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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  —  Check another news organization off the list of outlets hosting parties for the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner.  —  Bloomberg announced Friday it is pulling the plug on its annual 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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump tweets anger at FBI while White House scrambles to contain fallout
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump White House just inflicted a serious wound on itself
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 …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The leaked Republican plan to replace Obamacare, explained
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
Discussion: CBS Dallas
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.
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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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 …
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.”
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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city  —  PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.
Discussion: Power Line
Los Angeles Times:
A state senator is removed from the chamber for her comments about Tom Hayden and Vietnam  —  After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday …
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Federal appeals court could reinstate Wisconsin's early voting limits  —  CHICAGO - Three federal judges expressed deep skepticism Friday over claims that Wisconsin Republicans had deliberately made it harder for minorities to vote, raising the prospect they would reinstate limits on early voting.
 
 
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Hey, General McMaster: Does your strategy canon have space for works by women, Asians or Africans?
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Trump hears ‘lock her up’ chants at CPAC
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Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole
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