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New York Times:
2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports  —  WASHINGTON — A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed President Trump …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Devin Nunes and the Tragedy of the Russia Inquiry  —  Last week, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, announced dozens of intelligence reports that inappropriately included details on President Donald Trump's transition.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House shuffles West Wing staff after health bill collapse  —  Less than a week after suffering a stinging defeat on health care legislation, President Donald Trump shook up his West Wing staff on Thursday, dispatching one of his top aides to shore up an outside political group …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Three White House officials tied to files shared with House intelligence chairman  —  At least three senior White House officials including the top lawyer for the National Security Council were involved in the handling of intelligence files that were shared with the chairman …
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
CNN:
White House staff shake-up comes in wake of health care debacle
Discussion: Daily Wire
CNN:   White House invites Congress investigation leaders to view documents
Conor Friedersdorf / Los Angeles Times:   Op-Ed Do you live in Devin Nunes' district? Pick up the phone and call his office immediately
Associated Press:
White House tells Russia probers: Come see intel yourselves
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity  —  Former national security adviser tells FBI, the House and Senate intelligence committees he's willing to be interviewed in exchange for deal, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser …
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Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
WSJ: Flynn Says He's Willing To Testify In Exchange For Immunity Deal  —  President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday told the FBI and members of Congress that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
This Is Almost Certainly James Comey's Twitter Account  —  Digital security and its discontents—from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks—is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI.  So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey …
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Bloomberg:
McCain Seeks Last-Ditch Deal to Avoid ‘Nuclear’ Fight on Gorsuch  —  Republican senator says odds ‘overwhelmingly against’ a deal  —  GOP needs eight Democrats to advance Supreme Court nomination  —  Senator John McCain said Thursday he is talking to Democrats in hopes of reaching a …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:   Nuke 'Em 'Til They Glow
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
First two Democrats back Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick
Discussion: The Week
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Cyber expert drops Senate intel bombshell: Russia targets Trump with fake news because he'll repeat it  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A cybersecurity expert testified that Russian “bots” pushed their disinformation campaigns during times when President Donald Trump was likely …
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David Ferguson / Raw Story:
‘Follow the trail of dead Russians’ if you want to crack 2016 election interference: Senate intel witness
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:   Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news
Peter W. Stevenson / Washington Post:
Rubio: Russia's election hacking went beyond just Clinton and Trump - to me
Oliver Willis / Shareblue:
Intel hearing bombshell: Cyber expert says “Commander-in-Chief used Russian ‘active measures’...against his opponents”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos  —  On Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced charges against David Daleiden, right, and Sandra Merritt over their roles in surreptitiously recorded videos targeting Planned Parenthood.
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Pence's unwillingness to be alone with a woman is a symptom of a bigger problem
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
‘We Must Fight Them’: Trump Goes After Conservatives of Freedom Caucus  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump declared war on the conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, suggesting Republicans should “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections if they do not back his agenda.
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Axios:
House GOP health care peacemaking deteriorates
Discussion: CNBC
Raleigh News & Observer:
HB2 repeal compromise clears Senate, heads to House  —  RALEIGH  —  The state Senate on Thursday approved a compromise bill that repeals House Bill 2 but restricts future anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties.  —  Opposition and support for the bill did not fall along party lines in the 32-16 vote.
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Raleigh News & Observer:
Lawmakers vote Thursday on deal to repeal HB2
Daniella Silva / NBC News:
HB2 Repeal: North Carolina Overturns Controversial ‘Bathroom Bill’
Nick Gutteridge / Daily Express:
EU could BREAK UP the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit  —  EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump's supportive comments about Brexit.
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Emma Dumain / Post and Courier:
South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford: Trump threatened to back primary challenger against me … WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of crumbling negotiations over the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump said last week he wanted to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in 2018.
Rep. Ken Buck / The Hill:
Governing means supporting AHCA  —  I supported the American Health Care Act last Friday because it was the right vote.  I didn't begin as a big fan, but I ended up satisfied that America needed this bill to start a process to repair our healthcare system.  —  Yes, I'm a conservative.
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Henry Aaron / New York Daily News:
Want to fix Obamacare? Here's how
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes a private elevator to his palatial office on the seventh floor of the State Department building, where sightings of him are rare on the floors below.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Time for some fame theory: Meet the eccentric liberal analyst whose unhinged tweetstorms have made him Twitter-famous  —  Eric Garland went to sleep on December 10 with 5,000 Twitter followers.  When he woke up the next day he had 30,000.  —  “It was pretty awesome,” Garland told Business Insider in an interview.
Daphne Duret / Palm Beach Post:
Husband having sex with wife in fatal DUI crash gets 5 years prison  —  Calling it one of “the most senseless, tragic acts” she's ever come across, a Palm Beach County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Loxahatchee husband and father to five years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 wreck that killed his wife as they had sex while he drove drunk.
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Discussion: Politico
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
SpaceX Makes History  —  SpaceX just checked off another item on its bucket list on Thursday night.  At just after 6:20 PM ET, the private spaceflight company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage that had previously flown before, a first for any rocket in the history of spaceflight.
Discussion: The Verge
Washington Post:
Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up  —  The lobby at the pain-management clinic had become crowded with patients, so relatives had gone outside to their trucks to wait, and here, too, sat Desmond Spencer, smoking a 9 a.m. cigarette and watching the door.
 
 
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP rep: Trump ‘not off to a great start’ on Benghazi documents
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Right-wing author Ann Coulter invited to speak at UC Berkeley in April
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Discussion: Climate Depot and The Daily Signal
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Week and Progress Pond
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Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire