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8:50 AM ET, February 2, 2017


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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
No 'G'day, mate': On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags  —  It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America's staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.
Vivian Salama / Associated Press:
TRUMP TO MEXICO: TAKE CARE OF ‘BAD HOMBRES’ OR US MIGHT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them, according to an excerpt …
Christopher Woody / Business Insider:
Report: In a ‘humiliating’ and ‘threatening’ tone, Trump lambasted Mexico's president during a phone call  —  During a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday, US President Donald Trump disparaged Mexico and threatened to use military force against the drug trade …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Guardian, AOL and Hullabaloo
Refugee deal  —  The disagreement came as the two leaders discussed …
CBS San Francisco:
Riot Forces Cancellation Of Yiannopoulos Talk At UC Berkeley  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — Protesters armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event's cancellation.
Public Affairs / Berkeley News:
Milo Yiannopoulos event canceled after violence erupts  —  Amid an apparently organized violent attack and destruction of property at UC Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, the UC Police Department (UCPD) determined it was necessary to evacuate controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Today and Tomorrow at UC Berkeley (Updated)
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Raid in Yemen: Risky From the Start and Costly in the End  —  WASHINGTON — Just five days after taking office, over dinner with his newly installed secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Trump was presented with the first of what will be many life-or-death decisions …
Ayesha Rascoe / Reuters:
U.S. military probing more possible civilian deaths in Yemen raid  —  The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen on the weekend, in the first operation authorized by President Donald Trump as commander in chief.
Lawrence K. Altman / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Longtime Doctor Says President Takes Hair-Growth Drug  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump takes medication for three ailments, including a prostate-related drug to promote hair growth, Mr. Trump's longtime physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, said in a series of recent interviews.
Sarah Posner / The Nation:
Leaked Draft of Trump's Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination  —  If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity.  —  By ,
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Trump Executive Order Draft Could Curtail LGBT Rights  —  A draft of an executive order on “religious freedom” is circulating inside the Trump administration, outlining a potential weakening of protections designed to shield LGBT individuals from discrimination, according to a copy of the proposed order obtained by ABC News.
Discussion: Advocate
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Neil Gorsuch Is Not a Villain  —  Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is a rock-ribbed conservative who's difficult to oppose on jurisprudential grounds.  —  Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, is a brilliant, witty, handsome, eloquent, perfectly pedigreed judge.
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
In Gorsuch, Trump gave Democrats a gift. They should take it.
Sen. Ron Wyden / National Review:   Senator Wyden Must Resign
What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?
New York Times:
Trump Pushes Dark View of Islam to Center of U.S. Policy-Making
Discussion: VDARE and Washington Post
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Anthony Scaramucci Won't Join White House, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — Anthony Scaramucci, an investment firm founder and a Republican donor, will not be taking a senior job at the White House as previously announced, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
Discussion: Washington Post
David Von Drehle / TIME:
Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?
Discussion: Washington Post
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. federal judge orders a temporary halt to Trump's travel ban  —  U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr., in his prior job as the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)  —  A federal judge in Los Angeles has added another legal challenge …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:   Judge Orders U.S. to Let In Immigrant Visa Holders
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union  —  The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.
Republicans Rebrand Obamacare Strategy From ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’  —  Lawmakers advised to shift to friendlier Obamacare messaging  —  Some try out ‘repair’ as others stick with stronger words  —  Some Republicans in Congress are starting to talk more about trying to “repair” Obamacare …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP talk shifts from replacing ObamaCare to repairing it
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber plan to draft a joint letter opposing Trump's travel ban  —  It's the first joint effort from big U.S. businesses to try to support immigration.  —  Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Stripe, along with a consumer packaged goods company and others are working together …
Timothy Poon / Polygon:
Oculus lawsuit ends with half billion dollar judgment awarded to ZeniMax  —  Luckey pays $50M, Iribe pays $150M  —  A Dallas, Texas jury today awarded half a billion dollars to ZeniMax after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and by extension Oculus, failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement he signed.
Man who claimed mom died in Iraq after Trump's ban lied, Imam confirms  —  DETROIT (WJBK) - The leader of a mosque in Dearborn has confirmed to FOX 2 that a man who claimed his mother died in Iraq after being barred from returning to the United States under a ban instituted by President Trump this weekend …
Matt Stevens / Los Angeles Times:
Witnesses describe chaotic, terrifying scene of stabbing rampage in Hollywood  —  A stabbing and police shooting were reported in Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon.  By Luis Sinco and Brain van der Brug / Los Angeles Times  —  Witnesses described a chaotic scene Tuesday when a knife-wielding man went …
Discussion: Hit & Run and KTLA
Arit John / Bloomberg:
Obama Gun Rule Among First Regulations Targeted by GOP Congress  —  Republicans launching effort to undo late Obama regulations  —  Rule aimed to bolster mental health part of background checks  —  Republicans in Congress will begin a process Thursday of rescinding a federal rule aimed …
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Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
How Trump's refugee order targets educational injustice
Fox News:
DHS secretary: Border wall should be finished in two years
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Eyeing the House, Democrats move to hire operatives in 20 GOP-held districts
Discussion: Political Wire
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump
Discussion: The Week
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Grassroots rage and the Democrats' crackup
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group
 Earlier Items: 
Nik DeCosta-Klipa / Boston Globe:
Read the full transcript of President Trump's unusual Black History Month remarks here
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox Business beats CNBC in total viewers for 4th straight month
Jedediah Purdy / New Republic:
America's New Opposition  —  From Occupy Wall Street …
Discussion: American Power
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Comstock a no-show at weekend town halls
Discussion: Raw Story
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as Secretary of State Amid Record Opposition