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4:00 PM ET, February 26, 2017


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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown  —  Press secretary Sean Spicer is cracking down on leaks coming out of the West Wing, with increased security measures that include random phone checks of White House staffers, overseen by White House attorneys.
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.
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
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.”
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 …
Dozens of headstones damaged at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery  —  HEADSTONES DAMAGED AT PHILADELPHIA JEWISH CEMETERY  —  Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia have been broken and overturned.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump social team prepares to host ritzy Governors' Dinner  —  (CNN)While many Americans watch the Academy Awards on Sunday, governors of the United States will be reveling in a different kind of glamor — in person, at the White House.  —  The first big social event of President Donald …
Discussion: The Week
Maquita Peters / NPR:
Trump Will Be First President In 36 Years To Skip White House Correspondents Dinner
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: Breitbart and The Week
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Chris Christie tells GOP lawmakers to hold town halls: ‘You asked for the job.  Go do it.’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that the Trump administration needs to be more mindful of “perception” and urged GOP lawmakers not to shy away from holding town hall events, though they might be confronted by protesters.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Christie: I don't think Priebus will have that kind of conversation with the FBI again ‘nor should he’
Discussion: Politico
Maureen Callahan / Reuters:
God help us if Chelsea Clinton runs for office  —  Chelsea Clinton speaks at a campaign rally as her parents, Hillary and Bill, look on.  —  MORE FROM:  —  Last Sunday Chelsea Clinton, usually such a reticent public figure, took to Times Square with her 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to march in the Muslim solidarity rally.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Keith Ellison's supporters say Israel attacks helped sink his DNC bid  —  An 11th hour campaign targeted Ellison as “anti-Israel.”  And his allies are furious.  —  ATLANTA — One day before the Democratic Party chose its new leader, supporters of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) …
Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
What Does Steve Bannon Want?  —  President Trump presents a problem to those who look at politics in terms of systematic ideologies.  He is either disinclined or unable to lay out his agenda in that way.  So perhaps it was inevitable that Mr. Trump's chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon …
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 and RedState
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.
Paulina Firozi / The Hill:
New York Times executive editor: Trump is the best thing to happen to our subscriptions … The executive editor of the New York Times said in an interview Sunday that President Trump's attempts to smear the publication have instead encouraged more people to read it.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rubio on skipping town halls: Activists will ‘heckle and scream at me’  —  Sen. Marco Rubio won't participate in town hall meetings because he says political activists will crash them to create a media spectacle of people who “heckle and scream at me in front of cameras.”
Discussion: Political Wire and CBS Miami
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Trump Voters, Your Savior Is Betraying You  —  You've been had.  President Trump sold you a clunker.  Now that he's in the White House, he's betraying you — and I'm writing in hopes that you'll recognize that betrayal and hold him accountable.  —  Trump spoke to your genuine pain …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Rick Santorum: ‘Millions of Americans’ with preexisting conditions are scammers stealing health care  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions because …
Daily Mail:
Swedish policeman blames migrants for the majority of country's rapes and shootings and accuses politicians of ‘turning a blind eye’  —  A Swedish detective who has triggered a row by blaming violent crime on migrants has gone one step further and accused politicians of turning a blind eye …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Tom Barrack / CNN:
Give President Trump the chance that Ronald Reagan got  —  Tom Barrack, a friend of the president, writes that if people stop judging Trump and his administration on every word that is uttered, every hour, and instead hold him accountable over time for the implementation of policies under which he ran, confusion might turn to clarity.
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 …
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Steve Kuhlmann / The Eagle:
International scholar visiting Texas A&M “mistakenly detained” by customs officials
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Jynnah Radford / Pew Research Center:
Since travel order lifted, more than 1,800 refugees from affected countries have entered U.S.
Discussion: IJR and TheBlaze
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Brian Stelter: 'We don't see CNN or NY Times rooting for any president'
David Siders / Politico:
House Intel chair: Trump-Russia investigation calls ‘almost like McCarthyism’
Discussion: Raw Story
Carole Cadwalladr / Observer:
Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit
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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
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's Cabinet has to work as a cleanup crew
Pat Rynard / The Daily Beast:
Iowa Lawmakers Face Rage-Filled Recess
Robin McKie / Observer:
Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Instapundit
Dnexon / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Gorka Dissertation, Part II