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FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Priebus asks the FBI to refute Trump Russia reports  —  The big story: The Russia affair gets a new twist with the revelation that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute reports that Trump campaign officials were in frequent contact with Russian intelligence agents prior to the election.
Michelle Goldberg / Slate:
CPAC invented an alternate history of the alt-right to justify Steve Bannon's invite.  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—On Thursday, white nationalist Richard Spencer was thrown out of the Conservative Political Action Conference.  As security escorted him to the door, a college junior in a blue blazer and fashy haircut followed him.
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 …
Jon Ward / Yahoo:
Trumpism versus conservatism at CPAC
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Top Trump Advisers Bannon And Priebus Emphasize Unity At CPAC
Discussion: TIME, The Week and New York Times
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one  —  A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kan., bar Wednesday night, police say, reportedly telling two of them, local Garmin engineers from India, to “get out of my country.”
Discussion: and Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star:
Suspect in Olathe shooting allegedly told bartender he killed two Middle Eastern men
Ian Cummings / Kansas City Star:
'It wasn't right,' says Olathe man wounded at Austins while trying to stop shooter
Discussion: ThinkProgress, KFOR-TV and KCTV
Associated Press:
Man shouts ‘get out of my country’ before killing one man and injuring two at Kansas bar, witnesses say
Discussion: The Week
GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows  —  Plan expands access for those who want it, Republicans say  —  ‘Not everybody is going to have health care’: GOP lawmaker  —  Republican lawmakers expect that their Obamacare replacement will result in fewer Americans covered …
Discussion: Axios
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Support for 2010 health care law reaches new high  —  With congressional Republicans discussing proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, public support for the 2010 health care law has reached its highest level on record.  —  Currently, 54% approve of the health care law passed seven years ago …
New York Times:
President Trump Breaks a Promise on Transgender Rights  —  On the campaign trail, Donald Trump broke with Republican Party orthodoxy by vowing to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans from violence and oppression.  Soon after taking office, President Trump announced …
New York Times:
Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party's depleted organization.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   2020 race lures sprawling Democratic field
New Yorker:
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War  —  What lay behind Russia's interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?  —  1. SOFT TARGETS  —  On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Françoise Mouly / New Yorker:
Cover Story: Barry Blitt's “Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley”
Discussion: Business Insider and Axios
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
GOP congressman: Trump should release tax returns  —  Congress could force release of Trump's taxes  — As a candidate, Trump was the first major-party nominee in decades not to release his tax returns  —  Pace, Florida (CNN)A conservative member of Congress called on President Donald …
New York Times:
Kim Jong-nam Was Killed by VX Nerve Agent, Malaysians Say  —  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The poison used to kill Kim-Jong-nam, the brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was VX nerve agent, a substance listed as a chemical weapon, the Malaysian police announced on Friday.
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Marsha Blackburn claims out of state people infiltrated her town hall — records seem to show she's lying  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that her recent town hall was overwhelmed by angry people that were not from her district.
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Kushner, Ivanka Trump Pushed to Remove Words Critical of Climate Deal From Executive Order  —  Trump plans to issue orders aimed at rolling back Obama climate agenda soon; language critical of Paris accord removed  —  WASHINGTON—At the request of President Donald Trump's son-in-law …
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Caller and Axios
Eliza Collins / USA Today:
Where in the world is Sarah Palin?  Her political star is fading  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off just outside of Washington this week, there was one name noticeably missing from the roster of speakers: Sarah Palin.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Ivanka Trump wants to help the wealthy pay their au pairs  —  One of the biggest lingering questions about the Donald Trump presidency is the degree to which his campaign shtick of being a working-class populist was an open fraud.  So far, all signs point towards “completely.”
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Yes, Mass Deportations Are Coming.  And We Know Why.  —  There are two main questions about President Donald Trump's recently issued immigration policies.  First, is the administration embarking on a campaign of mass deportations of undocumented immigrants?  Second, if so, why?
White House effort to justify travel ban causes growing concern for some intelligence officials  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has assigned the Department of Homeland Security, working with the Justice Department, to help build the legal case for its temporary travel ban on individuals …
Discussion: emptywheel and Political Wire
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The New Nationalism in America  —  Decades of intellectual and political activity preceded the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.  William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review in 1955.  A little less than a decade later, National Review publisher William Rusher helped orchestrate Barry Goldwater's presidential nomination.
Discussion: The Week
Dow Jones Newswires:
‘You Have to Stop,’ Renaissance Executive Tells Boss About Trump Support  —  A clash involving Renaissance Technologies hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, who supports President Donald Trump, and another executive of the firm, who opposes the president, reflects divides at other U.S. workplaces.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump's words send Cabinet on perpetual clean-up mission  —  With each passing day, Donald Trump's Cabinet looks more like a clean-up crew.  —  The president's undiplomatic comments are repeatedly forcing his foreign policy and national security appointees into the awkward position of telling …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Common Dreams
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Border Patrol Agents Stop Domestic Travelers at New York Airport  —  A search for a deportation target leads to a demand for travelers' “papers” at JFK  —  Passengers of a domestic Delta flight from San Francisco to New York were told to show their identity documents to uniformed agents …
Reed Tucker / New York Post:
Nobody cares about any recent Best Picture Oscar winners  —  The film that walks away with the Best Picture statue at Sunday's Academy Awards will earn a place forever in the history books — but perhaps not on viewers' screens.  —  More On:  —  The cream of the crop of Hollywood's golden age gained immortality.
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The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/23/2017, #15
Discussion: Hit & Run, Politicus USA and Advocate
47% of the Country Say Trump Has Violated the Constitution, but Few Support Impeachment
Los Angeles Times:
Can the Calif. Republican Party bounce back in 2018? Here's the chairman's game plan
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Donald Trump Plans to Bypass the Courts to Deport as Many People as Possible
Discussion: Vox Popoli and NPR
Katherine Rodriguez / Breitbart:
The Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to those who did not have a …
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Latinos and the New Trump Administration
Discussion: Politico
The Guardian:
Byelections: Labour defeated by Tories in Copeland, but wins in Stoke - live
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
AFL-CIO Dismissing Staff Amid Declines in U.S. Union Membership
Discussion: Hot Air
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Rep. McCaul: We don't need ‘a 2,000-mile wall’ with Mexico
Discussion: Political Wire
Alana Goodman / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Illegal fundraiser for the Clintons made secret tape because he feared being ASSASSINATED …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
US News:
CARTOON GALLERY … The bathroom issue is the first skirmish …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Eduwonk
An underground network is readying homes to hide immigrants
Discussion: TheBlaze
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Law professors file misconduct complaint against Kellyanne Conway

From Techmeme:

Jordan Fragen / VentureBeat:
Twitch plans to shut down in South Korea on February 27, 2024, saying the country was “prohibitively expensive” to operate in despite working to reduce costs

Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Microsoft plans to offer three additional years of monthly Windows 10 security updates, paid for annually, after the OS' end-of-support date on October 14, 2025

Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
The internet enabled mass surveillance, and AI will enable mass spying, once limited by human labor, by making troves of data searchable and understandable

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