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9:35 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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
All the President's Lies  —  The ninth week of Donald Trump's presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar.  —  The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn't use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday.  Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Stranger …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
FBI's Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites  —  WASHINGTON  —  Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer digs in after FBI confirms Russia probe
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Mook: Trump aides ‘should be prosecuted for treason’ if they conspired with Russia
Discussion: Raw Story and Politicus USA
New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp unloads on Comey
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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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
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims
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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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  —  The greatest advantage the Republican Party held, through eight years of political war over the provision of health care, was not having a plan to defend.  After November's elections handed them full control of government …
Jacob Gardenswartz / Vox:
Every House Republican who could sink the GOP health care bill
Discussion: Politico
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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Sam Thielman / The Guardian:
US forbids any device larger than cellphone on airlines from 13 countries
Discussion: The Stranger …
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Feds temporarily ban electronics on certain flights to US
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
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: The Hill, 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
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a vocal critic of President Trump, has hired a prosecutor who served under fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to focus on public corruption cases …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Pat Toomey's Serious Medicaid Idea  —  One of the most controversial aspects of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been Medicaid.  The program, which was originally meant to help poor Americans obtain health insurance, was expanded under Obamacare …
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.
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
 
 
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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:
Sean Spicer to ABC's Jon Karl: ‘Calm Down’ — 'It's Not Your Press Briefing'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Survey: Only 43 percent can name a Supreme Court justice
Discussion: The Daily Caller
TMZ.com:
Huma Abedin and Tony Goldwyn Do Disneyland Together (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEO)
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
Michelle Lee / Washington Post:
Fact Check: Has Trump declared bankruptcy four or six times?
Discussion: TheStreet
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Guardian and Lawfare
Pew Research Center:
A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America's Epidemic of Infallibility
Conor Lynch / Salon:
The smug style in American liberalism: It's not helping, folks — but there's a better way