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3:15 PM ET, February 14, 2018

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Associated Press:
Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.
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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.
Mike Walters / The Blast:
Stormy Daniels Warns Trump & Lawyer: You Breached Our Agreement, Now I'm Free to Talk!  —  Stormy Daniels has suddenly changed her position and is ready to spill all the tea regarding her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and it all has to do with the president's personal attorney allegedly breaching …
Orin Kerr / Reason:
Did Trump's Lawyer Pay Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket?  —  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.  A month ago, the Wall Street Journal broke the story that began:
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Democrats must be ready to take this drastic step against Trump  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  If you read through the coverage of the battle over the “dreamers,” you'll come away with the impression that we are locked in a conventional Washington standoff, in which two opposing sides …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Third White House official resigns after being told he wouldn't qualify for full clearance  —  National Economic Council official George David Banks departed amid increasing scrutiny of the Trump administration's decision to let multiple staffers work on interim clearances.
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“A Death Match”: As Kelly Twists, a Chaotic Search for a New Chief of Staff Engulfs the West Wing  —  Different factions are pushing their own candidates: Javanka wants Cohn, Hannity pushed Wayne Berman, Trump wanted Mulvaney or Barrack.  But who would take the job?
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Scoop: Trump threatens veto on immigration deal
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump's military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director says
Discussion: The Week
Jeffrey Cook / ABC News:
House committee investigating White House aide's clearance after abuse claims
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Week
Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate moderates reach immigration deal — but GOP opposition builds
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser
BostonGlobe.com:
Read the text of Elizabeth Warren's speech to Native American group  —  Read the prepared text of the speech Senator Elizabeth Warren gave to Native Americans on Wednesday.  —  Thank you for having me here today.  —  I want to start by thanking Chairwoman Andrews-Maltais for that introduction.
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BostonGlobe.com:
Warren addresses claims of Native American heritage  —  WASHINGTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday morning, forcefully responding to President Trump's derisively calling her “Pocahontas” and addressing her claims …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds  —  Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin's chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary's wife on a 10 …
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Donovan Slack / USA Today:
VA Secretary David Shulkin misused government resources, agency watchdog report says
Discussion: Daily Kos
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's Republican chairman slams Mitt Romney and his expected Senate bid, compares him to Hillary Clinton  —  The Utah Republican Party chairman blasted Mitt Romney's anticipated Senate run, hitting him for “essentially doing what Hillary Clinton did in New York” — campaigning in a state he hasn't spent much time in.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Democrats, here's how to win over the newly independent, ex-Republicans
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 …
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Public Policy Polling:
Democrats Lead by 8 Points On Generic House Ballot Nationally  —  Here are the highlights of PPP's first public national poll of the year:  —  2018 Landscape  —  Democrats have a solid 49-41 lead on the generic Congressional ballot, although that's down a shade from December when it was 51-40.
Discussion: Politicus USA and Political Wire
The Intercept:
In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don't Like  —  On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, despite the relatively warm weather …
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.
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HuffPost:
NY Times ‘Very Concerned’ Over Tweets By Its Nazi-Befriending Editorial Board Hire
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Clock Is Not Ticking on DACA  —  The longer Democrats wait to cut a deal, the more leverage they will have.  —  All of a sudden this week, Republicans are awfully impatient to get an immigration deal done.  “This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity!
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Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Adam Schiff: There is ‘ample evidence’ of collusion between Trump campaign, Russians  —  WASHINGTON — There is “ample evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, but only special counsel Robert Mueller can decide if it's enough to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt …
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.
Scott Waldman / Scientific American:
Trump's Science Advisor, Age 31, Has a Political Science Degree  —  Because Trump has not nominated someone to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Michael Kratsios is the de facto leader  —  A job that's been held by some of the nation's top scientists is now occupied …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
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David Abel / BostonGlobe.com:   After more than a year, Trump still doesn't have a science adviser
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.
Kyle Smith / National Review:
So Long, Huck Finn and Atticus Finch  —  The desire to stamp out disturbing expression is illiberal.  —  When the censors come, it will be with a smile on their face and unctuous talk about your feelings on their lips.  It's for your own good, they'll say.  Art that takes a stand against hatred will be confused with hate speech.
Gabriel Rossman / Weekly Standard:
Open Letter to the Bruin Republicans Who Invited Milo Yiannopoulos to UCLA  —  This is a bad idea.  —  Editor's note: On February 13, UCLA's college Republican group, the Bruin Republicans, announced that they would be hosting Milo Yiannopoulos on campus to give a talk titled “10 Things I Hate About Mexico.”
Discussion: abc7.com, National Review and Reason
Associated Press:
Suspect wounded, SUV stopped after shooting at NSA gate  —  FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — One person was wounded in a shooting Wednesday morning outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade.  —  Authorities surrounded a handcuffed man after a black SUV ran into a barrier outside the Maryland base.
 
 
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Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Putin's Phone Call With Netanyahu Put End to Israeli Strikes in Syria
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Discussion: Splinter
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