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5:05 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.
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
Emily Stephenson / Politico:
White House imposed a ban on new interim security clearances last fall
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Jared Kushner credit line debts increased in 2017
Porter was up for promotion despite abuse allegations
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Porter blamed ex-wife's black eye on an accident in off-the-record meeting with reporters
Discussion: IJR and Business Insider
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House official: “Kelly cover-up is unraveling”
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Kushner has added millions in debt since joining White House
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Was Warned of Aide's Background Months Earlier Than Acknowledged
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Sanders flails after she's busted lying about Porter scandal: ‘We relay the best and most accurate information’
John Bowden / The Hill:
Piers Morgan accuses Omarosa of offering him sex to win ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
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.
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 … Margaret Good won a special election for state representative in Florida's 72nd district on Tuesday night, the Democratic party's 36th legislative flip since President Donald Trump's inauguration last year.
Discussion: 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
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 …
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 … Less than 24 hours after she was hired, The New York Times on Tuesday fired editorial board member Quinn Norton, after a history of homophobic and racially insensitive tweets were uncovered.
Discussion: New York Times and
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?
Washington Post:
Israeli police recommend indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges
Discussion: New York Magazine and Vox
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 Atlantic and Mediaite
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
FBI chief: Trump hasn't directed me to stop Russian meddling in midterms
Discussion: IJR
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 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 …
Tina Moore / New York Post:
Here's what the letter sent with powder to Trump Jr. said  —  The letter to Donald Trump Jr. that contained a suspicious white powder and landed his wife in the hospital said, “You are getting what you deserve,” according to law-enforcement sources.  —  “You are an awful person.  This is why people hate you.
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.
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
Jeremy Gorner / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police commander gunned down in Loop pursuing a suspect  —  A Chicago police commander who had complained about the difficulty of keeping violent criminals off the streets was fatally shot Tuesday while pursuing a suspect in the Loop in a rare outburst of daytime gun violence downtown.
Discussion: Chicago Reader
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
ICE lawyer in Seattle charged with stealing immigrant IDs  —  SEATTLE (AP) — The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants' identities.  —  Raphael A. Sanchez, who resigned from the agency effective Monday …
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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
‘France will strike’ if proven chemical bombs used in Syria: Macron
Lauren Lee / CNN:
A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day — until his co-workers found out
Discussion: The Week
Shadi Hamid / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Center-Left Became Immoderate
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Exclusive: Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official's proposal to deregulate
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Axios
Washington Examiner:
Washington press traveled 7,000 miles just for some of her smiles
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
The toll on I-66 inside the Beltway hit $46.50 on Tuesday
 Earlier Items: 
Amir Vera / CNN:
Why women in Arizona are sending a state representative pads and tampons
Kent Faulk /
Court rules Gardendale can't form school system, finds racial motives; city to appeal
Discussion: Mother Jones, The 74 and The Root
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Salon Wants to Hijack Your Browser to Mine Cryptocurrency
Darwin Paz / Governor Tom Wolf:
Governor Tom Wolf Rejects Partisan Gerrymandered Map
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Mother Jones