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1:40 AM ET, February 28, 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.”
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.”
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo
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
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles
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
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
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 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 …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall /
George W. Bush Breaks His Silence on the Direction of the Country Under President Trump: 'I Don't Like the Racism and Name-Calling'  —  For eight years since leaving the White House, George W. Bush has refused to criticize publicly those who succeeded him, saying he didn't want to make an already tough job …
Eun Kyung Kim /
George W. Bush opens up on Trump's war with the media, Russia and travel ban
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Chris Graham / Telegraph:
‘Show some class’: Kellyanne Conway accused of lacking respect after kneeling on Oval Office couch  —  Kellyanne Conway, the senior adviser to Donald Trump, has been accused of showing a lack of respect after she was photographed kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office.
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.
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.
Seth Dickerson /
La. House candidate speaks about blackface photo  —  A Louisiana House of Representatives candidate for Bossie Parish's District 8 seat responded Monday after state politics blog The Hayride posted a story with a photo showing him in blackface.  —  The Hayride on Monday morning posted …
Discussion: The Hayride
Mac Aoidh / The Hayride:
EXCLUSIVE: Frontrunner In HD-8 Race Caught In Compromising Photo
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Thomas E. Ricks / New York Times:
Are U.S. Immigration Centers the Next Abu Ghraib?  —  By all accounts, Gen. John Kelly was a fine Marine.  He served with Gen. James Mattis, now the secretary of defense, and was seen as being in the Mattis mold — a low-key, prudent, rigorous thinker.  So it is with surprise that I see Mr. Kelly …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Atlantic
New York Times:
An executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as refugees from Syria  —  President Trump closed the nation's borders to people from seven nations, saying it was essential to prevent terrorism.  The order was later blocked by a federal judge.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jimmy Vielkind / Politico:
Cuomo tiptoes toward 2020 run  —  After studiously avoiding the event for six years, Andrew Cuomo finally made an appearance in Washington during the presidential showcase formally known as the National Governors Association winter meeting.  —  The New York governor's visit was fleeting …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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Tim Skoczek / CNN:
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Discussion: Mediaite
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Lauren Enriquez / New York Times:
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Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Discussion: Politico and IJR
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
After meeting with Trump, governors say he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:
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Julie Kelly / The Federalist:
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