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8:35 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 …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
She is Hope Hicks' pinch hitter  —  Trump's assistant: He will solve DACA problem  —  Washington (CNN)When Hope Hicks is entrenched in the Oval Office battling the communications crisis of the day, Mercedes Schlapp steps up to the plate.  —  And she's been stepping up a lot, lately.
Trump's real plan for 2018
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.
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
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Who Produced Trump's Budget? Not Trump
Discussion: Salon and Hullabaloo
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.
Julian Sanchez / Just Security:   Brand Loyalty
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
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.
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.
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 …
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’
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Trump's Controversial Pick to Run the 2020 Census Withdraws  —  The Trump administration's controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureau.  —  In November, Politico reported …
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
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Hungary no longer wants to arrest former White House aide Gorka, but mystery lingers … BERLIN — Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka appears to be no longer wanted for arrest by Hungarian police, according to media outlets in Budapest.  Gorka, a Hungarian citizen, was long listed as …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Comey told Congress FBI agents didn't think Michael Flynn lied
CBS News:
Harvey Weinstein's personnel file missing, New York attorney general says
Discussion: RedState
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
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
'We don't dislike each other': McConnell, Schumer make nice on eve of immigration debate
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
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Analysis: The Generic Is Falling! The Generic Is Falling!
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Sony Apologizes After ‘Peter Rabbit’ Movie Exploits a Food Allergy, Upsetting Parents