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9:10 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?  —  A minor point, but it's not what his statement says.  —  This isn't the biggest story in the world, but I was interested in the statement by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, about the payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, Politico and Mediaite
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 …
Emily Stephenson / Politico:
White House imposed a ban on new interim security clearances last fall  —  The White House quietly imposed a ban on new interim security clearances for anyone in the executive office of the president last fall, but it let existing employees with interim clearances stay on, according to an email obtained by POLITICO.
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
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Kushner has added millions in debt since joining White House
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
Trump creep: bad habits spread fast  —  All habits, good and bad — in all organizations, big and small — flow down fast from the top.  This dynamic is particularly true in the White House, and unmistakably true in this Trump White House.  —  The big picture: Trump's lifelong habits …
Discussion: Jezebel
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Trump readies blame game if Senate fails on DACA
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.
Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald:
Democrat Margaret Good wins upset victory in state House race
Discussion: Florida Politics
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
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.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
ICE planned to deport a man whose child has leukemia.  So he took sanctuary in a church. … PHOENIX — The notice that Jesus Berrones would be deported arrived on a Thursday, surprising his attorney, his wife who is a U.S. citizen and, perhaps most of all, Berrones himself.
Discussion: Arizona Republic
New Yorker:
Donald Trump's ICE Is Tearing Families Apart
Discussion: Daily Kos and Tampa Bay Times
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 …
Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
Christopher Steele is a hero - and Americans owe him their thanks … Christopher Steele, the former British spy whose claims about Donald Trump's ties with Russia hold center stage in Washington right now, drives Republicans crazy.  They have recommended that the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation into his work.
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Sean Martin / Daily Express:
Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under ‘STRAIN’ - experts find magma chamber pressure  —  YELLOWSTONE is “under strain” according to a group of seismologists who are monitoring the potentially catastrophic volcano, prompting fears an eruption is imminent.  —  A process known as deformation …
Discussion: Your News Wire
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: GOP gains on generic ballot, Trump approval ticks upward  —  Republicans have erased the Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that, for the first time since April, also shows President Donald Trump's approval rating equaling …
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.
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
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
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
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:
Kelli Ward touts endorsement from fake-news site  —  It looked as if Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward had scored a big endorsement: On Oct. 28, she posted a link on her campaign website and blasted out a Facebook post, quoting extensively from a column in the Arizona Monitor.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
GOP rep unveils ‘Crumbs Act’ to make bonuses tax-free, in swipe at Pelosi  —  A Republican lawmaker is set to unveil legislation that would make most bonuses given out as a result of President Trump's tax reform plan tax-free — and took a jab at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with the bill's name.
Discussion: RedState and Roll Call
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
How John Oliver Will Tackle Trump's ‘Firehose of Bullshit’ on ‘Last Week Tonight’ … John Oliver has his head down on his desk, his finger mid-scroll on his iPhone as if the onslaught of cataclysmic news triggered an exasperated collapse.  —  It's actually a posed photo for the ads promoting …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
The Times of Israel:
Iran accuses West of using lizards for nuclear spying  —  Adviser to Khamenei says aid collectors for Palestinians sought to deploy reptiles whose skin ‘attracted atomic waves’  —  The former chief-of-staff of Iran's armed forces said Tuesday that Western spies had used lizards to …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Harvest Box’ Isn't Viable in SNAP Overhaul, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers about 46 million low-income Americans both sustenance and economic choice by providing an allowance to buy the fruit, meat, fresh vegetables, soda, ice cream and kind of bread they want to eat.
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
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: James Comey's Post-FBI Life Has Him Leading A New Team  —  Exclusive: James Comey's Leading A New Team, And They're Crushing Opponents By Double Digits  —  Sarah Sanders Asked If White House Is Withholding Information - Her Response Is A Blowtorch  —  POLITICS |  BENNY JOHNSON
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Reena Flores / Politico:
Duckworth: 'I can't technically take maternity leave'
Discussion: Althouse
Dave McNary / Variety:
Tessa Thompson to Star as Doris Payne in Jewelry Heist Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: The Root and Jezebel
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
The Trump, Clinton Scandals Are Claiming A Lot Of Bodies — At FBI And Justice
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitt Romney to announce Senate run Thursday on social media
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
Exclusive: Dozens of refugee resettlement offices to close as Trump downsizes program
Kyle Smith / National Review:
So Long, Huck Finn and Atticus Finch
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump won't stop trying to keep America white
May's Brexit Road Map Starts With Johnson Appeal: Brexit Update
 Earlier Items: 
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: Chicago Reader, NPR and
Lauren Lee / CNN:
A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day — until his co-workers found out
Discussion: The Week and theGrio
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
The toll on I-66 inside the Beltway hit $46.50 on Tuesday
Glen Weyl / Politico:
Sponsor An Immigrant Yourself
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'?