Internal White House Drama Just Keeps Coming

Valentine's Day is looking far from sweet for the Trump administration, as the president and his staff must deal with more fallout from their handling of ex-aide Rob Porter.

The FBI yesterday said yesterday it gave information to the White House on multiple occasions last year about Porter, one of Trump's top aides, who was accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. That account directly contradicts administration statements that Porter's background check was still ongoing at the time of his resignation.

Separately, the New York Times reported that President Trump's lawyer admitted paying a porn star with his own money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump.

Michael Cohen had previously said Trump denied that Stormy Daniels was ever paid. The affair allegedly took place around the time the First Lady, Melania, gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron.

Trump has made very few public references to either situation.

Flynn is Top Dog!

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Flynn takes his turn on center stage at Westminster (Image: Fox Sports video)

Flynn, a bichon frise from Denver. Co., slipped past a group of more popular dogs to snap up the Best in Show award at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show late last night.

The fluffy little guy is now America's top dog, taking the prize over 2,882 other pups who came to New York City for the event. The canine contestants represented 202 different breeds.

We have the full list of group winners on our site this morning. Because dogs are important.

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Israeli Police Find Evidence to Indict Country's Prime Minister

Israeli police said yesterday they had found “sufficient evidence” to indict the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on criminal charges.

CNN reports, “According to a police statement published late Tuesday, authorities found evidence of ‘accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust.’”

Netanyahu said in a televised statement that the charges would be dropped because he had committed no crime and no evidence exists.

T. Swift Shakes Off Lawsuit

Two songwriters responsible for creating 3LW's 2001 hit "Playas Gon' Play" sued Taylor Swift in September, claiming her "Shake It Off" infringes on their lyrics. Yesterday, a California federal judge shook that claim off.

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald granted Swift's motion to dismiss legal action, ruling that the phrases “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate” are too "banal" to be protected under the Copyright Act.

Last But Not Least: Do You Hate the Snapchat Update? You are not Alone

Yesterday, Snapchat automatically updated millions of accounts across the globe. Without warning, users woke up to a different-looking version of the app, that is apparently messier and more confusing. This update has caused many longtime Snapchat fans to not only publicly complain, but also abandon the app for good.

Carla Loebenstein has all the details you need in her report.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko, Carla Loebenstein, and the CMN Staff. No matter what your plans are today, remember we love our Morning Scoop readers. Happy Valentine's Day!