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11:20 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.
Axios:
Exclusive: Bloomberg cancels WHCA dinner afterparty  —  Bloomberg L.P., host of the premier afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, will not host an event this year, Axios has learned.  —  Planners for events surrounding the April 29 scholarship dinner …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In December, Spicer said barring media access is what a ‘dictatorship’ does.  Today, he barred media access.  —  This post has been updated.  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred reporters from several large media outlets from participating in a scheduled press briefing Friday.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bloomberg scraps annual correspondents' dinner soiree
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Cowardice and Freedom  —  You've probably seen that today …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories  —  The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates' ties to Russia …
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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 …
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump tweets anger at FBI while White House scrambles to contain fallout
Danielle Lerner / Courier-Journal:
Muhammad Ali Jr. detained by immigration at Fla. airport  —  The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials at a Florida airport, a family friend told the Courier-Journal.  —  Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali …
Discussion: The Root
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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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Grass-roots fury masks intense Democratic anxiety
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
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The leaked Republican plan to replace Obamacare, explained
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.
New York Times:
H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers …
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
An Actual False-Flag Operation at CPAC  —  Two men made trouble—and stirred up a social-media frenzy—on the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference by conducting a literal false-flag operation.  —  Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, passed out roughly 1,000 red …
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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.”
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Bush daughter headlines Planned Parenthood fundraiser  —  Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' annual Fort Worth luncheon.  —  Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush …
Discussion: The Hill
German Lopez / Vox:
Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos  —  This is the real story of how the video that took down Milo surfaced.  —  The story of Milo Yiannopoulos's fall from conservative grace ended when a conservative blog posted video footage of him making comments that seemed to rationalize pedophilia.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Axios:
White House denies Axios report on Cohn's BAT comments  —  The White House on Friday afternoon denied an Axios report that chief economic advisor Gary Cohn told a group of CEOs that the Trump Administration does not support the House GOP version of the border adjustment tax:
Discussion: Business Insider
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Washington Post:
Pro-Trump megadonor is part owner of Breitbart News empire, CEO reveals  —  Breitbart News Network, the far-right media outlet that heralded President Trump's rise and was once led by his top White House strategist, is owned in part by a wealthy conservative family that poured millions …
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.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump's Blistering Speech at CPAC Follows Bannon's Blueprint  —  OXON HILL, Md. — Stephen K. Bannon brought the battle plan.  President Trump brought the fight.  —  A day after his secretive chief strategist laid out a hard-edged new definition of conservatism animated by attacks on …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’
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
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Judge won't dismiss Bergdahl case over Trump comments  —  A military judge will not dismiss charges against Bowe Bergdahl despite President Trump's harsh criticism of the Army sergeant during the campaign.  —  According to The Associated Press, Army Col. Jeffery Nance ruled on Friday …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Badly Losing His Fights With Media  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump is losing all of his fights with the media- and voters really think he needs to reduce his cable news consumption.  —  62% of voters nationally think Trump should keep his cable watching to less …
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.
Chris Spargo / Daily Mail:
Double, double, Donald's in trouble: Witches including Lana Del Rey will gather at midnight to cast a spell on President Trump AND his supporters in hopes of banishing him from office  — Witches will protest President Donald Trump on Friday at midnight by casting a spell under the crescent moon
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Hey, General McMaster: Does your strategy canon have space for works by women, Asians or Africans?
Discussion: RedState
Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole
Discussion: Washington Post
Leon Neyfakh / Slate:
Everyone Needs to Stop Passing Along Facebook Rumors About ICE Checkpoints
Discussion: CBS New York and AOL
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and The Week