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6:30 PM ET, February 24, 2017

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
White House Bars Times and 2 Other News Outlets From Briefing  —  WASHINGTON — Journalists from The New York Times and two other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump's press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.
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CNNMoney:
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing  —  CNN & others blocked from White House media briefing  —  CNN and other news organizations were blocked Friday from a White House press briefing.  —  There was no immediate explanation from the White House.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House hand-picks select media for briefing  —  The White House blocked a number of news outlets from covering spokesman Sean Spicer's question-and-answer session on Friday afternoon.  —  Spicer decided to hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead …
Discussion: ABC News, RedState and Axios
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
White House confirms chief of staff discussed Trump and Russia with FBI  —  Reince Priebus, FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe had a conversation which appears to violate justice department rules  —  The White House has confirmed that its chief of staff spoke …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In December, Spicer said barring media access is what a ‘dictatorship’ does.  Today, he barred media access.
Axios:
White House denies Axios report on Cohn's BAT comments
Discussion: Business Insider
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump White House just inflicted a serious wound on itself
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump tweets anger at FBI while White House scrambles to contain fallout
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
White House goes to war with the media
Discussion: RedState
Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House selectively blocks media outlets from briefing with Spicer
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Cowardice and Freedom  —  You've probably seen that today …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Massive scandal’: Ex-DOJ spokesman says Reince Preibus must resign after calling FBI about Russia
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
White House Bars CNN, NYT, LAT, Politico From Briefing
Discussion: Western Journalism
NBC News:
Republicans in Congress Are Still Looking for Direction from Trump
Chris Massie / CNN:
GOP Rep. Mo Brooks says town hall protests may prevent Obamacare repeal  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Mo Brooks said Thursday that protests at town halls around the country might prevent Republican lawmakers from repealing the Affordable Care Act.  —  “I'll tell you, Toni, there are a …
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Paul Demko / Politico:
Exclusive: Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion  —  A draft House Republican repeal bill would dismantle the Obamacare subsidies and scrap its Medicaid expansion, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by POLITICO.  —  The legislation would take down …
Alan M. Dershowitz / The Hill:
I will leave the Democrats if Keith Ellison is elected its chairman  —  Tomorrow the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will have to choose the direction of the Democratic Party, as well as its likely composition.  It will be among the most important choices the DNC has ever had to make.
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Jeff Stein / Vox:
The key question of the DNC race: how broken is the Democratic Party?
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Staffers at CPAC quickly scrambled to confiscate Russian flags with the word “TRUMP” on the front that were being waved by attendees during President Donald Trump's speech on Friday.
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Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
An Actual False-Flag Operation at CPAC
Gabrielle Bluestone / The Slot:
Here's a Picture of the Crowd Lined Up Outside CPAC to See Donald Trump Speak  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—A few minutes into his CPAC speech Friday, esteemed and honest president Donald J. Trump said people were so excited to hear him speak that, “There are lines that go back six blocks.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Full transcript: President Trump's CPAC speech  —  President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, delivering a freewheeling speech in a style familiar from his time on the campaign trail.  —  Trump touted his election victory, took a couple of swings …
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's CPAC speech proves it: He's totally obsessed with the media
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks  —  The State Department legal office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees.  It promptly leaked, to me.  That's only the latest sign …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
State Dept. will resume briefings in March
Discussion: The Atlantic
Associated Press:
DHS intel report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The National Death Wish  —  A few weeks ago, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, Republican senators from Arkansas and Georgia, introduced an immigration bill that would cut the number of legal immigrants to this country each year in half, from about a million to about 500,000.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states  —  Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.”
Lili Bayer / The Forward:
Exclusive: Senior Trump Aide Forged Key Ties To Anti-Semitic Groups In Hungary  —  When photographs recently emerged showing Sebastian Gorka, President Donald Trump's high-profile deputy assistant, wearing a medal associated with the Nazi collaborationist regime that ruled Hungary during World War II …
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump  —  Therapists such as Dr. Arlene Drake, who practices in West L.A., say that many of their patients are talking about President Trump, presenting a challenge for a group of professionals who have been trained not to expose their own political beliefs.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and The Week
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’  —  The reclusive mastermind behind President Trump's nationalist ideology and combative tactics made his public debut Thursday, delivering a fiery rebuke of the media and declaring that the new administration …
Leon Neyfakh / Slate:
Everyone Needs to Stop Passing Along Facebook Rumors About ICE Checkpoints  —  New Yorkers were sharing a bracing message on Facebook on Thursday: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had set up checkpoints at subway stations in the Bronx and were demanding that people show their papers.
Discussion: CBS New York and AOL
 
 
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Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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Matteo Fagotto / The Atlantic:
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Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Hey, General McMaster: Does your strategy canon have space for works by women, Asians or Africans?
Discussion: RedState
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Trump hears ‘lock her up’ chants at CPAC
Discussion: RedState and Western Journalism
Frank Witsil / USA Today:
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Discussion: TheBlaze and AOL
Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole
Discussion: Washington Post
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