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10:40 PM ET, February 27, 2017


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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — President Trump: Oscars ‘Were Focused so Hard on Politics’ They Could Not Get the Basics of the Ceremony Right  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in the Oval Office, said that the Academy Awards failure on Sunday evening …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — President Trump: New York Times ‘Intent Is so Evil and so Bad,’ ‘They Write Lies’  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald J. Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive Oval Office interview that the “intent” of the New York Times in its negative coverage of him is “so evil and so bad” and that “they write lies.”
Oriana Schwindt / Variety:
Updated: Oscar Ratings Dip Again Amid ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ Best Picture Mix-Up  —  UPDATED: It was a strange night at the Oscars.  Someone still living was listed in the In Memoriam segment.  First-time host Jimmy Kimmel attempted to bring non-famous people into the Hollywood fold in a very long bit.
Wall Street Journal:
PwC Partner at Oscars Tweeted Backstage Minutes Before Best Picture Mix-Up  —  Brian Cullinan posted photo of Best Actress winner Emma Stone just before giving wrong envelope to Best Picture presenter Warren Beatty  —  Here's the elevator pitch: “The Social Network” meets “The Oscar” meets “The Accountant.”
USA Today:
PricewaterhouseCoopers on Oscar flub: ‘We made a human error’
Discussion: ABC News, Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
Oscars — Warren and Faye Fought Over Who Announces Best Picture
Discussion: Mediaite
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Trump Will Have To Break The Law To Pass His Budget  —  The White House either hasn't thought through what it's going to take to put the just-announced Trump spending plans in place, or doesn't really care.  —  The bottom line is that the president and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney may have to violate …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Trump and Paul Ryan Head for a Clash Over the Budget, and Ideology  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's proposal to slash domestic spending in order to preserve the two biggest drains on the federal government — Social Security and Medicare — has set up a battle to determine who now controls the Republican Party's ideology.
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Trump budget faces GOP resistance
Discussion: Vox
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies
MJ Lee / CNN:
Freedom Caucus chair would vote against draft Obamacare repeal bill  —  Trump: health care is ‘unbelievably complex’  —  Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told CNN on Monday that he will vote against a draft of the GOP Obamacare repeal bill that was leaked last week.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Top House conservatives won't back draft ObamaCare replacement
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
After meeting with Trump, governors say he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Sources: Trump signed off on checking White House staffers' phones  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump signed off on press secretary Sean Spicer's decision to check aides' cell phones to make certain they weren't communicating with reporters by text message or through encrypted apps, multiple sources confirmed to CNN on Monday.
Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back
NBC News:
Yemen SEAL Raid Has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials  —  Last month's deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Udall floats plan to confirm Gorsuch, Garland to SCOTUS together  —  (CNN)Sen. Tom Udall has an idea that could place both Judge Neil Gorsuch and Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court at the same time.  —  The Democrat from New Mexico presented the plan Monday morning to Gorsuch …
SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year  —  We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year.  They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission.
Brendan O'Connor / Gizmodo:
Leaked Audio: Trump Cares About Food Safety But Only If the Food Is Foreign  —  President Donald Trump intends to intensify enforcement of food safety regulations as a cudgel in international trade negotiations, according to leaked recordings of a what appears to be a phone conversation between …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Eun Kyung Kim /
George W. Bush opens up on Trump's war with the media, Russia and travel ban  —  In his first in-depth interview since Donald Trump's inauguration, former President George W. Bush gave his take on the current commander in chief's first month in office, addressing Trump's attack on the media …
Wall Street Journal:
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in talks to be State Department's No. 2  —  Former Utah Gov. and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is in talks to be deputy secretary of state, U.S. officials said Monday.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Business Insider
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
The Sessions Effect: Trump DOJ Reverses Course In Major Texas Voter ID Case  —  For the last six years, the Justice Department has sided with the citizens and civil rights groups fighting Texas' voter ID law, which a federal judge at one point found to be intentionally discriminatory against black and Latino voters.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Hundreds allege sex harassment, discrimination at Kay and Jared jewelry company  —  Hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate behind Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, claim that its chief executive and other company leaders presided …
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo  —  Another Oscars Gaffe: In Memoriam Video Included Photo of Living Woman  —  Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.
CBS News:
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa backtracks on call for Trump special prosecutor  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) backtracked his call for a special prosecutor to look into Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election.  “I certainly could see where if there is an allegation of a crime at some point …
NRA Backs Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill in U.S. Senate  —  Fairfax, Va.— On behalf of its five-million members, the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the introduction of S. 446, The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (TX).
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mother Jones:
Trump Just Sold a $15.8 Million Condo to a Consultant Who Peddles Access to Powerful People  —  Last week, Donald Trump's company sealed its first big post-inaugural real estate transaction, selling a $15.8 million penthouse to a Chinese-American business executive who runs a company that touts …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Kelly / The Federalist:
Why I've Decided To Break Up With Bill Kristol  —  The first political campaign I volunteered for was the Bush-Quayle race in 1992.  I had graduated from college a few years earlier and had big dreams of someday being the White House press secretary (I'm still available!).
Liam Ford / Chicago Tribune:
Defendant in 2012 murder case mistakenly released from prison  —  Cook County sheriff's officials were notified Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, that Garrett Glover, 29, had been released from Illinois Department of Corrections custody after being sentenced to four years in prison Thursday, Feb. 23 …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber's SVP of engineering is out after he did not disclose he left Google in a dispute over a sexual harassment allegation  —  Amit Singhal, a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley, denied the claims after top execs at the search giant presented them to him.
Lauren Enriquez / New York Times:
How the New Feminist Resistance Leaves Out American Women  —  Within days of Donald J. Trump's election, the American left, newly animated in opposition, settled on a rallying cry: “Love trumps hate.”  Inherent in the slogan is the idea that Mr. Trump stands for division and discrimination …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hullabaloo
Democrat Joe Manchin gets in with Breitbart  —  On Wednesday Feb 8, West Virginia's Democratic Senator Joe Manchin welcomed the Breitbart News editorial team to his Capitol Hill office for an hourlong off-the-record “get to know you” session.  It was part of a behind-the-scenes process …
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New York Times:
An executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as refugees from Syria
Discussion: Political Wire
Jimmy Vielkind / Politico:
Cuomo tiptoes toward 2020 run
Discussion: Political Wire
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Jewish centers cope with bomb threats; graves vandalized
Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas E. Ricks / New York Times:
Are U.S. Immigration Centers the Next Abu Ghraib?
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Atlantic
Dr. Susan Berry / Breitbart:
Transgender Activist: Preference for Kids' Single-Sex Shower Rooms is ‘Prejudiced’
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
How Paul Ryan is getting Trump's team ready for battles in Congress
Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters:
U.S. State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Sanders: ‘Entire world is watching’ Trump and Bannon's reaction to anti-Semitism
Discussion: Raw Story
ICE arrests convicted criminal alien from the Dominican Republic after detainer not honored
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Mac Aoidh / The Hayride:
EXCLUSIVE: Frontrunner In HD-8 Race Caught In Compromising Photo
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
What Is a Populist?  —  Why does Donald Trump exaggerate …
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:
Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley's wealth bubble
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Donna Brazile: ‘I was scared’
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system