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8:05 PM ET, March 20, 2017

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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.
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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” …
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
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him  —  The FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a covert Russian operation to interfere with the election, FBI Director James Comey told Congress Monday — and he refuted the president's baseless claim …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Mook: Trump aides ‘should be prosecuted for treason’ if they conspired with Russia  —  's former campaign manager said Monday that President Trump's campaign aides should be “prosecuted for treason” if an FBI investigation proves they coordinated with Russia in the presidential campaign.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp unloads on Comey
Discussion: RedState
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion
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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New York Times:
Six Highlights From the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands  —  Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington, D.C., saying she would play no formal role in her father's administration, is now officially setting up shop in the White House.  —  The powerful first daughter has secured her own office …
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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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Feds temporarily ban electronics on certain flights to US
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
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: Axios
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Jacob Gardenswartz / Vox:
Every House Republican who could sink the GOP health care bill
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Ossoff Expands His Lead in Georgia Special Election
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Survey: Only 43 percent can name a Supreme Court justice  —  Only 43 percent of like U.S. voters can name a Supreme Court justice, according to a C-SPAN survey released Sunday.  —  The survey comes as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, began confirmation hearings on Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Bloomberg:
Full Text of Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch's Remarks to Senate Panel
Discussion: ABC News and Hot Air
 
 
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Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Pam Key / Breitbart:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
TMZ.com:
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Discussion: Heat Street and New York Magazine
Sarah Posner / New Republic:
How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Rolando Pujol / New York's PIX11:
EXCLUSIVE: 9/11 families sue Saudi Arabia, accuse the U.S. ally of complicity in the terrorist attacks
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Fact Check: Has Trump declared bankruptcy four or six times?
Discussion: TheStreet
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Discussion: Mashable and Hot Air