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12:35 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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.”
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:   She is Hope Hicks' pinch hitter
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.
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
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
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:   Trump wants to overhaul America's safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:   Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump's infrastructure proposal, explained  —  Stingier grants and no actual source of new money.  —  In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump promised an infrastructure agenda that would let America “build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land.”
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
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.
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.
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
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
Discussion: NewsBusters
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.
Daily Mail:
Skating sensation Adam Ripponwins bronze for team USA  —  American figure skater Adam Rippon made his Olympic debut Sunday night in the team competition but he has already declared his refusal to meet President Trump when he gets back.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Adam Rippon says he will boycott Team USA White House visit
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump budget anticipates Mueller investigation will stretch into fiscal year 2019
Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
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.
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
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.
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: RedState and The Hill
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.
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: Raw Story and New York Magazine
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Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa Feb. 23 for rally with Pete D'Alessandro
Discussion: TheBlaze
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Senate Begins ‘Wild’ Week of Debate on Immigration, Outcome Unknown
Kevin Allen / USA Today:
U.S. women's hockey goalies may have to remove Statue of Liberty image from masks
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Va. Republicans move to dump controversial leader over anti-Semitic online post
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
John Nichols / The Nation:
Discussion: Washington Press
Steve Kroft / CBS News:
The showdown over the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
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 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Harvey Weinstein's personnel file missing, New York attorney general says
Discussion: RedState
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
Donovan Slack / USA Today:
VA watchdog to say chief wrongly accepted Wimbledon tickets, airfare, but his lawyers blast findings
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
RNC says it's keeping money from Steve Wynn until investigations by state regulators are complete
Discussion: Shareblue Media