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6:05 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.”
USA Today:
PricewaterhouseCoopers on Oscar flub: ‘We made a human error’  —  The accountants did it?  —  We all watched in shock as it happened.  Now we know exactly what happened.  —  PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has handled the accounting for the Academy Awards since 1934, early Monday apologized …
Discussion: New York Times, ABC News and Mediaite
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.
USA Today:
Here's how the worst flub in Oscar history went down
Discussion: Washington Post and Taylor Marsh
Oscars — Warren and Faye Fought Over Who Announces Best Picture
Discussion: Mediaite
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   Oscar Ratings Continue Downward Trend as Broadcast Pulls in Lowest Audience Since '08
Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back  —  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides' contact with Russia …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump: 'I haven't called Russia in 10 years' … President Trump on Monday appeared to dismiss a question about his aides' alleged ties to Russia by saying he hasn't spoken to the country in a decade.  —  “I haven't called Russia in 10 years,” he told a reporter who asked him whether …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and RedState
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sean Spicer is losing his grip
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Second-Ranking Senate Democrat Wants Independent Russia Probes
Discussion: ABC News
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’  —  President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” and again flirted with the idea that Republicans should let Obamacare “implode” so that Democrats shoulder the blame.
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: ‘Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated’
Trump: ‘Nobody knew health care could be so complicated’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Eschaton
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 …
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.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump's DOJ dropping opposition to Texas voter ID law
Associated Press:
Lawyer: White House to no longer contest Texas' voter ID law
Discussion: Politico
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.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP's New Plan to Repeal Obamacare: Dare Fellow Republicans to Block Effort
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.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies  —  President Trump will propose a federal budget that would significantly increase defense-related spending by $54 billion while cutting other federal agencies by the same amount, an administration official said.
Trump to Propose 10% Defense Increase in Budget Plan, Aides Say
Discussion: Vox, Reuters and Axios
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.
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.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
He's a Local Pillar in a Trump Town.  Now He Could Be Deported.  —  WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — Ask residents of this coal-mining crossroads about President Trump's decision to crack down on undocumented immigrants and most offer no protest.  Mr. Trump, who easily won this mostly white southern Illinois county …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Eschaton
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!).
ICE arrests convicted criminal alien from the Dominican Republic after detainer not honored  —  NEW YORK — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a Dominican national who had previously been removed from the United States …
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Looks to Exploit White House ‘Turbulence,’ Analysts Say  —  MOSCOW — The Kremlin, increasingly convinced that President Trump will not fundamentally change relations with Russia, is instead seeking to bolster its global influence by exploiting what it considers weakness in Washington …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Sanders: ‘Entire world is watching’ Trump and Bannon's reaction to anti-Semitism
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
After meeting with Trump, governors say he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan
Leah Barkoukis /
Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Fake News, Exposed
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Affirms Rule That Some Political Ads Require Disclosing Donors
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:
Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley's wealth bubble
Timothy Noah / Politico:
Puzder says ‘tsunami of fake news’ defeated him
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Donna Brazile: ‘I was scared’
Oren Cass / National Review:
No, Obamacare Has Not Saved American Lives
Discussion: Instapundit