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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 …
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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.
USA Today:
PricewaterhouseCoopers on Oscar flub: ‘We made a human error’
Discussion: ABC News, Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
TMZ.com:
Oscars — Warren and Faye Fought Over Who Announces Best Picture
Discussion: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
PwC Partner at Oscars Tweeted Backstage Minutes Before Best Picture Mix-Up
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.
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Top House conservatives won't back draft ObamaCare replacement  —  The chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee said Monday he would vote against a draft ObamaCare replacement bill that leaked last week.  —  Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), head of the 172-member committee …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
After meeting with Trump, governors say he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’ system
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
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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.
Alex Guillén / Politico:
Sources: White House proposes to cut EPA budget by quarter
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Vox and Axios
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies
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.
SpaceX:
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.
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 …
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.
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Lana Shadwick / Breitbart:
Trump Drops Effort to Block Texas' Voter ID Law
Discussion: Infowars
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY.com:
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 …
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 …
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
Axios:
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 …
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Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Second-Ranking Senate Democrat Wants Independent Russia Probes
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
Variety:
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump: 'I haven't called Russia in 10 years'
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and RedState
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!).
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
Mac Aoidh / The Hayride:
EXCLUSIVE: Frontrunner In HD-8 Race Caught In Compromising Photo  —  UPDATE: Gatti responds.  —  There are four candidates in the race to replace newly-elected Congressman Mike Johnson in the Louisiana House of Representatives, a special election set for March 25.
 
 
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