February 10, 2017

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Thousands Show Up To Chaffetz Town Hall: 'Do Your Job!' (VIDEOS)

The Gist: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) was confronted with hundreds of people at a town hall outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday night, where the crowd jeered at the congressman and grilled him on investigating President Donald Trump.

Report: Border Wall To Cost Billions More Than Trump Said, Per DHS Internal Memo

The Gist: An internal report at the Department of Homeland Security pegs the cost of a border wall with Mexico at $21.6 billion, far more than cost estimates put forward by President Donald Trump or congressional leadership, Reuters reported Thursday.

Conway Says Trump Backs Her '100 Percent' After Promoting Ivanka's Biz

The Gist: White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is still behind her "100 percent" following an interview during which she openly promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion line.

From The Reporter's Notebook

President Donald Trump had an emphatic response Thursday night to a federal appeals court's refusal to reinstate his executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, TPM's Esme Cribb reported. "SEE YOU IN COURT," the President tweeted in all-caps.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: "One might also argue, with some cause, that Trump would be temperamentally inclined to issue lots of executive orders even if bill after bill were landing on his desk for signatures. That may be so. There are also complex reasons for the legislative slowdown, many tied to the rules governing tax changes and the Republicans' narrow Senate majority, not to mention the perhaps impossible political dynamics of Obamacare repeal. But Trump himself is the unmistakable connection between the two - a characterological penchant for the bald assertion of executive orders and impatience and inexperience with how presidents provide the motive force to press Congress to action."

Say What?!

"I see being called 'fake news' as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity."

- CNN host Chris Cuomo said Thursday that, for journalists, being called "fake news" is "the equivalent of the n-word." He later apologized for the comment.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I don't know that the goal is necessarily to provoke armed conflict -- although the Trump Administration does not seem even slightly concerned about avoiding armed conflict. But yes, the Muslim ban does seem to be part of a bigger strategy -- us against them, Eastasia vs. Eurasia, "the dangerous other". It's a message that resonates with the Republican base, with alt-right white nationalists, and with people who largely claim to be of the left but are highly susceptible to anti-Islamic messaging (think: Bill Maher). The goal seems to blur the line between Islam, the religion, and the goals of radical Islam, and to try to color religious bigotry as somehow thereby constitutional, all the while characterizing those who oppose the demonization of the Islamic world or who suggest that five-year-old children should not be presumed to be terrorists as naive, weak, and dangerous to the country."

Related: Fight On Travel Ban On Hold After Appeals Court Refuses To Reinstate The Order

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