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7:20 AM ET, March 21, 2017

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New York Times:
Trump's Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump began Monday as he has started so many other presidential mornings — by unleashing a blistering Twitter attack on critics who suggested his 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians.
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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.
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” …
New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms
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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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Report: Fox News Pulls Judge Andrew Napolitano Following Trump Wiretap Comments (UPDATED)
Discussion: Deadline
Media Matters for America:
The Bigotry And Idiocy Of Donald Trump's Favorite News Show
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The new Republican health care bill doesn't fix the old bill's problems  —  Work requirements for Medicaid, bigger tax cuts for the rich, but nothing for the uninsured.  —  There are three problems you could have imagined the manager's amendment to the American Health Care Act trying to fix:
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Republican leaders are adding a $75 billion magic asterisk to their Obamacare repeal plan  —  It will help older people in some totally unspecified way.  Allegedly.  —  In an effort to blunt the American Health Care Act's disastrous effect on older Americans, House Republican leaders …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
GOP leaders pile on sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal  —  House Republican leaders are making a last-ditch attempt to win enough support to pass their Obamacare repeal, revealing an expansive series of changes to the bill on Monday night designed to woo wary GOP lawmakers.
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Conservative chair: ObamaCare talks ‘over’ but bill won't pass  —  The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says the negotiations on the ObamaCare repeal plan are “over” but predicts the legislation won't pass the House.  —  “We've communicated very clearly what we'd like to see and have done.
Discussion: Vox
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Health-Care Plan Has Disappeared Again
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
CNN:
Republicans change health care bill in search for votes
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
The Hill:
GOP mulls ObamaCare tweak to win NY support
Discussion: Uticaod
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:   Sen. Pat Toomey's Serious Medicaid Idea
Jacob Gardenswartz / Vox:
Every House Republican who could sink the GOP health care bill
Discussion: Politico
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Did We Learn Today?  —  Judged by time, today's House Intelligence Committee hearing was mainly an exercise in hypotheticals and ‘no comments’.  For those who hadn't gotten the full treatment until now, it was also an exposure to what we might term James Comey's militant earnestness.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
FBI probe of Trump-Russia ties began 3 months before election  —  The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, confirmed by FBI director James Comey in congressional testimony Monday, began as early as late July …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump's Claim Obama Wiretapped Him
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Spicer digs in after FBI confirms Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Annie Karni / Politico:
Ivanka Trump set to get West Wing office as role expands  —  Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington 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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources  —  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday …
Sam Thielman / The Guardian:
US forbids any device larger than cellphone on airlines from 13 countries  —  New TSA requirement blocks passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and cameras, with a lack of specifics on whether flight crews are included in rule  —  US authorities have secretly required airlines …
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Georgia nonprofit says it unwittingly gave $25,000 to white nationalist Richard Spencer  —  In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.  (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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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Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
A Putin Opponent Is Doused in Green. He Makes It Work.
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Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
Are U.S. jobs vulnerable to workers with H-1B visas?
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Sean Spicer to ABC's Jon Karl: ‘Calm Down’ — 'It's Not Your Press Briefing'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
TMZ.com:
Huma Abedin and Tony Goldwyn Do Disneyland Together (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEO)
Discussion: Heat Street and New York Magazine
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
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Sarah Posner / New Republic:
How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?
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
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.
Discussion: Mashable
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Burying Their Cattle, Ranchers Call Wildfires ‘Our Hurricane Katrina’
Discussion: Washington Post