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2:05 PM 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.
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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:
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.
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
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Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump's military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director says
Discussion: The Week
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Mulvaney says Trump's military parade could cost as much as $30 million
Discussion: RedState, Daily Kos and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
House oversight investigating WH handling of Rob Porter
Discussion: Shareblue Media, KTLA and NPR
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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Axios:
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.
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 …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Senate moderates reach immigration deal — but GOP opposition builds
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal
Discussion: CNBC and Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Democrats, here's how to win over the newly independent, ex-Republicans
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitt Romney to announce Senate run Thursday on social media
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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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Washington Post:
Officer injured, one person in custody in shooting incident near NSA security gate
Discussion: WTTG-TV, Breitbart, Politico and Raw Story
HuffPost:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Wall Street might not like this: Inflation rises 2.1 percent, faster than expected … The Consumer Price Index, which measures how quickly prices are going up in the U.S. economy, rose at a faster than anticipated 2.1 percent in January compared to a year ago, triggering fears of another rocky run on Wall Street.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:   Consumer prices jump much more than forecast, sparking inflation fears
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: National Review, abc7.com and Reason
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 …
 
 
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
State and local election infrastructure vulnerable to attacks ahead of midterm elections, Democrats warn in new report
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg:
Mercenaries Hurt in U.S. Syria Strikes Are Treated at Russian Defense Hospitals
Discussion: RedState
Mark D. Faram / Navy Times:
Seabee command triad fired after XO found strolling naked in woods
Discussion: Military.com and The Daily Caller
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
CNN host debunks GOP congressman's FBI conspiracy in just 2 minutes
Discussion: Raw Story
Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Shooting range tied to Trumps rattles neighbors
Discussion: The Week
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Putin's Phone Call With Netanyahu Put End to Israeli Strikes in Syria
Discussion: Lawfare and VICE
 Earlier Items: 
David Abel / BostonGlobe.com:
After more than a year, Trump still doesn't have a science adviser
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
New Hedge-Fund Tax Dodge Triggers Wild Rush Back Into Delaware
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Harvest Box’ Isn't Viable in SNAP Overhaul, Officials Say
Discussion: Splinter
Ben Shapiro / Townhall.com:
This Isn't Normal  —  You've heard the phrase over and over again: “This isn't normal.”
Kyle Smith / National Review:
So Long, Huck Finn and Atticus Finch
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dems: Bill Clinton too toxic to campaign in midterms
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
REPUBLICAN SCARE-MONGERING ON “SANCTUARY CITIES” BACKFIRES, DEMOCRATS WIN BIG UPSET IN FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION
Discussion: AOL