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5:30 PM ET, February 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump is attempting to reframe the Flynn story by criticizing leaks to the press, without refuting stories from the CNN, NYT, and others  —  President Trump: Leaks are the ‘real story’  —  President Trump has a new opponent: A gusher of leaks from anonymous sources hinting at nefarious collusion …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Fox News, Breitbart, and The Daily Caller focus on the issue of leaks to reporters in their Flynn resignation coverage  —  While most news outlets gave wall-to-wall coverage of the resignation of his national security adviser on Tuesday, President Donald Trump tried to draw attention to the “real story.”
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
The White House does a great disservice to the public by inviting fake news purveyor Gateway Pundit to press briefings  —  To be fair, the press has largely brought this on themselves.  I've already lost count of the stories reported by the media and retracted or modified substantially in the same day.
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Morning Joe co-presenter Mika Brzezinski says White House advisor Kellyanne Conway will no longer appear on the show due to her repeated falsehoods  —  Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe revealed a tidbit that many may not know about the way Kellyanne Conway gets herself booked onto so many shows …
Dylan Byers / CNN:
White House officials, including Bannon and Priebus, reiterate their support for Spicer, with some sources suggesting Conway is behind leaks undermining him  —  Washington (CNN)Sean Spicer has barely moved into his office.  —  Three weeks after the inauguration, the only things adorning …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media should rethink the value of giving time on political TV shows to people like Stephen Miller, who tell brash falsehoods
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Attorney for Fox host says he was served subpoena from prosecutors about Ailes harassment allegations, claims in court that probe is related to securities laws  —  An attorney for a former Fox host says he received a subpoena from federal prosecutors in the midst of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes.
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Intelligence officials who leaked information about Flynn to the press committed felonies, but they were justified in doing so  —  President Trump's National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, was forced to resign on Monday night as a result of getting caught lying about whether …
Sources: Verizon is close to negotiating a new deal with Yahoo, which reduces the price tag by around $250M  —  Verizon is getting close to a renegotiated deal for Yahoo's internet properties that would reduce the price of the original $4.8 billion deal by about $250 million …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
German police say report in Bild, the country's most read paper, about a mob of Arab men who sexually assaulted women in Frankfurt was untrue  —  On Feb. 6, Germany's most-read newspaper reported that dozens of Arab men, presumed to be refugees, had rampaged through the city of Frankfurt on New Year's Eve.
Discussion: The Local and Hit & Run
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern was sued after his show broadcast a woman's private conversation with an IRS agent in 2015  —  An IRS agent called into the radio show and was put on hold.  Then...  Donald Trump never did sue The New York Times for revealing he took a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns.
Discussion: IJR
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Seven journalists laid off from Tronc's San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper  —  Seven journalists were laid off from the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, editor and publisher Jeff Light said in a memo to staffers.  —  “I feel badly about these difficult decisions,” Light said.
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Time Warner shareholders approve $85B sale to AT&T, but the deal still needs Justice Department approval  —  Time Warner just passed one more milestone in its effort to sell itself to AT&T for $85 billion in cash and stock.  Holders of 78.8% of its outstanding shares …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Time Warner
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces free app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV, launching “soon”  —  The new app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch.  —  Facebook is coming to your television.  —  The social network on Tuesday announced a new app …
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