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6:20 PM ET, February 19, 2017

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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
‘Last Night in Sweden’?  Trump's Remark Baffles a Nation  —  LONDON — Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country.  —  During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida …
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Donald Trump / Aftonbladet:
In English: This happened in Sweden Friday night, Mr President  —  U.S. president Donald Trump gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida, Saturday evening.  —  While speaking about keeping America safe he mentioned the major terrorist attacks in Nice, Paris and Brussels - and in the same sentence …
Daniel Marans / The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump Appears To Make Up Sweden Terror Attack  —  It didn't happen.  —  President Donald Trump falsely suggested at a Florida rally Saturday that Sweden had suffered a terror attack the previous night.  —  After announcing that the White House planned to renew its efforts to restrict immigration …
Reuters:   Trump comment about immigration ‘problems’ baffles Sweden
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Sweden asks US to clarify Trump's comments on Sweden incident
Discussion: Associated Press, RedState and ABC News
Alexandra Topping / The Guardian:
‘Sweden, who would believe this?’: Trump cites non-existent terror attack
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TheBlaze and Mediaite
Harrison Jacobs / Business Insider:
Trump cited a nonexistent incident in Sweden during his rally on Saturday
Discussion: Politico, AOL and YouTube
New York Times:
A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates  —  A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Mattis disagrees with Trump, says he does not see media as the enemy  —  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday that he does not see the press as the enemy of the American people, disagreeing with a claim made by President Trump on Friday.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: We're very lucky John McCain's not in charge
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
NBC News:
McCain Warns Suppressing Press ‘Is How Dictators Get Started’15 minutes ago
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Stephen Miller called Brooklyn U.S. Attorney at home and told him how to defend travel ban in court  —  In the chaotic hours after President Trump signed on a Friday afternoon the sloppily written executive order meant to fulfill his Muslim ban campaign promise, Stephen Miller called the home …
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace Grills Priebus on Trump's ‘Enemy’ Tweet: 'You Don't Get to Tell Us What to Do'  —  Fox's Chris Wallace put White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on the hot seat this morning over President Trump's tweet calling the press the “enemy” of the American people.
Discussion: Grabien News RSS and Joe.My.God.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Democratic Member to Quit Election Commission, Setting Up Political Fight  —  WASHINGTON — A Democrat on the Federal Election Commission is quitting her term early because of the gridlock that has gripped the panel, offering President Trump an unexpected chance to shape political spending rules.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Ann Ravel:
Departing the Federal Election Commission
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Internet-Regulating FEC Commissioner to Resign
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Are Liberals Helping Trump?  —  Jeffrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina, voted reluctantly for Donald Trump.  As a conservative, he felt the need to choose the Republican.  But some things are making him feel uncomfortable — parts of Mr. Trump's travel ban, for example …
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
‘Impeach President Bannon’ signs pop up around country  —  Signs reading “Impeach President Bannon” began popping up in major cities around the country over the weekend.  —  The signs, posted in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
With Coverage in Peril and Obama Gone, Health Law's Critics Go Quiet  —  WASHINGTON — For seven years, few issues have animated conservative voters as much as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  But with President Barack Obama out of office, the debate over “Obamacare” is becoming less about …
Ralph Ellis / CNN:
Surprise!  Trump hands the mic to supporter at Florida rally  —  (CNN)In what appeared to be an improvised moment, President Donald Trump invited one of his supporters to join him on stage and take the microphone during a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday night.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Americans brimming with optimism on the economy  —  A strong majority of Americans say the U.S. economy is running strong, and most believe the upward trend will continue under President Trump, according to a Harvard-Harris poll provided exclusively to The Hill.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Considers Change in Calculating U.S. Trade Deficit  —  Tweak in counting exports could bolster president's case for redoing Nafta, other trade deals  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is considering changing the way it calculates U.S. trade deficits …
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Short / New York Post:
Christie tells his staff he is taking White House job  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling friends and staff he is taking a role with the Trump administration, according to a source close to the White House.  —  The GOP governor's position has not been worked out …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Charlie Moore / Daily Mail:NEW!
Female headteacher is forced to work from home following death threats from Muslim parents over her ‘offensive clothes’ amid fears there is a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to ‘Islamicise’ the school  —  A primary school headteacher has been forced to work from home by death threats from Muslim parents who hate her western values.
 
 
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Vivian Salama / Associated Press:
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Susan Fowler / Susan J. Fowler:
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
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Vivian Salama / Associated Press:
SENIOR TRUMP APPOINTEE FIRED AFTER CRITICAL COMMENTSNEW!
Discussion: AOL
Susan Fowler / Susan J. Fowler:
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber20 minutes ago
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Russia plotted to overthrow Montenegro's government by assassinating Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic …
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
ICE calls Sheriff Paul Penzone's new Maricopa County jail policy ‘an immediate, dangerous change’
Fox News:
I'm a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Gnawing Anonymice
Corinne Segal / PBS NewsHour:
London mayor says ‘cruel’ Trump should be denied state visit
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wright / New Yorker:
Trump's Flailing Foreign Policy Bewilders the World
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Kellyanne Conway trashes graduates of her alma mater after school president calls her out for lying
Discussion: TheBlaze
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Trump's Very Dark Budget Black Magic Began Last Week
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Great Escape
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
David Chazan / Telegraph:
Workmen's cafe overwhelmed with customers after it is accidentally awarded a Michelin star
New York Times:
Breaking the Anti-Immigrant Fever