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APPEALS COURT DEALS BLOW TO TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit determined unanimously that “the judiciary has a proper role in safeguarding people’s rights” and declined to reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order restricting refugees and immigrants from a number of Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The case is likely headed to the Supreme Court. Listen to Trump’s reaction to the news. You can read the full ruling here, as well as see Hillary Clinton’s response to the news. [HuffPost]
WHITE HOUSE: KELLYANNE CONWAY ‘COUNSELED’ FOLLOWING PROMOTION OF IVANKA TRUMP’S PRODUCTS House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he would refer Conway to the Office of Government Ethics for an investigation, saying her remarks promoting Ivanka Trump’s products on Fox News were “clearly over the line.” It is illegal for federal officials to use the office to sell products. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Conway had been “counseled” on the matter. [HuffPost]
REPORT: NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN DID DISCUSS RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BEFORE TRUMP TOOK OFFICE “Citing unnamed current and former U.S. officials, the Post said some senior U.S. officials interpreted the contacts as a ‘potentially illegal’ signal to Russia that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in December.” [HuffPost]
THAT BORDER WALL IS GOING TO COST MORE THAN TRUMP THOUGHT Try $21.6 billion. [Reuters]
A TALE OF TWO PHONE CALLS During Trump’s phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he denounced the U.S. nuclear treaty with Russia that he had previously paused the phone call to ask his aides to define for him. During his call with China, he said he’d honor the White House’s previous “One China” policy. [Reuters]
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON FINAL PIECE OF DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE The project will reportedly be completed in three months. [HuffPost]
NO, CHRIS CUOMO, BEING CALLED ‘FAKE NEWS’ IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING CALLED THE ‘N-WORD’ The CNN anchor has since apologized for his statements. [HuffPost]
‘AS PUTIN LOOMS AND TRUMP WITHDRAWS, ESTONIA IS TRAINING CIVILIANS TO FIGHT’ “Civilians are volunteering in droves to fight Russia’s little green men, should they cross the border.” [HuffPost]
‘THE REVENGE OF THE LUNCH LADY’ “How an unassuming bureaucrat outsmarted Jamie Oliver and pulled off an honest-to-God miracle in one of America’s unhealthiest cities.” [HuffPost]
FEELING LESS PRODUCTIVE SINCE THE ELECTION? A third of the American public feels the same way. [The Atlantic]
SINCE EVERYONE IS HAVING TWINS NOW... It’s official. George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins. And yes, insert joke about how they’ll be besties with Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins here. [HuffPost]
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT REMAINS SACRED How is Major League Baseball tinkering with the rules this way? How could they think this upheaval in the extra innings structure is what we need right now? [USA Today]
YOU CAN RESCHEDULE YOUR ALLOTTED TIME FOR THE SOB FEST THAT WILL BE THE ‘THIS IS US’ FINALE As it’s been moved back a week to accommodate a Trump speech. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Have you ever seen anyone more excited than this mom of boys learning she’s pregnant with a girl?
~ Huggies announced a partnership with NICU nurses to produce diapers for children that weigh less than 2 pounds.
~ We are somewhat devastated contemplating this original pivotal lyric that didn’t make the final cut for Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”
~ This Twitter joke from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos went about as well as you’d imagine.
~ Just kidding guys, “American Idol” may not be gone after all.
~ How a social media startup can burn through $21 million.
~ Looks like Melania is getting a Vogue cover.
~ If you’re into a certain kind of pain ... you should read all the reviews savaging “Fifty Shades Darker.”
~ These are the Valentine’s Day cards for those of you that aren’t super pumped for Feb. 14.
~ Here’s one reason you’re still hanging out with your chronically late friends: They all share this trait.
~ And this is why sidewalks sometimes have those little circle bumps in them.