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6:00 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 Doesn't Look Like Her. That's The Point
Discussion: ABC News, Vox and theGrio
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.
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.
Katherine Lam / Fox News:
Donald Trump Jr.'s wife hospitalized after opening envelope with white powder  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, Vanessa Trump, was hospitalized Monday after receiving a letter containing white powder determined to be non-hazardous, New York City police told Fox News.
Reuters:   Wife of Donald Trump Jr., exposed to white powder, hospitalized: NYPD
Trump's real plan for 2018  —  President Trump today will unveil a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that his own aides don't think will pass, and a $4 trillion budget that Axios' Jonathan Swan calls “science fiction.”  —  It's the strangest of year-ahead plans for a party that controls …
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 …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
A Reckoning with Women Awaits Trump
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Rob Porter's ex-wife says she ‘was floored’ by Trump's response
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.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Critics pan media's positive coverage of North Korea at Olympics
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
DPA / 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
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Putin tells Palestinians Trump asked him to be go-between: ‘I would like to convey to you his best wishes’
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
New York Times:
Is Devin Nunes Obstructing Justice?  —  As public scrutiny exposes deep flaws in the memo from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, about alleged F.B.I. surveillance abuses, the committee's Republicans are increasingly downplaying its significance.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
First-class travel distinguishes Scott Pruitt's EPA tenure … Just days after helping orchestrate the United States' exit from a global climate accord last June, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt embarked on a whirlwind tour aimed at championing President Trump's agenda at home and abroad.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
PLAYBOOK SCOOP: PELOSI pulls in nearly 50 million bucks for House Dems in 2017 …
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.
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.
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Sony Apologizes After ‘Peter Rabbit’ Movie Exploits a Food Allergy, Upsetting Parents  —  Sam Rose has a son who loves Peter Rabbit, a character from a children's book by Beatrix Potter, but she won't take him to see “Peter Rabbit,” the new movie loosely based on it.  —  The issue?
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 …
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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Ben Shapiro's Website Eyes Buying Glenn Beck's TheBlaze … The people who head Ben Shapiro's conservative news site are in talks to buy Glenn Beck's troubled media empire TheBlaze, The Daily Beast has learned.  Two sources familiar with the conversations said this appears quite likely, though the deal isn't final.
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Vince Grzegorek / Scene and Heard:
Trump's Budget Would Cut Great Lakes Restoration Funds From $300 Million to $30 Million
Pnas / Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:
Climate-change-driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era
Discussion: ThinkProgress and KTLA
Rob Jennings / New Jersey Online:
Deputy mayor apologizes for post comparing immigrants to raccoons, Trump to exterminator
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
RNC says it's keeping money from Steve Wynn until investigations by state regulators are complete
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
'We don't dislike each other': McConnell, Schumer display unity on eve of immigration debate
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Boston Dynamics robots can now hold the door for its friends
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Wills Robinson / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Married senior policy advisor to President Obama pleaded guilty to sex crimes …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Former commander, 2 staffers charged in dehydration death of Terrill Thomas in Milwaukee County Jail
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Exclusive: CIA Ex-Director Brennan's Perjury Peril
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.