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5:30 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: RedState and Axios
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
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump White House just inflicted a serious wound on itself
Axios:
Source: Gary Cohn says no go on border adjustment tax
Discussion: Business Insider
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
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
White House Bars CNN, NYT, LAT, Politico From Briefing
Discussion: Western Journalism
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Massive scandal’: Ex-DOJ spokesman says Reince Preibus must resign after calling FBI about Russia
NBC News:
Republicans in Congress Are Still Looking for Direction from Trump
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 …
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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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.”
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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
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 …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Trump hears ‘lock her up’ chants at CPAC  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The crowd attending President Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday delivered a familiar chant: “Lock her up!”  —  The cries came after Trump briefly mentioned Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
Discussion: RedState and Western Journalism
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Hey, General McMaster: Does your strategy canon have space for works by women, Asians or Africans?  —  Our new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster's reading list is interesting, but it entirely lacks works by women, or non-Westerners, for that matter.  —  What might McMasterites miss out on?
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Trump signs executive order on regulatory reform
Discussion: CNBC, ABC News, The Week and IJR
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Providence police: Man posing as Uber driver sexually assaulted girl, 15
Discussion: WPRO-AM and Associated Press
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Badly Losing His Fights With Media
Dalibor Rohac / Washington Post:
My country had its own Trump. Here's how we beat him.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The New Nationalism in America
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Ivanka Trump wants to help the wealthy pay their au pairs
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and Bloomberg
Eliza Collins / USA Today:
Where in the world is Sarah Palin? Her political star is fading
Discussion: AOL and IJR
 

 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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