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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
FBI probe of Trump-Russia ties began 3 months before election
New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP leaders unveil changes to healthcare bill  —  House Republican leaders on Monday night released a set of changes to their ObamaCare replacement bill, as they seek to win more votes for the legislation.  —  The changes include two measures that conservative Republican Study Committee members won …
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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:
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.
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 …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Conservative chair: ObamaCare talks ‘over’ but bill won't pass
Discussion: Vox
Axios:
Freedom Caucus chair pessimistic about health bill
Discussion: Political Wire, NPR and Politico
CNN:
Conservatives on health care bill: Negotiations are over
Discussion: The Resurgent and Axios
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 and Talking Points Memo
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:   Sen. Pat Toomey's Serious Medicaid Idea
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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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Report: Fox News Pulls Judge Andrew Napolitano Following Trump Wiretap Comments (UPDATED)
Discussion: Deadline
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Fox News pulls Napolitano after his Trump wiretap claims
Discussion: Infowars and Business Insider
Media Matters for America:
The Bigotry And Idiocy Of Donald Trump's Favorite News Show
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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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” …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Comey drops a bombshell  —  THE BIG STORY: It's hard to pick the bigger headline out of FBI Director James Comey's day on Capitol Hill.  Yes, he stated clearly that President Trump issued a baseless and scurrilous accusation involving his predecessor.
Discussion: Politico
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
How the FBI tailing Trump could dog his presidency
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines From Eight Countries  —  Passengers on foreign airlines headed to the United States from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone under a new flight restriction enacted …
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Lori Aratani / Washington Post:   U.S. unveils new restrictions on travelers from eight Muslim-majority countries
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 …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Carter-era ethics rulings loom over Trump kids
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 …
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.
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
New documents show Trump aide hid payments from Ukraine party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian lawmaker on Tuesday released new financial documents allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman to President Trump laundered payments from the party …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
 
 
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