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10:00 AM ET, February 7, 2018


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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade … President Trump's vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Trump's Parade: Greatest Troll Ever?  —  What a great headline: Trump's ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade.  It is almost too good to be true: … President Trump has a unique ability to make liberal heads explode.  You can see this one coming …
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
FBI lovers' latest text messages: Obama ‘wants to know everything’  —  Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we're doing.”
Lanny J. Davis / Kirkus Reviews:
Kirkus Review  —  The former special counsel to former President …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Meets Rosenstein About Democratic Surveillance Memo  —  White House must decide whether to allow release of rebuttal to GOP document  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump met Tuesday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to discuss a classified Democratic memo rebutting GOP allegations …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Devin Nunes' Trumpian media strategy  —  “You know the rules,” U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters on Monday, “we don't talk about committee business.”  —  But Nunes does talk about his work — with hand-picked interviewers from President Trump's favorite media outlets.
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Scheming, speculation behind scenes as Democrats push intel memo
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
House GOP gives Trump leeway over whether to block Schiff memo
Discussion: New Republic and RedState
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Los Angeles Times owner will sell paper, ending a long-troubled relationship … The Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Times is expected to announce it is selling the newspaper, according to people familiar with the company's plans, in a surprise move that likely spells the end …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong reaches deal to buy L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune  —  Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Times from its parent company Tronc, restoring local ownership and perhaps ending a turbulent period for the storied 136-year-old institution.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., KTLA and The Week
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Russian Trolls Ran Wild On Tumblr And The Company Refuses To Say Anything About It  —  Tumblrs run by Russian trolls generated hundreds of thousands of interactions with anti-Hillary Clinton, pro-Bernie Sanders content.  —  Russian trolls posed as black activists on Tumblr and generated hundreds …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrats Win Special Election In Missouri District That Went Big For Trump  —  Democrats have dominated at the ballot box during Trump's time in office.  —  Democrats flipped a Missouri state House seat Tuesday, marking the 35th seat that has changed from red to blue since Donald Trump became president.
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Democrats snag Missouri House seat, Republicans hang onto 3 others in special election
Discussion: Political Wire
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Biden: Trump should avoid Mueller interview, has ‘difficulty with precision’  —  Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that if he were one of President Donald Trump's attorneys, he would suggest Trump not consent to a special counsel interview for fear of being caught misleading investigators.
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Steve Wynn is out as CEO of Wynn Resorts  — In a January report, the Wall Street Journal detailed allegations of decades of sexual misconduct by the gambling mogul.  — Wynn had earlier stepped down from his post as the Republican National Committee's finance chief.
Alana Goodman / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Schiff sent his staff to try and collect ‘classified materials for the FBI’ after Russian pranksters told him Putin has NAKED blackmail pictures of Trump  — Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member of the House Intel Committee was recorded speaking to Russian pranksters who spun elaborate ‘kompromat’ tale
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Schiff apparently pranked by Russian radio hosts who promised ‘naked Trump’ photos
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Daily Beast:
Cash for Coalition Against Trump Going Into Consultants' Pockets Instead … Omar Siddiqui couldn't make it to an August fundraiser in Beverly Hills for the Democratic Coalition Against Trump.  But he ponied up the $2,000 ticket price after the group's senior adviser, Scott Dworkin, sent him a personal invitation.
Discussion: Eschaton
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Ben Carson, or the tale of the disappearing Cabinet secretary … It was Christmastime in Washington, and Ben Carson couldn't stop talking about the apocalypse.  —  “Did you know,” the secretary of housing and urban development asked his acting chief of staff, Deana Bass …
J. Patrick Coolican Star / Star Tribune:
GOP's Jeff Johnson, DFL's Tim Walz get wins in tests at Minnesota caucus meetings  —  Party activists weighed in for the first time on the governor's race in a busy year for state politics.  —  Republican Jeff Johnson and DFLer Tim Walz scored victories Tuesday with party activists who weighed …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“He Wants a Killer”: Post-Bannon, Post-Nunes, Post-Kelly Friction, a Frustrated Trump Searches for a West Wing Reset  —  He pines for old campaign hands Jason Miller, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie—but will Ivanka have the final say?  —  After the much-hyped Nunes memo failed to deliver …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Republicans and those ‘attacks’ on the FBI … The news is filled with reports that Republicans in Washington are “attacking” the FBI over the Trump-Russia investigation.  —  The Washington Post recently compiled a collection of statements by GOP lawmakers under the heading, “Republicans launch attack after attack on the FBI.”
