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8:00 AM ET, February 14, 2018


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.
Orin Kerr / Reason:
Did Trump's Lawyer Pay Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket?
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Politico
Washington Post:
White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser … The White House struggled Tuesday to contain a widening crisis over its handling of domestic violence allegations against a senior official, as it reeled from sworn testimony by the FBI chief …
Scoop: Trump threatens veto on immigration deal  —  A senior administration official said Tuesday night that President Trump “will veto any bill that doesn't advance his common-sense immigration reforms” — a hardening of the White House bargaining position as the Senate begins an epic debate.
Discussion: Breitbart, VIDOL, The Week and Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump readies blame game if Senate fails on DACA  —  President Donald Trump is refusing to budge from his immigration framework, and he and his allies on Capitol Hill are laying the groundwork to heap the blame on Democrats if the Senate fails to reach a deal this week.
Trump creep: bad habits spread fast
Discussion: Jezebel
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Jared Kushner credit line debts increased in 2017
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Porter blamed ex-wife's black eye on an accident in off-the-record meeting with reporters
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Business Insider
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
The wife-beater, the witch and the White House: Why the hell did Trump ever tell Rob Porter and Omarosa 'you're hired'?
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Kushner has added millions in debt since joining White House
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Trump promised the ‘best’ staffers. But where are they?
Discussion: Mediaite
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
REPUBLICAN SCARE-MONGERING ON “SANCTUARY CITIES” BACKFIRES, DEMOCRATS WIN BIG UPSET IN FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION  —  In a special election on Tuesday, Florida's Republicans took a page from Ed Gillespie's playbook and deployed the threat of “sanctuary cities” to scare up the votes to win.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrat Margaret Good Flips Seat in Florida, the 36th Democratic Flip Since Trump's Inauguration
Discussion: AOL, Daily Kos and Politicus USA
Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald:   Democrat Margaret Good wins upset victory in state House race
Marc Caputo / Politico:   In third bellwether contest, Florida Democrats again carry the day and hope for a blue wave
Carrie Battan / ELLE:
Louise Linton Is Super-Duper Sorry  —  Louise Linton has accomplished the near-impossible task of locating an ordinary meeting place in the most moneyed stretch of the Upper East Side, where she and her husband, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, own an apartment.
NY Times ‘Very Concerned’ Over Tweets By Its Nazi-Befriending Editorial Board Hire  —  Quinn Norton has tweeted that she's friends with neo-Nazis, and has used slurs on a regular basis.  —  The New York Times is investigating past tweets by Quinn Norton, a journalist who just joined the paper's editorial board, HuffPost has learned.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
NY Times Hires, Quickly Fires Journalist With History of Homophobic Tweets
Discussion: New York Times and
Sean Hannity:
PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features ‘SECRET SPERM,’ Artist Joked About ‘Killing Whitey’  —  The widening scandal surrounding former President Barack Obama's official portrait continued to swirl on Tuesday, with shocking allegations the artist included ‘secret sperm cells’ within …
Trump still unconvinced Russia meddled in 2016 election  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump still isn't buying that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.  —  Even as his intelligence chiefs unanimously told a Senate panel Tuesday that Russia meddled in 2016 and is planning to do so again in 2018 …
Discussion: The Week, The Atlantic and Mediaite
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
FBI chief: Trump hasn't directed me to stop Russian meddling in midterms
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dems: Bill Clinton too toxic to campaign in midterms  —  Democrats are looking to embrace the #MeToo moment and rally women to push back on President Donald Trump in the midterms—and they don't want Bill Clinton anywhere near it.  —  In a year when the party is deploying all their other big guns …
Shadi Hamid / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Center-Left Became Immoderate
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitt Romney to announce Senate run Thursday on social media  —  Mitt Romney will launch his Utah Senate campaign Thursday morning with a low key announcement on social media, and will make his first public appearance a day later near Salt Lake City with a keynote address to a gathering of grassroots Republicans.
