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12:55 AM ET, February 26, 2017

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Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Perez fires back at Trump: I'll be your worst nightmare  —  Tom Perez fired back at President Trump on Saturday after the president offered the newly elected Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman a mock-congratulatory tweet.  —  “Call me Tom.  And don't get too happy,” tweeted Perez …
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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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Nation and Power Line
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Perez appoints Ellison deputy DNC chair
Discussion: Raw Story and Liberty Unyielding
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Perez elected DNC chairman
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
Top Democrats poised to choose next party chair
Discussion: Associated Press and twitchy.com
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Perez wins bid to lead Democratic Party
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Buttigieg drops out of DNC chair race
Discussion: IJR
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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Arlene Washington / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump Says He Will Not Attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  The president tweeted his announcement on Saturday.  —  Donald Trump will be skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29.  —  “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year.
Maquita Peters / NPR:
Trump Will Be First President In 36 Years To Skip White House Correspondents Dinner  —  President Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he would break from a decades-old tradition and skip the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner scheduled for April 29.
Discussion: The Resurgent, IJR and Deadline
Associated Press:
White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing
NEWS.com.au:
Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: ‘I sobbed like a baby’  —  BEST-SELLING Australian author Mem Fox may never return to the United States after being detained by immigration officials at Los Angeles Airport, saying she has never been “treated with such disdain”.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Occupy Democrats
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Bonnie Malkin / The Guardian:
Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: ‘I sobbed like a baby’
Discussion: ABC and Raw Story
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.
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.”
Dnexon / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Gorka Dissertation, Part II  —  In my prior post, I tried to make clear that you don't need to get very far—less than twenty pages, in fact—into Gorka's dissertation to recognize its academic shoddiness.  Something like 7% of it is a cut-and-paste job from an earlier article.
Julia Harte / Reuters:
Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington  —  The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump's promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury.
Discussion: twitchy.com and The Gateway Pundit
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NPR.org:
Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Balloon Juice
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Sources: U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council  —  The Trump administration is considering pulling the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that has been accused of being biased against Israel and criticized for including abusive governments …
Discussion: American Thinker
Reuters:
France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments  —  French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought “Paris is no longer Paris” after attacks by Islamist militants.
Discussion: Geller Report and Limits to Growth
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 …
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: Mashable, The Hill and The Local
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
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: Hullabaloo and The Atlantic
 
 
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Jane Arraf / NPR:
Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is 'You're Not Welcome'
Jorge Bonilla / NewsBusters:
Jorge Ramos: U.S. Is ‘Our Country, Not Theirs’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeff Caplan / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Trinity's transgender wrestler wins with pin, advances to championship
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Thousands of furious Trump fans can't stop visiting a website that pretends Clinton won
Discussion: The Hill
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
O'Rourke on Cruz challenge in 2018: “I really want to do this”
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Cross / KOKH:
AG's office confirms Pruitt used private email for state business
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. / Breitbart:
Witches Unite to Cast ‘Binding Spell’ on Trump and Followers
Discussion: Dr. Rich Swier and twitchy.com
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Scenes from the Breitbart CPAC Luau (Featuring Dog the Bounty Hunter, Among Other Luminaries)
David Gasten / American Thinker:
Joy Villa, the woman who wore the pro-Trump dress at the 2017 …