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1:50 PM ET, March 28, 2017


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Washington Post:
Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia  —  The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Amid turmoil, House Intel Committee scraps meetings this week  — Democrats believe he is too close to the White House to lead a thorough investigation into Russia  —  Washington (CNN)The House Intelligence Committee has scrapped all meetings this week amid growing partisan rancor …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Swalwell on Nunes: ‘This is what a cover-up to a crime looks like’  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes' announcement last week that officials from the transition team of President Donald Trump had been inadvertently surveilled by the U.S. intelligence community came at the behest …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Nunes' crisis of credibility  —  The big story: It has come to this: With allegations swirling that rock the foundations of democracy, the White House is being investigated by the FBI, which is controlled by the Trump administration's own Justice Department, and there's …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Graham: Nunes is running ‘an Inspector Clouseau investigation’
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Administration, Nunes blocked ex-acting AG from testifyingNEW!
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Graham mocks Nunes over ‘Inspector Clouseau investigation’NEW!
Discussion: RedState
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Russia probe in turmoil as top Dem calls for Nunes' recusal
New York Times:
Affordable Care Act Repeal Is Back on the Agenda, Republicans Say  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders and the White House, under extreme pressure from conservative activists, have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, with House leaders declaring …
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Senate votes to expand Medicaid as Gov. Sam Brownback doubles down on opposition  —  TOPEKA  —  Kansas lawmakers ignored Gov. Sam Brownback's wishes Monday and gave initial approval to a bill that would expand Medicaid to thousands in the state.  —  The Kansas Senate voted 25 to 13 …
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: New momentum for Medicaid expansion, as more Republicans conclude Obamacare won't get repealed
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Senate GOP Leaders Push for Health-Care Effort After House Plan Implodes
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
In Health Bill's Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age
Discussion: Washington Post
Fox News:
Schumer goes off on Trump supporter at NYC restaurant, witness says  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., caused a scene at a Manhattan restaurant when he began yelling at a wealthy and well-connected Donald Trump supporter that the POTUS is “a liar.”  —  Schumer, the top Senate Democrat …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Whatever Trump does next, it has to be about jobs and wages  —  What will President Trump do after the Obamacare debacle?  For 48 hours, some Hill Republicans — and Trump himself — spoke as if the president and the GOP could smoothly, seamlessly, and swiftly pivot to tax reform.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Think tax reform will be easy for Trump? Ha, ha.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Congress may stiff Trump on wall funding  —  Congressional Republicans might deliver some more bad news for President Donald Trump, fresh off their embarrassing failure to scrap Obamacare: No new money is coming to build his wall.  —  Trump hoped to jump-start construction of a massive wall …
Joan Biskupic / CNN:
Inscrutable Gorsuch raises Democratic ire
Ilya Marritz / WNYC News:
Paul Manafort's Puzzling New York Real Estate Purchases  —  Paul J. Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager facing multiple investigations for his political and financial ties to Russia, has engaged in a series of puzzling real estate deals in New York City over the past 11 years.
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and Gothamist
Cassandra Sweet / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Trump Move on Climate Change, Utilities' Shift From Coal Is Set to Continue  —  Curbs on carbon emissions may be eased, but companies are sticking with plans to invest in power from gas, wind and solar  —  The Trump administration's expected move to roll back President Obama's …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama's climate-change record
Media Matters for America:
Bill O'Reilly: I “Didn't Hear A Word” Rep. Maxine Waters Said Because Of Her “James Brown Wig”  —  BILL O'REILLY: I didn't hear a word [Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)] said.  I was looking at the James Brown wig.  If we have a picture of James, it's the same wig.  —  STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): It's the same one.
Discussion: Raw Story, Politicus USA and Towleroad
Dan Merica / CNN:
In executive order, Trump to dramatically change US approach to climate change  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will sign a sweeping executive order Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, which looks to curb the federal government's enforcement of climate regulations …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:20 minutes ago
Donald Trump Claims U.S. Constitution Bars ‘Apprentice’ Star's Defamation Suit While in Office  —  The president believes the Supremacy Clause bars state lawsuits against a sitting president and looks to tackle an issue “not decided” by the Supreme Court in Bill Clinton v. Paula Jones.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
California chief justice blasts immigration crackdown, says rule of law is ‘being challenged’  —  Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court, is fast emerging as one of the Trump administration's most vocal critics in the judiciary.  —  Her main concern …
Thomas Gibbons-Neff / Washington Post:
The airstrike in Mosul was potentially one of the worst U.S.-led civilian bombings in 25 years  —  Even though Iraqi civil defense workers are still sorting through the rubble, the March 17 U.S. airstrike in West Mosul, if confirmed, could potentially rank among one of the most devastating attacks …
Discussion: CNN, and New York Times
John Gregory /
NOHO SCHOOL BUDGET CUTS DUE TO HIGH WHITE STUDENT PERCENTAGE SPARKS OUTRAGE … <iframe width="476" height="267" src=" 1817703" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  —  NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) —  Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School …
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Government watchdog to review Trump's use of Mar-a-Lago  —  A government watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, has agreed to review the costs and security precautions associated with President Trump's travel and stays at Mar-a-Lago after a request for inquiry from leading Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Jill Filipovic / CNN:
We all know why the right is angry at Tomi Lahren  —  Tomi Lahren's show suspended for a week  — Jill Filipovic: It's clear now that Tomi Lahren didn't know her role, and the same men who helped usher her to fame are now keen to shut her up  — It turns out for all their talk …
Discussion: RedState and
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Cassandra Sweet / Wall Street Journal:
Despite Trump Move on Climate Change, Utilities' Shift From Coal Is Set to Continue   Find
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn't the Driver of Clinton's Defeat25 minutes ago
New York Daily News:
Federal immigration agents showing up in NYC courts to arrest defendants
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Mullen / City Pages:
Brave southern Minnesotan blames gunshot wound on heroic fight with non-existent black man
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive
Victoria Herrmann / The Guardian:
I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations
Discussion: Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner: Rising Powers at the White House
Detroit Free Press:
Arab, Latino leaders have tense meetings with Homeland Security chief
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Trump pushes Congress to cut domestic programs this year
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Axios
Kim Breen / Dallas Morning News:
Mom says TSA agents at DFW Airport traumatized son with ‘horrifying’ security check
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Russian Farce  —  Remember when Obama and Hillary cozied up to Putin?
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
23 people ask the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into its chief, Jeff Sessions
Discussion: The Root and The FADER