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7:50 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
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Perez elected DNC chairman
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Perez wins bid to lead Democratic Party
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
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.
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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
NPR.org:
Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions  —  For more than a decade, Kuwait's ambassador to the U.S., Salem al-Sabah, has held a gala event every Feb. 25 to celebrate his country's national day.  The annual holiday commemorates the tiny Gulf state's independence from British rule in 1961.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
BuzzFeed:
Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump  —  “I really feel like what we're doing is what God would want us to do.”  —  Churches across the US are fighting back against the Trump administration's mandate to ramp up deportations …
Discussion: Axios and AOL
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 and The Local
 
 
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Reuters:
France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments
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
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Lynne F. Stewart, Lawyer for Omar Abdel Rahman, Unexpectedly Outlives Him
Discussion: twitchy.com
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats plan to troll Trump at big speech
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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”
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Atlantic