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7:20 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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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Thomas Perez elected the first Latino leader of Democratic Party  —  ATLANTA — Former labor secretary Thomas Perez was elected the first Latino chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) at the end of a contentious battle over the fate …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Perez appoints Ellison deputy DNC chair  —  Tom Perez used his first motion as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday to appoint his top rival for the position, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), as deputy chair of the DNC.  —  “I would like to begin by making a motion …
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberty Unyielding
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman  —  ATLANTA — Former Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota to take the helm of a still-divided party stunned …
Discussion: Power Line and The Nation
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: Geller Report and Political Wire
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Buttigieg drops out of DNC chair race
Discussion: IJR
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Top Democrats poised to choose next party chair
Discussion: Associated Press and twitchy.com
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Perez elected DNC chairman
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats brace for backlash as they vote on new party chairman
DN.SE:
Fake Sweden expert on Fox News - has criminal convictions in US, no connection to Swedish security  —  Fox News continues to focus on the debate about how immigration is breaking Sweden.  One guest last night, described as a “Swedish defense and national security advisor” …
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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
Discussion: The Hill, The Local and Politicus USA
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
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.”
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Lynne F. Stewart, Lawyer for Omar Abdel Rahman, Unexpectedly Outlives Him  —  When Omar Abdel Rahman died last Saturday while serving a life sentence for a 1995 conviction in a plot to blow up New York City landmarks, it came as little surprise that the nearly universal view of him as a dangerous terrorist …
Discussion: twitchy.com
The Hill:
Trump: I won't attend White House correspondents' dinner  —  President Trump announced Saturday he will not be attending this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a break with past presidents.  —  “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year.
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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
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Leaked report suggests millions could lose coverage under GOP health proposal  —  Republican replacement plans for Obamacare would lead to significant declines in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, according to an analysis presented Saturday at the National Governors Association and obtained by Vox.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats plan to troll Trump at big speech  —  House Democrats are seizing on President Donald Trump's first major speech to Congress Tuesday as an opportunity to troll the new president in prime time.  —  Many of the same Democrats who boycotted Trump's inauguration are choosing …
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.
Jorge Bonilla / NewsBusters:
Jorge Ramos: U.S. Is ‘Our Country, Not Theirs’  —  Further ramping up his open opposition to President Trump's immigration law enforcement policies,  —  Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has let loose with an outrageous tirade that could best be described as equal parts nationalistic identity politics …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Rejects Intelligence Report on Travel Ban
 
 
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Associated Press:
Sacramento police warn of social networking robbery trend
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Mary Hanbury / Business Insider:
Since the election, 3,600 Trump-branded products have been dropped from online stores
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Caplan / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Trinity's transgender wrestler wins with pin, advances to championship
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Washington Post hires John Podesta as columnist
Discussion: Hot Air
Phil Cross / KOKH:
AG's office confirms Pruitt used private email for state business
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / Breitbart:
Witches Unite to Cast ‘Binding Spell’ on Trump and Followers
Discussion: Dr. Rich Swier and twitchy.com
 Earlier Items: 
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Most Americans continue to oppose U.S. border wall, doubt Mexico would pay for it
Ynetnews:
Violent attack on two Jews outside Paris
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Scenes from the Breitbart CPAC Luau (Featuring Dog the Bounty Hunter, Among Other Luminaries)
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
Christine Burroni / Page Six:
Leslie Jones makes fun of white women supporting Black Lives Matter
David Gasten / American Thinker:
Joy Villa, the woman who wore the pro-Trump dress at the 2017 …
Discussion: Digital Music News