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8:18 PM ET, February 25, 2017

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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
President Trump says he will not attend White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year; WHCA president says the dinner will still go ahead on April 29  —  Donald Trump on Saturday capped a week of tumultuous relations with the press by saying he will not attend …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg cancels its afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner; Bloomberg's co-host Vanity Fair had earlier pulled out  —  Bloomberg L.P., host of the premier afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, will not host an event this year, Axios has learned.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
In CPAC speech, Donald Trump says not all media, just “fake news media”, is the enemy of American people, decries leaks, claims reporters make up sources, more  —  In his speech at CPAC this morning, President Donald Trump took aim at the media once again, decrying leaks …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
CNN, Politico, NYT, BuzzFeed, and others blocked from gaggle with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer; AP and Time declined to attend  —  Several news organizations boycotted the White House press gaggle this afternoon after the White House excluded CNN and other outlets from attending.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in December that press access to government is what separates democracy from dictatorship  —  This post has been updated.  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred reporters from several large media outlets from participating in a scheduled press briefing Friday.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Sources: Trump administration got senior members of intelligence community and Congress to call news outlets to challenge stories about Trump's ties to Russia  —  The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories …
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CNN:
Sources: the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Trump's associates and Russians  —  FBI refused WH request on Trump-Russia stories  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
While seeking press credentials, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov says Bannon resigned by phone, reveals site's owners: Susie Breitbart, Mercer family, and himself  —  Breitbart CEO Larry Solov on Friday met with the standing committee of the U.S. Senate Press Gallery — which is made up of five reporters …
CNN:
Kurdish reporter Shifa Gardi killed in Iraq  —  (CNN)A reporter and anchor for an Iraqi Kurdish TV station was killed Saturday while working on the front lines as Iraqi forces battle ISIS for the city of Mosul.  —  Shifa Gardi, 30, a beloved journalist in a male-dominated profession …
Max Cea / Salon:
How an emphasis on web traffic and the recent departure of two music critics have affected The New York Times' dwindling jazz coverage  —  What changes in music coverage at The New York Times mean for jazz  —  Given the typical adversarial rendering of critics by artists — pedantic …
Spiegel Online:
Documents show Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spied on the phones, faxes, and emails of foreign journalists over several years  —  Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, apparently spied on large numbers of foreign journalists overseas over the course of several years …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff, whose true crime stories, oral histories, political profiles have earned her a reputation as a virtuoso of longform  —  Unemployed college graduate Pamela Colloff and her friend Margaret Brown in 1994 set off from New York on a road trip in a rusty Volvo with no real destination in mind.
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