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11:50 AM ET, February 25, 2017

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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 …
Discussion: TMZ.com, IJR, NESN.com, AOL, The Root and The Week
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Rejects Intelligence Report on Travel Ban  —  Tension with intelligence officials rises as Homeland Security contradicts White House on terror  —  An intelligence report by the Department of Homeland Security contradicts the White House's assertion that immigrants …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats brace for backlash as they vote on new party chairman  —  ATLANTA — After a string of televised debates, four party-sponsored “future forums” and three months of person-to-person lobbying, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee is coming to an end …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Grass-roots fury masks intense Democratic anxiety
Discussion: Political Wire
Jen Psaki / CNN:   Democrats, why not give Mayor Pete a chance for DNC chairman?
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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Bloomberg:
GOP Senators Embrace Awkward Russia Probe That Could Hurt Trump  —  Investigation of election hacking, Flynn still at early stage  —  No timetable yet for testimony as investigators sift documents  —  A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Russia's effort to influence …
Ricky Young / sandiegouniontribune.com:
Issa calls for special prosecutor on Russian interference in election  —  (Screen grab) … Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said on Friday that a special prosecutor needs to lead an investigation into the alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian leader Vladimir Putin's regime.
Discussion: RedState
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Majority of Americans Say Congress Should Probe Contact Between Trump, Russia: Poll  —  About half of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while only a quarter say that lawmakers …
Christine Burroni / Page Six:
Leslie Jones makes fun of white women supporting Black Lives Matter  —  More On:  —  Nothing is off-limits for Leslie Jones' stand-up routine.  —  “If I see another 45-year-old white woman from Williamsburg saying ‘black lives matter,’ I'm going to punch you in the mouth,” the …
Discussion: New York Times and BizPac Review
Los Angeles Times:
Great white sharks spotted off two Orange County beaches; swimming ban in effect  —  Lifeguards are keeping a stretch of shoreline between Sunset Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach closed to swimmers and surfers after a shark sighting.  (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Fox's Shepard Smith: CNN is not ‘fake news’  —  Fox News anchor Shepard Smith defended CNN on Friday after the news organization was barred from spokesman Sean Spicer's question-and-answer session at the White House.  —  “For the record, ‘fake news’ refers to stories that are created …
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 …
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bloomberg scraps annual correspondents' dinner soiree
CNNMoney:
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing
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.
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 …
David Gasten / American Thinker:
Joy Villa, the woman who wore the pro-Trump dress at the 2017 Grammy Awards, has just had her self-released album I Make the Static go to Number 12 on the Billboard 200.  This is a victory both for conservatives who bought the album to support her and for American culture in general …
Discussion: Digital Music News
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 …
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.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cowardice and Freedom  —  You've probably seen that today …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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Michael Todd / Mercury News:
Santa Cruz police: Homeland Security misled city with ‘gang’ raids that were immigration related
Discussion: Eschaton
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats' dilemma: To shake or not to shake President Trump's hand
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Could California's heavy rain set off a MEGAQUAKE?  Experts warn huge amounts of water could trigger faults
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump's Blistering Speech at CPAC Follows Bannon's Blueprint
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Bush daughter headlines Planned Parenthood fundraiser
Discussion: The Hill and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Pro-Trump megadonor is part owner of Breitbart News empire, CEO reveals
German Lopez / Vox:
Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Judge won't dismiss Bergdahl case over Trump comments
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and RedState
Associated Press:
Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city
Discussion: Power Line
Martin Selsoe Sorensen / New York Times:
Sweden, Nation of Open Arms, Debates Implications of Immigration
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
AP Sues LifeZette, Claiming Nearly $50,000 In Unpaid Fees And Penalties
David Brooks / New York Times:
The National Death Wish