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9:30 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
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Perez appoints Ellison deputy DNC chair
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DNC chair vote: live coverage
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Perez elected DNC chairman
Julie K. Brown / miamiherald:
Slain SEAL's dad wants answers: 'Don't hide behind my son's death'  —  When they brought William “Ryan” Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried from a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket, onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base, as President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens' family paid their respects.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: CNN, The Resurgent and IJR
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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.
The Hill:
Trump: I won't attend White House correspondents' dinner
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Breitbart gets exclusive interview with Trump  —  Breitbart has snagged an exclusive interview with President Trump scheduled for Monday afternoon in the Oval Office, according to a report by Axios on Saturday.  —  Breitbart's Washington editor Matthew Boyle is slated to conduct the interview, Axios reported.
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.
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
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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: Raw Story and ABC
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.
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NPR.org:
Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Pat Rynard / The Daily Beast:
Iowa Lawmakers Face Rage-Filled Recess  —  So much for “Iowa Nice.”  —  Rowdy town hall forums are the new normal in the Hawkeye state.  Contentious scenes of older, grey-haired Iowans lobbing hostile questions at Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst made national news this week.
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.”
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet has to work as a cleanup crew  —  After President Trump said that deporting undocumented immigrants was “a military operation,” Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, speaking in Mexico, clarified that there would be “no use of military force in immigration operations.”
Robin McKie / Observer:
Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century  —  Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’  —  One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
 
 
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Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
Farage at CPAC: 2016 Was The Beginning of a Great Global Revolution
Discussion: Western Journalism
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Gretchen Carlson in talks to join MSNBC, sources say
Evan Perez / CNN:
National security adviser: Term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ isn't helpful
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump
Discussion: Axios and AOL
Reuters:
France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments
Jorge Bonilla / NewsBusters:
Jorge Ramos: U.S. Is ‘Our Country, Not Theirs’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Lynne F. Stewart, Lawyer for Omar Abdel Rahman, Unexpectedly Outlives Him
Discussion: twitchy.com
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats plan to troll Trump at big speech
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
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”
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Phil Cross / KOKH:
AG's office confirms Pruitt used private email for state business
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Scenes from the Breitbart CPAC Luau (Featuring Dog the Bounty Hunter, Among Other Luminaries)