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8:45 AM ET, February 13, 2018


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Colbie Holderness / Washington Post:
Rob Porter is my ex-husband.  Here's what you should know about abuse.  —  Colbie Holderness was the first wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that she has no reason not to believe statements that Jennifer Willoughby …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Kelly increasingly isolated as Porter scandal rages on  —  Turbulence in this West Wing is typically generated by President Donald Trump, but for the past week, it's been chief of staff John Kelly—the man brought in to be a steadying hand—who's inspiring what one White House official described as a crisis of confidence.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Whirlwind Envelops the White House, and the Revolving Door Spins  —  WASHINGTON — The doors at the White House have been swinging a lot lately.  A deputy chief of staff moved on.  A speechwriter resigned.  The associate attorney general stepped down.  The chief of staff offered to quit.
New York Times:
Accusations Against Aide Renew Attention on White House Security Clearances  —  WASHINGTON — One week after the 2016 election, President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted that he was “not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children,” calling such claims “a typically false news story.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Rob Porter told White House senior staff ex-wife's black eye was accidental: Sources  —  Hours after allegations of domestic abuse came to light — including stark photos of one ex-wife with a black eye and a harrowing account of violence from a second ex-wife — former White House Staff …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Rob Porter's first ex-wife hits back at Kellyanne Conway
Discussion: CNN
Chris Massie / CNN:
GOP Senate candidate's parents max out donations to primary campaign of Democrat he hopes to unseat  —  (CNN)Just months after Republican Kevin Nicholson announced his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018, his own parents donated the legal maximum to her primary campaign.
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Senators flag ‘unusual’ Susan Rice email on Russia probe from Inauguration Day  —  Ex-national security adviser Susan Rice sent an “unusual email” to herself the day President Trump was sworn into office documenting former President Barack Obama's guidance at a high-level meeting …
Hot Air:   Hmmm: Susan Rice Sent An Email To Herself On Inauguration Day Memorializing A Chat Between Obama And Comey On Russiagate
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You  —  It'd be nice to say that American media doesn't hate this country.  It'd be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American - that they are patriots who love …
CNN:   US skater Rippon: I don't want my Olympics to be about Mike Pence
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., in Shift, Signals Readiness to Talk With North Korea
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Daily Mail:
Skating sensation Adam Ripponwins bronze for team USA
USA Today:
Justice Department turnover is bad news for Mueller, ethics and democracy  —  Rachel Brand had the backbone to refuse wrongful orders.  She provided a measure of protection for Mueller and Justice independence.  But now she's gone.  —  CONNECT  —  Under normal circumstances …
Brian Tyler Cohen / Washington Press:   Trump just released his budget and the share for the Mueller probe left Washington stunned
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump budget anticipates Mueller investigation will stretch into fiscal year 2019
Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Trump wants to slash food stamps and replace them with a ‘Blue Apron-type program’  —  The Trump administration wants to slash food aid to low-income families and make up the difference with a box of canned goods — a change that Office of Management and budget director Mick Mulvaney described …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes
Discussion: The Week
U.S. Strikes Killed Scores of Russian Fighters in Syria, Sources Say  —  More than 200 contract soldiers are said to have been killed  —  The casualties dwarf official Russian army death toll in Syria  —  U.S. forces killed scores of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week …
Discussion: Political Wire
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Comey told Congress FBI agents didn't think Michael Flynn lied … In March 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers on the Trump-Russia investigation.  One topic of intense interest was the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump White House national security adviser …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Corker weighs his options as GOP frets about losing Tennessee  —  Retiring Sen. Bob Corker is “listening” to Republicans urging him to run for reelection, according to a person close to him, a development that would quell anxiety among Republicans over losing a must-win seat to Democrats this fall.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump proposes eliminating federal funding for PBS, NPR  —  's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), part of a package that includes $300 billion in new spending overall.  —  CPB provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.
Discussion: CPB, Breitbart and Washington Press
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump's Biggest Potential Conflict Of Interest Is Hiding In Plain Sight  —  The largest American office of China's largest bank sits on the 20th floor of Trump Tower, six levels below the desk where Donald Trump built an empire and wrested a presidency.  It's hard to get a glimpse inside.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Allen / USA Today:
U.S. women's hockey goalies may have to remove Statue of Liberty image from masks  —  GANGNEUNG, Korea - USA Hockey is working with the IOC to see whether goalies Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby really will have to remove the Statue of Liberty from their goalkeepers masks.
