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8:15 PM ET, February 12, 2018


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Holland Cotter / New York Times:
Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction  —  WASHINGTON — With the unveiling here Monday at the National Portrait Gallery of the official presidential likenesses of Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, this city of myriad monuments gets a couple of new ones …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Obamas' official portraits unveiled  —  Washington (CNN)Barack and Michelle Obama re-emerged on the public stage Monday in Washington, only this time for an event that has nothing to do with politics.  —  The former first couple's official portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian's National …
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast:
Michelle Obama's Portrait Isn't a Photograph. Get Over It
Discussion: ABC News and Vox
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 …
Trump's real plan for 2018
Rick Noack / Washington Post:   Hungary no longer wants to arrest former White House aide Gorka, but mystery lingers
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:   She is Hope Hicks' pinch hitter
David Remnick / New Yorker:
A Reckoning with Women Awaits Trump
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Trump Proposes to Cut Medicare and Spend Big on Wall, Defense  —  Lawmakers already acted to raise military, domestic spending  —  Immigration enforcement a major theme of 2019 proposal  —  President Donald Trump will propose cutting entitlement programs by $1.7 trillion, including Medicare …
Wichita Eagle:   Kansas senator says Trump pledged not to cut crop insurance. Trump's budget cuts it
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
White House releases 55-page, $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan
Discussion: RedState, The Week and TheBlaze
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Who Produced Trump's Budget? Not Trump
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
NBC News:
Vanessa Trump taken to hospital as precaution after suspicious letter sent to her home  —  President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law was taken to a Manhattan hospital as a precaution on Monday after a suspicious letter containing an unidentified substance was sent to her apartment, senior law enforcement and city officials told NBC News.
Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
Police: Donald Trump Jr.'s wife exposed to white powder  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.'s wife was taken to a New York City hospital as a precaution Monday after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an unidentified white powder, police said.
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.
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story
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 …
Christine Kim / Reuters:
Head held high, Kim's sister returns to North Korea  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - A prim, young woman with a high forehead and hair half swept back quietly gazes at the throngs of people pushing for a glimpse of her, a faint smile on her lips and eyelids low as four bodyguards jostle around her.
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.
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Sessions invokes ‘Anglo American heritage’ of sheriff's office  —  Sessions: Crime rate going up is not a blip  —  Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday brought up sheriffs' “Anglo-American heritage” during remarks to law enforcement officials in Washington.
Matt Ford / New Republic:   Jeff Sessions's “Anglo-American” remark wasn't inherently racist.
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
The Education Department Officially Says It Will Reject Transgender Student Bathroom Complaints  —  Department officials have said they were considering the issue since last February — now, a department spokesperson tells BuzzFeed News the agency's position is set.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Top Justice Department official Brand quit partly over fear she might be asked to oversee Russia probe  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's No. 3 attorney had been unhappy with her job for months before the department announced her departure on Friday, according to multiple sources close to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
CNN, Despite Trump Bump, Prepares for Dozens of Layoffs  —  A year ago, CNN was positioning itself as ready to take on Vice and BuzzFeed in the digital space.  Now, the company is rightsizing as it prepares for AT&T's embrace.  —  Besides the occasional Twitter-issued invective from the president …
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
WLS-Ch.7 blames graphics ‘mix-up’ for confusion between P.F. Chang's and Pyeongchang  —  Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul in South Korea, and the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  —  P.F. Chang's is an Asian-inspired chain restaurant with 210 U.S. locations …
Amir Tibon / Reuters:
Abbas Tells Putin: ‘We Refuse to Cooperate With U.S. in Any Form’; Putin: Trump Sends Best Wishes  —  In a meeting between the Palestinian and Russian presidents in Moscow, Putin assures Abbas that he has spoken with Trump, knows Palestinians want U.S. out of peace talks
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Putin tells Palestinians Trump asked him to be go-between: ‘I would like to convey to you his best wishes’
Chuck Grassley:
Grassley, Graham Uncover ‘Unusual Email’ Sent by Susan Rice to Herself on President Trump's Inauguration Day  —  WASHINGTON - As part of their continued efforts to conduct oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Chairman …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Senators flag ‘unusual’ Susan Rice email on Russia probe from Inauguration Day
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 Mahablog
Brian Tyler Cohen / Washington Press:
Trump just released his budget and the share for the Mueller probe left Washington stunned  —  Amid months of speculation, Trump's latest budget offered a key insight into its perception of the Mueller investigation.  —  In a surprising development, Trump's budget proposed $10 million …
Discussion: Politico and Shareblue Media
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.
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
VA watchdog to say chief wrongly accepted Wimbledon tickets, airfare, but his lawyers blast findings  —  VA Secretary David Shulkin says taxpayers did not foot the bill for his sightseeing during a European trip.  He also dismisses rumors that he is in the running to become the next HHS secretary.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Wills Robinson / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Married senior policy advisor to President Obama pleaded guilty to sex crimes for taking pictures up women's skirts on the DC Metro and resigned before the government could fire him  — William Mendoza, 42, was the executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Analysis: The Generic Is Falling!  The Generic Is Falling!  —  I hear it all the time these days.  The Democratic electoral wave is petering out.  The generic ballot shows the Democrats' advantage is cratering.  President Donald Trump's job approval ratings are up.
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Nicole Prchal Svajlenka / Center for American …:
The White House's Immigration Framework Would Eviscerate Immigration from Latin America, Africa, and Asia
David French / National Review:
I Read the Grassley Memo, and I'm Still Not Outraged at the FBI
The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018
Discussion: Breitbart
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP immigration plan ‘best chance’ at passing bill
Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
Vince Grzegorek / Scene and Heard:
Trump's Budget Would Cut Great Lakes Restoration Funds From $300 Million to $30 Million
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
'We don't dislike each other': McConnell, Schumer display unity on eve of immigration debate
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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Boston Dynamics robots can now hold the door for its friends
Discussion: Futurism and Mediaite
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Ben Shapiro's Website Eyes Buying Glenn Beck's TheBlaze
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
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Tom Nichols / USA Today:
I'm still a Republican, but my party needs to be fumigated: Tom Nichols