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
David Daley / Salon:
How the Republicans rigged Congress — new documents reveal an untold story  —  Exclusive: Insider documents unveil Republicans' years-long scheme to gerrymander America and undermine democracy  —  Delegates to the 2009 Republican Legislative Campaign Committee's national meeting stayed …
Lauren Dezenski / Politico:
In fight against Trump, Democratic AGs take a page from GOP  —  BOSTON — One year into the Trump presidency, the nation's 22 Democratic state attorneys general — including ambitious up-and-comers like New York's Eric Schneiderman, California's Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts' Maura Healey …
Discussion: Political Wire
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Cowboys rule a lot of land, but they're not unambiguously “America's Team.”  —  The New York Times called the baseball version of the map “unprecedented,” arguing that, for questions like this, there's no superior data set: “Fans may not list which team they favor on the census …
Sarah Aswell / Splitsider:
How Facebook Is Killing Comedy  —  Last month, in its second round of layoffs in as many years, comedy hub Funny or Die reportedly eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democratic Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering  —  A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama intends to pour millions of dollars into an eclectic array of elections in a dozen states, in an effort to block Republicans from single-handedly drawing congressional maps …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘It will be an intraparty war’  —  Nancy Pelosi is betting everything on taking back the House in November, and most Democrats are confident they'll pull it off.  But what happens if they fail?  —  A stealthy discussion is already underway within the Democratic Caucus …
Discussion: ABC News
Fox News:
Russians already meddling in US midterms, Tillerson says  —  EXCLUSIVE - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday warned the United States is ill-prepared to prevent Russian interference in the upcoming midterms, as it was in the 2016 general election.  —  “I don't know that I would say …
Discussion: CNBC, New York Post and NBC News
Reena Flores / Politico:
Meghan McCain believes Trump won't mock her father  —  President Donald Trump won't be trashing Sen. John McCain anytime soon.  —  After months of criticizing the war veteran over his stance on a GOP health bill and more, the president called the Arizona Republican's daughter Meghan in the fall …
Discussion: Axios, CNN, Raw Story and Mediaite
David Caplan / ABC News:
Trump Jr. on charges his father is racist: ‘All the rappers, all his African-American friends ... have pictures with him’  —  President Donald Trump's eldest son isn't mincing words about critics of his father who label him as a racist, implying that such a characterization is misguided …
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Beast
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Senate leaders see two-year budget deal within their grasp … Top Senate leaders were working Tuesday to finalize a sweeping long-term budget deal that would include a defense spending boost President Trump has long demanded alongside an increase in domestic programs championed by Democrats.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
GOP Slackers Endanger House Majority  —  Many of the most vulnerable House Republicans may end up winning reelection.  That doesn't mean the GOP's control of the chamber is secure.  —  For House Republicans, the pathway to salvaging their majority looks a little bit clearer.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Gordon R. Friedman / Oregonian:
Report finds Kruse groped women at Oregon Capitol, misbehavior escalated after warnings
Discussion: The Daily Beast and OPB
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
‘Extreme’ Suffering in Syria as Government Steps Up Bombing
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Two women say Marines did nothing after they complained of sexually explicit overtures by officer
Discussion: Axios
BalticBrief: Enhanced Anti-NATO Narratives Target Enhanced Forward Presence
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Inside Biden's 2018 — and possibly 2020 — plans
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
As Trump Wavers on Libya, an ISIS Haven, Russia Presses On
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
House passes bill to ease menu labeling rules under ObamaCare
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Howard Berkes / NPR:
Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners' Disease
Adam SchefterESPN Senior / ESPN:
Josh McDaniels changes mind, jilting Colts to stay with Pats
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
The Happy Martyrdom of Carter Page
Discussion: RedState, Washington Post and Lawfare
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Kim Reynolds leads all Democratic challengers in 2018 race for governor
Washington Post:
Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Federalist
Amber Jamieson / BuzzFeed:
Performers And Staffers At “Sleep No More” Say Audience Members Have Sexually Assaulted Them
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Jezebel