Discussion: RedState
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Trump administration wants to sell National and Dulles airports, other assets around U.S. … The Trump administration is making a push to sell off federal assets as part of its infrastructure plan released Monday.  —  Among the targets: Reagan National and Dulles International airports …
Discussion: The Week and The Mahablog
Jana Winter / Foreign Policy:
Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed's Effort to Verify Trump Dossier  —  Anthony Ferrante coordinated the U.S. government's response to Russian election interference.  Now he's helping a news site defend itself from a Russian billionaire's lawsuit.
The Daily Beast:
The Silicon Valley Giant Bankrolling Devin Nunes … Weeks after they hired a controversial former Trump national security aide with ties to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), top executives at the tech company Oracle made substantial donations to Nunes' 2018 re-election campaign.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lynette Rice /
Celebrity Big Brother: Omarosa calls Vice President Mike Pence ‘scary’  —  Omarosa may be on her way out but she still has plenty more to say about her time in the White House.  —  In this clip from tonight's episode of Celebrity Big Brother, Omarosa tells her fellow houseguests …
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Jezebel
Remington Is Planning to File for Bankruptcy  —  Sales fell after Trump's election calmed fears of crackdown  —  Plan calls for ownership to pass to company's debtholders  —  For two centuries, it has been a totem of America's gun culture — a name emblazoned on frontier flintlocks and U.S. Army .45s.
Discussion: The Week and Business Insider
INSIDE THE TWO YEARS THAT SHOOK FACEBOOK—AND THE WORLD  —  How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.  —  ONE DAY IN late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Va. Republicans move to dump controversial leader over anti-Semitic online post … For several years, Fredy Burgos has been a controversial but tolerated figure within Virginia's Republican Party — a verbal bomb thrower whose attacks against Muslims, immigrants and others have turned off moderates …
Vince Golle / Bloomberg:
Record Number of U.S. Small-Business Owners Say It's a Good Time to Expand  —  Optimism among small companies in the U.S. rose more than forecast in January, fueled by a record number of owners who said now was a good time to expand, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Tuesday.
Associated Press:
Trump pushes immigration deal, says ‘last chance’ to pass  —  President Donald Trump is touting his proposals on immigration and infrastructure as they face uncertain prospects in Congress.  —  In a tweet Tuesday, Trump asserts that Democrats and Republicans must act now to provide legal protections …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Alan Grayson says he's running for Congress, but won't say where  —  TALLAHASSEE — Firebrand Democrat Alan Grayson says he wants to return to Congress in 2018, but is not yet saying which seat he's running for.  —  “Yes, this cycle is what I'm looking at,” Grayson told POLITICO Florida in a telephone interview Monday.
Mike Lofgren / New York Times:
Reagan's ‘Party of Ideas’ Is Down to Just One: Tax Cuts  —  It is a sign of our slide toward banana republic status when the president of the United States, leader of the world's foremost democracy, publicly brands Democrats who failed to applaud his State of the Union address as un-American and treasonous.
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
Candidate Ejected From West Virginia House Floor for Listing Lawmakers' Oil and Gas Donors  —  John H. Shott, a West Virginia state lawmaker, did not appreciate when, during a public hearing on the House floor on Friday, a citizen began listing donations he and some of his colleagues had received from the oil and gas industry.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP worries North Dakota Senate race is lost without Kevin Cramer  —  Top Republicans are pleading with Rep. Kevin Cramer to reconsider his decision to spurn the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota, fearing the party is on track to blow a prime pickup opportunity.
Discussion: Political Wire and Roll Call
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Steve LeVine / Axios:
In a surprise, global CEOs favor tech protectionism
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa Feb. 23 for rally with Pete D'Alessandro
Discussion: TheBlaze
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Top California Republican to run statewide as an independent
Discussion: Political Wire
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Big Republican Advantages Are Eroding in the Race for House Control
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
The showdown over the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
Discussion: New York Post and
CBS News:
Harvey Weinstein's personnel file missing, New York attorney general says
Discussion: RedState
Wichita Eagle:
Kansas senator says Trump pledged not to cut crop insurance. Trump's budget cuts it
Discussion: Bloomberg
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
RNC says it's keeping money from Steve Wynn until investigations by state regulators are complete
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
The Education Department Officially Says It Will Reject Transgender Student Bathroom Complaints