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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 …
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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.
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
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CNN:
Obama admin discussed how much of Russia meddling investigation to share with incoming Trump team  —  (CNN)President Barack Obama met in January 2017 with then-FBI Director James Comey and other top national security officials to discuss sharing information related to Russia …
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
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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:   Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:   Trump wants to overhaul America's safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care
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 …
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Top Justice Department official Brand quit partly over fear she might be asked to oversee Russia probe
Julian Sanchez / Just Security:
Brand Loyalty
Discussion: NewsBusters
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump budget anticipates Mueller investigation will stretch into fiscal year 2019
Discussion: Political Wire and Shareblue Media
Wired:
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.
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.
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.
Lynette Rice / EW.com:
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
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 …
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
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 …
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Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson: Progressives Support Dictators Because ‘They Resent Their Fathers’
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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.”
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Wichita Eagle:
Kansas senator says Trump pledged not to cut crop insurance. Trump's budget cuts it
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Brian Swint / Bloomberg:
U.K. Inflation Holds Steady After BOE Warns of More Rate Hikes  —  Core inflation accelerates to 2.7 percent from 2.5 percent  —  Bank of England policy makers see succession of rate rises  —  U.K. inflation held at 3 percent in January as downward pressure from auto fuel and food prices …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Top California Republican to run statewide as an independent  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Poizner, the wealthy Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate, has announced he'll seek statewide office as an independent in 2018 — marking a high-profile defection …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Steve LeVine / Axios:
In a surprise, global CEOs favor tech protectionism
Carvell Wallace / New York Times:
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Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
Duterte makes lewd threat to female rebels in Philippines
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Heller, facing primary challenge in Nevada, leans toward backing Trump on immigration
Discussion: Political Wire
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Big Republican Advantages Are Eroding in the Race for House Control
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Immigration debate launches in the Senate — and a GOP plan picks up support
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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
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
Rob Jennings / New Jersey Online:
Deputy mayor apologizes for post comparing immigrants to raccoons, Trump to exterminator
Discussion: Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
RNC says it's keeping money from Steve Wynn until investigations by state regulators are complete
Discussion: Shareblue Media
NBC News:
Vanessa Trump taken to hospital as precaution after suspicious letter sent to her home
Holland Cotter / New York Times:
Obama Portraits Blend Paint and Politics, and Fact and Fiction