CBS News:
EPA's Scott Pruitt got waiver to fly business class on foreign carrier from Italy to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been under fire for frequently flying in first and business class at taxpayer expense.  CBS News has learned more about one of those flights …
Discussion: Washington Press and Gizmodo
Jim Dalrymple II / BuzzFeed:
In The Wake Of Rob Porter Allegations, Mormon Women Say Church Leaders Encouraged Them To Stay With Their Abusers  —  Nearly two dozen women told BuzzFeed News they went to Mormon church leaders after suffering abuse at home and were counseled to remain in their relationships.
Discussion: Jezebel, thecut and Raw Story
New York Times:
Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli police recommended on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, casting a pall over the future of a tenacious leader who has become almost synonymous with his country.
Gregg Carlstrom / Politico:
Can Netanyahu Survive?
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
An immigrant called 911 to report a crime.  Police took him to ICE in handcuffs. … At 5:30 a.m. Thursday, as Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno was getting ready for work, he noticed a stranger peering into his Tukwila, Wash., home.  —  Rodriguez, a carpenter and native of Honduras …
Discussion: NBC News and CNN
The Belfer Center for Science …:
State of Colorado Arapahoe County, Colorado  —  City and County of Denver, Colorado  —  State of Connecticut Escambia County, Florida Cook County, Illinois State of Louisiana State of Maryland  —  Caroline County, Maryland Commonwealth of Massachusetts  —  State of Minnesota State …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Corker Reconsiders Retirement, but He Must Win Over Trump to Do It  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has been reconsidering his decision to retire this year, but Mr. Corker's hopes for retaining his seat are running into a potentially insurmountable object: President Trump.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
Exclusive: Dozens of refugee resettlement offices to close as Trump downsizes program  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Refugee resettlement agencies are preparing to shutter more than 20 offices across the United States and cut back operations in more than 40 others after the State Department told …
New Yorker:
Donald Trump's ICE Is Tearing Families Apart  —  Taseen Jamal, a fourteen-year-old from Lawrence, Kansas, was getting ready for school two weeks ago when his younger sister, Naheen, ran into the kitchen, screaming.  A black truck with tinted windows was parked in their driveway, and two men …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Tampa Bay Times
Teacher who called military ‘lowest of low’ still won't resign  —  Teacher accused of calling military ‘lowest of our low’  —  (CNN)A Southern California teacher and councilman who sparked national outcry after saying that American troops are “the lowest of our low,” is refusing to resign from his post.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Shapiro /
This Isn't Normal  —  You've heard the phrase over and over again: “This isn't normal.”  We've heard it about President Trump's rhetoric, and his Twitter usage.  We've heard it about his attacks on the media, and we've heard it about his legislative ignorance.
Glen Weyl / Politico:
Sponsor An Immigrant Yourself  —  The raw emotions generated by immigration policy—provoked by heartrending stories of families torn apart by deportation, or citizens murdered by illegal immigrants—have scrambled political allegiances and confused public debate.
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: GOP gains on generic ballot, Trump approval ticks upward
Discussion: The Week and
Kyle Smith / National Review:
So Long, Huck Finn and Atticus Finch
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump won't stop trying to keep America white
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
How John Oliver Will Tackle Trump's ‘Firehose of Bullshit’ on ‘Last Week Tonight’
Discussion: Raw Story and AOL
Sean Martin / Daily Express:
Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under ‘STRAIN’ - experts find magma chamber pressure
Discussion: Your News Wire
May's Brexit Road Map Starts With Johnson Appeal: Brexit Update
Michelle Nijhuis / New York Times:
'I'm Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison'
Ryan Ori / Chicago Tribune:
Column: John Hancock Center skyscraper losing its iconic name
Discussion: NPR and
 Earlier Items: 
Lauren Lee / CNN:
A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day — until his co-workers found out
Discussion: The Week and theGrio
Exclusive: Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official's proposal to deregulate
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
ICE lawyer in Seattle charged with stealing immigrant IDs
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
The toll on I-66 inside the Beltway hit $46.50 on Tuesday
Jeremy Gorner / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police commander gunned down in Loop pursuing a suspect
Discussion: Chicago Reader