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6:15 PM ET, March 1, 2017


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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What the emotional moment with a Navy SEAL's widow proves about President Trump  —  There was one moment in President Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night that people will remember for a very long time.  It came when Trump honored the wife of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed in a raid in Yemen last month.
Fox News:
Ex-Clinton volunteer slammed, loses job, after swipe at widow of fallen SEAL  —  A former Hillary Clinton volunteer drew swift condemnation — and lost his job — after mocking the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL who was honored by the president during his congressional address Tuesday night.
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The pundits are wrong.  Trump's handling of the Ryan Owens affair was contemptibly cynical.  —  After President Trump's first address to Congress last night, journalists and pundits were effusive in their praise of one particular moment, when Trump talked about Ryan Owens …
Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
Generals May Launch New ISIS Raids Without Trump's OK
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Liberals Attack SEAL's Widow, President Trump Over Tribute
Discussion:, Infowars and RedState
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Trump invited Yemen raid widow to speech during condolence call
Discussion: ABC News, NewsBusters and Hot Air
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Announce Only Republicans Are Allowed to See New Health-Care Plan  —  Yesterday, House Speaker Paul Ryan boasted that his party would follow a deliberate, transparent process to repeal and replace Obamacare.  “This is how the legislative process is supposed to be designed …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Watch the hilarious ad that could doom the House Republican tax plan
Discussion: Politico
Cynthia Cox /
How Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replace Plans Might Shift Health Insurance Tax Credits
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Worst Performance of Trump's Presidency Now Belongs to the Press Corps  —  The media's reaction to his speech to Congress was shameful.  —  By the time Mitt Romney selected him to be his running mate in 2012, Paul Ryan (then chairman of the House Budget Committee) had already cultivated …
Alex Pareene / The Concourse:
You Cretins Are Going To Get Thousands Of People Killed  —  Here's what you have to understand about the sort of people who become anchors, nonpartisan pundits, centrist columnists, and cable news political correspondents: They didn't sign up to be the resistance.  They don't want Donald Trump to fail.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
7 in 10 Speech-Watchers Say Trump Boosted Optimism  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Ratings: Trump's Congress Address Pulls 43 Million Viewers, Far From Comparable Obama Speech  —  Up from recent State of the Union addresses, the event is still off a steep 17 percent from 2009.  —  President Donald Trump made his first big televised appearance from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Beau Biden's widow having affair with his married brother  —  MORE FROM:  —  The widow of Joe Biden's late son Beau Biden has started a romantic relationship with her former brother-in-law, Hunter Biden, the former Vice President's younger son.  —  Hallie Biden, who was devastated …
Media Matters for America:
CNN Reports That It Got Played On Its Not-So-Anonymous Immigration Scoop From Trump  —  SARA MURRAY: Let's just change gears entirely and talk about the bait and switch that the president pulled when it came to immigration yesterday.  He had this meeting with the anchors, he talked about a path to legal status.
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
REPORT: White House Lied to Journalists About Trump Speech in ‘Misdirection Play’
Discussion: ABC News
Josefin Dolsten / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Sen. Charles Schumer urges FCC to help solve JCC bomb threats  —  NEW YORK (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer exhorted the Federal Communications Commission to provide Jewish institutions with caller information to help solve a recent string of bomb threats.
Mike Hayes / BuzzFeed:
Bomb Threats To Jewish Centers Were Made Using “Spoofing” And Voice-Masking Technology
Discussion: Raw Story
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Schumer asks FCC for waiver to trace Jewish center bomb threats
Discussion: RedState
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Republican PAC pumps cash into Georgia to defend Tom Price seat  —  WASHINGTON  —  A Republican super PAC will spend $1.1 million on television ads against the Democrat trying to turn a special election in Georgia into America's first referendum on President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Daily Kos and YouTube
White House: Conway acted ‘without nefarious motive’ in Ivanka Trump plug  —  White House plugs Ivanka Trump's brand  —  The White House has concluded that Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Trump, was acting “without nefarious motive” when she plugged Ivanka Trump's products in a TV interview …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
White House: Conway ‘inadvertently’ promoted Ivanka Trump brand on Fox News
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sarah Fowler / The Clarion Ledger:
Immigrant detained after press conference  —  Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  —  Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday, shortly after speaking at a news conference …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
The State of Trump's State Department  —  The flags in the lobby of the State Department stood bathed in sunlight and silence on a recent afternoon.  “It's normally so busy here,” marveled a State Department staffer as we stood watching the emptiness.  “People are usually coming in for meetings …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
GOP lawmaker: ‘Poorly dressed’ Democratic women wore ‘bad-looking white pantsuits’  —  A Republican congressman who is potentially eyeing a Senate run mocked Democratic women on Wednesday for wearing white at President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress.
Attitude Magazine:
World exclusive: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ set to make Disney history with gay character  —  Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in history, smashing records when its first trailer racked up more than 127 million views in just 24 hours last November.
