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8:50 PM ET, March 20, 2017

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Washington Post:
President Trump faces his hardest truth: He was wrong  —  On the 60th day of his presidency came the hardest truth for Donald Trump.  —  He was wrong.  —  James B. Comey Jr. — the FBI director whom Trump celebrated on the campaign trail as a gutsy and honorable “Crooked Hillary” …
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New York Times:
Comey Confirms F.B.I. Inquiry on Russia; Sees No Evidence of Wiretapping  —  The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, publicly confirmed an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and whether associates of the president were in contact with Moscow.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer digs in after FBI confirms Russia probe  —  The mere presence of an investigation into ties between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian government does not indicate that such connections actually exist, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday …
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Roger Stone responds to Comey hearing, denies claims of Russia collusion  — “Chairman Schiff is engaging in the worst kind of red baiting, fear mongering, it's the new McCarthyism, and it's mudslinging,” Stone said.  —  (CNN)In a radio interview Monday, Roger Stone said that mentions …
Discussion: RedState, Talking Points Memo and Axios
New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Mook: Trump aides ‘should be prosecuted for treason’ if they conspired with Russia
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp unloads on Comey
Discussion: RedState
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
The Blaze Suspends Tomi Lahren  —  Conservative media company The Blaze has suspended political commentator Tomi Lahren, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Daily Caller.  —  Lahren's show is suspended for effect for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC's sources.
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Arnie Seipel / NPR:
Amid Charges By Former Law Student On Gender Equality, Former Clerks Defend Gorsuch  —  Editors' note 12:55 p.m. ET: Since this story was first published, we have added material from another former student and former law clerks of Gorsuch, as well as more information about Jennifer Sisk's political affiliations.
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NBC News:
Here's Judge Gorsuch's Full Opening Statement  —  Full Video: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Opening Statement 16:47  —  The text of Judge Neil Gorsuch's opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee as prepared for delivery.  —  Mr. Chairman, Sen. Feinstein, Members of the Committee:
New York Times:
Six Highlights From the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
GOP leaders pile on sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal  —  House Republican leaders are poised to release Monday evening an expansive series of changes to their Obamacare repeal bill in a last-ditch attempt to win enough support to get the bill passed.  —  Requested by President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Vox, Business Insider and Axios
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   The Republican Health-Care Plan Has Disappeared Again
Jacob Gardenswartz / Vox:
Every House Republican who could sink the GOP health care bill
Discussion: Politico
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, is being kept off the air indefinitely.  (Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images)  —  Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off …
Discussion: Mediaite and twitchy.com
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Media Matters for America:
The Bigotry And Idiocy Of Donald Trump's Favorite News Show  —  “For the record,” a top Fox News executive explained to the network's newsroom a decade ago, “seeing an item on a website does not mean it is right.  Nor does it mean it is ready for air on FNC.”
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S.  —  Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather than carry them into the cabin, said a U.S. official.
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Trump drops 208 spots on Forbes list of billionaires  —  Donald Trump is $1 billion poorer since becoming president, according to Forbes's latest list of the world's billionaires.  —  The magazine's newest ranking, released Monday, estimated that Trump's net worth has fallen from $4.5 billion …
Discussion: Forbes and CNBC
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Rupert Neate Wealth / The Guardian:
Forbes billionaire list: Trump loses $1bn as elite club gets 233 new members
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and AOL
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
New York Attorney General Steps Up Scrutiny of White House  —  Eric Schneiderman hires a public-corruption prosecutor to target the Trump administration  —  New York state's attorney general, to date one of the most vocal antagonists of President Donald Trump, is preparing to escalate …
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump wants to defund PBS.  ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.  —  You should know a couple of things before we embark on a recap of “Sesame Street's” surprisingly vicious takedowns of Donald Trump, which span three decades leading up to his political rise.
Discussion: Mashable
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
The Trump Voters Who Don't Deserve Democrats' Sympathy  —  Democrats need to stop trying to feel everyone's pain, and hold on to their own anger.  —  On the morning after, traumatized liberals set out hunting for answers as if Election Day were 9/11 all over again.
Pew Research Center:
A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations  —  The generation gap in American politics is dividing two younger age groups, Millennials and Generation X, from the two older groups, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation.  —  In 2016, as in recent years …
Discussion: Washington Post
TMZ.com:
Huma Abedin and Tony Goldwyn Do Disneyland Together (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEO)  —  Huma Abedin's hanging out with the president — not the one she was hoping to be with, but a day at Disneyland with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal” is a damn good plan B.  —  Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman hit Disney …
Discussion: Heat Street and New York Magazine
zpolitics:
Exclusive poll: Ossoff strengthens his lead, GOP candidates battle for runoff  —  With just less than 30 days until the special election to replace Tom Price, an exclusive new poll from zpolitics and Clout Research has found that Democrat Jon Ossoff is greatly solidifying his base of support.
Rolando Pujol / New York's PIX11:
EXCLUSIVE: 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia, accuse the U.S. ally of complicity in the terrorist attacks  —  NEW YORK — In a stunning lawsuit seeking to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for 9/11, the families of 800 victims have filed a lawsuit accusing the Saudis of complicity in the worst terror attacks on American soil.
Discussion: New York Magazine
 
 
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
'He's baaaack!':  Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago are stretching Palm Beach's budget and locals' patience
Discussion: Daily Kos
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
Malibu becomes a sanctuary city — in solidarity with its gardeners, cooks and others in the U.S. illegally
Pam Key / Breitbart:
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Survey: Only 43 percent can name a Supreme Court justice
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sarah Posner / New Republic:
How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?
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Michelle Lee / Washington Post:
Fact Check: Has Trump declared bankruptcy four or six times?
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mashable and Hot Air