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2:15 PM ET, February 25, 2017

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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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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
White House rejects DHS research on travel ban: report  —  The White House is dismissing a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report rebuffing President Trump's claims that citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries pose an increased terror threat, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.
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 …
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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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Issa: Trump-Russia probe requires a special prosecutor  —  A Republican congressman who aligned with President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign called Friday for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia.
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Magazine
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: Scared Monkeys and Balloon Juice
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Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Top Democrats poised to choose next party chair
Discussion: Associated Press and twitchy.com
Jen Psaki / CNN:   Democrats, why not give Mayor Pete a chance for DNC chairman?
New York Times:
Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump  —  In Virginia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents waited outside a church shelter where undocumented immigrants had gone to stay warm.  In Texas and in Colorado, agents went into courthouses, looking for foreigners who had arrived for hearings on other matters.
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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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
O'Rourke on Cruz challenge in 2018: “I really want to do this”  —  U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is sailing toward a 2018 Senate campaign, an uphill battle that would pit the little-known congressman against one of the state's most prominent Republicans in the unpredictable era of President Donald Trump.
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
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: BizPac Review
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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
In a Stand-Up Act, Leslie Jones Finds the Humor in Being Hacked
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Who is Nils Bildt?  Swedish ‘national security advisor’ interviewed by Fox News is a mystery to Swedes  —  In a segment on Fox News's “The O'Reilly Factor” that aired Thursday, host Bill O'Reilly spoke with two Swedish nationals about allegations that Sweden had become a more dangerous place in recent years because of immigration.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Scenes from the Breitbart CPAC Luau (Featuring Dog the Bounty Hunter, Among Other Luminaries)  —  Nigel Farage, Dog the Bounty Hunter and James O'Keefe walk onto a boat.  —  But not just any boat.  Specifically, the Spirit of Mount Vernon, a three-story monstrosity of casino-style carpeting …
Phil Cross / KOKH:
AG's office confirms Pruitt used private email for state business  —  The Oklahoma Attorney General's office confirms former Attorney General Scott Pruitt used a private email for state business.  The information comes week after FOX 25 first revealed the emails that appeared to be sent from Pruitt's private email account.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Ynetnews:
Violent attack on two Jews outside Paris  —  French media report two assailants threatened 17- and 29-year-old brothers at a red light, threatened to kill them, and attacked them with a hacksaw before fleeing; an investigation is launched.  —  French media reported on Friday morning …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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)
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / Breitbart:
Witches Unite to Cast ‘Binding Spell’ on Trump and Followers  —  A group of witches is attempting to use black magic to neutralize U.S. President Donald Trump by casting a “binding spell” to prevent him from governing.  —  The “mass spell to bind Donald Trump” will be performed at midnight …
Discussion: Dr. Rich Swier and twitchy.com
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Most Americans continue to oppose U.S. border wall, doubt Mexico would pay for it  —  As was the case throughout the presidential campaign, more Americans continue to oppose (62%) than favor (35%) building a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico.  And while President Donald …
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 …
 
 
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Priscella Vega / Los Angeles Times:
Suspension to be lifted for OCC student who recorded professor's anti-Trump comments
Discussion: TheBlaze and EAGnews.org
The Wrap:
Jodie Foster Leads Two Thousand at Hollywood's Anti-Trump Rally: 'It's Time to Engage'
Michael Todd / Mercury News:
Santa Cruz police: Homeland Security misled city with ‘gang’ raids that were immigration related
Discussion: Eschaton
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda
Discussion: Hot Air and Marginal REVOLUTION
Daily Mail:
Could California's heavy rain set off a MEGAQUAKE?  Experts warn huge amounts of water could trigger faults
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Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Anderson Cooper calls out Donald Trump for hypocrisy: You cite anonymous sources all the time
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Took Future Green Berets into Oval Office in Q-Course First
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
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Judge won't dismiss Bergdahl case over Trump comments
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and RedState
David Brooks / New York Times:
The National Death Wish