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2:50 AM ET, February 25, 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
Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House selectively blocks media outlets from briefing with Spicer
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Anderson Cooper calls out Donald Trump for hypocrisy: You cite anonymous sources all the time  —  CNN host Anderson Cooper called out President Donald Trump on Friday's “AC36.”  Trump spent much of his speech at CPAC railing against the media for using anonymous sources, which he believes the media should be able to use.
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 …
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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Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Took Future Green Berets into Oval Office in Q-Course First  —  President Trump, in his third week in office, met with a class of Green Beret candidates and brought them into the Oval Office for the first time in the course's history.  —  The 18 Army officers …
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
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
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
The leaked Republican plan to replace Obamacare, explained  —  Politico has obtained a leaked draft of a Republican replacement plan for Obamacare.  The plan may be somewhat outdated already — it is two weeks old, per its time stamp, and Republicans have been working hard on their proposal …
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Paul Demko / Politico:
Exclusive: Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion
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 …
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
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.”
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
Daily Mail:
Could California's heavy rain set off a MEGAQUAKE?  Experts warn huge amounts of water could trigger faults  —  In recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall.  —  California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Discussion: RedState
Tampa Bay Times:
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Leon Neyfakh / Slate:
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Discussion: CBS New York and AOL
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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