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8:40 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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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.
Axios:
Exclusive: Bloomberg cancels WHCA dinner afterparty
CNNMoney:
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bloomberg scraps annual correspondents' dinner soiree
Hadas Gold / Politico:
White House selectively blocks media outlets from briefing with Spicer
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, The Week and The Root
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
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  —  ATLANTA — They're energized by the marches and excited about the crowds showing up at town halls held by Republican lawmakers.  But not far below the surface, Democrats are just as anxious, depressed and strung out as they've been since …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.  —  oThe 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
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 …
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to lower regulatory burdens on the American people by implementing and enforcing regulatory reform, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Discussion: Hot Air and Marginal REVOLUTION
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: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
 
 
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Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
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Martin Selsoe Sorensen / New York Times:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cowardice and Freedom  —  You've probably seen that today …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The National Death Wish
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Hey, General McMaster: Does your strategy canon have space for works by women, Asians or Africans?
Discussion: RedState
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Full transcript: President Trump's CPAC speech
Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole
Discussion: Page Six and Washington Post
Leon Neyfakh / Slate:
Everyone Needs to Stop Passing Along Facebook Rumors About ICE Checkpoints
Discussion: CBS New York
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states
 

 
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