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8:10 PM ET, March 22, 2017


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Austin Wright / Politico:
Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted  —  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump's transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November's presidential election.
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
House Intel chairman: Trump's personal communications may have been collected  — Its chairman said Wednesday Trump's communication might have been part of ‘incidental collection’  —  (CNN)House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's personal communications …
Nunes Says Trump Team Conversations Caught in Surveillance  —  Republican says 'I'm actually alarmed' conversations picked up  —  Disclosure may bolster Trump's claim he was under surveillance  —  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community …
Discussion: Politico and Vox Popoli
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
What Devin Nunes's Bombshell Does and Doesn't Say  —  In a head-spinning development on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Representative Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, revealed that ... well, what Nunes revealed isn't totally clear.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Nunes ‘Unmasking’ Report Vindicates Trump Claims on Surveillance
Discussion: CNN, Geller Report and RedState
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Surveillance was collected about Trump transition team
Jim Newell / Slate:
There's a secret, cynical reason Paul Ryan can't give conservatives what they want on the American Health Care Act.  —  You cannot fault House conservative holdouts for a lack of clarity in their refusal to support the American Health Care Act.  Each one I spoke with on Tuesday made the same point …
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
White House moves to tweak health care bill to win over conservatives  —  White House officials are moving to eliminate broad coverage requirements for health insurers in the Obamacare repeal bill in a bid to win over holdout members of the House Freedom Caucus.
Discussion: STAT
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Conservatives claim votes to stop GOP Obamacare repeal
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Defying Trump, Freedom Caucus insists they'll oppose GOP ObamaCare replacement
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Republican flips to yes on healthcare bill
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
The Hill:
Trump woos right with promise of Senate changes to ObamaCare replacement
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously said he was wrong  —  Awkward.  —  About 40 minutes after Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his second day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eight of the justices he hopes to join said a major disability decision Gorsuch wrote in 2008 was wrong.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Joviality at Neil Gorsuch's Hearing Masks Drama Behind the Scenes
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Democrats weigh deal to let Gorsuch through10 minutes ago
Rep. Daniel Donovan / Staten Island Advance:
Why I will vote ‘no’ on the American Health Care Act  —  Rep. Daniel Donovan will vote “no” on the current Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  (Staten Island Advance/Rachel Shapiro)  —  Since my first day serving in Congress I made a commitment to weigh the impact …
Aidan Quigley / Politico:
Biden on Obamacare repeal: 'This bill isn't going to pass'
Discussion: CNBC, Occupy Democrats and Daily Kos
Fox News:
UK Parliament terror attack: 4 people killed, including cop and alleged assailant; 20 injured  —  DEVELOPING - Four people, including a London police officer who was stabbed and the alleged assailant, were killed after a terror attack that saw more than 20 people injured outside the Parliament building on Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Attacker kills 3, injures 20 in vehicle and knife assault near British Parliament, according to officials
Washington Post:
Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show  —  The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: By 2 to 1 margin, registered voters reject Comey  —  FBI Director James Comey is unpopular across the political spectrum, according to a new poll that finds voters have a negative opinion of Comey by a more than two-to-one margin.  —  According to data from a Harvard-Harris Poll survey …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Comey Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Washington
Discussion: Power Line
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Republicans lied about healthcare for years, and they're about to get the punishment they deserve  —  It's hard to decide which would be the more politically damaging outcome for Republican politicians: passing the American Health Care Act, and therefore owning the premium increases …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton to get lifetime achievement award  —  Chelsea Clinton will be honored with a Variety's lifetime achievement award next month, the magazine announced Tuesday.  —  The 37-year-old former first daughter, a vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, is rumored to be eyeing a run …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Mike Lee: Senate parliamentarian told me it's possible to push harder on repealing Obamacare regulations  —  Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Wednesday that the Senate parliamentarian has told him that it may be possible for Republicans to push harder on repealing Obamacare's regulations …
Discussion: Washington Post
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rubio ducks questions about supporting House Obamacare repeal10 minutes ago
Discussion: RedState and Shark Tank
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Tweeting Toward Oblivion  —  Donald Trump faces a stark choice.  He can tweet, or he can govern.  —  He can indulge his persecution complex, firing off missives that compare Barack Obama to Joseph McCarthy and American intelligence officers to Nazis, or he can recognize it as a gateway to disgrace and irrelevance.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
White Pride and Prejudice
Discussion: and The Guardian
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Ex-Colo. GOP leader said only Democrats committed voter fraud.  Now he's charged with voter fraud.  —  The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud.
Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post:
Trump's Team Said It Didn't Ask For Military Vehicles At Inauguration.  Emails Show It Did.  —  “Such support would be out of guidelines,” one Pentagon official wrote.  —  WASHINGTON The month after Donald Trump won the presidential election, his staff asked the Pentagon to send photographs …
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care  —  When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn't surprised to get an email back detailing the law's faults.  Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.
Discussion: Vox and STAT
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats weigh deal to let Gorsuch through   Find
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rubio ducks questions about supporting House Obamacare repeal   Find
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
What Devin Nunes's Bombshell Does and Doesn't Say   Find
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P.R. Lockhart / Mother Jones:
Congressional Black Caucus Shows Trump Its Policy Vision for Black America
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Daily Kos
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Obama team lines up behind Perriello
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: ‘It is cancer’
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Hope Hodge Seck / DoD Buzz:
Lockheed CEO: Trump Accelerated F-35 Price Drop
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Insiders Sabotage Trump White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell's Trumpcare Plan Is to Lose Fast
Caroline Winter / Bloomberg:
How Scott Adams Got Hypnotized by Trump
Discussion: The Concourse
Sage Lazzaro / Observer:
Exclusive: Trump Sics Lawyers on Teen for Making Silly Site Where Kittens Punch Him
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire guilty in sex abuse case
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'
Erin McPike / IJR:
Trump's Diplomat