The Huffington Post:
Trump Administration Sets Off Alarm Bells By Pulling Nominees To Regulatory Commissions  —  The deconstruction of the administrative state is underway.  But expect Senate Republicans to push back.  —  WASHINGTON The Trump administration has begun pulling pending nominees …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Will Disney's Bob Iger Run for President in 2020?  Hollywood Friends Are Nudging  —  Iger told THR in June that “a lot of people have urged me to seek political office,” and now he's considering the prodding for him to lead the Democratic ticket.  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger already runs the world's most successful media company.
Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Antarctica hits record high temperature at balmy 63.5°F  —  An Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has set a heat record at a balmy 63.5° Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius), the U.N. weather agency said on Wednesday.
Bill Nye / National Review:
Bill Nye's Embarrassing Face-off with Tucker Carlson on Climate Change  —  It didn't end well for the ‘Science Guy.’  —  Climate-change alarmists who have been largely unchallenged by the media over the past decade have finally met their match in Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  And it ain't pretty.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Katie Hopkins / Daily Mail:
Where females fear to tread: KATIE HOPKINS reports from Sweden, the Scandi-lib paradise where terrified women have vanished from the streets and a conspiracy of silence and self-censorship on immigration buries the truth  —  By , KATIE HOPKINS FOR MAILONLINE  —  I didn't come to Sweden for the riots.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Unveils Plan to Dominate Digital: New Shows, a $25M YouTuber and Donald Trump (Of Course)  —  Amid his feud with the president ("We all know the truth"), Zucker is taking his battle for TV news dominance online with a monthly audience of 100 million and a strategy …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and TVNewser
Heather Caygle / Politico:
House Democrats fire two IT staffers amid criminal investigation  —  Two House Democrats this week fired technology staffers linked to an ongoing criminal investigation, more than a month after the couple in question was barred from House computer networks.  —  Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) …
Discussion: Hot Air
Sebastian Gorka / National Review:
The Swamp Takes Aim at Seb Gorka  —  A series of hit pieces is part of an effort to take down the White House counterterrorism adviser.  —  They've taken down General Michael Flynn.  The former Trump national-security adviser resigned under fire when a false narrative …
Discussion: RedState and Right Wing Watch
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Oldest fossil ever found on Earth shows alien life on Mars is likely  —  It's life, but not as we know it.  The oldest fossil ever discovered on Earth shows that organisms were thriving 4.2 billion years ago, hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought.
Jason Kurtz / CNN:
Van Jones on Trump: ‘He became President of the United States in that moment, period’  —  (CNN)Shortly after President Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress for the first time since taking the oath of office, CNN's Van Jones called one particularly moving moment from the speech …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’  —  House lawmakers were warned Wednesday that artificial intelligence could soon be used by potential adversaries in military operations.  —  Jason Healey, a senior fellow on the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative …
Tampa Bay Times:
Rubio is asked to leave Tampa office over disruption from weekly protests  —  TAMPA — Vocal crowds of demonstrators making weekly visits to the Tampa office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gotten the Miami Republican booted from the building.  —  The owner of Bridgeport Center, a gleaming …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Ivanka's role in Trump's speech  —  A senior administration official emails : “The speech was all [Stephen] Miller, but Ivanka worked hard on it with him on many of the parts, especially affirming that the president's desire to have an uplifting and aspirational speech was right. ...
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Andrew Rosenthal / New York Times:
Donald Trump, Master of Low Expectations
The White House:
Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation …
Discussion: The Root and 1A
Elizabeth Dias / TIME:
Donald Trump's Inaugural Pastor Creates ‘Safe Haven’ for Immigrants
CBS Boston:
Rep. Stephen Lynch Says Media Has Treated President Trump Unfairly
Discussion: Mediaite and CBS Sacramento
Sarah Kendzior / Quartz:
Trump played nice for a night—a technique straight out of the autocrat's playbook
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hannah Fry / Los Angeles Times:
Video of men reeling in shark at Huntington Beach Pier sparks state investigation
Patrick Gillespie / CNNMoney:
Venezuela is down to its last $10 billion  —  CNN: Whistleblower reveals passport fraud
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Jacobs / Fox News:
GOP wants to eliminate shadowy DOJ slush fund bankrolling leftist groups
Discussion: Daily Wire
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
What's Dangerous About an Early Spring
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Oklahoma's earthquake threat now equals California's due to man-made temblors, USGS says
Discussion: Gizmodo and KTLA
Washington Post:
White House proposes cutting EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs
Discussion: The Week
Austin Wright / Politico:
Graham: Require 2020 candidates to release tax returns
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Associated Press:
Supreme Court mainly rules for black voters in Virginia case
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
Moral Outrage Is Self-Serving, Say Psychologists
Discussion: Vox Popoli