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11:55 AM ET, February 26, 2017


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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.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Trump's Job Approval Stands at Just 44 Percent as Partisan Splits Reign  —  Trump's Approval Falls Into Negative Territory 0:54  —  President Donald Trump's job approval rating stands at just 44 percent — a record low for a newly inaugurated commander-in-chief — and half of Americans …
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
'That's Not Acceptable': John Kasich on Republicans Who Want to Completely ‘Get Rid’ of Obamacare … During today's broadcast of CBS's Face the Nation, Ohio Governor and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich discussed the conundrum Congressional Republicans are in when it comes …
Discussion: The Week
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Buoyed By Anti-Trump Activism, Democrat Wins Delaware Special Election  —  An army of volunteers, many from out of state, flooded the state Senate district for Stephanie Hansen.  —  MIDDLETOWN, Del. This is what democracy looks like.  —  It's been a chant that has animated marches …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 Guardian, CNN, The Resurgent and IJR
The Hill:
Trump: I won't attend White House correspondents' dinner
Bill Paxton — Dead at 61  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Bill Paxton has died ... TMZ has learned.  —  We're told the actor died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery.  —  Paxton had a string of hits, including “Twister,” “Titanic” and “Aliens.”  He won an Emmy for “Hatfields and McCoys.”
Discussion: RedState and AOL
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 …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Thomas Perez elected the first Latino leader of Democratic Party
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman
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.
Discussion: Axios, RedState and Washington Post
Tim Alberta / Politico:
‘The Conservative Movement Is Donald Trump’  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — They should have known better.  The college kids, crammed into the back-right corner of an overflow ballroom here at the Gaylord National Resort, should have recognized that the props being distributed to them were, in fact, miniature Russian flags.
David Siders / Politico:
House Intel chair: Trump-Russia investigation calls ‘almost like McCarthyism’  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, responding to calls for an independent investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russia, said Saturday that the House would not engage in a …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Decca Aitkenhead / The Guardian:
Rachel Dolezal: 'I'm not going to stoop and apologise and grovel'  —  Two years ago, she was a respected black rights activist and teacher.  Then she was exposed as a white woman who had deceived almost everyone she knew.  Why did she do it?  —  pokane is a modest town of wide streets …
Rob Shimshock / The Daily Caller:
Rachel Dolezal Is Nearly Homeless, On Food Stamps And Still White
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.”
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Meet the terrorist behind the next women's march  —  The Women's March on Washington in January 21st.  —  Getty Images  —  MORE FROM:  —  Here's the left's next great idea for bringing down President Trump: another women's march.  Which means another public instance of Trump haters shouting slogans …
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.
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 2-26-17: Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rep. Jim Jordan, and Tom Perez  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT FOR ‘THIS WEEK’ on February 26, 2017 and it will be updated.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC HOST: And what happens next with the president and Russia?
Discussion: Politico
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.
Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions
Discussion: BizPac Review and Balloon Juice
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Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
What Does Steve Bannon Want?
Carole Cadwalladr / Observer:
Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Tomlinson / Breitbart:
Farage at CPAC: 2016 Was The Beginning of a Great Global Revolution
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
Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump
Discussion: Axios and AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Robin McKie / Observer:
Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century
Discussion: Vox Popoli
France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Sources: U.S. considers quitting U.N. Human Rights Council
Discussion: American Thinker
Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: ‘I sobbed like a baby’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC
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