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12:40 PM ET, February 24, 2017


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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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Republicans in Congress Are Still Looking for Direction from Trump  —  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  —  President Trump to address CPAC after rare Steve Bannon appearance 3:09
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   ‘Massive scandal’: Ex-DOJ spokesman says Reince Preibus must resign after calling FBI about Russia
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Stephen Bannon Reassures Conservatives Uneasy About Trump
Louis Nelson / Politico:   Trump tweets anger at FBI while White House scrambles to contain fallout
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:   The Note: Priebus asks the FBI to refute Trump Russia reports
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
CNN Is Considering Skipping White House Correspondents' Dinner
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: ThinkProgress, Axios and Mother Jones
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Business Insider
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Health-Care Nightmare Is Only Just Beginning  —  Eleven days before Donald Trump took office, I wrote a column with the slightly hedged but still hyperbolic headline “Obamacare Repeal Might Have Just Died Tonight.”  While the “might” was doing a lot of work, my argument …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Future Directions for the ACA and Medicaid
Discussion: Business Insider and Politicus USA
Vox:   Study: Obamacare enrollees' costs would spike under Republican plans
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.”
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
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump econ advisor: No go on House border adjustment tax  —  Gary Cohn, chief economic advisor to President Trump, told a group of CEOs this morning that the White House does not support the House GOP version of a border adjustment tax, according to an attendee.
Discussion: Business Insider
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” …
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 …
Dalibor Rohac / Washington Post:
My country had its own Trump.  Here's how we beat him.  —  Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.  —  To any fair-minded observer, President Trump's authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning.
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: Booman Tribune
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: The Week
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Federal agents ask domestic flight passengers to show IDs in search for immigrant ordered deported  —  This post has been updated.  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Thursday that their agents requested to see the identification of domestic flight passengers landing …
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Border Patrol Agents Stop Domestic Travelers at New York Airport
Discussion: Hit & Run
Kate Taylor / Yahoo! Finance:
Starbucks' brand perception has plummeted since it announced plan to hire refugees  —  Starbucks' brand has taken a beating since the company announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years in response to Donald Trump's executive order intended to prevent refugees from entering the US.
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 …
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
US new home sales rise in sign of housing market health, but fail to meet expectations  —  Americans bought more new homes in January after a steep fall-off the previous month, a sign the housing market is healthy despite higher mortgage rates.  —  The Commerce Department …
Los Angeles Times:
Santa Cruz and federal agents in war of words over whether a gang sweep was really a secret immigration raid  —  Santa Cruz's police chief angrily accused the Department of Homeland Security of conducting a secret immigration sweep.  —  A Northern California raid ostensibly targeting violent …
White House may boost recreational marijuana enforcement: spokesman  —  The administration of President Donald Trump may ramp up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana use, a White House spokesman said on Thursday, setting up potential conflicts in states where the drug is legal.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
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47% of the Country Say Trump Has Violated the Constitution, but Few Support Impeachment
Discussion: Washington Post
Reed Tucker / New York Post:
Nobody cares about any recent Best Picture Oscar winners
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump's words send Cabinet on perpetual clean-up mission
Discussion: TheBlaze and Common Dreams
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David Rutz / Fox News:
Rupert Murdoch transitions from chair of Fox Corp and News Corp to the new role of Chairman Emeritus; Lachlan Murdoch becomes the sole chair of both companies

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts YouTube Create, an app that lets creators edit videos, adding effects, GIFs, royalty-free tracks, and more, in beta on Android in eight markets

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