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2:45 PM ET, February 13, 2017


 Top News: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Fox & Friends news anchor Heather Nauert in talks with Trump about a White House communications job  —  Imagine you're Reince Priebus.  Every day, you hear speculation that your days as White House chief of staff are numbered.  You wake up on a Sunday and read that colleague Kellyanne Conway's dream job is, well, yours.
Washington Post:
Washington Post launches Discover Edition on Snapchat, becomes first news org to push daily breaking news updates; edition will be live in the US, UK, Canada  —  New Post Edition will be constantly updated seven days a week  —  The Washington Post today announced the launch of The Post's …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sources: WSJ Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker defends paper's Trump coverage in staff meeting, says reporting hasn't been soft and it's “fake news” to say otherwise  —  And it's “fake news” to say otherwise.  —  NEW YORK Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker defended …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch's ties to Trump family, including Ivanka's former role as trustee for a Murdoch trust, raise questions about how he will guide his media empire  —  The ties that bind the most powerful media mogul in the world to the leader of the free world just keep getting stronger.
Eric Peckham:   Lessons from Rupert Murdoch's approach to business, which grew News Corp into an empire that shapes policy and popular opinion
Jeff Gammage /
Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism to invest $4.8M to help newspapers speed transition to digital, reach new audiences, more  —  Two foundations intend to spend a combined $4.8 million to find ways to speed the online transformation of the Inquirer and other news organizations around …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Josh Elliott fired from CBS News after signing off from his anchor post at CBS' digital channel, CBSN, for a larger role at the network  —  Josh Elliott has been dramatically fired from CBS News today after a bizarre series of events where he stepped down from CBS's digital channel …
Al Jazeera English:
Photo of assassin who killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey, taken by Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici, wins 2017 World Press Photo competition
Fox News:
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says he wants CNN out of the country just days after CNN en Espanol airs report on passports, visas being sold in Iraq  —  Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, alleging it misrepresents the truth and meddles in issues that are not of its concern.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Behind Medium's pivot away from an ad-funded business model, as speculation mounts that the startup is a vanity project for billionaire founder Ev Williams  —  Four days into 2017, Medium's employees came to work and were told that one-third of them, 50 people, were fired.  —  They were shocked.
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Washington Post CIO Shailesh Prakash and Director of Product Joey Marburger, who talk to Jeff Bezos more than Marty Baron does  —  Is it an underhanded compliment to be called the most innovative company in the newspaper business?  —  The Washington Post will happily take it.
Discussion: Recode and @raju
Chadwick Moore / New York Post:
Writer Chadwick Moore, who penned a profile on Milo Yiannopoulos for Out magazine, discusses the backlash he received over it, from trolling to alienation  —  Chadwick Moore in his East Williamsburg home … When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is in talks with record labels about licensing their music for the social network, positioning it as a competitor to YouTube  —  Social network seeks accord for user videos, and possibly more  —  Music clips could lure ads away from $70 billion TV industry
Discussion: @business and @lucas_shaw
Betsy Reed / The Intercept:
Bestselling author Naomi Klein joins The Intercept as senior correspondent to cover the Trump era  —  I am extremely happy to announce that Naomi Klein has joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.  —  As one of the world's foremost journalists and thinkers about power and injustice …
Discussion: @theintercept
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Conservative news organizations like Newsmax, Breitbart are now getting more access to the White House at press briefings and with presidential interviews
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