe Violent, Endgame
Inside Ivanka Trump's Campaign for a $500 Billion Child-Care Plan
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politicus USA
Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses
Discussion: Politico, Axios and
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet
Discussion: Mother Jones