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4:15 PM ET, February 25, 2017

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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DNC chair vote: live coverage  —  Live updates on the Democratic National Committee chair vote in Atlanta.  —  After the first balloting, Perez falls a single vote short of winning.  The race will proceed to a second ballot.  —  Perez received 213.5 votes, one ballot short of the 214.5 threshold to win.
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Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Top Democrats poised to choose next party chair  —  Top Democrats will elect their next national chair on Saturday, a key figure who will try to rally a party still reeling from its presidential election defeat and crippled by down-ballot losses across the country over the last decade.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Perez wins bid to lead Democratic Party  —  ATLANTA - Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez has defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee in a blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders  —  (I-Vt.) and the progressive wing of the party.
Discussion: Political Wire
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats brace for backlash as they vote on new party chairman
Jen Psaki / CNN:   Democrats, why not give Mayor Pete a chance for DNC chairman?
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.
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 …
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Ricky Young / sandiegouniontribune.com:
Issa calls for special prosecutor on Russian interference in election
Discussion: RedState
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Issa: Trump-Russia probe requires a special prosecutor
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Magazine
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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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.
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Guardian
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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.
Discussion: The Atlantic and BizPac Review
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.
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Thousands of furious Trump fans can't stop visiting a website that pretends Clinton won  —  It's just over a month into Hillary Clinton's historic presidency, and Milo Yiannopoulos works as a Starbucks barista, the Koch brothers have fled the country and the first woman to occupy the Oval Office is the sober …
Discussion: The Hill
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
New York Times:
Trump Ruled the Tabloid Media.  Washington Is a Different Story.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has taken to slapping journalists who write unflattering stories with an epithet he sees as the epitome of low-road, New York Post-style gossip: “Page Six reporter.”
Jeff Caplan / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Trinity's transgender wrestler wins with pin, advances to championship  —  CYPRESS  —  Mack Beggs' first pin of the Class 6A state girls wrestling championship came in Saturday morning's semifinal match, launching the transgender grappler from Euless Trinity High School into the championship match in the 110-pound weight class.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Washington Post hires John Podesta as columnist
Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / Breitbart:
Witches Unite to Cast ‘Binding Spell’ on Trump and Followers
Discussion: Dr. Rich Swier and twitchy.com
Ynetnews:
Violent attack on two Jews outside Paris
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Wrap:
Jodie Foster Leads Two Thousand at Hollywood's Anti-Trump Rally: 'It's Time to Engage'
Los Angeles Times:
Great white sharks spotted off two Orange County beaches; swimming ban in effect
Michael Todd / Mercury News:
Santa Cruz police: Homeland Security misled city with ‘gang’ raids that were immigration related
Discussion: Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories